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Local merchant sponsors Spring Fling event in Vale

Malinda Castleberry, owner of Mal's Diner in Vale, says a Spring Fling event April 16 in Vale will include music, food, vendors and family fun. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – One night in January Malinda Castleberry couldn’t sleep.

The owner of Mal’s Diner in Vale, Castleberry pondered how the Covid pandemic created a disconnected community.

“We’ve had social distancing and been forced to stay away from each other for two years,” said Castleberry.

Then an idea popped into her mind.

What if there was an event that could bring the community together for a day of celebration that included live bands and vendors.

“I thought: ‘Why not try it?” said Castleberry.

The idea morphed into full-fledged plan for the Spring Fling, sponsored by Mal . . .