Food, music, giveaways and games highlight Rogers Road reopening event
By David Leone
WAKE FOREST — Whoever thought that traffic would be a welcome sight? To the businesses along both sides of the closed Rogers Road bridge, it will be, as the new bridge is expected to open by next week.
So they’re throwing a welcome back party for the public on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at at Heritage Pointe Shoppes, 3309 Rogers Road (where Shuckers and Real McCoy’s are located).
This “Bridge Bash” is free to attend and will feature a variety of activities for both children and adults, including face painting, a DJ, live music, special demonstrations, a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, food and dessert trucks, and more. A ribbon-cutting will kick off the celebration at 9:45 a.m.
“All these businesses are coming together to say ‘Thank goodness the bridge is reopened,’ ” says bash organizer Nicole Y. Humphrey, owner of Nicole Yvette Signature Events. It is co-sponsored by the town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce.
More than 25 businesses are participating, including eateries, retail merchants, specialty services, fitness spots, pet boutiques and the like.
“It will be very convenient to stop in,” Humphrey says. “The idea is about celebrating the Rogers Road bridge being reopened and to show customer appreciation, welcome back existing customers [and] welcome new customers.”
The business owners want to thank customers for braving busy roads and making the long trip around during the five-month construction, she said, and wish to invite newcomers to find out what they may have been missing as well.
The schedule of events includes a push-ups competition, chair massage, martial arts board breaking, an ice cream cart, food truck, stretch table, free body sculpting consultations, circuit training for children and adults, a mozzarella making demonstration and a raffle drawing with prizes from the businesses.
Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The grand prize is half of all the money collected.
The other half of the raffle funds collected will be donated to two good causes — the Cancer Shucks foundation established by Shuckers owners Kevin and Amy Marksberry and Tri-Area Ministry, the food bank serving Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville. The grand prize drawing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
For complete details, see wakeforestnc.gov/rogers-road-bridge-reopening-celebration.aspx.