16The Greater Sandhills Chamber and Spring Lake have joined forces to bring back the vibrancy of Main Street.

After overcoming the challenges of Local Government Commission oversight, Mayor Kia Anthony and town aldermen have adopted a more responsible approach to spending, leading to an impressive growth in the general fund from $1.6 million to $11.2 million.

However, revitalizing Spring Lake’s Main Street requires the support of the community, which is why the town staff and Greater Sandhills Chamber are taking a community-driven approach.

Despite a decrease in visitor traffic to Main Street due to nearby bridge construction, the team is tackling the issue by organizing a series of monthly community block parties.

The first event in September was a resounding success, with Mayor Anthony describing it as “amazing” and “a great time for our community with dancing in the streets.”

The second block party will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. With over 20 vendors, including local Spring Lake businesses and those run by military spouses, event-goers can be sure to find a unique product or service.

For families with children, there will be a dedicated section with a range of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained.

Meanwhile, foodies can indulge in delicious concessions from Hugger Mugger Brewing Company and a variety of food trucks. Whether attendees are in the mood for a cold beer or some tasty street food, there will be something to suit all tastes.

Greater Sandhills Chamber will also take a moment to honor the life and legacy of Steve Milburn, a cherished member and supporter of the Chamber. Steve’s remarkable life and his contributions to the community will never be forgotten.

A special treat with this tribute will feature the band Rivermist taking the stage, promising an unforgettable performance with their unique blend of folk, country and blues. The soulful vocals, intricate guitar work and driving rhythm section will have music lovers swaying to the beat all night long.

Come join the Town of Spring Lake, Greater Sandhills Chamber, Greater Fayetteville Chamber, Hope Mills Chamber, Milburn family and UPS Store in this
celebration of life.

Musicians, vendors and food truck operators are all welcome to participate in future events and connect with the organizers.

Those interested in taking part in this fun-filled celebration of local art and music should venture out to Main Street in Spring Lake on Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more information, contact Lillian Anderson at 772-204-4439 or the Chamber at info@greatersandhillschamber.com.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be a part of this community event, which promises to be one of the highlights of the year in Spring Lake.

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