Spring Fling Under Way In Erwin

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By SHAUN SAVARESE

Of The Record Staff

The Erwin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Spring Fling continues today with a Gospel Sing at 6 p.m. at the Erwin Gazebo.

The golf tournament at Chicora Country Club was held yesterday afternoon with a pig pickin’. Eight teams participated in the tournament, hosted by John Hiester.

This evening’s Gospel Sing will feature The Crusaders and The Ollis Family of Morganton, formerly known as Eric and Laura Ollis with Mountain Ridge Ministries. The performers will have merchandise available for sale following their performances.

“We hope to have a good crowd, we really do,” event organizer Mike West said. “I always look forward to be able to share the ministry with the people.”

Tomorrow’s Gospel Sing will act as a kick off for the Gospel at the Gazebo events held Fridays during the summer. There will be bench seating and folding chairs available, but attendees are urged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, their family and friends.

Saturday at 11 a.m. is the Field of Glory dedication next to the gazebo on the old mill lawn.

Erwin Area Chamber of Commerce sold 125 memorials for $25 per flag with a name marking each.

The chamber has invited a few special guests, including the 82nd Airborne Chorus, which will perform for the dedication.

On the day of the dedication, all names of those honored and remembered will be called out by Chad Massengill. Kelly Giles set up the Field of Glory and Erwin Area Chamber of Commerce Administrator Abby Spring Fling, Page 16

The 82nd Airborne Chorus will perform Saturday in Erwin following the Field of Glory dedi-See cation at 11 a.m. between the gazebo and fire department.

Daily Record Photo/Shaun Savarese Spring Fling

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Barefoot will assist in reading names and the ringing of the bells.

“I think it is going to be really pretty there,” Erwin Mayor Patsy Carson said of the town’s first Field of Glory. “We want to reach out and invite veterans and active military to come out at 11 a.m. Saturday.”

The mayor confirmed the 82nd Airborne Chorus will perform, as well as some speaking presentations from a commander from Pope Air Force Base, a retired Air Force veteran from Charleston, S.C., and a local 16-year-old Boy Scout who will talk about what the flag means to him.

“People are already lining up to go through and look at (the Field of Glory),” Mayor Carson said Wednesday. “It was lit up last night, but we’ve added some spotlights to the front today.”

Tom Stewart will produce a video of the event from atop the Erwin Fire and Rescue building.

Following the Field of Glory dedication and commemoration, there will be vendors, entertainment, food, games and T-shirts, in part, to commemorate Erwin’s 50 years of incorporation.

The town will celebrate the anniversary by arranging games of the past for the children to play, including sack races, three-legged races and a tire roll. The event wraps up at 4 p.m.

Spring Fling is sponsored by the Erwin Area Chamber of Commerce and those interested should call (910) 897-7300 or visit the office at 100 W. F St., Erwin.

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