Let me reply to your blatent ignorance.
First of all, Leland advertised its ANNUAL Founders Day several ways...WWAY, WECT, radio, StarNews, etc. It's always the second Saturday in September. Everyone knows that. Just as Thanksgiving is always the fourth Thursday in November.
Secondly, like everyone else suffering with the economy, it was too expensive to feed everyone for FREE. Especially when past Founders Day surveys proved people were coming from all over (Wilmington, Southport, Whiteville, etc) to eat. The North Brunswick Booster Club took it upon themselves to sell tickets for a pancake breakfast that morning to benefit the schools. So there was food and it was for a good cause. To support our local high school...not to feed the surrounding counties for FREE.
Thirdly, it was September 11. They cut the celebration short and started it earlier than usual for a rememberance ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11.
Lastly the "melee" that you speak of did not occur. The only "incident" that the police responded to was a spirited football game started by some youths in the back of the park. The police mistook agressive tackles as the beginning of a fight. Once they checked on it and realized it was nothing but a football game, the police let them get back to playing. Pretty mild action compared to the horrific bar fights that happen in downtown Wilmington every weekend; just like the ones that were all over the news tonight.
For those who live outside of Leland and feel like you can pass judgement about other towns, I suggest you take a strong look at your own community before you cast stones. While you're on your better-than-thou pedestals looking down on us, making up rumors about what occurs in our town, we'll be sitting back in our laid back community, enjoying our lower taxes and laughing at your ignorance.
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