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We Are One event prepares for bigger turnout
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The second “We Are One-Effingham County” celebration is planned on being even bigger than last year’s, according to event organizer Pastor Gregory Brunson.
The event is scheduled for Sept. 11 at Rincon’s Church of the Harvest at 434 Weisenbaker Rd. The purpose of “We Are One-Effingham County” is to allow area businesses and churches to express their appreciation for the citizens of Effingham County, Brunson said.
Last year’s event drew 3,000 people, and Brunson said the organizing committee wants to get 5,000 people this year.
“We wanted to do something on a grander scale,” he said. “Those who attended it last year saw that it was successful.”
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee backed up Brunson’s comment. 
“It was successful,” he said. “I was surprised at the turnout.”
The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 and last until 5 p.m. There will be entertainment, including a local recording artist and surprise guest on site for the kids, according to event organizers.
Last year, event organizers served more than 2,000 hot dogs and hamburgers and more than 4,000 drinks, all provided by Effingham businesses and churches. Businesses that contributed last year included Kroger, Domino’s, Dairy Queen, Food Lion, Bennigan’s, El Real and Derst Bakery, according to Brunson. 
The biggest issue last year, Lee said, was parking. But the city will explore using nearby property to alleviate the problem. 
Brunson also has approached Springfield City Council, asking if the city was interested in helping to sponsor the event.
For more information on “We Are One-Effingham County” call (912) 429-3005.