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New yarn bomb returning to downtown Erwin next month

The Second Annual Yarn Bomb will begin in Erwin on March 2. The Town of Erwin is seeking volunteers to donate yarn creations and install them downtown. Above, included as part of the 2019 was the parking lot of Erwin Town Hall. (File photo)

By Richard Rourk

Downtown Erwin will once again explode with brightness this spring.

The Second Annual Yarn Bomb will take place downtown on Monday, March 2, to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

According to Town of Erwin Communications Specialist Jamie Rice, the Second Annual Yarn Bomb will be a joint effort by the Town of Erwin and RISE Erwin to celebrate Read Across America.

“We celebrate Read Across America by turning our downtown into a Seussical inspired birthday party,” Rice said. “For our second year, we will cover all our trees, light poles, benches and the entire Gathering Place in yarn creations.”

Rice said that everyone interested in helping with the yarn bomb can donate colorful yarn creations to Town Hall during normal business hours by Feb. 24.

“All shapes and sizes are welcomed,” Rice said. “Typically anything longer than large scarves work and of course bright colors show up the best. Please drop off all donations at Erwin Town Hall by Feb. 24.”

Even if your knitting skills are lacking, you can  still participate in fun.

“We always need help getting the creations wrapped around our landmarks during the first week of March,” Rice said. “If you are interested in helping to decorate, please contact us at Town Hall.”

According to Rice, the hope is to make this annual event larger each year.

“We hope to expand on the work of last year,” Rice said. “Last year there were more than 60 people who participated in the event and we hope that number will grow to brighten up our downtown after the dreary winter months.”

While it is still early, several businesses have offered knitting classes and knitting parties in the past.

“We hope to set aside some dates soon to welcome volunteers to come knit with us,” Union Street Taproom Owner Michael Baker said.

You can follow the Town of Erwin, RISE Erwin and the Union Street Taproom to learn more about the yarn bomb and to be aware of upcoming events.