The 3rd Annual Huami Magazine Community Cookout

by Tonya Dixon | May 10th, 2014

cookout 7 - CopySince 2011, Huami Magazine has partnered with local businesses and professionals to produce an event designed to feed, entertain and unite Greater Greensboro and surrounding areas; better known as The Huami Magazine Community Cookout.

The growing and highly anticipated event draws crowds of more than 2,000 individuals. Every year business men and women, families, friends, co-workers, kids and everyone in-between converge on the spacious lawns at Festival Park in downtown Greensboro. Attendees pour into the area with lawn chairs and blankets in tow ready to experience a day of fun and excitement.

Everyone knows from previous years they can look forward to several hours of food, music, information and lots of fun; all for free.
The community cookout began as an idea of Terry L. Watson, who is also the editor-in-chief, founder and publisher of Huami Magazine. He was looking for another avenue to connect his community-focused publication with actual members of the community. He wanted everyone to be able to come together in one place to have a great time and receive a practical taste of what the magazine offers in every issue.
Initial planning and logistics were difficult; however Watson’s strong determination was certain of one thing—everything had to be absolutely free for everyone.

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“The very first event was a huge challenge. As we began to set up, the smoke from the grills rose into the sky and lines of people formed,” Watson says. “I noticed that many of the people in line were homeless. There were entire families and people from all kinds of backgrounds. This allowed me to get a conscious understanding of the face of homelessness in our community and why this event is so important.”

The Huami Magazine Community Cookout provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to give back in a tangible way. According to cookout pic 3 - CopyWatson, it takes a great deal of effort to plan and carry out the event — everything from setup and breakdown, mounds of food purchased and the anticipation of large crowds, which has never been a disappointment. The event is completely produced through the massive efforts of countless volunteers, donations and sponsorships.

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, June 14 and will feature even more games for the kids, live musical performances, additional vendors and of course, free food. There will be a special performance by CA Cheer & Company, and a Detriot/DC Style Stepping Crown Participation segment provided by Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom.

Huami Magazine is circulated in eight North Carolina cities: Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington and Salisbury. The magazine is and will forever be the source for community involvement and information.

Photos by Mykel Media Company

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