ELIZABETHTOWN — Three Bladen County organizations are teaming up to raise money for a local school.
On Saturday, the Bladen County Youth Focus Project, the Bladen County Training School/Bladen Central High School Alumni Association, and the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will be hosting the eighth annual Oktoberfest.
As always, the activities will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade filled with classic cars, kings and queens, motorcycles, at least one drill team, elected officials, and dance troupes. The parade will exit the Fresh Foods parking lot and head west on Swanzy Street. After turning left on MLK Drive, the participants will make their way the roughly three-quarters of a mile to the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy campus, where the parade will end.
A highlight for the day promises to be the award-winning Paul R. Brown Drill Team performance. Earlier this year, the drill team made national history when, in Florida for the General John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition, it became the first high school team ever to claim the championship title in a competition that has been in existence for more than 100 years, a feat accomplished by beating out the likes of Toledo (Ohio) State (the reigning four-time champion), Kansas State, and Clemson University.
“They’re really impressive to watch,” said Minnie Price, a representative with the Bladen County Youth Focus Project.
A car show — a first for the event — will be held, along with bounce houses, face painting, and a basketball contest, the latter of which will mete out a cash prize. In addition, food vendors will be offering treats like funnel cakes and BBQ, and the Bladen County Youth Focus Project will be selling fish or chicken plates. For $7, buyers will get a meat, baked beans, and slaw.
“Everybody always loves the food,” Price commented.
What it’s all for
The effort is an attempt to raise money for a much-needed project. The roof on the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy building is in need of replacement and, as a charter school, the expense is on the shoulders of the charter committee. Price said approximately $15,000 is still needed to complete the project.
“We’ve been trying to get a roof on this building for several years,” she remarked. “We have two sections replaced, and we’re trying to get the final section done. It’s in bad shape.”
Oktoberfest will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown building, located at 1360 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. For additional information, call 910-872-1712 or 910-872-5333.
Chrysta Carroll can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.