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Update on September 21, 2023, According to Terri Dennison, “Due to the predicted weather for this weekend, the 250th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration for Elizabethtown has been postponed until further notice. A new date for the event will be announced shortly.”

A Staff Report

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Join us this weekend for the grand 250th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration in the charming town of Elizabethtown. This exciting event, taking place on Saturday, promises a diverse array of activities and entertainment for all ages. Head on over to the Cape Fear Farmers Market from 9 AM to 8 PM to partake in the festivities!

Prepare to be serenaded throughout the day by a melodic journey spanning the last century. The East Bladen Marching Band will commence the festivities, followed by the toe-tapping rhythms of Decatur Street Beat, dishing out delightful Dixieland music from 11 AM to 2 PM. Local talent and Bladen County native Brent Underwood will take the stage at 3:30 PM, and the evening will rock to the sounds of the beloved Rivermist band, belting out beach music and classic rock hits from 5 PM to 8 PM.

Underwood (in the photo above) said, “It will be fun, I’m excited to be performing at the event.”

Terri Dennison, Director of Communication and Marketing with the Town of Elizabethtown, NC, said in a news release, “We encourage everyone to join in the fun with a range of nostalgic contests that include corn shucking, hollering, whistling, and even a boiled peanut eating contest, generously sponsored by Peanut Patch and the Elizabethtown Rotary.”

Explore the agricultural heritage of our area with insights from the Bladen County office of NC Extension, and don’t miss the chance to discover our local industries through engaging displays and booths scattered around the event.

For those interested in history, embark on a captivating journey with our guided Walking Tour of Elizabethtown, starting every hour from the Farmers Market. The Tour of Churches will also lead you to five of our town’s cherished churches, each with its unique history and congregation. Tickets for these tours can be obtained at the Farmers Market.

Celebrating one of the town’s newest treasures, Cape Fear SORBA will host the inaugural race of its CCOR series at Brown’s Creek Bike Park and Nature Trail, in partnership with our Anniversary Celebration.

For further event details, please reach out to Terri Dennison at 910-862-4368 or via email at tdennison@elizabethtownnc.org. All are welcome to come together and celebrate a quarter-millennium of Elizabethtown’s rich history and vibrant community spirit!

Cape Fear Farmer’s Market is at 106 M.L.K. Drive in Elizabethtown, North Carolina.


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