By Chris Comer
January welcomes the start of a new year, with new beginnings and exciting progress. 2018 will be no different. There are many amazing community events to look forward to.
The Healthy Living Expo will be something you do not want to miss. Scheduled to take place on a Monday, March 19, please plan to attend this event with many informative vendors. There will also be free health screenings to take advantage of.
Recycle Day is a day for everyone in our community to bring their recyclables behind the Chamber. This is a free event and document shredding opportunity. Come out April 14 to bring all those things you want to get rid of in an environmentally friendly way. You will have the option to drop off metal, appliances, batteries, hard drives, cell phones, plastics, cardboard, and yard equipment. Drive your car up and the volunteers will unload for you.
The 26 Annual Spring Folly will not disappoint. Plan to come on out and enjoy music and entertainment May 4-6. There will be wonderful food from our local restaurants and civic organizations, as well as rides and carnival food at Harmon Park. There will be hundreds of vendors to visit along with an assortment of downtown shops to choose from. The Spring Folly has been recognized in the past as a Top 20 Festival in the South. Bring your friends and encourage your family to visit!
The Sidewalk Saturdays are a great opportunity to enjoy your downtown. Shopping and eating are plentiful. End the day with the Downtown Cruise-In, our gathering of local car enthusiasts. If you like old cars, you will not want to miss this fun event. Every day brings something new in Kernersville! Sidewalk Saturdays and the Cruise-Ins are scheduled for the second Saturday of the month from June through October.
Eating for Education is a way to give back to our schools and enjoy a family dinner. This event is always held on the second Wednesday of July, August, and September. Local restaurants are the place to be! Each participating restaurant gives back up to 10% of your purchase to Education Grants. We all have to eat…why not eat out for education? Do it for the kids!
July 4 in Kernersville is not to be missed. The run and parade are scheduled in the morning, swimming at the Kernersville Community pool at The Splash B4 The Blast, and then the concert and fireworks to end the night in style. It is a fun day and a great way to celebrate our independence in your own backyard.
We all remember that fall is a beautiful time to enjoy our community! October – December there are many great events. You do not want to miss the Downtown Trick or Treat held on Halloween. The roads are closed and there is plenty of candy flowing. The entertainment is fun too!
Holiday celebrations begin early in Kernersville with the day after Thanksgiving Holiday Open House through the annual Christmas Parade. The Holiday Open House on November 23 features Santa and carriage rides.
The day after Thanksgiving is a popular shopping day. Plan to shop local! Kernersville is a Shop Small Champion. Sponsored by American Express, there are always unique treasures to be found in our town so be sure to get out November 24 to shop our local stores.
Christmas Around the World and the Christmas Tree lighting go together the first Saturday in December. 2018 will be no different. Plan to spend the day and get in the Christmas Spirit on December 1.
The Annual Christmas Parade is one of the largest in the area. With thousands of people in the parade, it is always a good idea to set your chair out early. The Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 2 at 2:30 PM. There is a run right before the parade that benefits the Kernersville Foundation.
We are very fortunate in Kernersville to have history in the Museum and Depot, as well as fantastic shops and delicious food. Put these dates on your calendar. We hope to see you this year!
You can find great events listed at www.KernersvilleNC.com. Click on the calendar icon on the left of the home page or call your Kernersville Chamber of Commerce at 336-993-4521 with any questions.