Did we say ‘week’? It’s actually much more than that! We figured “why limit the fun of NC Freedom Fest to just one day when you can enjoy the NCFF Fest-tivities for an entire week” (2 weeks if you count the Golf Tournament!)?!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD, 2021
Inaugural NCFF Golf Tournament
Goldsboro Golf Course | 1501 S. Slocumb St. | Goldsboro, NC 27530
September 3rd, 2021 | 8:00 AM
Enter a team, sponsor a service member, or play on a team alongside service members that you sponsor – this tournament is all about the “One Community” between Goldsboro & Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Format: 4-Person Scramble | $250 Per Team
Fee Includes: Cart & Greens Fee, Range Balls, Catered Lunch by Skullies Street Q, and a Great Time!
Bryan Multi-Sports Complex | 501 S. Oak Forest Road | Goldsboro, NC 27534
September 13th, 2021 | 8:00 AM
Sponsored by the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Chapter 371, and hosted by SJAFB’s Group 5/6.
What is a Ruck March? “Rucking” is known as walking with a weighted rucksack (backpack). For the purpose of this Ruck March, participants will be carrying 15% of their body weight in non-perishable canned foods on a 12-mile course through Goldsboro, in honor and recognition of those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are still missing in action (MIA). This years event will honor both Captain Peter Cleary, an F-4 pilot who spent some time training at SJAFB, and was shot down over Vietnam in 1972 and declared MIA until his remains were found and positively identified many years later, and Goldsboro-native Marine PFC Dan Bullock who was the youngest of all the armed services to be killed in the Vietnam War at age 15.
Course: The 12-mile course will begin and end at Bryan Multi-Sports Complex. The route will take Ash Street down to the Veterans Memorial downtown, and the Freedom Tree, which is dedicated to Captain Cleary and all POW/MIA, followed by a visit to Elmwood Cemetery to pay respects at the grave of PFC Dan Bullock. Participants will then head back on the same route to complete the course.
Paramount Theatre | 139 S. Center St. | Goldsboro, NC 27530
September 15th, 2021 | 7:00 PM
Bring a friend to enjoy a free movie showing at the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Goldsboro. Concessions will be available, including beer and wine.
Red Tails (PG-13): During World War II, the Civil Aeronautics Authority selects 13 black cadets to become part of an experimental program at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The program aims at training “colored personnel” to become fighter pilots for the Army. The Tuskegee Airmen, as they become known, more than prove their worth. Watch Trailer
Tickets: Tickets are free to the public, first-come, first-served, on the day of showing only. Thank you to the Paramount Theatre for sponsoring this free event!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2021
POW/MIA 24-Hour Vigil
Freedom Tree | 300 S. Center St. | Goldsboro, NC 27530
September 16th, 2021 | 3:00 PM through September 17th, 2021 | 3:00 PM
This 24-hour event is sponsored by the SJAFB Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) Chapter 371 and is focused on bringing everyone from the base and community together, in paying tribute to the countless individuals who didn’t make it home and ensuring that their memory is kept alive. During the entire 24-hour event, volunteer flag bearers will continuously carry the POW/MIA Flag and volunteer readers will commemorate the names of the thousands of POW/MIA who along with their loved ones, have paid the cost of war.
Format: For each hour of the 24-hour event, volunteers are needed to read names and carry the flag along the designated route surrounding the Freedom Tree, on Center Street in Downtown Goldsboro.
Registration: This event is free, but registration is preferred to assure that all 24-hours of the event are covered.
Come on out to the Hub, Downtown Goldsboro’s newest entertainment venue, for free, live music from the band Soul Psychedelique and all the food choices you could wish for! Let’s kick off our weekend the right way at Grub at the Hub! Follow Downtown Goldsboro on Facebook to stay informed on the fun happenings downtown!