AMMON — Hot and sticky was the fare for Saturday’s annual Blueberry Festival in Ammon, and that was just at the pancake breakfast at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department.
But Mother Nature also provided a hot and sticky day — though it didn’t wilt the enthusiasm of the crowd that came to celebrate an important Bladen County crop.
The annual Blueberry Festival was deemed a huge success and there were lots of fun activities throughout the day, beginning with the pancake breakfast early Saturday morning around 6:30 a.m. Proceeds from the breakfast, put on by the firefighters and Ruritan Club, benefited the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department.
The festival went into full swing at about 10 a.m. when around 100 people lined the street for the popular parade, which featured many local churches, farms, and even the Dunn Clowns and Sudan TomCats in their miniature cars and trucks. Children and adults alike were the eager recipients of candy thrown by parade participants.
The clowns were such a hit that they made a second run through the parade, dancing and singing — well, clowning around — with bystanders.
After the parade, there were many vendors — such as jewelry booths, a college student painting on site, food vendors, and homemade goodies — a car show for people to enjoy, and a stage with live entertainment.
Nancy Smith, one of the directors of the festival commented, “The festival was a big success with a good crowd and lots of vendors.”
Smith also stated that her favorite part of the day was, as usual, the parade.
Many awards were given out throughout the day at the festival:
— Four trophies were given to the fire departments that participated in the festival based on the ages of their apparatus. Hickory Grove was awarded the award for the oldest apparatus entered in the parade; Ammon Volunteer Fire Department was given third place; Roseboro Fire Department was given second place; and Garland took home first place.
— Another event that draws people in every year is the annual truck and car show put on by The Southeastern Cruisers Car Club of Bladenboro. Awards given were Best Ford, won by Staci Helms for her entry of a 2003 Ford Mustang; Best GM was awarded to Bob Hardman for entering his 1983 El Camino; Best Truck was won by Wayne Dove with the entry of a 1956 Ford F 100 pickup truck. Best of Show was awarded to Jerome Marchmon for entering his 1970 F 100 pickup truck.