MIDWAY COMMUNITY — A large group of churches in northern Sampson County is pulling together again this weekend as part of its annual effort to bring a little joy and some fun free activities — and food — to the masses.
This Saturday will mark the 8th annual Midway Area Churches (MAC) Association’s Community Fun Day, a day that will include free food, music, inflatable rides and inspiring messages and much more. And, for the third year, the fun day will also play host to its popular car show.
The festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, on the grounds of Midway Elementary School, located at 15375 Spivey’s Corner Highway (U.S. 421), Dunn.
Pastor Floyd Ray urged everyone to come participate in the fun, which will also include a giveaway of 300 bags of groceries. MAC Association’s Community Fun Day has grown considerably since its inception and hosted around 2,800 people last year. Ray said he wants to continue to see that number grow, hoping to eclipse 3,000 this year.
“It will be even bigger this year,” he remarked. “The community is excited about it. We’re looking for a good turnout.”
The MAC Association includes close to 50 different churches in the Midway and surrounding area. Through the annual Community Fun Day event, each church donates $200 apiece as well as other goodies on the day of the event in order for everything to be offered free. Along with hundreds of bags of groceries, Ray said hot dogs, hamburgers and pork chop sandwiches will be available along with cotton candy, cakes, cookies and other treats.
“Each church donates $200 apiece during the year and we use that to prepare for the occasion,” said Ray, who pastors Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church on N.C. 55. “The association is all denominations, creeds and colors and the goal of this event is to come together and reach the world and the children”
The event has been a hit. It has grown over last year in terms of sponsors for the car show.
Last year, there were three dealerships that sponsored the show, which itself had 65 entrants. This year, there are four dealerships, including Bleecker Chevrolet, Dorman Cadillac/GMC, Go Toyota and Go Automotive (Buick). Similarly, Ray is hoping for close to 100 entrants.
Ray knows people will come out for the groceries and the free food. Free groceries were handed out last year and when Ray showed up the Midway Elementary at 7:30 a.m. there was already a line forming at the gates, which don’t open until about 10:45 a.m.
“It was unbelievable,” he said.
Ray said he hopes they will stay for the rest of the fun and the free activities the churches work hard to organize.
“It’s a fun event,” he remarked, “and it gives the churches a chance to advertise themselves while giving something to the community.”
Cost for registration in the car show is $20. Trophies will be given for best in show and according to the make of vehicles, as well as other categories. For more information, call Pastor Floyd Ray at 910-890-6285 or Kelvin Blackman at 910-973-5171.
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