New Bern’s largest outdoor festival — Mumfest — is expected to draw crowds of 90,000 visitors over two days on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 300 commercial and nonprofit exhibitors will be on hand with pottery, crafts and art, along with dozens of food booths.
Free entertainment includes live bands with music ranging from beach to barbershop, along with dance troupes, magicians, roving street performers, face painters, and clowns.
There’s also a riverfront amusement park with lots of ticketed rides.
The main stage is in front of the Galley Store on East Front Street, with a lineup that includes Spiritmaster; The Wannabees; Carolina Casuals; Southern Gentlemen Chorus; and Billy Holton and the Soul Shakers. The music Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Also Saturday, a dance performance area is located on Broad Street between the Craven County Administration Building and the Sudan Shrine Center. Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the performers include Dance Theatre; Southern Charmers; Margaret Fletcher Dance Studio; Kountry Kickers; Shimmy Shakerz; Happy Feet School of Dance; Wanda Kay’s; Down East Dance; ‘Apsara’ Kaitlyn Bellydance; Get the Pointe Dance Studio; Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corp; New Bern High Drill Team; Glory 2 Glory and the James City Steppers.
Here is a glimpse at some of the other top attractions:
The Richard Childress Racing Team will have with three famous stock cars – including the No. 3 of the late Dale Earnhardt. Two simulators will allow fans to feel the racing experience.
The X-POGO Stunt Team performs the most extreme pogo exhibitions in the world. The team has won several world championship titles in competition held in New York City.
Many favorites return, including comedian/stunt man Alex Clark; the Purina Incredible Dog Team; the Silver Drummer Girl; a huge model train show; New Bern Police’s K-9s and the Weller Kennels Labrador retriever demonstrations.
The 12th annual Mumfest Boat Show features coastal and offshore vessels on display in Union Point Park.
Every Mumfest needs lots of chrysanthemums and Tryon Palace serves them up in their gardens, which are open free Thursday through Sunday. The palace also has its bi-annual Heritage Plant Sale on Friday and Saturday.
Visitors can come to the festival by water taxi, trolley or park in downtown New Bern.
For more information, go online to www.mumfest.com.
Charlie Hall is a reporter for the Sun Journal.