Historical Turn Out at the 2023 White Lake Water Festival
By BladenOnline Team
The 2023 White Lake Water Festival was historical, with crowds gathered at each event. The festivities started with the annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club golf tournament at Vineyard Golf on Friday, May 19, 2023. Rotary President Cristin Hursey presented scholarships to this year’s recipients, Ricardo Gutierrez from Bladen Early College High School and Luke Barber from East Bladen High School. Both young men plan to attend the University of North Carolina. Also, the club presented a donation to Bladen Community College Foundation for a BCC student scholarship.
Friday evening, there was a Classic Cruise-in at Goldston’s Beach, and the Band of Oz played for a crowd.
The Lake Church held breakfast and a car show on Saturday during the festival and participated in the parade. The parade, sponsored by First Source Staffing, Ski Burger, Rondaveu Pizzeria, and Sandy Bottom Taco, had a great lineup with royal courts, small businesses, and nonprofits all waving at the onlookers gathered.
This year’s Grand Marshall was one of Bladen County’s favorite people, Mr. David Clark. Rick Price said watching Mr. Clark in the parade was his favorite part of the festival.
After the parade, the Town of White Lake Fire Department held its annual plate sale, and vendors lined up at Goldston’s Beach, offering a large assortment of goods and services. This year the organizers put together a fashion show, a logo drawing contest, and other new attractions.
The Pink Slips, a local band, helped the 2023 White Lake Water Festival end on a high note by performing on stage until 11 pm on Saturday.
The Barefoot Boujee Boutique team posted on Facebook, “We had a blast at The 2023 White Lake Water Festival at The Grand Regal at Goldston’s Beach.”
The TV station, WECT, covered the weekend-long event and broadcasted a special on the festival’s start.
Watch live videos and find photos of the WLWF festivities on the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce‘s social media accounts or the Facebook page of Jamie Corbett, one of Bladen County’s trusted digital creators.