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The Great Bullhole Duck Race is back for 2021 – Saturday, August 14!

Over 1000 yellow rubber duckies will be swimming towards the finish line as the Duck Race returns this year at Cooleemee’s River Park. This local event is full of fun, and some lucky winners will take home cash prizes for having the fastest duck of them all.

“It’s like a coming out party this year!” said Addison Davis, president of the park’s board of directors. “The Duck Race provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a family-friendly park experience while supporting RiverPark. We’re looking forward to a really fun day!”  

The race will be held on August 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The race starts at 1 p.m. sharp; the ducklings will take the plunge after embarking from the launched start and will have to dash to the marked finish line across the rushing water. Proceeds from this event will go towards keeping the park clean and well maintained. Vendors will be present, so attendants can enjoy food and drink while spectating the aquatic action. 

The RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, also called The Bullhole, is an outdoor park centering along the shores of the South Yadkin. Patrons can enjoy swimming in the Yadkin, hiking along trails, or relaxing by the shores. Picnic shelters are also available for patrons to enjoy. The park’s recreational appeal is funded by proceeds from events like the Duck Race, and preserving the South Yadkin is key to keeping the park alive. 

Single Duck tickets are $5 each, the Quack-Pack bundle of five sells for $25, and a Flock of twenty-five ducks goes for $50. First place winner of the race will receive $250, second place $100, and third place $50. Tickets to enter a rubber duck are available from the Davie Chamber, 135 South Salisbury Street,  or at the entrance to River Park on race day. 

Businesses can also take part in the sponsorship opportunities present at this event. Sponsorships range from $100 donations to $1000 donations, each with their own benefits. For more information about sponsoring this event, contact the Davie Chamber at (336) 751-3304 or at chamber@daviecounty.com

This year’s goal is to send over 1500 ducks into the water, and it will be a wild ride as spectators cheer on the floating faux fowl! River Park is located at 645 Erwin Temple Church Rd Cooleemee, NC 27054, and more information about this event can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/riverparkatcooleemeefalls/. Reserve your duck today, and have the chance to take home the winning prize!

Independence Day in Cooleemee

 Cooleemee’s July 4th parade was celebrated Monday, July 5th, 2021.   The sidewalk was filled with spectators filled with anticipation for candy to fill pockets of loved ones. 

 Floats were filled with children, adults and golf carts toted families and friends. Many antique cars were on display shinning like brand new ones right off the lot.

Ones of Cooleemee’s masters, Jack Jerome, rode his lawnmower while decked out in celebration.  He just might be the oldest master in Cooleemee.

 Ann Miller Spry was sitting with grandson Zach. He shouted “Amen” when the camera clicked.  No doubt they were having fun! 

Teachers of summer school took time out to enjoy the festivities too.

Commissioner Jeannie Taylor was handing out arms full of frozen chilly willies, Daphne Beck proved she could blow bubbles while handing out watermelon and the hotdog line was long but no one complained about the wait.

 The slip n’ slide is always a big hit and tiny ones up to Cooleemee’s fire chief went down the slide.  It was very hot so getting wet was enjoyed by all.

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2021 Cooleemee 4th of July - Lawn Mower Parade

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Feel free to contact KC Smith at cooleemeenews@gmail.com or call 336-250-1133- she would love to hear from you!

Budget Hearing June 21, 2021

Budget Hearing June 21, 2021

The Town of Cooleemee’s proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget was presented to the Cooleemee Town Board on May 17, 2021.  The proposed budget is balanced at $ 469,817.00.

The proposed budget includes a property tax rate of .42 cents per $ 100.00 if property valuation.  A copy of the budget proposal is available in the Town Hall at 131 Church St.,  Cooleemee, N.C. during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday- Friday.

Meeting Information

A public hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., June 21, 2021, in the Board Room at the Cooleemee Town Hall, 131 Church St, Cooleemee, N.C., to receive public comments, either oral or written.  All citizens are welcome to comment on the budget proposal at this time. 

Following the Public Hearing, the Board may or may not take action on the proposed budget.

Aaron Thies

Clerk/Finance Officer, Cooleemee, NC

336-284-2141

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Cooleemee Lawn Mower Parade

Cooleemee Lawn Mower Parade

The Town of Cooleemee’s 4th of July Celebration will be Monday, July 5, 2021, at 10 a.m. The festivities will include hot dogs and drinks sold by the Women’s VFW, FREE watermelon, and ice pops, and a Slip-and-Slide for all ages to enjoy.

The parade will begin at Cooleemee Elementary and will end at the Zachary House/ Town Hall.

To be in the parade meet at the school at 9:00 a.m. to get lined up accordingly.  If you have any questions contact town hall at 336-284-2141 or email athies@cooleemee.org

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Zachary House Improvements

Zachary House Improvements

 Growing up in Cooleemee was like living in a gated community without the fence surrounding the entire three-mile radius of the town.  Erwin Mills took good care of us.  They built us a pool, a movie theater; we had a doctor, dentist, drugstore, Barbour shop, gasoline station and more.  All the homes were rented but then they eventually allowed residents to become homeowners. 

 Many industries that created a cluster of homes used a lot of fencing though and one that had been most talked about in our town was the fencing that encompassed the recreation center.

Outsiders that would come to visit the town would often make comments about the fence surrounding the beautiful Zachary House, as it was an eye sore, looked institutional or like a prison.

It was easy to get used to it living here, it had always been there and we had so many other things going on that it wasn’t noticed or even a bother.

Some people like change and others don’t like change at all.

Over the years the town board has had discussions about taking the fence down.  Their decision to do so was unanimous and the Cooleemee Historical Association was consulted. 

Once the fence was taken down the first thing I noticed was how stately the Zachary House presented itself.  The beautiful structure sits at the top of the hill still presiding over the town. 

 Town Hall’s office is located on the right side of the building with a separate entrance.   

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 27th, starting at 10:00 am.

Hope everyone can some out to celebrate the new spring season.

Feel free to contact me at www.cooleemeenews@gmail.com or 336.250.1133, would love to hear from you. 

Cooleemee Christmas Caravan

Parade Alternative

The Town of Cooleemee is planning a Christmas Caravan. This will involve our Town Board, Police and Fire departments as well as Santa!

The Cooleemee Christmas Caravan will be Wednesday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. and you do not even have to leave your home to enjoy this event!

Our volunteers will make their rounds on golf carts to hand out candy and a little joy for the holiday season.

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