There’s so much scheduled to take place in the Town of Friendly People on May 14, it only made sense to tie it all together.
The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce is doing just that, giving the name May Day in Zebulon to the Saturday that will feature the chamber’s 10th annual Greater Zebulon 5K Road Race, the second week of the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market and a Carolina Mudcats baseball game.
“We’re excited about promoting Zebulon and showcasing several great events for the whole family going on in one day,” said Denise Nowell, the chamber’s executive director. “We want the local community and our surrounding communities involved in all that’s going on.”
Nowell said uniting the activities under one title is directly related to hearing a desire for more community activities.
“As we partner with the town, we continue to look for opportunities for exposure for Zebulon businesses and residents,” she said.
There will be special prizes and promotions for people who recreate some form of the May Day in Zebulon logo and either present it in person or a selfie with their creation in a social media post using the hashtag #MayDayinZebulon to various businesses or organizations. Creativity is encouraged.
The Mudcats, for example, will offer a $7 ticket for each individual post including a selfie with a sign for the event on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. For five members of the same family to receive the discount, all five will need to post the photo and hashtag on their personal accounts.
May Day in Zebulon will kick off with registration opening for the 5K at 6:30 a.m. The event start and finish line is behind Zebulon Town Hall, and participants can choose to enter the 5K timed race, a 5K recreational run or walk, a one-mile walk, or a 100-yard dash for children.
Like in the event’s early years, a portion of the proceeds from the Greater Zebulon 5K Road Race will go support programs at the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club.
Local students will keep participants entertained along the race route, supplying music and even the encouragement of a team of puppeteers. There will also be water stops along the way.
The winners in every category of the event will take home both prizes and homemade goodies, baked by Zebulon-area residents.
The hours for the 5K, 9 a.m. to noon, will run alongside the Zebulon Farm Fresh Market, open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the front lawn of town hall. Organizers plan to make sure 5K participants know the market is taking place on the other side of the building, where it moved for this year in hopes of increased visibility and turnout.
“I think (uniting the events) is a great idea,” said Maurine Brown, the market’s manager. “I wish we would incorporate more things like this – put more things together.”
The market lives up to its name, offering fresh produce sourced from local farms. It also accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer cards and provides a dollar-per-dollar match for up to $25 for EBT card-using patrons.
The May 14 market will feature Dry Bread Road’s folk and bluegrass music. A strawberry recipe contest, open to the public, will also take place. Youth and adult divisions will be judged, and tokens to the market will be presented as prizes.
The U.S. Postal service will also be on site preparing passports and selling stamps and vinyl bags, Brown Bag Bagels of Wendell will have its food truck there and an educational session for children on food safety is on the agenda.
The Mudcats’ game against the Lynchburg Hillcats at 5 p.m. at Five County Stadium will wrap up the day’s activities. The baseball organization will be giving away drawstring bags to the first 1,200 children ages 14 and under who enter the gates.
Becca Holtgreive, director of community relations for the Mudcats, said the lineup of events is ideal for families who are looking to get out of the house on the weekend.
“It’s a great way to show the community wants people to come out and enjoy the day in Zebulon – that there are a lot of things to do here,” Holtgreive said. “And it’s a full day of family activites, going from a 5K to a fresh market to a baseball game.”
More information on May Day in Zebulon will be available on the chamber’s website at zebulonchamber.org. Updates will be posted on Twitter; search or follow @ZebulonChamber, @CarolinaMudcats or @ZebFFMarket.