By David Meade
The Town of Williamston and the Greater Williamston Business Assocation (GWBA) are planning for a big weekend. Mineral Spring Park will be alive with music and fun activities surrounding the GWBA Party in the Park which is planned for 6 p.m. this Saturday.
According to GWBA president and event organizer Chris Trotter, Fox Carolina 21 TV news will be broadcasting live in Williamston Friday morning as they feature the town and the music event. The TV news crew with reporter Joe Gagnon will be in Mineral Spring Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Around 8:45 a.m. there will be a live, On-Air Friday dance party.
The band Outshyne, who will headline the music concert on Saturday, will be performing live on the Amphitheater Stage sometime during the live broadcast on Friday.
The “Party in the Park” on Saturday will feature Outshyne and singer Delvin Choice.
Outshyne’s single “Moonlight Crush” recently hit #1 on Sirius XM. Delvin Choice was a top five finalist on “The Voice” singing competition.
Trotter said the organizers are planning for a larger turnout for the event due to the status of the two performers who have recently received national attention.
“We are excited about all the people who are coming to Williamston and being able to promote local talent and local businesses at the same time,” Trotter said.
Persons planning to attend are being encouraged to come early.
West Main St. in front of the park and East Main St. in front of Town Square Center will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The Williamston Fire Department will direct parking at the town’s public parking areas including the Armory (Artory) on Gossett Street and at the Municipal Center and Ballfield parking areas. Proceeds from $5 donations for parking will be divided between the fire department and the GWBA.
The event will officially begin at 6 p.m.
Organizers have doubled the number of inflatable bounces and added other attractions for children for this event.
In addition to six inflatables, there will be a balloon artist making “balloon animals”, a character artist doing drawings of people and face painting. All of these activities are free, Trotter said.
There will also be a variety of local food vendors.
“The success of past events coupled with the success of the two artists we have coming has multiplied the response.”
Trotter said everything he has heard has been positive and there is “lots of energy and excitement about Williamston in general and the town being a great place to live.”
Trotter said there was lots of buzz on social media after the last two events.
“Social media is blowing up with people saying they will be attending and coming,” Trotter said.
Trotter said 25 Meet and Greet passes will be available for purchase for fans who want to meet the artists.
Persons attending are reminded to bring a chair or blanket.