Author: Jeanna White

Don’t Miss the Census Awareness Caravan!

Who doesn’t love a parade?

On Monday, August 24th, beginning at 6 p.m., a caravan of fire trucks, police cars, emergency services vehicles, along with a few ATVs or golf carts will proceed up and down every street in Cooleemee encouraging residents to take part in the 2020 Census. 

The 2020 Census is each resident’s opportunity to make a decade of a difference in the community. Since March, the percentage of Cooleemee residents who have participated in the US Census has lagged behind the average response rate in Davie County and the state. In an effort to increase their town’s rate, the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department was able to apply for the “2020 Get-Out-The Count” grant.

The NC County Coalition invited organizations who were committed to ensuring a fair and accurate Census to apply for these grants.  Most residents get their Census packets in the mail, but because Cooleemee residents receive mail by post office box only, Census workers must leave packets at every house.  Although there were flyers mailed and Census signs and banners placed around the town, there is still a need to raise awareness about how important it is to be counted.

“After learning about the Get-Out-The-Count RFP (request for proposals), we felt it was a great opportunity to rally the volunteers in the community to come together for this important event. The Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department agreed to take the lead and we proposed a Census Caravan in Cooleemee Event,” said Parris Whitley, Complete Count Committee member.

“Everyone loves a parade and with the pandemic, Cooleemee had to cancel the Independence Day Celebration that includes the Annual Lawn Mower Parade.  We thought a caravan through the Town would bring some excitement.”

It wasn’t long after the proposal was submitted that the county was notified that the grant selection committee for NC Count’s Coalition’s GOTC Community Outreach Program approved a grant to the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department.

At the Census Caravan event, residents will be able to watch from their porches and receive a goody bag filled with gifts and important information about the Census and how to participate via phone and internet. Volunteers at the event will be in masks and gloves, following social distancing guidelines. 

“The census is important in our community because important decisions and allocations of resources will be determined based on the information they obtain,” said Cooleemee Fire Chief, Doug Arledge. “I’m looking forward to the Census Caravan so that I can provide information about the importance of the census to our community.”

The rain date for the event is scheduled for August 31 beginning at 6 p.m. 

Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race of 2019 on Saturday, July 20th!

Duck Race with $400 in Prizes
You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, organizers hope that over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam this Saturday, July 20th at 1:00 p.m. sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $250. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $100 and the 3rd place better will win $50. That’s something to quack about!

This year’s Great Bullhole Duck Race, which runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m,  marks the 10th anniversary of the annual summer fundraiser which benefits the operation of the RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls…aka The Bullhole.


Music, Food, Vendors, Games & More
Stephen Allred of Emergency Music Service will rock the park throughout the day with his DJ and MC services.

Food will be provided by Compass Rose Provisions food truck and there will be cold treats offered by Fosters Muscadine Slushies and Snowie of NC frozen snow treats. Big Pappa’s Pig will be onsite with flavored pork skins.

The walkway to the river and the area around the picnic arbor will be lined with vendors including: 4 Fosters Candles & GiftsA Glitter of Faith Paparazzi Jewelry, Brown Mutt Woodworks and crafts, Darlene Layell’s Jewelry DesignsMaghon Barker Photography, Pigtails and Pearls, The Positively Polished Pineapple, Simply Stylin’ with Shay, and V’s Handcrafted Treasures.

Adopt a Duck Today for Only $5

There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,  You have to buy a ticket.  Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of five sells for $20, and you can purchase a “Flock” of twenty-five for $100. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.

Tickets can be purchased at Town Hall, Hot Diggity Dogs, and Davie Discount Drug in Cooleemee; Town Hall in Bermuda Run;  4 Fosters Candles & Gifts in Clemmons;  Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Davie County Recreation and Parks, and Foster Drug in Mocksville; and at the tourism desk in the Gateway in Salisbury.  Duck tickets will also be sold until  12:50 p.m. at RiverPark but no later.

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp

The O’Neal family will place the ducks in the river and the race will begin a 1 p.m.

RiverPark is found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).

There are a few vendor spaces still available. Contact Benita Finney at 336-671-0343 to reserve space or with any other questions.

4th of July Lawn Mower Parade and Festivities in Cooleemee on Thursday

Annual 4th of July patriotic lawn mower parade in Cooleemee, North Carolina
Annual 4th of July patriotic lawn mower parade in Cooleemee, North Carolina

Patriotism and love of county are alive and well in Cooleemee!

As our nation celebrates its 243rd  birthday, Cooleemee will host a day of activities promising fun for all ages!

Come enjoy the annual July 4th patriotic lawn mower parade in Cooleemee this Thursday. This patriotic event sponsored by the town of Cooleemee grows each year as entrants decorate a wide variety of lawn mowers, bicycles, golf carts, and floats. Walkers are welcome, too.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Cooleemee Elementary School on Marginal Street and wind its way up and down the quiet streets of Cooleemee until it reaches the Zachary House. Follow along the parade route and enjoy a stroll down the historic and picturesque streets lined with great old shade trees and historic mill homes.

Food, Water Fun & More
Following the parade, there will be festivities on the Zachary House grounds including free watermelon and ice cream, games, water fun, and more! The Ladies Auxiliary of the Cooleemee/Mocksville VFW will be selling hotdogs, chips, and drinks as a fundraiser.

