by Blake Proctor
President Terry Nance called the monthly meeting of Boost the Boro to order at 6:00pm Tuesday, October 12th at Bladenboro’s Historical Building. This was the final full Board meeting before Beast Fest, BtB’s premiere annual event, on the 29th and 30th.
Secretary Ashley Norris read the September 14th minutes, which were quickly approved. Treasurer Don White Jr., then presented a strong monthly budget report, stating that, “We are in a very good financial position.” His report was also approved without comment.
Beast Fest Chairman Charles Ray Peterson delved into the meat of the meeting, querying each committee member on the status of their committee. Each committee was at or beyond where they should be at this point in the planning.
Claudette Guy, Chair of the Vendor Committee, was the only person to provide statistics, informing the membership that they can’t take any additional food vendors. She also declared that there were “50 to 55” craft vendors.
It was determined that, with 2020’s cancellation due to the Xi Jinpingfluenza, this would be the best and biggest Beast Fest ever.
In a surprise move, Joyce Walters announced that Taylor Pecan Company, a Beast Fest vendor, would be sponsoring a Pecan Pie Baking Contest on the 30th. Pies will be judged on both appearance and taste.
First Place will be awarded $100 and a trophy; Second and Third Place winners will win $50 and $25 respectively. Entries must be received at the Taylor Pecan Company booth by 12:00 noon. The winners will be announced at 1:00pm.
It was announced at the end of the meeting that there will be Beast Fest working sessions at 6:30pm on Tuesday the 19th and again a week later on the 26th to nail down all loose ends. These meetings will be at the Farmers Market.
With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:39pm.