Contributed by Crystal Richardson, with Kay Whatley (Editor)
A Seafood Festival fundraiser is planned in Wilson NC, with a goal is to raise enough funds for a back-to-school Carnival for the children of Wilson and surrounding areas.
For the price of a ticket, attendees can enjoy unlimited seafood including crabs, crawfish, shrimp, and more. Several options will be offered for folks who aren’t seafood lovers. The Chef for the evening is Mr. Jeff Crabs of Wilson NC.
On May 28, 2016, this first-annual Seafood Festival is scheduled from 3pm to 8pm. The location is Lane Street Park in Wilson NC. The park is next to the Forbes Ln Original FWB, whose address may be useful for navigating: 1800 Lane Street SE, Wilson NC.
Advance tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for ages 4-10, and free for children age 3 and under with an adult ticket-holder. Note that tickets purchased through the online ticket site (EventBrite) may include a small processing fee. Tickets purchased at the door will be $15.
Karaoke is planned to give festival participants a chance to show off their talents. Local live performers include Yungwyld 3D, Jay Swagg, and Miss. Tye Artis. The event is hosted by Jeff’s Crab, with co-host Kidd Jersey. Organized by PBC&J.LLC, proceeds from ticket sales will fund a Carnival for the kids before school begins in Fall 2016.
In addition to the music and performances by local artists, there will be a Spades Tournament. The Spades Tournament will have a $100 prize for the winners. Sign up at the Seafood Festival gate before entering.
Children will be able to use the “play area” during the event, complete with a Jumpy House..
The Seafood Festival is a way to “start something” for the community and get them excited. The proceeds will go to prepare an outstanding Carnival to remember. In order to hold the Fall Carnival, the organizers’ goal is to raise $1,800. This amount would cover equipment, booths, prizes, advertising, and more for the Carnival. The hope is that the Carnival and its fundraisers can become annual events.
“Let’s feast together as a unity, to build our community,” said Debra Johnson, Owner of PPC&J.LLC and the event organizer.
In addition to the Carnival, there are plans to hold a Fall event — The Crab Boil — at the same location.
Volunteers are welcome. Anyone interested in helping, email Sweetrichies@gmail.com with “Volunteer” as the subject.