Members of Boost the Boro, Inc, a non-profit in Bladenboro, are ready for their 13th annual Beast Fest. The fun will be starting Friday, October 25th and lasting into the night on Saturday, October 26th.
Folks come from near and far every year to enjoy live entertainment, rides, food and craft vendors, a car show, trunk or treat and much more during this two day festival. The crowds swell each year bringing thousands and thousands of people to Bladenboro, a small town tucked in the southeastern part North Carolina.
Photos from last year’s event:
Friday kick-off will go on from 5 pm until 10 pm and Saturday’s festivities will happen 10 am to 10 pm. Find out more at: http://www.boosttheboro.org/ .
Friday Night from 7:00-10:00 pm entertainment will be provided by Steve Owens & The Summertime Band. Then on Saturday Night from 7:00-10:00 pm, Jim Quick & Coastline will entertain the crowd.
There will be Food Court Vendors on Friday night starting at 6:00 PM and All Day on Saturday.
Fun Time Carnival Rides Company will be a main attraction event again this year on both Friday night and all day Saturday. On Saturday, there will be between 50 and 75 Arts, Crafts and Special Feature vendors in the back lot section of the festival. The Southeastern Cruisers Classic Car show will also be a featured event this year, as will the Local Talent Show.
There will be a Children’s Halloween Costume Contest for infants through age twelve. At dusk, a live production Trunk or Treat will be held. There will also be a Haunted Hayride attraction.
Saturday daytime entertainment will begin immediately after the Grand Opening ceremony until 5:00 pm, followed by the Nightly Concerts and Street Dance at 7:00 on both Friday and Saturday nights.
The Best Fest celebrates the hauntingly, interesting past of Bladenboro. In 1954, Bladenboro received national attention for several mysterious animal killings. Dogs and livestock were found with broken jaws and their blood drained, according to reports. Some witness testimonies credited the animal slayings to a wild beast with features likened to that of a cat or wolf. Although the beast was hunted, it was never captured.
Similar animal attacks were reported again in Bladenboro around 2008. The History Channel television series “Monster Quest” performed an analysis concerning the attacks. The report concluded the wild attacker may be an elusive cougar. Nevertheless, out of the mysterious happenings the “Beast of Bladenboro” lives on.
Please help thank the sponsors:
Main Event Sponsors
Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare
Four County EMC – Dan Allen
New Light Church
State Farm – Eddie White
Sykes Paving LLC
Platinum Level Sponsors
Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation
Callihan & Wells Enterprise, Inc.
Down East Pest Control
Drs. Jenna Bridger Alvey, DDS & Brett Alvey, DDS
First Citizens Bank
Hickman Utility Contractors
Law Office of Cynthia Singletary
Town of Bladenboro
Walane Gas Company
Gold Level Sponsor
Allen Brother’s Outdoors
AmeriGas Cape Fear Propane
Bryant’s Gun & Pawn
Dan’s Golf Carts
Devane Builders – Terry Nance
Farm Bureau Insurance-Melissa Singletary & Anne Beyer
Sheriff, Jim McVicker
McDuffie Pest Control
Sweat Mechanical Construction, Inc.
Silver Level Sponsor
Cape Fear Farm Credit
Cape Fear Heating & Cooling
China Town of Bladenboro
Fisher’s Women’s & Men’s Apparel
Giorgio’s Pizza Restaurant
Hester Tire Inc.
Johnson & Johnson Attorneys, PLLC
Joseph D. Salon
Minuteman Food Mart-Campbell Oil
Til & Butler, CPA
Bronze Level Sponsor
Bladen Community College
Blake Proctor, Bladenboro Town Administrator
Cain-Lockamy Insurance Group
Cape Fear Vineyard
Hester, Grady & Hester, PLLC
Lolli’s on Main
Peterson Outdoor Storage
S. Preston Douglas & Associates
Thompson, Price, Scott & Adams
Thompson’s Small Engine Repair
Walters Family Farms