Tri-County events make for fun, family-friendly weekend

May. 29, 2014 @ 06:31 PM

Residents in the Tri-County can take advantage of a number of family-oriented events happening this weekend.

Downtown Henderson will become the site for St. Baldrick’s Day festivities on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

The Henderson Police Department, Hubert E. Tyndall Lodge No. 33 and Downtown Development Commission are sponsoring the event.

“This will contribute to the foundation whose goal and focus is funding research for childhood cancer,” said Henderson Police Chief Marcus Barrow. “More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease.”

Nine teams and 85 participants have raised more than $9,200.

Of the 85 individuals, more than 40 people have agreed to shave their heads. Head shaving will begin at 1 p.m. on Garnett Street.

There will be booths from Chick-fil-A, Quacks & Racks, Vance County Rescue Squad, Allstate Insurance and Pelican Snowball.

There will also be a corn hole tournament and prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams.

A prize will be given to the downtown business that receives the most donations.

Downtown Oxford will hold The Strawberry Jam — a combination of Strawberry Days and the Granville Arts Festival — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The Granville Arts Council, The Downtown Economic Development Commission and the Town of Oxford are sponsoring the event, which will feature Lyon Farms Strawberries.

The Fabulous Daddy-Os, the Top Hat x-Press, the Sunday Pickers Jam, the Vance-Granville Community Band will play during the festivities, as well as The St. Cyprian’s Drummers and Danza Ortiz.

More than 20 artisans will be selling crafts, such as jewelry, leather goods, dolls, wooden toys, shirts and candles.

On Sunday, Brewer Cycles will have its 17th annual Duke Children’s Charity Bike Ride that starts at the 420 Warrenton Road store at 1:30 p.m.

Cyclists will ride through the county until 5 p.m. when they will be fed a barbecue chicken dinner with sides and desserts.

Tickets are $25, and all donations go to Duke Children’s Hospital. The rain date is June 8.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.