LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- The celebration of a town. Leland is celebrating 20 years of incorporation during an event known as Founder's Day. It's the town's biggest event of the year - drawing thousands of people.
The Brunswick County town had a special day packed full of entertainment, food and fun. The day featured performances by bands, along with arts and crafts and vendors. Admission was free!
Organizers say they are pleased with the turnout and feel a sense of pride in their community.
"I think it's good because people can come and meet their neighbors or ones they might not have seen in a long time and come enjoy some entertainment and enjoy some food and really just bring that hometown feeling to Leland," said Neil Brooks who is the Director of Leland Parks & Recreation and an organizer for Founder's Day.
Brooks says Founder's Day is traditionally on the second Saturday in September and it's just a coincidence that it fell on 9/11 this year. Brooks doesn't mind it though. He says there is a love of country in Leland and it shows throughout the event.
Others, like Keonte James came out just to have some fun! "I went rock climbing, I went down the slide, I raced my brother around here a couple of times I bought a few sodas and things to eat and I'm just having a real good time out here," said James.