Happy. Proud. Tired.
These three words sum up many residents’ descriptions of Saturday, when St. Pauls hosted two big outdoor events in its downtown area.
The 12th North Carolina Folk Arts Festival attracted between 5,500 and 6,500 people and several dozen vendors to Armfield Street from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Festival was highlighted by the second annual Chili-Cook-Off and a large North Carolina pottery show and sale and raku style pottery-making demonstration.
That huge, colorful and exciting event was followed immediately by the monthly Night Out series along Broad Street. Over 1,000 people enjoyed the classic cars, the many vendors, the food and especially “The Loose Cannons,” an outstanding rock band from Fort Bragg.
While the day threatened to be a logistical nightmare because of the number of people and vehicles in the downtown area, it worked itself out, eventually. As soon as visitors to the Folk Festival pulled out of Broad Street parking spaces, vintage cars cruised into them to park and show off. Over 140 vehicles took part in the ever growing Cruisin’ Main component of the Night Out.
The perfect springtime weather cooperated, some of the vendors from the Festival transferred to Broad for the Night Out, and the SPPD worked the traffic, assisted by Dempsey Smith and Cecil Inman, the cruise-in organizers.