LAURINBURG — The final Laurinburg After Five this Friday could be the biggest one yet, organizers say.
The summer concert series will feature the Fantastic Shakers beach band and serve as an introduction of the Fighting Scots football team.
“It would not surprise me if we have over 1,000 people,” said Lee Howell, owner of Scotland Motors and chairman of the Laurinburg Scotland County Chamber of Commerce.
The event is organized by the chamber and main sponsor Murphy Brown. Laurinburg After Five will be held at the James L. Morgan Recreational Complex at 1206 Turnpike Road from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $1 for anyone above the age of 12. The only rules are no coolers or pets.
“Everyone and his brother will be there,” said Janet Smith, chamber executive director.
For those who arrive at 5:30 p.m., Jason Butler with Sandhills Sounds will amp up the night during his DJ set. Then at 6, the Fantastic Shakers will get the crowd shagging and shaking to their groovy beach music.
During the intermission, there will be appearances by the Scotland High School football team, cheerleaders and drum-line.
Smith said the community will get a chance to see the players alongside Coach Richard Bailey and ramp up enthusiasm for the coming season.
“It will be a great way to kick off the football season,” Smith said.
In addition to the DJ, live music and the guest appearance, there will be sprinklers on the soccer field for the kids, an abundance of wine, beer, water and soft drinks as well as a variety of local food vendors just in time for dinner.
“It’s Laurinburg After Five, it’s a wonderful community event,” Smith said.
The event has been held year after year for the community in order to bring everyone together.
“It brings the whole community out and it helps support chamber activities,” Smith said. “It’s a wonderful tradition.”
Howell said this year’s final concert should help people “wind down the summer.”
“It’s always been a great event in the past, which is why “the chamber has been doing it for years and years and years, to give back to the community,” Howell said. “It will have great food, great fun, great fellowship.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.