Lana Neal was enjoying herself Saturday at the 2014 N.C. Potato Festival downtown and with good reason: Day two of the three-day event featured sunny skies, with temperatures in the mid-60s.
Neal, of Elizabeth City and who has attended the annual gathering for 13 years, expressed the feeling of more than a few in the large crowds in saying why she has continued to return.
“I think it’s a wonderful family event,” Neal said. “It’s a wholesome event for both children and for families. And I think it builds good camaraderie in our community.”
Meanwhile, festival-goers should be aware that the following streets will be closed until the end of the festival Sunday evening:
• Ehringhaus Street between Water and McMorrine streets and between Colonial Avenue and Shepard Street;
• Church Street at the entrance to The Daily Advance parking lot; Fearing Street from Water to Poindexter streets; Main Street from Road to Water streets; Poindexter Street from Colonial Avenue to Fearing Street; and Martin Luther King Boulevard from Colonial Avenue to Fearing Street.
The Potato Festival is scheduled to end Sunday at 5 p.m. Streets will not be completely reopened until all vendors have left the streets. Ehringhaus Street will likely not reopen until early Monday.
The weather has been just about perfect, with a sunny sky and a temperature if 70 at 4 p.m., according to The National Weather Service.
Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 54 and light west wind.
Sunday will see a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m., and be mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Northwest wind will be 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Sunday night, there will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m, then a chance of showers between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.
Rides at the festival will cost $1.25 each, and people can purchase wristbands allowing unlimited rides on Sunday only for $25.
The Potato Association, based in Elizabeth City, is joining the festival, running a booth outside the Museum of the Albemarle.
For a complete schedule of festival events, go to www.ncpotatofestival.com.