‘It’s not that easy’

Mechanical bull ride a top draw at 32nd annual Seaboard Festival

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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HAMLET — Along with a larger-than-life Smokey the Bear, a classic car show, a dunk booth and, up and down

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Miranda Taylor, 15, of Hamlet, hangs onto the mechanical bull. She eventually falls off, but climbs back on for another ride.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Miranda Taylor, 15, of Hamlet, hangs onto the mechanical bull. She eventually falls off, but climbs back on for another ride.

Main Street from the Hamlet Depot to Rice Street all the food one could possibly desire and consume, was a mechanical bull.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The view from the Rockingham Dragway-sponsored stage on Main Street at Rice Street facing the Hamlet Depot.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The view from the Rockingham Dragway-sponsored stage on Main Street at Rice Street facing the Hamlet Depot.

It was a first for the 32nd annual Seaboard Festival, which aims to honor the rich railroad history of the city of 6,500. Judging by the long lines, it won’t be the last.

John Wesley Parham, 5, of Laurinburg, took his turn. On a different setting, Scott Estridge, 11, of Hamlet, had more than one opportunity to stay on, and fall off, the mechanical ride. Each rider’s inevitable fall was cushioned by an inflatable foundation.

Scott figured it was harder to ride than to watch others ride, so he took a shot. His evaluation? A so-so half-waive of the hand, indicative of both good and bad.

Miranda Taylor, 15, of Hamlet, was clear in her resolve and evaluation.

“It’s not that easy,” Miranda said after being pushed towards the attraction by her mother, Mary Taylor. Miranda’s mom figured you only live once, and the Seaboard Festival should be a place “to try different things.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The National Railroad Museum provided stays true to the Seaboard Festival's mission of promoting the city's rich railroad history to visitors.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The National Railroad Museum provided stays true to the Seaboard Festival’s mission of promoting the city’s rich railroad history to visitors.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Throwing a ball to dunk Hamlet Councilman Johnathan Buie was a popular attraction.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Throwing a ball to dunk Hamlet Councilman Johnathan Buie was a popular attraction.

 

 

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