New Dixie Oil is continuing the celebration of its new Gaston location starting Saturday and will continue festivities through September 21.
There will be a series of special events to mark the opening of store, said Shari Newton, retail operations manager.
The store is located at 100 Pleasant Hill Road or what is traditionally called The Top of the Hill in Gaston.
Throughout the celebration New Dixie will raise funds for the National Guard Boots Campaign, a program to help deployed members of the organization. The company is participating in the Boot Campaign at all of its locations through September.
On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a live remote with Karen Hall and Cleve Baker.
Members of Tuff Riders 4-H Club will be pumping gas for customers as part of the celebration’s Spirit Day, in which the organization gets 10 cents on every gallon pumped. “Customers are welcome to tip,” said Shari Newton, New Dixie retail operations manager. “We’ve done this at Dairy Queen a lot.”
First responders will be on hand to perform child safety seat checks and Katie Miller of Vitality Holistic Wellness will be there.
In addition to the those activities there will ice cream and funnel cake, children’s basketball, face-painting and balloon animals.
On Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be an adult basketball shootout and children’s basketball.
The evening of September 16, from 5 to 7, Roanoke Valley Veterans Museum will have a booth and cars from Stray Cats Custom Hot Rods will be on display.
September 17 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. marks the next Spirit Day with members of the Northampton County High School basketball on hand to pump gas.
September 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Monster Energy vehicle will be on display.
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be an adult basketball shootout in which the winner receives a basketball goal.
There will also be children’s basketball.
Communities in School NC Spirit Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On September 19, the Shell-Pennzoil 22 car driven by Joey Logano will be on display. The time is set from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. A NASCAR simulator will also be at the location.
On September 20, the Iron Order Bike Club will celebrate what Newton said is the culmination of a poker run to raise money for the Boot Campaign. The poker run has been ongoing this month. The club will have its bikes on display and the biker who collected the most chips will receive a grand prize.
The event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The KIPP Pride Performance Band plays at 5 p.m. and the Spirit Day celebration will be for the KIPP boys basketball team from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On September 21 the Gaston store, which features a touchless car wash, will have its grand finale.
End 22, a military suicide awareness group, will be at the event with information from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The grand finale event will also include face-painting, balloon animals, funnel cakes and children’s basketball.
Vitality Holistic Wellness will be at this event and there will be the chance to register and win race tickets and Cedar Fair tickets.
Ten percent of Subway sales from grand opening week will be donated to End 22.
The company will also have a booth set up to provide information on the Shell Fuel Rewards program where customers can save 5 cents on gas purchases.