Tar Heel Days brings people together

Hundreds of people gathered to watch the Tar Heel Days parade in Union Saturday morning.

The parade started on Center Street and made its way back around after a couple of blocks.

Many vehicles and exhibits traversed the route including the Union Fire Department and Little Miss. and Mr. Union-Witten Kylie Pekarek and Gavin Backoff.

“My favorite thing about Tar Heel Days is just hanging out with friends and having a good time,” said John Rash a parade spectator.

Other activities Saturday included a car and tractor display, silent auction, raffle, and a pool party.

Of course there was also the crowd favorite fireworks later on in the evening.

The South Hardin Kiwanis Club made an appearance as well, putting on a dinner after the parade.

“We help children not only in our community but throughout the world and we’re involved with programs to do that,” said Bill Patten, president of Union Kiwanis Club. “The money here we funnel back through the community and help children through the schools and hospitals and the children’s networks, particularly in Iowa City.”

The parade was a big hit with the folks of Union but they love Tar Heel Days for other reasons as well.

“My favorite thing is all the people that you get to see again,” Patten said. “Neighbors you don’t get to see often, classmates that come back that haven’t been here in years. This is an opportunity for people to come and perhaps even come quite a distance and see people again. To have a nice day here and have dinner together. It’s good to catch up one’s family, that’s what’s fun about it. It’s a vehicle to bring people together, that’s what’s important.”