An All-America City award surely requires an all American celebration.
Eastern Carolina's own Kinston threw a bash at the historic Grainger Stadium to celebrate their 2009 All-America City award.
Many local, regional and statewide officials were on hand for the event including Governor Beverly Perdue.
A 27-member delegation traveled to Tampa June 17, 2009 to present a 10-minute skit highlighting Kinston's leadership in creating a multi-county water supply and treatment system, a "little by little" mentoring program at Southeast Elementary School and creation of the Gate, a faith-based youth center in downtown Kinston.
Governor Perdue offered her own praise for the honor.
"We want people around the county to know that we have progressive cities in our state. That North Carolina is poised to be the 7th largest state in America."
Perdue continued, " we are growing, we are changing, and even in these hard, challenging economic times to think that people here have kept on keeping on."