Macclesfield to host festival
BY PHILIP SAYBLACK
Monday, October 23, 2017
One of Edgecombe County’s smallest towns will see one of its biggest events return on Saturday.
Macclesfield will hold its annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Macclesfield Town Common on Edgecombe Street. The festival, which is a benefit event for the Macclesfield Fire Department, has been held for more than 40 years, said Macclesfield Fire Department President Tracy Linkous.
Linkous said the money raised for the department comes largely through sales of vendor booth space for the festival. She added money raised through wristband sales for the event’s rides also benefits the fire department.
While there is a cost for the rides, Linkous said there are also plenty of free events for the public including concerts, a dance performance, a K-9 demonstration by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and a car show, among other items.
This year’s Fall Festival is the first time in its history that it has been held at the end of October, Linkous said. She said in past years, it had been held on the first Saturday of October, but competition with the popularity of Morehead City’s Seafood Festival among the town’s residents led to the town’s Fall Festival being moved.
“People have said they are glad the date was changed,” Linkous said. “We have received no negative feedback about it.”
She added that continued support for the festival, even with the date change, has been encouraging.
“It’s overwhelming to have that positive response,” Linkous said. “I am so grateful for the community and everyone coming out to support the town and the fire department.”
More information on the 2017 Macclesfield Fall Festival is available at http://members.discoveredgecombe.com/events/details/macclesfield-fall-festival-1966 and http://www.facebook.com/macclesfieldfiredept.