Norman Fest itching to grow

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

NORMAN — The five members of the Biscoe-based Tri-County Bluegrass Band will help kick off the 5th annual Norman Fest this year.

Norman Mayor Kenneth Broadway briefed Town Council members on the updates to the schedule for Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11. There will be square dancing Friday night to accompany the music.

Photo by Kevin Spradlin Charlotte Helicopter Tours will once again offer aerial trips over the the Norman countryside at the 5th annual Norman Fest on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Photo by Kevin Spradlin
Charlotte Helicopter Tours will once again offer aerial trips over the the Norman countryside at the 5th annual Norman Fest on Saturday, Oct. 11.

“I’ve been asked for three or four years about getting bluegrass here,” Broadway said.

Much of the success of the event, he noted, depends on good weather.

Broadway said he has received pre-registration from 45 vendors already — 10 more than the number of vendors that showed up at last year’s event, he said, and still two months before event weekend.

The mayor of the town of 132 people said he offers an estimate that approximately 2,000 people attend the festival each year but “if I could say 3,000 or more came, it would be nice.”

Jonathan Staub and Reini Grauer, of Charlotte Helicopter tours, will return for fee-based rides over the Norman countryside. There will be plenty of arts and crafts vendors, and food options as well, Broadway said.

An addition to this year’s lineup is a 10K, or 6.2-mile, footrace called the GNAT Scat 10K run/walk. The race will begin near the blinking light in town and travel the first quarter-mile along U.S. Route 220 Alternate before turning into the Norman landscape — which might be hillier than some can imagine. Runners and walkers will take County Line Road to Clayton Carriker Road — conquer the hill — and then turn left on Capel Mill Road to head to finish line in front of Norman Methodist Church.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Norman Councilwoman Lucy Hall, right, Councilman Stephen Cranford, Mayor Kenneth Broadway (top left) and Councilwoman Cynthia Ingram (left) listen as Pastor Dena White talks about the community garden.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Norman Councilwoman Lucy Hall, right, Councilman Stephen Cranford, Mayor Kenneth Broadway (top left) and Councilwoman Cynthia Ingram (left) listen as Pastor Dena White talks about the community garden.

Proceeds from the event, if any, will benefit God’s Garden. Norman Methodist Church Pastor Dena White said  the garden produces an average of 15 to 18 tons of produce each year that is largely distributed to area food banks and pantries.

It’s a community garden, White said.

“Anyone who works in the garden is welcome to take home a share,” she said.

 

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