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ECC Foundation’s 7th

Beach Music Festival & Food Truck Rodeo

  

ECC Beach Music Festival Set for June 6

 

Summertime in Eastern North Carolina typically brings sunny skies, picnics in parks, and chasing lightning bugs at night. For the past seven years, it’s also the time of year when hundreds of people flock to Edgecombe Community College for good food and a little shagging.

 

This year should be no different. On June 6, the 7th Annual Beach Music Festival and Food Truck Rodeo returns to the colleges’ Tarboro campus.

 

“This year’s event is going to be in June, so we should have some great weather,” says Karen Andrus, executive director of the ECC Foundation.

 

The festival is one of the foundation’s largest annual fundraisers. Since its inception in 2008, the festival has raised more than $60,000 for scholarships to Edgecombe Community College.

 

Andrus says she hopes for another $10,000 in profit this year to help students fund their education at the college.

 

“Scholarships are awarded through the foundation,” Andrus says. “This event contributes to our scholarship program, and we award more than 100 scholarships each year.”

 

Luke Vail, who hosts the Sunday on the Beach radio show on WNCT 107.9, again will emcee this year’s festival. Three bands will perform: the Embers featuring Craig Woolard, the Holiday Band, and the Carolina Breakers.

 

The popular shagging contest also returns this year. About a dozen or so contestants show off their fancy footwork in hopes of taking home a trophy.

 

“Beach music has a huge following,” Andrus says. “Not only are the older shaggers coming, but we have a huge group of younger ones coming, too. The tradition continues.”

 

Originally called the Beach Music and Barbecue Festival, organizers changed it to the Food Truck Rodeo last year to reflect the diversity of food offerings. Again, regional and international cuisine will be available for festival-goers.

 

A beer and wine truck from Carolina Eagle Distributing also will be on site.

 

The festival runs from noon until 6 p.m. Gates open at 11 a.m. The shagging contest begins at 3:30 p.m.

 

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Children up to 5 years old get in free, and tickets for children 6-11, which are sold only at the gate, are $5.

 

Tickets are available for sale in Tarboro at the Blount-Bridgers House, the Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce, Edgecombe County Memorial Library, Providence Bank, and Tarboro Savings Bank. Tickets also are available at Bailey’s in Rocky Mount, both college campuses in Rocky Mount and Tarboro, or online at www.etix.com.

 

For more information on the 7th Annual Beach Music Festival and Food Truck Rodeo, contact Andrus at 823-5166, ext. 212, or at andrusk@edgecombe.edu.