Party in the Park gets great response – GWBA


The first Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) “Party in the Park” held Friday was a big hit for local residents who came out to enjoy an evening of free family entertainment and for the organization. More than 1200 people attended the event which included kids activities, food by local restaurants/vendors and live music provided by the Eric Scott Band. They also enjoyed line dancing and DJ music by Choice Entertainment.

“The event was a great success for the GWBA members, town of Williamston and the residents,” said GWBA president Chris Trotter. “It was great to see everyone enjoying good food, having a good time listening to music, and kids having fun playing in the kids area.”

The event was sponsored by the local business members of the GWBA, AnMed Health and the Town of Williamston.

AnMed Health and Williamston EMS also conducted a Blood Drive and CPR instruction which received great response organizers said. Sixteen pints of blood were donated to AnMed Health and 120 people learned CPR.

Trotter said through the event the GWBA accomplished several things. “We worked together as a team; we marketed our new website; we marketed our members; we drove direct business to some of our local restaurants that are members; we made the town aware of who and what the GWBA is all about; we provided free activities for the kids and we provided a great atmosphere for the town residents to come out and have a great time and listen to some good music.”

“Most important,” said Trotter, “we all had fun working with each other and building friendships. I can’t tell the members how proud I am of the members of the GWBA.”

Trotter said comments he heard throughout the night reflect the atmosphere. comments included the following: “most fun I have ever had in park”; “are you having this every Friday night”; “where can I get my free drink”; “are the kids activities really free”; “where can I buy a beer”; “is there beer for sale here”; “this is a great band”; “ I sold out of all the food I brought”; “will you play the wobble”; “you are now the official Town of Williamston DJ”; “where did your son learn all those dance moves?”

In case you are wondering, the event was alcohol free. Williamston Police Chief Tony Taylor said the event went “very well” with no problems or incidents.

Trotter said, “We hope to be able to have this event again in the future. Again thanks to everyone who came out and to all our members, sponsors, Mayor Durham, Williamston Police Department, council members and the Town Of Williamston for their support.

Find out more about the GWBA at their new website,