UNION — The second day of the 20th annual Uniquely Union Festival gets under way today at 10 a.m. providing festival goers with a day full of live music and other entertainment, activities for the kids, and plenty of food including barbecue to sample and two doughnut eating contests to compete in.
Main Street between Enterprise and Church streets in downtown Union was closed Friday morning at 7 a.m. to allow the festival organizers and the other parties involved in the event to get set up on and along the street. Uniquely Union’s first day was scheduled to get under way at noon Friday and by that time vendors including both private businesses and local organizations had set up along the street ready to sell everything from food to flags to anyone and everyone attending the festival. Inflatables were set up in the middle of the street for children to enjoy later in the day with the opening of the Kidz Zone at 3 p.m. Also set up on the street was the stage where musical acts were scheduled to perform throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
That was the first day of the festival. Today is the second day of the festival and here’s all the family friendly fun that’s scheduled to take place.
The Kidz Zone will open at 10 a.m. and feature inflatables, rock climbing, and a mechanical bull. There will also be a “Kidz Donut Eating Contest” at 11 a.m. and an “Adult Donut Eating Contest” at 2 p.m.
There will be live music throughout the day including performances by Highway 49 (10-10:45 a.m.), Donovan Wells (12-12:45 p.m.), The Change (1-1:45 p.m.), Dazed Renegade (2-2:45 p.m.), and Mattie Phifer (5-5:45 p.m.)
The headline performers will The Root Doctors who will perform from 8-10 p.m.
The stage where all the performances will take place is located on Main Street between the Union County Courthouse and Union County School District Office.
In addition to live music, the festival also features live performances of a “new and unique folk art play” by Boogaloo Productions at 111 West Main St.
Car & Bike
While the main part of the festival will not get under way until 10 a.m., the Uniquely Union Car & Bike Show will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
Car Awards will be handed out at 3:15 p.m. and Bike Awards at 4:30 p.m.
BBQ Cook Off
The air around Main Street will be filled with the aroma of barbecue pork, chicken, and ribs as the cookers competing in the BBQ Cook Off battle it out to see who can cook the best barbecue.
During the course of that always popular struggle, festival goers will have the opportunity to sample the results of the hard work of the cookers as part of “Tasters’ Choice.” Festival goers who purchase a “Tasters’ Choice” ticket for $5 at one of the Welcome Centers set up in the downtown area will be able to get samples of from each of the cookers competing in the BBQ Cook Off.
Tasters’ Choice will take place at 1 p.m.
Also on the BBQ Cook Off schedule are the Pork Turn-In at 11 a.m.; Chicken Turn-In at 11:30 a.m.; Ribs Turn-In at 12 p.m.; Kidz Q and Sauce Turn-In at 12:30 p.m.; and the Cook Off Awards presented at 4 p.m.
Those with an interest in the history of Union County will be able to indulge it today as the Union County Museum will be open as part of the festival, offering free tours of its exhibits to all those who stop in.
Also open today as part of the festival will be the Union County Arts Council which will give those who stop by the opportunity to view the paintings and sculptures on display while also cooling off for a while.
This was one of several inflatables and other children’s activity structures placed on Main Street in downtown Union as part of the Uniquely Union Festival’s Kidz Zone. Today is the second day of the festival and the Kidz Zone offers children the opportunity to play on the inflatables, go rock climbing and even ride a mechanical bull. There will also be two doughnut eating contests, one for children and one for adults.
The Union Lions Club was one of the groups selling food items on Main Street in downtown Union during the first day of the Uniquely Union Festival Friday afternoon. The festival continues today at 10 a.m.
Vendors were set up on Main Street in downtown Union and ready for customers at the start of the first day of the Uniquely Union Festival Friday afternoon. The festival continues today at 10 a.m.
A customer orders a lunchtime treat from one of the vendors on Main Street in downtown Union Friday afternoon during the first day of the Uniquely Union Festival. The second day of the festival gets under way this morning at 10 a.m.
Members of the staff and management of Union Medical Center and the Union County Health Care Foundation are ready to hand out literature about the center and the foundation to persons attending the Uniquely Union Festival Friday afternoon. The second day of the festival gets under way this morning at 10 a.m.