2 Delta towns plan festivals
by Paisley Boston
May 23, 2014 | 3191 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents in Shelby and Duncan are prepared for their annual Homecoming celebrations., which will Friday and conclude Sunday.

Shelby Mayor Dan Harris said he expects a large crowd and local stores have been urged to stock up on supplies.

"All Shelbians and former Shelby residents are encouraged to attend this event. It is going to be a fun filled weekend and members of the community are very excited about it," said Harris.

"We will begin our Homecoming festivities on Friday and they will continued until Sunday. We have been doing this event for a while now and it is a joy each year," he added.

"Friday is basically the day that people come into town and register. We are going to have live entertainment at the Library Square on Friday. On Saturday, we have several things going on. We are going to have a large amount of vendors selling various items, starting at 7 a.m.," he continued.

Harris said the highlight of the weekend would be the Broad Street High School graduation.

"Graduation is at 10 a.m. on Saturday and then at around 1 p.m. we will have live bands and a lot of activities for children in the downtown area.

"We will also have a Mardi Gras themed parade. Parade participants will ride on Mardi Gras themed floats, while wearing masks. T-Shirts were also designed, using Mardi Gras colors. People on the floats will be throwing out beads as well," he added.

After the parade 'Nerd Nation' will put on a concert for children.

"We will also have a Homecoming Banquet at Broad Street High School. It will be in the cafeteria. During this time we will be having a 'Hall of Fame' induction ceremony," said Harris.

The weekend will conclude with a gospel concert and baseball game on Sunday.

"The gospel concert will begin around 4 p.m. and those who don’t want to come to the concert can attend the baseball game. It is going to be a fun family event. Just about everyone is coming back home and we have a lot of events planned for them. We want people to enjoy themselves," said Harris.

Harris said he predicts most individuals who are travelling from out of town will arrive Thursday night.

Organizer for Duncan's Homecoming event Louise Beasley said the event would be a great time for individuals to come fellowship and get reacquainted with former residents of Duncan.

"On Friday we will have a meet and greet for all of the out-of-towners. We usually have a large turn out every year," said Beasley.

"We will be setting up various booths for vendors on Saturday and we plan to have a parade on Saturday around 3 p.m. We will also have a guest speaker at one of the local churches on Sunday," she added.

There is no fee to participate during the weekend.

Beasley mentioned a raffle would take place that weekend.

"We will have a raffle for $100 worth of gas. The raffle tickets are $2 each," she said.

Also, T-shirts will be available for purchase all three days of the reunion.

"The prices for the T-shirts differ depending on the size.