35th Annual Mint Hill Madness
• When: May 25 to 27
• Where: Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, Mint Hill
• What: Live entertainment, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, fireworks display and parade.
• Entertainment: May 25 – Too Much Sylvia, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; May 26 – School of Rock, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; DJ T’Nice, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.; The Entertainers, 6:15 to 9:15 p.m.
• Details: http://minthillmadness festival.org/activities-and-events/parade/
Note: No pets or alcohol allowed.
MINT HILL – The to-do list for the Mint Hill Public Works Department is a long one on any given day of the year. In the coming days, that list will get even bigger as the town prepares for the 35th annual Mint Hill Madness celebration at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. The event starts May 25 and ends May 27.
There is grass to be mowed, hedges to be trimmed, trash cans and recycle bins to be put out, mulch to be spread, bathrooms to be cleaned, playground equipment to be inspected and parking to be made ready at the 52-acre park.
As many as 30,000 people will visit the three-day event and the city always wants to make a good impression on visitors and residents alike.
“We make sure the memorial is fresh and clean with new flags,” said Town Engineer and Public Works Director Steve Frey. “The playground will get an extra look over. These are things that we do all year long because we call our parks the crown jewels. The fact that the event draws so many people and there are so many eyes from outside of Mint Hill that see it, this paints a picture of what Mint Hill is. We want it to look its best.”
And then there are the ants. One of the highlights of Mint Hill Madness is the annual parade and nothing can ruin a parade more than some pesky fire ants along the parade route. So, the town will spray along the route to keep any unwanted visitors at bay.
“Spraying for ants, that is something the average spectator won’t see,” Frey said. “If you miss the ants, what does that do to your event? You get bit by fire ants and you won’t be going next year. That goes for the entire park. If the ants are not there, nobody really notices. If they are there, people will ask, ‘Who didn’t do this job?’”
Mint Hill Madness features food, games and exciting carnival rides on the midway. Tickets for games and the carnival rides can be purchased at the event. The annual fireworks show will be May 26 at approximately 9 p.m. and people are encouraged to arrive early.
The 35th annual all-American Mint Hill Madness parade on May 26 will feature more than 50 local businesses, organizations, entertainers, music groups, fire trucks and classic cars. The parade will run from Bain School to Publix along N.C. 51.
Col. Quincy Collins will be the grand marshal of the parade. Collins spent seven years as a Prisoner of War in Vietnam after his plane was shot down near Hanoi in 1965. At one point during his long captivity, Collins was in the same cell as Arizona Sen. John McCain and 40 other prisoners.
Mint Hill Madness is held at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park on Fairview Road. All activities are held at this park with the exception of the Mint Hill Madness Parade.
Parking for the festival is available within walking distance of the park.
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it
Here is what the Mint Hill Public Works Department does. The department has 11 employees.
• Maintenance and repair of the town’s roadway network (about 110 miles not including state-maintained roads); mowing (approx. 50 miles); pothole repair; crack sealing; annual resurfacing; tree/shrub trimming/cutting; utility permitting; and sidewalk repair.
• Maintenance and repair of the town’s public drainage system.
• Inspection of new development public infrastructure (roads and drainage features). Mint Hill accepts several miles of new roads into its network every year as developers complete their new roads and turn them over to the town.
• Maintenance and upkeep of approximately 45 fleet vehicles and pieces of equipment, including backhoes and dump trucks.
• Maintenance of town parks: (52-acre Veterans Memorial Park and 23-acre Wilgrove Park); mowing, tree/shrub trimming, edging/weeding, spraying for pests, maintaining facilities and existing features (tennis courts, playgrounds and N.C. Korean War Veterans Memorial).
• General maintenance and repair of town-owned buildings.