WHITE LAKE — The 36th annual White Lake Water Festival was a big hit over the weekend, as folks from near and far gathered to unofficially kick off summer in style. The three-day event was also blessed by Mother Nature with warm, summer-like weather as well.
Things got under way informally on Friday evening with a performance by South of Sanity, also known as SOS by their fans, under the tent at Goldston’s Beach — and the classic car cruise-in at Goldston’s also brought back many fond memories.
Roger Teachey of the Classic Cruisers Car Club said on Friday that he was pleased with the response.
“We had great participation,” said Teachey on Friday.
Cars gleamed under the late afternoon sun Friday as visitors strolled through. There were Chevelles, Corvettes, Mustangs, Ford Galaxies, Fairlanes, a 442, and streetrods.
The SOS band also delighted visitors with their brand of southern rock-n-roll.
On Saturday, the morning kicked off with a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Bladen County Firefighters Association and the parade brought out a crowd and a bevy of beauty queens, classic cars, antique tractors, and dignitaries.
There was also a crafts show with all manner of items that were sure to please. Some of the wares on display included hand painted yard signs, hats, handmade jewelry, and homemade soaps. Also, there was live entertainment throughout the day at the tent at Goldston’s Beach and games, a lawn tractor pull and a classic car show took place at the festivla grounds located on U.S. 701 across from the Scotchman store.
Some folks even took the time to take a swim off of Goldstons’s Beach Pier.