Uptown Wadesboro, and the community catered to parents and their children for the 2017 Fall Festival.
“Our hopes (and) goals for the festival (were) to provide residents and their children with the opportunity to visit the Uptown area, interact with Uptown merchants and leave with positive memories of the Uptown Fall Festival,” said Julian Swittenburg, director of Uptown Wadesboro.
Swittenbug said that he thinks that the event had a positive impact on everyone, young and old, who attended.
“We didn’t have an actual projection, but we estimate that around 200 adults and children attended the event,” Swittenburg said.
There were eight games for festival goers to participate in: a ball toss into a pumpkin cutout, a fishing game, an eyeball house toss, a cake walk, a football toss, a ring toss and corn hole.
There were also three activities where cash prizes were given: best children’s costume, pumpkin decorating and one where participants had to guess the number of beans in a jar.
Volunteers from UWI, employees of the town of Wadesboro and high school students set up and ran the games.
Swittenburg said that the 2017 financial sponsors as well as volunteer support from town and county leadership contributed to the event’s success.
“I also visited several merchants who opened up their store fronts to provide the trick-or-treat experience for the kids, who appeared to be having just as much fun as the children,” Swittenburg said.
Swittenburg said that he has gotten some very positive comments on the festival. He also said that Uptown Wadesboro wants to continue this as an annual event.
“We had hoped to show another outdoor movie at 7 p.m., but the weather threat caused us to cancel it,” Swittenburg said. “Hopefully, we can show the movie in the evening after next year’s event.”