Now in its fourth year, the annual Slawburger Festival continues to bring excitement and large crowds to Fayetteville. It’s all part of the Fayetteville Main Street’s focus on bringing life and business into downtown.
“Our first priority is supporting the Main Street initiative of fostering the merchants and their businesses, helping them wherever we can to succeed. An empty business space isn’t going to do anything for anyone.” – Dreanne Newton, Main Street Secretary
This Year’s Festival
This year, organizers added even more fun and new events to the schedule. The day starts with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast along with the 5k run and wraps with live music from the Doctor Mojo Band. In between, the schedule’s packed with the famous eating contests along with scavenger hunts and even a brand new slaw recipe contest. Rounding out the square, you’ll find lunch from food trucks and various vendors.
For families, REACH of Lincoln County is hosting the Calf Kids Zone. Families can enjoy bouncy houses, karaoke, face painting, balloon animals, and more.
While you’re at the festival, plan to spend time browsing local shops and festival sponsors too. Main Street Treasurer Jeff Wilcox points out that shopping at sponsoring businesses is a great way to give back:
“Some of our sponsors might not be in the Main Street district. But they want to see the community as a whole thrive. We’re lucky to have a community with so many businesses who support local events.”
A full schedule can be found on the festival website here.
The Bigger Picture
The Slawburger Festival is just one part of Main Street’s plans for the next few years. Money raised from the festival goes right back into downtown through grants for local businesses. Last year’s profits went to building facade refreshments – new paint, new awnings, and more – for buildings on the square.
“We’re trying to bring a new life to Main Street and our community. Everyone here is pitching in and trying to help out by bringing some new ideas and fresh liveliness to downtown. When I bring my friends from Nashville and Memphis, they’re amazed by our small town atmosphere. I want to show more people that. Our community is a fun place to be.” – Jeff Wilcox