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Wesleyan set to begin new year

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

As N.C. Wesleyan College prepares to greet the incoming Class of 2023, local businesses, churches and organizations can connect with these students at the eighth annual Rock the Mount event that will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 27.

Registration is required to participate as a vendor at the event. That registration period ends on Aug. 2.

Rock the Mount is an annual tradition for the college as it welcomes new students to the campus and the community. The Rock the Mount event takes place the day before classes begin and serves as the official kick-off event for the new academic year, according to a press release from the college.

“This event was established in order to help build relationships between the college and the greater Rocky Mount area,” Tammy Robinson, director of donor relations and stewardship at Wesleyan, said in the release. “Students are able to discover many of the area businesses and places to worship, as well as have the chance to discover volunteer and part-time job opportunities.”

The event will be held on the Southern Bank Green in the center of the Wesleyan campus. Local businesses and organizations are given the opportunity to come and celebrate the start of a new school year with food, music and free advertising and are provided with booths free of charge for displaying their products and services.

Each vendor is provided with a six-foot folding table, two chairs and a complimentary lunch. Exhibitors are required to bring table covers and power cords, and small tents, no larger than 10 feet by 10 feet, are encouraged. Vendors can begin setting up the day of the event at 9:30 a.m. and are asked to have setup completed by 10:30 a.m., the release said.

Last year’s Rock the Mount event brought 75 vendors to campus, including companies such as BB&T, Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits and Sheetz, and college officials hope to have even more participants this year.

Display spaces are limited, so businesses and organizations are encouraged to sign up soon. Anyone who would like to participate must register online by Aug. 2 at rockthemount2019.eventbrite.com. For additional questions contact Robinson at trobinson@ncwc.edu or 252-985-5581.