BLADENBORO — Downtown Bladenboro will explode with activity when the annual Bladenboro Beast Fest opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. with live entertainment, vendors, amusement rides and much more.
Beast Fest Chairman Berry Lewis also said the folks from Lizard Lick Towing will be in attendance for the day on Saturday.
“This should be one of the biggest and greatest Beast Fests we’ve had,” said Lewis.
He added that the event has grown tremendously in terms of participation this year.
“We want everyone to come out and enjoy the amusement rides and come out and fellowship and have a great time,” said Lewis.
Folks who wish to get a head start on the crowds can come out and ride the amusement rides on Friday beginning at 6 p.m.
Two crowd favorites taking place on Saturday will be the pet Halloween costume contest at 3 p.m. followed by the costume contest, said Lewis. Folks can register for both costume contests on Saturday morning.
The Beast Fest 5K will get things started off on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall located at 411 Ivey St. Folks can run, walk or bring strollers. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.
Following the 5K event, things will be getting started at the main stage in downtown Bladenboro at 10 a.m. with the arrival of Lizard Lick Towing and the Bladenboro Beast, said Lewis.
The Southeastern Cruisers Car Club will have a car show with registration taking place from 8 a.m.until noon and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Cost to enter is $25.
Lewis said there will also be craft vendors on hand and plenty of great food available for purchase.
Lewis said there will be live entertainment on the stage all day with WKML’s Don Chase doing the honors as this year’s emcee.
The Miss Bladenboro Scholarship Pageant winners will also be on hand to greet folks. They include Miss Bladenboro 2015-16 Haven Cashwell and Princess of Bladenboro 2015-16 Anna Grace Allen.
Folks are also encouraged to grab their dancing shoes and bring a lawn chair them with them when they come out the festival. Lewis said the bleachers will fill up fast when Jim Quick and Coastline Band take to the stage from 4 until 6 p.m. followed by Blackwater Rhythm and Blues band from 7 until 10 p.m.
There will also be camel and pony rides, a petting zoo and the horse and carriage rides.
Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.