Lillington Festival brings attention to Cape Fear River

By LAURA PATTERSON
Assistant managing editor
Posted 9/24/21

The town of Lillington will celebrate one of Harnett County’s biggest assets, the Cape Fear River, during its annual festival on Saturday. Cape Fear Fest will be held in the downtown area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Lillington Festival brings attention to Cape Fear River

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The town of Lillington will celebrate one of Harnett County’s biggest assets, the Cape Fear River, during its annual festival on Saturday. Cape Fear Fest will be held in the downtown area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Once called the Lillington Fall Festival, the name of the event was changed in 2017 to bring attention to the Cape Fear River, which runs through the center of town.

“It’s such an asset to our community,” said event coordinator Lauren Strickland, administrative assistant for the Lillington Chamber of Commerce.

Strickland said more than 70 vendors are expected for the outdoor celebration along East Front and First streets, near the CVS.

Vendors will offer handmade arts and crafts, retail items such as clothing and jewelry, informational and political booths, and so much more. Food trucks will be on site serving up the traditional concessions such as hot dogs and hamburgers, along with tacos and barbecue.

The weather on Saturday is expected to be picture perfect — sunny with temperatures in Lillington forecast at a high of 79 and low of 55.

A Kids Zone will be available with children’s activities like bouncy houses and corn-hole games.

Best of all, it’s all free.

An opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with the colors presented and singing the national anthem.

Starock Entertainment DJ Ricky Edwards will spin continuous music throughout the day.

Entertainment during the festival will include all kinds of dancing, from line dancing to boxers “dancing” in a full-size outdoor ring.

From 11 to 11:30 a.m. dance demonstrations will be given by The FOLD (Friends of Line Dancing), led by Tricia Bristow.

The On Pointe Dance Competition Team will take the stage from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Deputy Mark Hornsby will be there with members of the Harnett County Police Athletic & Activities League (PAL) Boxing Team, the PAL Travel Team and members of the Carolina Horseman, a North Carolina elite boxing team.

“We will have our full-size competition ring set up,” said Hornsby, who is a coach for the teams. “We will have boxers whose ages range from 8 years old to elite male and female adults. Some of these boxers are nationally rated boxers and compete all across the United States.

Several of our Carolina Horseman boxers will be competing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the USA Boxing National Championships.”

“We will have live sparring and technique demonstrations,” Hornsby added. “We are looking forward to showcasing what we do at this event.”

Like most festivals in 2020, Cape Fear Fest was canceled last year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Strickland said precautions are being taken for Saturday’s outdoor event. Booths are separated and vendors have been encouraged to wear masks. There also will be hand-washing and sanitizing stations in place.

Laura Patterson can be reached at lpatterson@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2029.

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