Tar Heel Days this weekend in Union

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.

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.

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.