MINT HILL – Mint Hill will be abuzz with activity Memorial Day Weekend as the town hosts the 36th annual Mint Hill Madness Celebration.
Town officials expect around 25,000 people to visit the event from May 24 to 26. Most of the events, including the fireworks display, are held at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park.
“Mint Hill Madness is something the town always looks forward to,” Mayor Ted Biggers said. “This is our big celebration. It’s a wonderful time to showcase our town because it brings in a lot of people from the surrounding areas into Mint Hill. They get to see Mint Hill. I hope the local businesses benefit from it and they seem to.”
Mint Hill Madness starts at 4 p.m. May 24 with the festival’s opening ceremony and flag raising at 7 p.m. The festival features rides, numerous vendors, entertainment and a fireworks show.
Kids in America will be the featured entertainment on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. The six-piece band plays 1980s music from new wave to pop.
Things get started May 25 with the Mint Hill Madness Parade at 9 a.m. in downtown. The parade runs along N.C. 51 from Bain School to Publix.
“Everybody enjoys the parade because it is a small-town parade,” Biggers said. “In fact, we have citizens who want to have more than one parade a year. The Mint Hill Madness parade is a big deal to a lot of folks, especially young folks.”
Lifelong resident Jerry Flowe will serve as grand marshal of the parade. Flowe is a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient. He has attended every Mint Hill Madness event.
“Jerry was in Vietnam and he is a fine man, a true patriot and a great citizen,” Biggers said. “He is very active in Veterans Affairs. I think he is an excellent choice to be the grand marshal.”
The featured concert on May 25 will be performed by Tuesday’s Gone, which bills itself as the ultimate Lynyrd Skynyrd band. The group formed in Raleigh in 2005. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
The warm-up concert will be performed by the Gal Friday Band at 4 p.m. May 25. The trio of Melissa York, Ashley Minn and Lauren Wilson offer a combination of Southern gospel, rock, bluegrass and country music.
The Mint Hill Fire Works Extravaganza will start at 10 p.m. People are encouraged to arrive early.
The festival is open from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Captain Jim’s Magic Show and Skyler the Stilt Walker will perform at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
No alcohol and no pets are allowed at Mint Hill Madness.
Visit www.minthillmadnessfestival.org for more information about the event.