October 25, 2012
BLADENBORO — The biggest beast for the annual BeastFest in Bladenboro was Mother Nature.
The 2012 version of BeastFest, originally scheduled for this past Saturday, was postponed until Saturday, Nov. 3, because of the threat of inclement weather being spun up the coast by Hurricane Sandy.
“We’ve never had this happen before in the history of the festival,” said organizer Berry Lewis.
He added that organizers felt they had no option but to postone the event. Forecasters on Friday said that tropical storm force wind gusts could reach into parts of Bladen County on Saturday. Lewis said organizers didn’t want to take any chances when it comes to safety.
The schedule will remain the same for that weekend — including the planned classic car show, plenty of musical entertainment, about 80 craft vendors, 10 food vendors and much more.
On Friday, Nov. 2, there will be rides and hot dogs on sale. On Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. the Harmony Hall Militia will arrive and organizers are hoping the Bladenboro Beast will make an appearance.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause folks,” said Lewis.
There will be a few new items on the schedule, including a 5K Fun Run and a much-anticipated chili cookoff that has attracted 10 teams to the competition.
Lewis said the chili teams will be decorating their tents in the hope of winning not only an award for their chili, but for their decoration efforts as well.
“We’re going to call that area of the festival Chili Town,” Lewis said. He added that festival-goers will be able to walk through Chili Town and taste the various recipes.
Lewis said between 6,000 and 8,000 folks visited the BeastFest last year.