Scuppernong River Festival welcomes volunteers for planning committee

Published 3:33 pm Wednesday, March 23, 2022

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With less than eight months until the 31st Annual Scuppernong River Festival unfolds on the streets of Columbia, organizers are looking forward to a bigger and better festival than ever.

As planning is beginning for the Saturday, October 8, 2022 festival, Columbia and Tyrrell County residents are invited to become part of the planning committee and to share ideas on how to make the festival one to remember. The committee meets monthly on the fourth Thursday at 11 a.m. at the meeting room in the Tyrrell County Administrative Building, located at 108 S. Water Street in Columbia.

Opportunities for committee volunteers are numerous and varied. From music and entertainment to concessions, water activities and publicity, committee members will plan every detail of the day-long downtown street festival. Organizers note there are never enough ideas or individuals to help: “Just mark your calendar for Thursday, March 24th,  show up and offer to assist.”

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Call 252-796-1371 or 252-796-2781 during regular weekday business hours to express interest or for more information.

The Scuppernong River Festival stretches the length of Main Street and includes the downtown streets and waterfront areas as well as the Columbia High school campus. More than 8,000 people flock to the town of Columbia for food, fun and entertainment.

Festivities begin with a parade down Main Street. There will be water activities on the Scuppernong River and along the waterfront for all ages and there will be amusement rides for children. Music and entertainment will be staged at multiple locations. A fireworks show that organizers hope will be larger than ever will take place over the river beginning at nightfall. There will be an 8 p.m. concert in front of the Tyrrell County Courthouse with a band to be determined.