By Charlotte Smith
The 13th annual Bladenboro Beast Fest was a great event for all involved. The successes of the two days were talked about by the organizers, vendors and others in attendance.
“We set a goal and more than tripled it,” Cory Russ with Southern Son Design said. He added, “Our first festival experience was an absolute success on every level! Praise God!”
Beast Fest Committee members Claudette Guy, Charles Ray Peterson and Otis Evans all agreed, this year seemed to be the biggest festival to date.
“The number 13 is a lucky number for us,” Mr. Evans said.
U.S. Congressman Dan Bishop, NC House of Representative William Brisson, Bladen County Commissioners Charles Ray Peterson and Ray Britt and Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker assisted with the opening ceremonies. The Bladenboro Fire Department Color Guard presented the flags. The Beast of Bladenboro made an appearance, throwing free footballs into the crowd, and posing for photos. Mr. Robert Hester emceed the event.
Joyce Walters, another festival committee member, said she was very pleased with the entertainment of the day. The dance groups and cheerleaders really added value to event, Ms. Walters explained.
The costume contest is always a big hit drawing interest and didn’t disappoint this year. Children dressed in a variety of costumes and took advantage of New Light Church’s Truck or Treat.
Friday evening the crowd came out for the rides and street dance with entertainment provided by Steve Owens & The Summertime Band.
Then, on Saturday, vendors of all types packed the downtown area. Live entertainment was provided on the stage all throughout the day. Jim Quick & Coastline entertained until 10 p.m. Saturday closing out the record breaking festival.