KFP: K-Day shines through rain
By Junious Smith III, Staff Writer
Lori Carmon wasn’t sure if people were going to show up to K-Day because of rain in the forecast, but inclement weather turned out to be a nonfactor.
Despite periods of rain throughout the day, hundreds showed up to the sixth annual K-Day celebration at the Georgia K. Battle Community Center, an event Carmon founded with the inspiration from the late Delmont Miller.
“I really didn’t know what to expect, but believed in the people,” Carmon said. “It’s a great turnout to be raining and I’m already looking forward to next year being bigger and better.”
Mayor B.J. Murphy delivered the proclamation for K-Day, which has grown in popularity each year with activities for the children, food and musical entertainment.
The Kinston High School football team was also honored at the event for their work on and off the field.
“The kids feel really good about getting honored by the community they live in,” Kinston head coach Ryan Gieselman said. “It’s special to them knowing the hard work they’ve put in is supported by the community.”
Linebacker Javon Baylor felt the team could use this day as motivation.
“We’re always striving for the best,” Baylor said. “It’s good to see the community behind us and knowing they have our back.”
Quarterback Tyquan Canady said the rain wasn’t a deterrent for him, adding this was the first K-Day he had been to.
“It’s a good event and keeps the kids out of trouble,” Canady said.
IndyLeft PAC founder David Bell attended the event to give support to Kinston High School during its homecoming weekend, as well as to Carmon for making the event possible.
“This is a great thing Lori is trying to do and we need to give her as much support as possible to keep it going,” Bell said. “The kids are having fun and enjoying activities on the East side of the community.”
Bell, a local political activist, also used the time to talk with Murphy about an important issue.
“I had the chance to speak with the mayor discussing bipartisan efforts to attack poverty in the city,” Bell said.
Sherri Jackson, co-owner of The Platinum Club, helped prepare food for K-Day. She said it was great to have an event promoting togetherness in the community.
“We want to give back to the community, especially the kids and the elderly,” Jackson said. “They definitely deserve it.”
Annie Ralph, an eldress at St. John Free Will Baptist Church, volunteered to cook as well.
“I love to help out, so I decided to come out,” Ralph said. “I love to cook and love the kitchen.”
Many kids enjoyed themselves at the event, including 8-year old Khari Hatfield.
“It’s good for everyone to enjoy themselves, play and have fun,” Hatfield said.
Qwonrice Cole, 10, liked the social aspect of the event.
“It’s fun to get out and learn about one another,” Cole said. “We’ve been making friends out here.”
Isaiah Hatfield, 10, looked at K-Day as an escape from school.
“K-Day is a good day for the kids to come out,” Hatfield said. “It’s Saturday, and we need a little break from class. I wish they could do this every weekend.”
Junious Smith III can be reached at 252-559-1077 and Junious.Smith@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JuniousSmithIII.
WNCT-9: “K-Day” goes on despite bad weather
KINSTON, N.C. -People in Kinston braved the bad weather to celebrate “K-Day”.
Saturday, marked the sixth year for the event. Making this year even more memorable, Mayor BJ Murphy read a proclamation at Saturday’s celebration.
“K-Day” was started back in 2008 by Lori Carmon. Carmon says, Kinstonian Delmont Miller, inspired the event; however, miller passed away before the first “K-Day” celebration.
The event aims to gather past, present, and fans of Kinston High School. Carmon says “K-Day” is not just for Vikings, but for the entire community.
“If you ever lived in Kinston, if you ever attended a school, if you know someone that attended a school, it’s just unity in the community. Kinston finally has a day!” said Carmon.
Carmon says the event grows every year.
This year’s event featured performers, music, a clown, free balloon animals, and free barbeque.