The Godwin-Falcon Community Day parade begins at Godwin-Falcon Fire Department at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
The path of the parade will proceed to Willie J. Burnette Park, at 4924 Markham St. in Godwin. Parade participants should arrive at the fire department around 9 a.m.
The Godwin-Falcon Community Day opening ceremony will start at 11 a.m. and continue through noon.
The ceremony will begin with a welcome address from Godwin Mayor Willie Burnette and Falcon Mayor Clifton Turpin. An opening prayer will follow, led by Dr. Stanley Williams of Spring Hill Free Will Baptist Church. There will then be a moment of silence for citizens and armed forces.
The grand marshal(s) will be introduced, followed by an introduction of special guests and the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Cape Fear High School Navy JROTC. Glenda Tucker will perform the national anthem.
From noon until 1 p.m., Lady & Two Gents will perform, followed by songs from two local choirs; Spring Hill Freewill Baptist Church and the Synan Chapel Singers.
Joe and Bonnie Byrd will perform a “Hee Haw” skit at 1:45 p.m. This will lead up to tractor show awards at 2:15 p.m. disc jockey Jeff Edwards will entertain the crowd until cleanup at 5 p.m.
There will be food — chicken, fish, hamburgers, soft-serve ice cream, lemonade and hot dogs — with all the trimmings. There will be a number of vendors, children’s games, obstacle courses, slides, bouncy houses and dancing.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Command Center, bomb robot and K-9 demonstration will be on site. The Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation wildlife trailer will be in Willie J. Burnette Park, in Godwin, as well as a Duke helicopter, a kid’s ID print station and a 50/50 raffle.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the Godwin-Falcon Community Watch booth for information of upcoming events, like “Trunk-or-Treat” on Friday, Oct. 20.
— Shaun Savarese