Photo Contest, Little Miss, Music, & More at Bunn Fun Day

A shot of a Railroad Street event in 2014. Source: Frank and Kay Whatley.
A shot of a Railroad Street event in 2014. Source: Frank and Kay Whatley.

By Kay Whatley, Editor

Bunn NC’s second Annual Bunn Fun Day returns. Join the fun on Railroad Street in downtown Bunn, starting at 10am on April 23, 2016!

Come walk around with family and friends, grab a bite to eat, maybe shop for crafts, enter the raffle, enjoy the music, and show off your dance moves!

According to Sherry Mercer, one of the event organizers, support this year is more than ever, with more than a dozen sponsors and a growing list of vendors.

Foods arranged for the event include funnel cakes, snow cones, and fair-type foods.

The main music attraction is the Franklin County band, Steady Drive, performing Bluegrass music for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Join the Snow Queen and Spider Hero for stories of far off places and daring  sword fights with your favorite heroes and fairy tale favorites.  Premier Children’s Parties is bringing the fun, with this interactive adventure and a chance to take pictures with these well-loved characters.

There will be mini ponies, courtesy of Triple “T” Equine Service. The American Wildlife Refuge animal caretakers will be on-site with live owls.

An obstacle courses, moonwalk bounce house, The Extreme Slide, and more will keep children and teens busy for hours!

A craft tent, plus the Bunn High School students’ art display and a public Photo Contest, provide even more options for enjoyment.

The event runs until 4pm.

The Bunn Event Team includes Bunn residents and local entrepreneurs, including  Sherry and Steve Mercer, Brittany Lester, Sheila Strickland, Kim and Keith Gupton, Wendy Brantley, Ayeley Akoto, and Jamie Richardson. The team has been meeting and organizing since the start of the year to ensure an activity-filled day!

The fun doesn’t start on April 23, though. For those who would like to be a part of the event — vending, entering the photo contest, or entering a little miss, forms are available to sign up now. Voting on photos will start April 1 at the local Coffee House.

To become a part of this event, or ask questions about attending, contact part of the Bunn Event Team, Sherry Mercer, at 919.426.5806.

Craft and Food Vendors

A variety of crafts will be on sale, alongside tasty food options.

To participate as a vendor, an Application form needs to be completed and sent in to the coordinator by April 4, 2016. Vendor selection is on a first come, first served basis, and since only one of each type of vendor will be selected, getting forms in early is recommended. Funnel cakes and snow cones are already covered, as are some craft types.

For $25, a 10×10 space is provided for each vendor to set up their out displays, tents, tables, and chairs. Double spaces are available for $50. For booths requiring electricity, the event is bring-your-own-generator, as the site is not providing electricity.

Plan to check in with the Registration Attendant on the day of the event to be assigned a space. Setup begins at 8am and vendors are given 90 minutes to prepare.

For possible vendors with any questions, contact organizer Sherry Mercer at 919.426.5806 or by email. You may also stop by Bunn Town Hall for forms, or call them at 919.496.2992.

Photography Contest

Amateur photographers ages 13 and up are invited to submit photos to the Town Of Bunn.  Take photos of anything — animals, nature, sports, people, or your favorite things — and submit them to the contest.

First place photo will receive a cash prize and a certificate. Second place photo will also be awarded a cash prize and certificate.  Third place photo receives a certificate and honorable mention.

Show off your skills, and let the people of Bunn vote! The entry fee is just $2/photo, and you can submit up to 10 photos. Local folks will be able to stop by the Common Grounds Coffee and Music House to see the displayed photos, and vote while grabbing dinner and coffee. Voting opens April 1 and ends April 17.  Votes will be tallied, and on Bunn Fun Day, the winning photos will be announced!

Photo entries must be received by March 30, 2016, to be entered in the competition. Framed photos — printed up to 8×10, and framed no larger than 11×14 — need to be submitted to The Town of Bunn. If you can’t get to town, then mail them to The Town of Bunn, Attn. Sherry Mercer, PO Box 398, Bunn NC 27508, and make sure they will be received no later than March 30.

Little Miss Bunn Pageant

One young girl, age 3-9 years old, will be Crowned Little Miss Bunn 2016! Little Miss Bunn will have the chance to participate in Bunn events including the annual Christmas Parade.

There is no entry fee. You don’t have to plan a talent, and you won’t be interviewed.  This is a “no experience needed” contest for little girls who live within the Bunn School District.

To enter your little girl, complete a registration form (available from The Town of Bunn or Sherry Mercer) and return the form by March 31, 2016. The application will be reviewed by the Town of Bunn’s event team, to ensure that the contestant qualifies to participate. Once confirmed, qualified girls will receive a confirmation April 4. Make sure that on April 23, 2016, the contestant is between the ages of 3 and 9.

How the Pageant works:

  • The contestant that collects the most people choice votes will be crowned! ($1 equals 1 vote). Family, friends and businesses can sponsor the contestant with votes, and 60% of the monies will go towards the Town of Bunn’s Park Fund, the remaining 40% goes toward next year’s Bunn Fun Day.
  • Votes/Monies must be in by 1pm the day of the event. The votes will be counted during the Bunn Fun Day.
  • At 3pm on April 23, all Contestants will be asked to make their way to the stage, with parent, to receive their certificates. Little Miss Bunn 2016 will be announced and crowned.


The Town of Bunn is located in Franklin County, North Carolina. About half-way between Raleigh and Rocky Mount, the town was incorporated in 1913 and was well known for its farming and sawmill. The Bunn of the new millenium is still known for farming, with several Organic farms, pick-your-own fields, solar farms, and livestock raised naturally — even some roaming as natural “mowers” in the solar fields.

Visit the Town of Bunn Facebook page for updates and more information.

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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.