'All-America' Everybody's Day will be a throwback

Chamber of Commerce prepares for 105th annual event
Sep. 05, 2013 @ 01:11 PM

Everybody's Day will look a bit like a blast from the past this year.
As the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce prepares for the 105th annual event scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, several things old are materializing alongside a couple new faces. When looking for the Bank of North Carolina Music Stage, do not venture to the PACE Park Ampitheater. They won't be there.
Instead, go back to the turn of the millennium and head for the corner of E. Main Street and Memorial Park Drive.
"We're changing our footprint just a little bit by not using the ampitheater," said Doug Croft, president of the Chamber. "It was a difficult choice, but we felt like we needed to do that this year. We love that area and we'd love to return there in the future. It's actually going to be where it was 15 years ago, so we've been here before."
One thing that has not changed over the course of time is Croft's knack for finding the best local performers. Olivia Albertson, a Thomasville native and graduate of Catawba College, will headline a talented lineup. The 21-year old country artist will perform mid-day with her band.
The Big Time Party Band will take the stage at 1 p.m., to perform their hit single, "Cherry Groove" and several others. Croft said the band will offer an excellent collection of beach music.
"I was on a vacation last summer at the beach and was listening to a radio station down there," Croft said. "I was listening to it on my way to and from my destination and kept hearing a song, but they would not tell who sang it. I came back to work and sent the radio station an email to find out who sings it. It was the best new beach music sound I've heard in a long time. When the opportunity came up for us to have them, I called."
Everybody's Day, sponsored by Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, will feature a distinct "All-America" feel to it. Months after being named one of 10 All-America Cities by the National Civic League, Croft is excited to recap a whirlwind of events that have transpired for those who did not have an opportunity to go to Denver, Colo. for the presentation.
The All-America City booth will have a number of giveaway items, including posters, decals, temporary tattoos and new T-shirts with both the Everybody's Day logo and the All-America City logo. Uncle Sam will stop by to pose for pictures.
"We're going to have a little fun related to All-America City," Croft said. "We're expecting a similar guest appearance to our State of City and County Address. This will be the All-America City version of Everybody's Day."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.