BLADENBORO — The 23rd annual Bladenboro Fun Day is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Bladenboro Historical Building, located at 818 S. Main St. in Bladenboro.
“It all goes to a good benefit,” said Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth of the event.
The day will kick off with a pancake breakfast by the Bladenboro Rotary Club that will take place from 7:30 until 9 a.m.
The opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will feature the West Bladen High School JROTC.
According to a release from the Bladenboro Historical Society, there will be Camel rides, pony rides and a kiddie train ride. There will also be carnival games and rides as well as face painting.
Folks can also browse the wares of the various vendors and, according to the historical society release, some will be offering free items.
Virginia Howell, Bladenboro Historical Society Management and Reservations spokesperson, said that the dunking booth will be manned by various folks from the community including a teacher, a pastor and a beautician.
There will also be various groups and soloists performing on stage. Howell said the reigning Miss Bladenboro Lindsay Herring will perform along with another local favorite, Brenda Storms.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase along with another local favorite — boiled peanuts.
The Bladenboro Historical Society Building will also be open for tours during the event. The building houses exhibits including a Bladenboro School Room, a crafts museum, a family history room for genealogists, farm equipment room, high school memorabilia, a military museum, a town museum, and the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the building, according to the Bladenboro Historical Society’s website.
The building is also home to the Bladenboro Visual Arts Gallery which will feature a display from UNC-Pembroke, according to the release.
There will also be displays and demonstrations by the Bladenboro Fire Department and Bladenboro Police Department.
Duckworth said all the businesses in town made donations to the event to assist in keeping the costs down.
“I want to personally thank each and every business that contributed to help keep the costs down,” said Duckworth.
He added, “I would like to invite everybody to come down and enjoy the day.”
—Erin Smith can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.