Leland Founders’ Day celebration offering live music, tribute to veterans

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Leland's annual Founders' Day event returns to the Brunswick Forest commercial area this Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. This year's event marks the town's 25th birthday. Photo courtesy Town of Leland.
Leland’s annual Founders’ Day event returns to the Brunswick Forest commercial area this Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. This year’s event marks the town’s 26th birthday. Photo courtesy Town of Leland.

The Town of Leland is celebrating its 26th birthday with live music, festival rides and a tribute to area veterans.

It all begins at 3 p.m. this Saturday, at the Brunswick Forest commercial area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd., just off U.S. 17, and will end with a fireworks show at 9 p.m., according to Founder’s Day spokeswoman Amy Ryan.

The Town of Leland was incorporated on Sept. 12, 1989. Each year, the town celebrates its incorporation with the Founders’ Day celebration on the second Saturday of September.

The celebration will be the biggest Founders’ Day to date, Ryan said. There is no charge to participate, but patrons are asked to bring canned or boxed food items to contribute to the local food drive that will benefit area food banks.

“We’re trying to give back a little bit more this year,” Ryan said.

The event will kick off with a patriotic salute to veterans featuring an appearance by the All Veteran Parachute Team and patriotic music will begin at 3 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to arrive by 2:30 p.m. Saturday to receive priority seating.

The celebration will also feature live music, six area food vendors, a carnival, children’s activities and arts and crafts vendors, Ryan said.

Live music will feature special musical performances from the local three-piece group, the Hatch Brothers, offering a variety of music as well as local singer and guitarist Scott Gales, who will be playing a tribute to folk legend Glenn Campbell. Norlina will also make her musical appearance in Leland with her full band from the Piedmont region, Ryan said.

Carnival rides include the Pirate’s Revenge swinging ship ride, a rock wall, the Rapid Slide, a bungee trampoline and more. Face painting and other family games will also be available for children.

The event will take place rain or shine. If severe weather conditions arise, precautionary safety measures may be considered at that time, Ryan said.

For more information about the Town of Leland and its history visit the town’s website.