Mint Hill Madness seeks sponsors, vendors, volunteers

By Michele Dotson

Mint Hill Madness logo 2014This year’s Mint Hill Madness will be the first for Mint Hill Events, Inc., the newly formed non-profit 501(c)(3) that has taken over planning the annual event which will run Friday, May 23 from 4-10 pm, Saturday, May 24 from 10 am-10 pm, and Sunday, May 25 Noon-6 pm at Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. Continue reading

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Mint Hill Madness set for Memorial Day Weekend

By Michele Dotson : Staff Writer- dotson.michele@minthilltimes.com

Plans for this year’s Mint Hill Madness are well underway and the four-man Board of Directors is looking for ways to make it bigger and better than ever. Board members Dalton Taylor, Tony Long, Julian Venable, and Scott Harris have been working quietly behind the scenes for the past few months.Screen Shot 2013-10-27 at 4.21.20 PM

“Right now we’re putting finishing touches on several key components for planning,” says Dalton Taylor. “Our 501 (c)(3) status is very, very close to being finalized, our website is being built, and applications are being updated.”

Dalton says once these pieces are done and in place, they can line up vendors, entertainment, and solicit volunteer organizations for assistance.

“We want to run this so that the volunteer organizations that help can generate money for their non-profit,” says Taylor.

Board member Julian Venable says the Board is committed to the project and knows Mint Hill residents are supportive. Continue reading

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Park renamed, Mint Hill named Purple Heart City

Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.41.17 AMThe Mint Hill Town Commissioners voted unanimously at its October 17 meeting to rename the Mint Hill Park on Fairview to Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park. The new name will be dedicated at the Korean War Memorial unveiling on November 9.

Several members of the Order of the Purple Heart were present for a proclamation naming Mint Hill as a Purple Heart City.

Mayor Biggers said, “Now, therefore, I, Ted H. Biggers, Jr., Mayor of the Town of Mint Hill, North Carolina, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners, do hereby bestow honorScreen Shot 2013-10-03 at 2.53.20 PM and gratitude upon the Military Order of the Purple Heart and proudly supports the recognition of the Town of Mint Hill as a “Purple Heart City in the State of North Carolina.”

Commander Mike Stubbs introduced accepted the proclamation and introduced the members of Wounded Warriors Chapter 634 that were present. Members represented military service from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

“These veterans are the reason we can live the way we live in the United States,” says Stubbs.

The Board of Commissioners came down to the floor to shake hands and congratulate the veterans at the conclusion of the presentation. Continue reading

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Board makes big Madness change official

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Dalton Taylor updates the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners on the status of Mint Hill Madness. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

The future of Mint Hill Madness took center stage again at the Mint Hill Town Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, March 14. It is official, there will be no Mint Hill Madness in 2013.

Dalton Taylor, a member of the organization formed to head Mint Hill Madness after the Chamber of Commerce gave up management of the annual festival, presented the latest updates on Madness, and asked the Board to approve a landmark date change.

The Board voted to approve the date change, from the regular date in September, to Memorial Day 2014.

Time was the driving factor to move Madness from September 2013 to May 26, 2014. The change in leadership took up critical money-raising and planning time, and to keep the September date, the town would have had to cover the cost itself.

“I realize this year, we are behind the power curve so to speak, in getting things done in a timely fashion to make the festival a success this fall. I wish it was different,” said Mayor Ted Biggers.

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Mint Hill weighs future of Madness at January meeting

Mint Hill Madness, the yearly festival that has been presented by the Chamber of Commerce for the last three decades, took center stage at last Thursday’s Board of Commissioners’ meeting. 
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is relinquishing their management of the event turning that responsibility over to a nonprofit organization that will be created solely to manage Mint Hill Madness.
Nancy Bradley and Marty Cocking of RelyLocal,  presented the board with information and plans for the future of the festival, citing the mission of the new Madness, “to bring back vitality to Mint Hill Madness by repurposing the festival to support local 501(c)3 charitable organizations to foster community and help rebuild economic growth in Mint Hill.”
The proposition is to create a board of directors that will manage the nonprofit, Mint Hill Madness, which will make all executive decisions regarding the festival. 
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Madness brings out crowd

The parade, concerts, food, and rides are packed away, and downtown Mint Hill is back to normal, but last weekend, Madness was in full swing, flooding the streets with parade floats, vendors, food, and patrons.

This year’s Madness saw a notable increase in attendance, with record numbers for the Lions Club 5k run and an especially long parade.

“We had a real good event this year, it seemed like there was more thorough planning,” said Bob Lucas, member of the Camber of Commerce Board of Directors. “Certainly the people that visited expressed their appreciation for everything that went on, our vendors developed a lot of contacts in the community, and fireworks came off without a hitch.”

The chamber won’t know their monetary return on the event for a few weeks, when invoices are reported and the Chamber can evaluate the money generated, but so far, reviews from people involved have been positive.

“I was talking to some of my partners in the chamber and we have heard nothing but good reviews—our ride partner had a terrific event, our food vendors had a terrific event,” Lucas said.

Saturday morning, the parade made it all the way through the mile-long route rain-free and with more marchers than usual.

“It’s the first time that anybody can remember there were that many people lined on the street on either side of 51,” Ferretti said. “I think it’s the most we’ve had out there.”

Lucas also noted this year’s larger parade.

“It was really interesting to stand out on Hwy. 51 and look from the intersection of Lawyers Road and look both ways and see the parade lined up as far as you can see,” said Lucas.

Prior to the parade, the Lions Club 5k race drew plenty of attention on its own, with record number of runners.

“The Lions’ 5k race, they were over the top,” Ferretti said. “There was something like 369 registered runners for the race, the most that we’ve ever had.”

The only problem this year was a short rain shower that lasted about an hour, which hardly put a dent in the festivities.

“The only thing is we had that little shower in the middle of the afternoon, but that was out of our control,” Lucas said, “But seemed like everyone hung in there with us and once we looked off to the west, we were able to see some blue sky and wound up, we had a terrific evening.”

Looking to 2013, the Chamber has to rethink the general layout of the event, because the old town hall will be converted to the police station, presenting a

new set of logistical challenges.

“The Chamber’s going to sit down with the mayor and the chief of police and the fire department and everybody that was involved,” Ferretti said.

That conversation should happen by February or March of 2013, with the main concerns being where to put the events and rides that, next year, won’t be able to be located in the same area.

Overall, the event was considered a huge success by the Chamber, Ferretti and Lucas saying that everyone they spoke to gave positive feedback and showed intentions to be back for 2013.

“I think it was fantastic, actually,” Ferretti said. “I’m getting tons of positive feedback, whether it be email, text, or phone calls, I think that it was great this year.”

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