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By Marsha Burney

Despite an early closing due to rain, the Bladenboro Spring Fling on Saturday was a big hit.

“Considering the early threat of rain and then the downpour later in the afternoon, it was still a pretty good turn out,” event chairman Penny Walters said.  “We were pleased.”

The heavy afternoon rain caused the vendors’ booths to close a couple of hours ahead of schedule, but the barbecue meal continued until later with folks driving up to get a plate.  Charles Ray Peterson and Keith Burney cooked the delicious barbecue, and the ladies filled plates full of it along with all the sides.

About a dozen vendors set up tents and displayed their products for those who came to the Spring Fling.  Walters said her group had 19 vendors originally slated to attend, but the threat of rain kept some away.

“We had more vendors last year, but I’m sure if the rain hadn’t threatened, it would have been bigger this year,” Walters added.  “But, the ones who came were exceptional.”

Gwen Williams won the “Best Biscuit Maker” contest from 11 entries.  A committee of three tasted all the biscuits entered in the contest, and the winner earned a trophy and a monetary prize.

A local band, “The Wingtips,” entertained the crowd.

This is the third year of the Bladenboro Spring Fling, and all proceeds raised go to help defray operating costs at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.