BLADENBORO — Folks looking for something to kick off the fall festival season need look no further than Bladenboro as they prepare for the 22nd annual Bladenboro Fun Day on Saturday.
Joyce Walters, one of the organizers of the event, said the day will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. — but there won’t be the usual sweet start because there won’t be a pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club.
The opening ceremony will be held in the front of the Bladenboro Historical Building on South Main Street.
“There will be entertainment all day long,” said Walters. She added that the highlight of the entertainment will be Dandy Don, who is billed as a singing cowboy. The live entertainment will begin at 10 a.m.
She said food prepared by Berry Lewis and Charles Ray Peterson will be available for purchase all day.
New this year will be camel rides as well as pony rides.
“We’ve never had a live camel on our premises before,” said Walters.
Also, there will be a dunking booth that will be manned by various local dignitaries — including Randi Harrelson, who serves as principal of Bladenboro Middle School, Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt, and Peterson, who serves as Bladen County commissioner.
There will also be games and rides, bounce houses, and something for everyone to see and do, said Walters.
She also said there is a special treat inside the Historical Building.
“We’ve got a new gift shop this year,” said Walters.
She said the gift shop has moved to a larger room and now has heating and air conditioning, and the floor in the room has been refinished, among other things.
“We want everyone to come in and see what we have done with the building,” said Walters.
Walters said there will also be craft vendors, and a child safety seat demonstration is planned.
She said everyone is invited to come out, bring a friend and spend the day at the Bladenboro Fun Day.