God bless Scuppernong River Fest success

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Miss Mount Holly Melanie Robertson and Miss North Carolina Laura Matrazzo flip pancakes at the Columbia Rotary Club pancake breakfast during the Scuppernong River Festival. Rotarians David Clegg and Carlisle Harrell are ready to serve them to a large crowd.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Columbia — The 27th annual Scuppernong River Festival on Saturday was a day jam-packed with activities and events that ended with fireworks over the river and a night-time concert.

The day began with a parade and the chance to see a Periauger, an 18th century replica work boat, with costumed crew members offering guided tours all day long. Camp life during the Civil War was another focus of the event with The Little Shell from Wanchese, one of the "Wicked Tuna Outer Banks Edition" fishing boats was be available for viewing at the Columbia Town Docks.

Transportation was by water taxi and food vendors lined both sides of Broad Streets. Arts and crafts and merchandise vendors were on hand. There was also a variety of musical entertainment beginning with the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Cherry Point. High school bands performed and Miss North Carolina paid a visit. Other performers included Unity, a popular gospel music group, and Bill and Friends playing a mix of rock, blues and jazz.

The Captain's Crew brought their unique blend of Christian and Gospel music while Johnny Waters and Company entertained the crowd with country and pop music. The Alligator String Band played bluegrass followed by a high energy Latino music group, Arguenderos Musical.

Rounding out the day's entertainment were The Original Rhondels and fireworks lit the night sky over the Scuppernong River.