MINT HILL, NC – 553 days: that’s how lengthy it’s been because the City of Mint Hill has staged an in-person occasion.
Over the previous yr and a half, the city has labored exhausting to offer alternatives for socially-distanced, COVID-safe enjoyable, just like the Scarecrow and Christmas Adorning Contests, the “I Love Mint Hill” Photograph Contest, and the “Hop Round Mint Hill” Easter Egg Hunt. These in style occasions gave the city’s residents a possibility to come back collectively throughout a time when circumstances necessitated we keep 6’ aside, however they’ve lengthy regarded ahead to the time that we’d have the ability to resume a few of our favourite in-person city gatherings.
That point lastly got here on Friday, June 12, with the primary Household Enjoyable Evening of 2021 at Veterans Park. The primary occasion was music by Thirsty Horses, a Charlotte-based cowl band who’s been entertaining crowds with rock, pop and nation hits since 2006. That includes Brett Milstead on vocals and guitar, Levi Citadel on lead guitar and vocals, Luke Barnette and Fred Banner on bass, and Chris McKinney on drums, the group wowed the gang with their favourite hits from the 60s by means of as we speak.
As well as, to reside music, there was a big “Household Enjoyable Zone” sponsored by Mint Hill Orthodontics. Model new to Mint Hill, Orthodontist Jared Little goals to make orthodontia enjoyable and straightforward. “When adults come, they are saying, I keep in mind braces being depressing!” says Little, “However it doesn’t should be that means. We make it actually enjoyable, actually environment friendly.”
The “Child Zone” supplied video games like miniature golf, cornhole, big Jenga, big checkers, and big join 4. Mint Hill Orthodontics might be sponsoring it in any respect 4 scheduled Household Enjoyable Nights. The occasion was additionally made attainable by Edifice Building, a longtime companion of the City of Mint Hill.
Along with music and video games, the occasion additionally featured a few of Mint Hill’s favourite meals vans. Many households selected to have a picnic dinner, buying meals and treats from the vans lined up on the far finish of the park: Chick-Fil-A, Thrasher Canine, Mama Ok’s Kettle Korn and Sammy’s So Good.
Regardless of an opportunity of rain all day, the occasion drew an enormous crowd to the park. Everybody managed to remain dry; in reality, the cloud cowl made for a nice night, cooling temperatures all the way down to one thing a bit much less stifling.
“We’re so glad to be again,” mentioned Mayor Brad Simmons simply earlier than the music kicked off. “We’re going to welcome Mint Hill again tonight with a giant occasion, and we’re wanting ahead to all of the occasions that we’re going to have the remainder of the summer season. Sheryl Smith and the Mint Hill Occasions group have labored actually exhausting to schedule stuff for the remainder of the summer season!”
The subsequent Household Enjoyable Evening will happen on July 10 and have music by Shelly Ruffin. Sustain with every little thing happening in Mint Hill on Fb @minthillevents.