In one month, one of the town’s largest events will take place: the Jaycees Fourth of July.
For 19 years, the Jaycees having been hosting Elkin’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display.
Since March, members of the young professionals group have been planning vendors, door prizes, entertainment and sponsorships.
“It’s a really fun way to bring the community together. Every one of all ages can enjoy it, be safe and be involved,” said Jaycees President Brandi Walker Hall. “A lot of small towns aren’t able to afford a fireworks display or event like this so it’s cool we have that in our area.”
The Jaycees started organizing the Fourth of July event during the mid-1990s and was spearheaded by Jimmy Smith and Jim Arno. Former Mayor Tom Gwyn helped get the town involved and the Town of Elkin donated $2,500 for the first event, Hall said.
During the first few years, the Jaycees rented a portable stage from Statesville, which started to be a hassle. This lead to the Jaycees building the band shelter in the Elkin Municipal Park, Hall said.
“The money we raise at the end of the event goes towards our operational costs as well as outreaching to different charities such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Jaycees Burn Center in Chapel Hill,” she said. “Until last year, I had never organized anything of that magnitude. Planning is a good way to grow and builds confidence in our members.”
This year’s event will feature a petting zoo, bounce houses, slides and games. Performer Owen Poteat will be opening for headlining band, the Graybyrds.
The 19th annual Elkin Jaycees Fourth of July will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, at the Elkin Municipal Park. The rain date will be July 5, and will only have fireworks.
“The Jaycees would like to sincerely thank the town and sponsors for all of their support,” Hall said.
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