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Huge Success for the 37th Annual White Lake Water Festival

The White Lake Water Festival was packed on a perfect spring day this Saturday. After Friday night’s Cruise-In and Street Dance, Saturday promised to be packed full of fun. The parade and festival drew in thousands of folks from near and far.

Dawn Maynard, Chair of the WLWF committee and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, could be seen directing traffic, placing vendors, and making things run smoothly with a smile on her face.  There were almost 60 venders set up after the parade. 

The experiences offered were watching wrestling matches, a Cornhole Tournament, photos with Queen Elsa, face painting, amusement rides, clowns, a classic car show, along with hand made crafts, great food and live entertainment. 

Cole Butler, an eight year old from Clarkton said, “This is so much fun. I’ve never been to a festival like this before. The rides are amazing.” He also added, “I like listening to the music too!”

Lindsey Herring, Miss Bladenboro, also this year’s Parade Marshall was seen enjoying the entertainment at Goldston’s Beach after the parade. The festival had a line up of many talented artist under the Main Tent and at the Water Front. Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band, Loose Cannons, Bryan Mayer, The Generations, Southern Touch Band, Patricia Charlton, “Elvis” Impersonator, and Gaddis Girls and Family kept the crowd singing, dancing and swaying to the music.

The festival closed with a dance Saturday night featuring Gary Lowder and the Smokin Hot at The Venue. Jane Priest said, “I’m excited to go. I love to dance.”

The White Lake Fire Department also offered breakfast and lunch plates for sale on Saturday too. According to vendors and some enjoying the festival, the White Lake Water Festival was the best around and they look forward to coming back next year. 

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