WHITMIRE — The Whitmire community will host a celebration to honor veterans on July 19 thanks to the town’s Economic Development Board.
The group’s goal, according to member Maria Mcmurtury, is to present a family day effort to restore and revitalize the true meaning of honoring veterans with a celebration of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mcmurtury said the town will hold an antique car show, parade, recognition ceremony, carnival, and many other events.
A cake walk and hot dog eating contest will be held as well as a pie baking, quilting and crocheting contest. The country carnival will include a three legged race, ring toss, duck pick up, balloon darts, dunking booth, and ball toss.
Whitmire Fire Chief Michael Thomas volunteered to be in the dunking booth.
The antique car show will kick off the day’s events at 10 a.m. Mcmurtury said at least 30 cars have committed to be a part of the car show.
The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. The recognition of veterans will take place at 12:30 p.m., followed by the carnival from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Scott Cain, Thomas Crisp, and Billy Strickland will speak during the recognition portion of the day. Walt McLeod will also be making introductions, Mcmurtury said.
The cost to rent a space at the carnival is $20. Mcmurtury said some of the funds will go to benefit the Whitmire American Legion building. To register to participate in any of the contests, along with renting a space, call 537-6826 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to register is July 18.
Mcmurtury said as a community it is so important for Whitmire as well as Newberry County as a whole to demonstrate their appreciation and recognition of these heroes in a public setting. She strongly believes that Remembrance gives true meaning to sacrifice and service.
The day will have something for all ages, Mcmurtury said.
“It’s going to be a nice, American day,” she said.
Other upcoming events that Mcmurtury said the Economic Development Board have been working on is their Arts in the Park event held the evening of August 23. In October, they will have an event for breast cancer awareness.
For more information, visit the Whitmire Economic Development Board’s Facebook page.