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Wesley Chapel event is fun for village people

Despite Hurricane Hanna's threat to dampen the 11 a.m. parade last Saturday, Wesley Chapel's 10th anniversary celebration went off without a hitch.

The parade was led by the Village of Wesley Chapel fire truck. The festival adjacent to the new Target store was hopping. Though muddy red clay surrounded the perimeter of some rides and booths from the morning rain, patrons mingled happily at the Intersection of N.C. 84 & Waxhaw Indian Trail Road.

The festival had celebratory music and lots of food.

Wesley Chapel resident Caleigh Mackinnon, 8, was among hundreds who turned out. She said she loves living in the village.

The event celebrated Wesley Chapel's incorporation as a municipality on July 15, 1998. Town resident Bill Lee has written a history of the area that traces back to about 1750, when Indians settled western Union County. It's posted on the town's Web site,

“While the community of Wesley Chapel has existed for some time, it was important to acknowledge the 10 year-anniversary of the formal incorporation of the village,” said council member Brad Horvath. “In the past 10 years, the population has more than quadrupled and we wanted our residents to celebrate who we are. We also wanted to give residents of the village a chance to … meet their neighbors, have some fun, eat a little bit and, hopefully, to learn a little of the history about how we came to be.”

The event was sponsored by Aston Properties, BB&T, Target, Harris Teeter and more.

Other highlights:

Free and not-quite-free stuff: toothbrushes from Wesley Chapel Family Dentistry, balloons and pencils from Harris Teeter. Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church goers were there. Volunteer moms Angela Damiano and Lynn Burnett encouraged passersby to purchase entertainment books to help New Town Elementary buy playground equipment.

Booths included: Weddington High School's FFA (Future Farmers of America) program, Weddington High School's German Club, Union County Animal Services, Operation C.A.R.E. (Carolina Animal Rescue Effort), Young Life, Union County Girl Scout troops 3400 and 1279, Pampered Chef, Memory books, Turning Point and Loaves and Fishes.

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Staff writer Lisa Hammersly contributed.