Black Creek’s Heritage Day festival plans fun for all

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BLACK CREEK — Families don't have to head far to have fun this weekend with live music, hayrides, inflatables, arts and crafts and more at the Black Creek Heritage Day.

"My goal for Heritage Day is to bring the citizens and people from the surrounding counties together," said event coordinator Ellen Dawson. "A lot of people can't afford vacations, but this gives their children an opportunity to be involved in fun activities that don't cost much."

Festival entry and the majority of the activities are free, but booths like face-painting by Girl Scout Troop No. 555 will be collecting donations. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday when the Black Creek Band takes the stage for a street party. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, but hot dogs, drinks and coffee will be available.

On Saturday, Dawson and the five other members of the event committee are hosting a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Festivities continue with a car cruise-in from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music starting at 10 a.m. and the N.C. Aquarium Traveling Touch Tank from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"We have children who can't get to the beach, so we're bringing the animals to Black Creek," said Dawson.

The tank will give attendees the chance to touch local marine invertebrates and learn about the North Carolina ecosystem.

In addition to appearances from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by Slugger of the Wilson Tobs and Mr. Pig from Wilson Piggly Wiggly from 1-2 p.m., attendees can browse booths by crafters and area nonprofit groups, see emergency response equipment and staff, feast on a variety of fair foods, see a blacksmith in action and watch a cannon being fired.

"There are a lot of different activities with something for all ages from the very young to the oldest," Dawson said. "We try to keep everyone in mind when we're planning it."

The festivities will wrap up with a performance by South Bound N Down and a raffle drawing from 4 to 4:30.

Heritage Day was rescheduled to the rain date in 2016 because of Hurricane Matthew, but Dawson said she's optimistic the weather will cooperate for a perfect day.

"According to the weatherman, it won't rain, so that is what we're praying for," she said.

For a full schedule of events and updates in case the forecast changes, visit www.facebook.com/blackcreeknc/.