'We've come alive'
"I love it. It's wonderful. We've come alive as a community," Daisy Brown said.
Brown was just one of the people who came out for Caroleen-Henrietta-Avondale Day (C.H.A.D.) on Saturday. This first annual event offered community members a chance to celebrate their history and reminisce about growing up in one of the tri-communties.
"I think this is a good idea since the mills are gone, that's what held everyone together," said Vicki Price, who grew up in Caroleen but moved away to teach in Greensboro. "I moved back because I missed the mountains. This is home."
The day was put together by a committee who wanted these communities to have a day of recognition.
"At first some of us started meeting and having lunch and dinner and we got to talking about it. I put it on Facebook and asked people to let me know if they were interested and started getting a reaction," said Geraldine Duncan, president of the event committee. "Our tri-community area has never been recognized and we realized that everyone else had a day but us."
The day long event began at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hut. It was filled with fun, food and entertainment as over 20 vendors brought arts, crafts, food and a variety of other items for sale. The event committee also sold hotdog plates to raise money to hold the day again next year.
Other activities included free fishing at the Scout Pond, hay rides, cornhole and putt-putt. The Ellenboro and Cliffside Fire Departments brought their trucks to display and a smoke house for the children to climb through.
"I absolutely love this. The people who put this together are just outstanding," said Lonnie Ray, a graduate of Tri-High School Class of 1955. "Many of us went to high school together and this gives me a chance to see everyone."
One of the highlights of the day was the museum set up inside the Legion Hut with memorabilia representing the tri-communtieis on display. Community members visited the museum and reminisced about their days as children in the area.
"This day is something new for us and we have a lot of good folks out here," said Lane Duncan, member of the event committee. "We hope people are paying more attention to this area."
For more information about the Caroleen-Henrietta-Avondale committee or to get involved with future events visit Caroleen-Henrietta-Avondale Friends on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CaroleenHenriettaAcondaleFriends.