Marcus Hamilton, a long-time Mint Hill resident and the cartoonist on the daily “Dennis the Menace” panel, will appear at the Bain Daze festival at the Mint Hill Park on Fairview this Saturday, September 21, between 10:30 am and 2 pm.
Visitors are encouraged to come by his tent around 11 am to see how he draws those lovable characters from the famous cartoon, developed by the late Hank Ketcham.╩ Hamilton will offer cardstock prints for $5 each and original posters for $25, with all proceeds going toward the Historic Bain Restoration.
In addition, “Dennis” keepsake calendars, signed by Hamilton, will be available for donations of $1 and up.
Hamilton has enjoyed a close connection with Bain Academy for many years.╩ His Uncle Oliver Hamilton was one of the school’s early headmasters, as well as a member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church. His children and two of his grandchildren are Bain graduates, and seven-year-old Conall Millward, his youngest grandchild, is currently a second-grader at the school, which has served students continuously for more than 124 years. Rumor has it that John LeGrand, Bain’s current principal, may try to channel John Bain during the festival!
Denny Allen, a lifelong Mint Hillian and a member of the dd Blues, will donate profits from his “Mint Hill Rocks” CD (available for $5 each) to the Historic Bain Restoration Project.  dd Blues has also recorded a special song for the festival, “Bain Daze Boogie.” It features Denny Allen on the sax. This CD will also be available for $5 at the festival, with proceeds going toward Historic Bain.
Another Mint Hillian appearing at the first annual festival is jazz pianist Bill Hanna, who will perform with Doug Henry on the tenor saxophone. The Bain Musik Bash, presented by Phoenix Media Tri-City Music Entertainment & Seminars, will be featured on the Main Stage throughout the day. Doc’s Front Porch, regulars at the local Farmers’ Market, will jam near the children’s playground area, starting around 1 pm.
Girls and women of all ages are invited to enter hats that reflect the times of Historic Bain during the 1889-1923 period in the Victorian Hat Contest.  Votes will be $1 each, with the top vote-getter receiving the prize.╩ The Beard & Mustache Contest is open to males of all ages, with one category for adult males and another for young males who prefer to wear fake beards or mustaches.Votes will be $1 each. The top vote-getter in each category will win a prize. A People’s Choice prize will also be awarded in the contests. 
Contestants may register on the day of the festival at the Historic Bain Restoration tent, between 10 am and 12 noon. Ladies should bring a photo of their hats to be used in the voting process. Gentlemen are also asked to provide a photo to be used for the same purpose. Participants are encouraged to seek support from festival-goers throughout the day. Votes will be cast in the tent, with winners announced at 5 pm. 
Bain Daze organizers promise plenty of action at the festival, which starts at 10 am and ends at 7 pm. Young visitors are sure to enjoy the Bounce Castle, Obstacle Course, Soccer House, Dunking Booth, Photo Booth, Face Painting, and children’s games such as Duck Pond, Paw Drop, and Bean-Bag Toss. Other contests planned for the day include Cow Pie Bingo, Corn Hole Tournament, Horseshoe Tournament, Hula Hoop Contest, Cake Walks, Potato Races, Sack Races, and Watermelon Seed-Spitting Contests. 
A number of area businesses have generously donated prizes that are sure to please the winners ą gift certificates for meals at local restaurants, haircuts, plants, and more.
The Historic Bain Restoration Committee, operating under the umbrella of the Mint Hill Historical Society, hopes to raise enough money to cover festival expenses and to pay for a feasibility study of Historic Bain to determine restoration costs and ways to repurpose the building. 
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Tax-deductible contributions for the project may be sent to the Mint Hill Historical Society/Historic Bain Restoration, c/o Yadkin Bank, P.O. Box 691193, Mint Hill, NC 28227.