Cruise-ins, cornhole tourney raise funds for park


By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Classic cars on display in downtown Boonville at the third-Monday cruise-in.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A lovely fall afternoon for the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Blue Sky Band performs at the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville.


Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — It was a perfect afternoon last Monday for the monthly cruise-in event, Hot Rods and Food Trucks, hosted in the town of Boonville and the town has even more fun events coming up.

“Seeing all of these families and friends enjoying good food, music, and fellowship in downtown Boonville on such a lovely evening swells my heart with joy and pride to be part of this community,” said Boonville Commissioner Bonnie Lasky. “It’s always exciting to see the members of the Yadkin Valley Cruisers roll in with their cars in absolutely pristine condition.”

The cruise-ins began in April and have been a big hit with area residents this summer. Next up on the schedule is a cornhole tournament slated for Oct. 8.

In addition to providing fun evenings for area residents, part of the goal of these events is to begin raising funds for a town park.

“After engaging the public’s interest about parks and recreation in the town of Boonville, the board is beginning to explore the possibility of a park in the downtown area,” said Town Administrator Sarah Harris. “Through this collaboration the town has created a Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to oversee long-term plans of parks and recreation projects. The committee has kept the survey responses in mind from the summer of 2015 and has since developed a phase 1 and phase 2 of the potential site which includes a walking trail, shelter, and playground equipment as potential aspects of the site.

“With ongoing efforts of securing a suitable site, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has partnered with the Boonville Business and Downtown Development Association, Inc., for a subcommittee for fundraising efforts,” Harris said. “It is through this fundraising committee they have raised money at the Boonville Bash, Hot Rods and Food Trucks, and now will continue their fundraising efforts while hosting a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 8. The efforts of private citizens and business owners to raise money for this endeavor has been nothing short of amazing in its efforts to keep the impact of the project on Boonville’s tax payers to a minimum.”

The cornhole tournament will be held on the Boonville Elementary School grounds from noon until 6 p.m. Those interested in competing may register in advance at Town Hall for $25 per team (two individuals per team) or register the day of for $35. The event is for children and adults 16 years and older. First and second place prizes will be awarded to the top teams.

“Come out and enjoy this upbeat event with music from a local DJ and delicious food from Papa John’s of Yadkinville,” Harris added.

The cruise-ins and other upcoming events have been truly a community effort, with participating from a number of town businesses and organizations.

“This was the first year for the Boonville Cruise-In. What a huge success as a family-friendly event for residents and visitors,” said Tom Bastable, a Boonville resident and member of the Downtown Business Association. “Thank you to everyone that came out for the evenings. For the September Cruise-in, The Blue Sky Band performed great music and lots of cars were displayed. In addition to the foods available from the Boonville Restaurant, Mid-town Gas n Grill, Little River BBQ and Veracruz Mexican Restaurant, the Boy Scouts offered baked goods, the Boonville Presbyterian Church offered their well-known fish dinners, and the Boonville Business and Downtown Development Association offered hot dogs off the grill. There was a raffle for prizes. The last Boonville Cruise-In this year will be Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 8 pm. Come out for a great evening!”

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

Classic cars on display in downtown Boonville at the third-Monday cruise-in.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_boonville.jpgClassic cars on display in downtown Boonville at the third-Monday cruise-in. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A lovely fall afternoon for the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_boonville1.jpgA lovely fall afternoon for the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

The Blue Sky Band performs at the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_boonville2.jpgThe Blue Sky Band performs at the third Monday cruise-in event in downtown Boonville. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

kburns@yadkinripple.com

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