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Tar Heel Days this weekend in Union

Music, food, parade all on tap

July 30, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Union Tar Heel Days, the festival which brings the town of Union together and is also named for its roots that trace back to North Carolina, will be held this weekend.

Tar Heel Days will be Friday and Saturday in the southeastern Hardin County town.

The town comes together at 5 p.m. Friday with supper in the park followed by the 6 p.m. announcement of Little Miss and Mr. Union-Whitten.

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The CPR Band, from Marshalltown, will perform from 8 p.m to midnight Saturday as part of Union Tar Heel Days.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and feature dozens of entries. Grand marshals of the parade this year will be Bob and Donna Rays, longtime residents of Union and supporters of the town.

New to Tar Heel Days this year will be the appearance of the drum group Sheltered Reality, which performs at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

"I think they'll provide great entertainment for all ages," said Lezlie Reel, one of the organizers of the event.

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Union Tar Heel Days


10 a.m. - Buster Nyce memorial youth golf tournament (South Harden Rec Area)

5 p.m. - Supper in the park (city park)

6 p.m. - Little Miss and Mr. Union-Whitten (city park)

6:30 p.m. - Auction (city park)

Dark - Night golf tournament (South Hardin Rec Area)


7 -10 a.m. - Breakfast (fire station)

7:45 a.m. - 5K fun run and 1-mile walk (telephone office)

8:30 a.m. - Sitting pretty contest (in front of bank)

11 a.m - Parade

After parade Car and tractor display, raffle drawing, silent auction (Main Street and city park)

Noon - Kiwanis lunch (city park)

12:30 p.m. - Sheltered Reality performance (city park)

1:30 p.m. - Union Fire Dept water fights (town hall)

2:15 p.m. - Kids water fights (town hall)

5 - 6 p.m - Ken Newby BBQ cookoff (Center Street)

6 - 8:30 p.m. - Pool party luau (city pool)

8 p.m. - midnight - Street dance with CPR band (Union Supper Club)

8:45 -10:45 p.m. - Youth dance with DJ (Rec Center)


9 a.m - Hymn sing worship service (city park)

There will be several Saturday afternoon events leading up to the 5 p.m. Ken Newby BBQ cookoff. The Marshalltown trio known as the CPR Band, for Classic Premium Rock, will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday as part of the street dance. The band features Jim Finders, John Peterson and Tim Duden. This is the second consecutive year the CPR Band will play Tar Heel Days.

"It's a great atmosphere and a great small town feel," Finders said.

Teens will also have a chance to boogie as a DJ will be at the recreation center Saturday night.

Reel said, overall, the community looks forward to the festival

"It's an exciting way to get the community together," Reel said. "The money we make from Tar Heel Days goes back into the community."

Reel said the new town signs and landscaping on the east and west sides of Union were paid for with money collected at past Tar Heel Days.



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