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UPDATED: Unity Day Festival features yard sale, music and more

UPDATE (May 18, 2013) - The Unity Day portion of the festival has been cancelled due to the weather. We will announce the recipient of the Unity Day Award at the Newton City Council's next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Newton Nights is expected to begin at 5 p.m. Continue checking this website and our Facebook page for updates.

NEWTON, NC (May 7, 2013) – Head to downtown Newton on Saturday, May 18 and experience a variety of events and cultures. Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet presents Unity Day Festival, a day-long event that combines the City-Wide Yard Sale, Unity Day Celebration and Newton Nights.

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 here, 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 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.

Scheduled Performances:

  • 10:30 a.m. CF Pipes and Drums
  • 11 a.m. Welcome and Parade of Flags
  • 11:15 a.m. Hmong Dancers of Newton
  • 11:45 a.m. Pandemic Steel Drum Band
  • 1 p.m. Northview Middle School Step Team
  • 1:30 p.m. Clinton Tabernacle Choir
  • 2 p.m. John and Joanie Verhoff
  • 3 p.m. Centro Latino Dancers and Music
  • 3:30 p.m. Tai Chi Demonstration by Yue Li Ling
  • 4 p.m. Belfast Boys
  • 4:45 p.m. Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy of Mooresville

At 5 p.m., Newton Nights keeps downtown alive with a performance from Baby Black. The band entertains with funk, soul, hip-hop and rock music. The Elks Lodge will host a beer garden in Yount Park. The food and music continue until 8 p.m.

Concurrently, several downtown merchants are hosting their first Food, Art and Wine Crawl, which will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Head to The Studio, 106 East B Street, to pick up a map, then crawl to the additional participating businesses: Godoy Art Studio, Blue Moon Tavern, Carolina Vines Winery, 2 Pink Magnolias, Walker’s Pharmacy, Marie and Twannette’s Café and Zander’s Coffee House.