This week’s Mint Hill Times (and more photos from Mint Hill Madness 2009)

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The 2009 Mint Hill Madness was hampered by rain on Friday and Saturday, but that didn’t prevent the show from going on. Despite a cool, misty day, the parade on Matthews-Mint Hill Road was lined by parade goers from start to finish. At the festival, Saturday saw heavy rain in the afternoon, making the big day for the festival more subdued than hoped for. Read about the ups and downs of the Madness festival in this week’s Mint Hill Times.

Also in this week’s Times:

• Mint Hill could be getting a military museum in the near future. The town on Thursday told museum developers it wants to move forward with the construction of the museum next to the planned North Carolina Korean War Memorial at The Park on Fairview.

• With the military museum and the Korean War memorial, the Mint Hill Times editorial wonders if it is time to think about renaming the plain-named “Park on Fairview.”

• Columnist Leslie Southerland bemoans the amount of exercise it takes to sometimes exercise.

• Tim Long writes about the Mint Hill Lions Club’s donation to a marine from Mint Hill who is serving in Afghanistan. One of the requests from the soldiers? Baby wipes. Read why.

• Both Butler and Independence continue to dominate. The Bulldogs beat Myers Park, while Independence beat a strong East Meck team. A monumental November showdown is looking more and more likely.

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MH Madness mud sets town back $3,000

[singlepic=232,220,140,,left]A rainy weekend at Mint Hill Madness cost the town $3,000 more than normal according to Town Manager Brian Welch. Last year, the town spent $16,000 on labor, equipment and materials, among other things. This year, they spent $19,000. [singlepic=233,170,90,,right]More money was needed to fix ruts and bare spots, and to lay down straw. The cost could have potentially been more if Friday’s Madness was not canceled.

Want to see what it was like at this year’s Mint Hill Madness?

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Madness 2008 photo contest winners

The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of this year’s Madness photo contest. They are: Best Madness: Neecie Herndon; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Neecie Herndon. Best parade: Michael Cox; Second best: Michael Cox; Honorable mention: Scott Lang. Best Beauty Pageant: Jacob Michael. Best Kids only: Jacob Michael; Second best: Natalie Barnett.

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Madness one week later

In this Thursday’s Mint Hill Times, watch for Adam Houston’s report on how the rain affected last weekend’s Mint Hill Madness. Attendance was down, Fairview Park got a little muddy, and the parade didn’t have all its floats. That didn’t stop everyone from having a good time, however. Here’s the band Volatile Baby who played Saturday at 12:30. Video by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times.

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Mad(ness) cows strike!

Drop free stuff from a helicopter and watch people go crazy! That’s what happened at Mint Hill Madness last Saturday when Chick-fil-A sent stuffed cows floating down by parachute on to Fairview Park. (VIDEO by Tim Long, The Mint Hill Times)

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