Tar Heel Days tradition continues

Union Tar Heel Days is a community festival which truly helps out the community. Not only does it draw hundreds of people from out of town, it also raises money to benefit community entities such as the pool, public library, golf course and volunteers services, said Lezlie Reel, one of the festival organizers.

“The money goes back into the community,” Reel said.

The majority of the events will run from Friday night through Saturday night in the southeastern Hardin County town. The popular parade will charter a course through downtown Union and begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“The kids like the parade for the candy and the adults like the entries as far as the different floats people come up with,” Reel said.

Grand marshals of the parade this year are Joe and Barb Knight, who operated a barber shop and beauty shop in town.

Stick around the downtown area after the parade for several events including the drum group Sheltered Reality at 12:30 p.m.

“They are back by popular demand,” Reel said.

Saturday night will feature a little of everything including pool party from 6-8:30 p.m., a performance by the Marshall County Hangmen band from 8 p.m. to midnight and fireworks at dark.

“Danny Hauser is putting on the fireworks again and he always puts on a spectacular show,” Reel said.

The festival gets its name from the first settlers of Union, who arrived from North Carolina, the Tar Heel State.