Paint the Town Pink is the theme for a series of events scheduled for Oct. 8 in Pilot Mountain, as part of the town’s efforts to recognize October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“It’s a day about awareness,” explained Kimberly Quinn, town commissioner and organizer of the event.
The day-long activities are aimed at raising awareness concerning breast cancer and will be town wide with different events and local business specials occurring all throughout the town of Pilot Mountain.
The event originally started when Joy Hunt, owner of Steal In Style Consignment, heard of similar events in other parts of the country following her sister’s diagnosis with breast cancer.
Quinn explained that the idea was tossed around at several of the Ladies Nights Out event until the decision was made to give Pilot Mountain its own breast cancer awareness event.
“I took some ideas from Ladies Nights Out and contacted a few cities that have done similar events,” Quinn explained. “We thought about what would bring people out to Pilot Mountain.”
“We’re trying to get the message out that breast cancer doesn’t have a face, it doesn’t know age, race or gender,” Quinn said.
Throughout the day and numerous events, Quinn said that there will be special recognition for breast cancer survivors.
The first activity of the day will be a 5K Color Run, which will start at 8 a.m. at the Armfield Civic and Recreation Center.
Quinn explained that there will be three color stations throughout the race, all of which will be throwing safe powders at the racers. A youth group from First United Methodist Church will serve as the color throwers.
Quinn urged anyone who is interested in participating in the race to register, explaining that walking the duration of the race is acceptable.
The Pilot Mountain Rescue Squad, a pink Mary Kay car and a pink dune buggy from Rude Dudes Rod Shop in Cana, Virginia, will follow along at the back of the race.
Medals will be given to the top three racers in the various age and gender groups, with the top three men and the top three women receiving special recognition.
There will also be a water station in the middle of the race, which will be supplied and operated by McDonalds and a water and fruit stand, which will be supplied and operated by Just Save.
Grand prizes for the race will be donated by Gilley’s Jewelry, Crossroad Harley, Foothill Ford, Adelie Photography, and Edd Lindley Auto Sales.
The color run is scheduled to occur rain or shine.
Following the color run, a benefit ride is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., with kickstands going up at 11 a.m.
The ride will start the Mountain View Restaurant, participants will be given free drinks, then go to The Depot at Cody Creek in Dobson, continue on to Ruby Tuesday in Mount Airy, and then end at Foothill Ford.
“We tried to make it as inclusive as possible,” Quinn said of the ride.
Quinn explained that one of the special guests for the ride will be the owner of a bright pink monster truck, which he painted in honor of his mother.
Carnival and vendors
Following the benefit ride, a carnival/vendor event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m at the Armfield Civic and Recreation Center.
The carnival will feature a child safety fire house, in addition to an individual in a cow costume, which will be supplied by Chick-fil-A.
The Surry County Board of Elections will also provide an early voter site.
Money raised at the event will be split between the Charles H. Stone Memorial Library and the Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina organization.
The Susan G. Komen Northwest North Carolina organization will have a booth and will be providing resources and information about breast cancer.
The carnival will offer face painting and free massages provided by Tina Hopkins, owner of Soul Fire.
In total, there will be 10 carnival games, four bouncy houses, in addition to basketball and carnival food.
Local vendors will also be on site, providing items for purchase.
Individuals who participated in the race and other events throughout the day will be given special brackets that, when presented, will allow them to receive special deals at local business that will be participating in the Paint the Town Pink event.
In addition to the color run, benefit ride, and carnival, there will also be live performances throughout the afternoon.
The Three Graces, a belly dancing group, will provide interactive performances and demonstrations.
Andrew Millsap will perform a solo arrangement.
Pat Adkins will be teaching line dancing, and will present a special breast cancer dance.
A fashion line will be presented with breast cancer survivors serving as models.
Scarlet Easter will offer a Zumba activity.
Following Zumba, a series of speeches by breast cancer survivors will be presented. The speeches will include personal experiences and resources.
Briana Atwell will perform a solo arrangement.
The Not Brothers and Jonny Deariman will end the performances with a paid concert with tickets cost $10 for adult and free for children 18 and under.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.