Dunn to host a Downtown Summer Explosion

Music, games, food and more slated Saturday


Local band The Aviators will get things rockin’ this weekend when the city of Dunn plays host to a Downtown Summer Explosion.

From 4 until 10 p.m. Saturday, the event will feature music, food, activities for the kids and vendors in the parking lot at the Dunn Shrine Center, 211 N. Clinton Ave. In case it rains, activities will move inside.

Organized by the Downtown Dunn Development Corporation’s Recreational Activities Committee, chaired by Melissa Scott, the event is being held to coincide with this year’s Dixie Youth AAA State Tournaments. The Downtown Summer Explosion will give the throngs of ball players, their families and fans here in town for the week-long event some fun activities to enjoy in the evening following Saturday’s games.

“Dunn is a part of the NC Main Street Program,” said Tasha McDowell, Dunn’s community planner and downtown coordinator. “After meeting with the Main Street representatives over several months, their staff has identified three areas of growth for the city of Dunn. They are: Economic development, cultural opportunities and recreational activities. The Downtown Summer Explosion is being hosted by our Recreational Activities Committee.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Local five-piece band, The Aviators, will play a variety of music. Band members include drummer Kevin Hinson of Fuquay-Varina; keyboardist and back-up vocalist John Scott McKay of Dunn; lead vocalist, frontman and rhythm guitarist Wade Hodges of Erwin; bassist and back-up vocalist David Morris of Dunn; and lead guitarist James Brian Mason of Bunnlevel.

The band was established in 2016 and performs a variety of music, including classic rock, country, soul, grunge and originals. McDowell reports that in addition to musical entertainment, there will be two food trucks, Cattail Q and Funn-4-Ahl funnel cakes and food will be offered by downtown businesses The Organic Butcher Shop and Ms. P’s Blissful Bites, along with local merchants.

Entertainment for the children will include a bouncy house, baseball throw, sidewalk chalk and other activities.

“Please bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs out to enjoy this event,” McDowell said.


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