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Campus, community celebrate Pembroke Day
By Elise Quidley News Editor
October 10, 2013
The event was sponsored by the University and the Town of Pembroke.
The festival was held in the Quad between Old Main and the Livermore Library.
There were 146 vendors at this year’s Pembroke Day festival, as well as 63 healthcare representatives.
The ROTC Color Guard began the morning with the posting of the colors flag ceremony prior to the “Pembroke Singers” group singing their versions of the “National Anthem” and UNCP’s “Alma Mater.”
A group called the “Southern Sun” sang an American Indian Honor song, and a Jazz Ensemble entertained the audience throughout the day.
“It was probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen since I’ve been a student,” Pembroke Singers member Billy Morrozoff said.
Chancellor Kyle Carter welcomed Mayor Milton Hunt after encouraging the residents of Pembroke and UNCP students to walk around and get to know each other and familiarize themselves with the campus.
The Pembroke Day tradition has served as an outreach opportunity for many businesses in the area.
“Any business is about exposure,” local business Native Sisters Styles representative Keith Scott said. “We are just out here showing everyone what is available to them.”
Miss UNCP Kelsey Cummings brightened up the stage singing her version of “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.
Free health screenings and affordable healthy lifestyle suggestions were given out at this year’s Pembroke Day festival.
“It’s important to inform the community on simple and affordable ways to maintain their overall health so it will decrease the risk of illnesses,” president of Health Careers club Brittany Williams said.
Pembroke’s Miss Lumbee, Teen Miss Lumbee, Junior Miss Lumbee, Little Miss Lumbee and Senior Miss Lumbee were all in attendance at this year’s festival.
“I think it is really great that they are trying to bring the community and school together,” junior Amanda Strickland said.