Springfest takes over in Mount Holly later this month

by Sarah Melton

The crowd goes wild at a previous Springfest Festival as a kid hits his mark and dunks a man. A Dunk Tank is one of several fun events planned for this year’s festival.

Mount Holly Springfest, an event filled with food, games, vendors and music, arrives in a few weeks.

Springfest kicks off with a series of events, starting with a golf tournament April 25, and concludes with the actual Springfest event May 7 in downtown Mount Holly. All of the money raised from the events goes to the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation and the Mount Holly Community Relief Organization, both nonprofit groups that give back to the community.

“It is a lot of fun,” Springfest Chairwoman Heather Oplinger said. “People come out from all over. A lot of people come down, stay for a few hours and just have a really good time.”

Mount Holly Springfest events include:

• The Mount Holly Springfest Golf Classic will be held April 25 at Pine Island Country Club. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start following at noon. Fees are $100 for an individual or $75 for active military, police and fire personnel. Prizes will be given out to the top two finishers and golfers hitting closest to the pin and the longest drive. To sign up for the golf classic, contact Bryan Hough at 704-827-6922 or 704-488-9010 or bhough@gbs-benefits.com.

• The 61st annual Community Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 30 in the Grand Hall of the Mount Holly Municipal Complex in conjunction with Springfest. Door prizes will be available. Miss Mount Holly Shane McCaleb, Mount Holly’s Outstanding Teen Kaitlyn Paccitto and Statesville’s Outstanding Teen Caroline McMurry will provide the entertainment.

The Man and Woman of the Year will be announced two weeks prior to the event and will be honored at the dinner. Past Man and Woman of the Year award recipients sponsor the event.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at BB&T, 150 S. Main St.; David’s Detailing & Car Wash, 201 S. Main St.; and Charlie’s Drug & Sundries, 125 W. Central Ave., all in downtown Mount Holly. For more information, contact Carol Featherstone at 704-827-3214 or aclsyimage@aol.com.

• The movie “Toy Story 3” will be shown at dusk April 30 at Tuckaseege Park. Residents can snack on hot dogs, ice cream, pizza, chips and sodas from vendors Nathan’s Hotdogs, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and Little Caesars Pizza. Oplinger hopes families will come eat dinner at the park, relax and enjoy the movie.

• The Springfest Community Choir will perform a concert at 7 p.m. May 2 at First Baptist Church-Mount Holly. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Charlie’s Drug & Sundries or at First Baptist Church-Mount Holly, 300 S. Main St., Mount Holly.

• The Seniors Dinner takes place at 5:30 p.m. May 3 at the Mount Holly Municipal Complex. Volunteers from the Ida Rankin Safety Patrol, Boy Scouts, Community Development Foundation and city council members and officials will be serving seniors. Donations for door prizes are still being accepted.

Seniors who want to attend the free dinner should call Mount Holly City Hall at 704-827-3931. Seating is available for the first 300 individuals who register.

For more information on Mount Holly Springfest, call 704-951-0159 or visit www.mounthollyspringfest.com.

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