If entering the parade, please be dressed or decorated in a patriotic theme and meet at 9 a.m. in the elementary school parking lot on Marginal Street.  There will be prizes for the best-decorated floats, lawnmowers, golf carts, or bikes.


Part Time Job Opening at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls – Park Superintendent

Part Time Job Opening at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls – Park Superintendent

RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls will be hiring a part-time park superintendent.  Please see below for a description of the responsibilities, qualifications, salary, and instructions for applying. 

River Park at Cooleemee Falls ~ The Bullhole

River Park Superintendent (P/T-Contractual)

General Definition of Work
Performs general technical skilled work facilitating day to day operations of River Park at Cooleemee Falls; completes a variety of general cleaning and maintenance of facilities, inputs and maintains data and records, conducts day to day operational and security procedures, collects water samples, provide support assistance for park events, and performs related work as required. Work is performed under the direct supervision of River Park at Cooleemee Falls Board of Directors.

This position is a part-time, contractual obligation that requires flexibility, strong reliability, initiative, work ethic, and character. Must be able to work weekends and holidays.

Qualification Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required and are not necessarily actual functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Essential Duties
Performs duties in accordance with the mission of River Park at Cooleemee Falls; encourages and promotes a culture of excellent park and customer service.

Execute daily opening and closing procedures for park facilities including but not limited to: opening and closing River Park gate, unlocking and locking restrooms.

Perform daily routine safety inspections of park facilities and communicate potential or imminent hazards to the River Park Board of Directors.

Perform daily cleaning of park facilities. Duties include: moping restrooms, trash pick-up on park grounds, emptying trash receptacles and replacing with new trash liners, and placing all trash in dumpsters.

Record and input daily attendance data from park vehicle counter; submits monthly spreadsheet to the Board of Directors.

Perform quarterly well-water testing and provide results to Statesville Analytical.

Remove limbs and other debris from trail ways and parking lots.

Remove graffiti from park facilities as needed.

Clear park patrons from the park at closing using tactful means.

Report security matters to local law enforcement (Cooleemee Police Department).

Perform general maintenance work as needed.

Perform customer service functions including providing information about rules and regulations, events, and historical significance of the park through communication in person while on duty.

Maintain a positive attitude towards the River Park Board of Directors, the park site, and park rules and regulations.

Assists with set up, breakdown and general execution of all special events sponsored and implemented by the River Park Board of Directors.

Performs job duties on weekends and holidays.

Perform other duties and assignments as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
General knowledge of the equipment and techniques necessary to successfully perform park operational procedures; general knowledge and the ability to competently perform park maintenance, general knowledge of first aid methods and necessary safety precautions to be used in park duties; general knowledge of park rules and regulations, preparing reports and the ability to express ideas and information clearly both orally and in writing, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with park patrons, the general public and the River Park Board of Directors. Possess excellent character, professionalism and moral compass. .

Education and Experience
The preferred candidate will have any combination of education and experience equivalent to a High School Diploma. Preferred experience in a park service or customer service environment.

Physical Requirements
This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 30 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires standing, walking lifting, speaking and hearing; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work occasionally requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities; majority of work requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions; work is generally in a intermittently noisy location (e.g. park, river water falls, and moderate traffic).

Special Requirements
Possession of CPR and First Aid certification preferred.

Valid driver’s license in the State of North Carolina.

Must have no criminal record and pass criminal background screening

Compensation Hourly Part-Time: $11.00 – $13.00 (DOQ/DOE)

How to Apply
Apply in person at the Town of Cooleemee, Town Hall located at 7766 NC-801, Cooleemee, NC. 27014. Town hall is open from 8 am to 1 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 pm to 5 pm Tuesday and Thursday.

To request an application via email, please direct your request to John Chandler at:


Cooleemee-Mocksville VFW Hosting “All-You-Can-Eat” Breakfast on Saturday, April 20th

Cooleemee Mocksville Memorial VFW Post 1119 with Commander Wayne Seamon.
Cooleemee Mocksville Memorial VFW Post 1119 with Commander Wayne Seamon.

Support Local Combat Veterans – at the Cooleemee-Mocksville Memorial VFW Post 1119 Annual All You Can Eat Breakfast!

On Saturday, April 20th, from 7-11 AM, The Cooleemee- Mocksville VFW will host a Breakfast. The All-You-Can-Eat breakfast will include ham, sausage, eggs, grits and gravy, biscuits, coffee and juice for just $7 per adult and $3.50 for kids 10 and under. The Cooleemee Mocksville Memorial VFW is located at 7722 Highway 801 South in Cooleemee.

Wayne Seamon, VFW Post 1119 commander since 2001, challenges everyone to “be a partner in patriotism and to come on out, enjoy a great meal and a time of fellowship.  Bring the kids to meet some local combat vets, and support all of our local veterans.”

Folks from Cooleemee-Mocksville VFW Post 1119 make regular visits to the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Salisbury to host bingo tournaments, distribute toiletries, reading materials and more to local veterans.

The VFW is America’s largest organization of combat veterans.

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