Unity Day Festival combines events, moves downtown

NEWTON, NC (April 11, 2013) – Clear your calendar on Saturday, May 18 and get ready to spend the day at the Unity Day Festival in downtown Newton. The day-long festival will combine the City-Wide Yard Sale, Unity Day Celebration and evening entertainment. All events will take place in downtown Newton.

The day kicks off with the 8th Annual City-Wide Yard Sale at 7 a.m. hosted by the Newton Festival and Events Committee. The yard sale will take place on the streets between South Brady Avenue and South Ashe Avenue and between A and C Streets. Spaces are available for $5 each and are the equivalent of a parking space, approximately 10’ x 20’.  No electricity is available, but participants may bring tents, tables, trailers, etc. Vendor set up will begin at 5:00 a.m.  Commercial vendors are prohibited, and only “yard sale” type items are allowed. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Registration forms are available in PDF format below, at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave and at City Hall, 401 North Main Ave.  To register, send a completed registration form, along with $5 (cash or check payable to City of Newton), to Citywide Yard Sale, c/o Newton Recreation Center,  PO Box 550, Newton, NC 28658. Advance registration is required to participate in this event.

At 11 a.m. the Unity Day Celebration hosted by the Newton Human Relations Council begins downtown with the annual Parade of Flags. The Unity Day Award will be presented at noon. The mission of Unity Day is to bring the communities of the City of Newton together in unity and love; to promote positive multi-cultural relations and harmony throughout the City; to bring everyone together by raising the public’s vision above barriers of color, culture and creed; and to celebrate the value and respect for diversity through dance, music and food.

Come help us celebrate and embrace diversity through word, art, dance, music and food. Children’s activities include inflatables, crafts and face painting. We are still seeking food and craft vendors; applications are available in PDF format below.

At 5 p.m., the Festival and Events Committee will host Newton Nights. Local favorite Baby Black will keep downtown alive with high-energy music. Food will continue into the evening, and a wine and art crawl is in the works.

Continue visiting or the City’s Facebook page for the latest updates on the Unity Day Festival. Click here for the festival flyer.

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