Boykins to welcome spring with weekend carnival

Published 10:39 am Friday, March 31, 2017

Justin Overby of the Boykins Fire Volunteer Fire Department is inviting everyone to the three-day Spring Carnival, which begins today, March 31. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and continues to 10 o’clock.

Daily admission is $3 for everyone but children ages 6 and under, which are admitted for free.

Feature Attraction, a six-piece band from Virginia, is scheduled to play starting at 6:30, and the members will perform a mix of Beach, Classic Rock, Motown, Southern Soul, Country, Southern Soul and more. Their show, like that of all musical entertainment, will be inside the firehouse for the sake of everyone’s comfort.

Beer sales take place on Friday and Saturday.

• The carnival on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Boykins Ladies Auxiliary of the BVFD will present a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the firehouse parking lot. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the cost to enter your vehicle is $15 per car in advance; $20 day of the show. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. For questions or more information on this event, call Gomer Cooke at 653-1467 or James Lashley at 376-0603.

Of course, there will be rides — what’s a carnival without them?

Among the many activities of the day will be the firemen’s challenge, which Overby described as a sort of a tug-of-war.

A pie-eating contest is at 2 p.m.

A duck race is at 3 p.m , with $1,000 as the first prize.

There’ll be educational demonstration at 4 p.m. involving a car, school bus and the Jaws of Life tool used in accidents.

Steve Owens and The Summertime Band also play Carolina Beach music, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Southern Soul  from 6 to 10 p.m.

• On Sunday, the gates will be open from 1 to 6 p.m.

Before that, though, carnival rides will be free only to special needs children and teens ages 17 and under from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors this day are asked to participate in the Give Back campaign, which asks for donations of canned food to be presented to the Hope Center. The option is the Rough Road Rescue, which requests pet items such as food or toys. Contributors to each project can enter chances to win $100.

Local church bands will play throughout Sunday. Included will be the Courtland Baptist Youth Band and Adult Praise Team; Bethel Church from Suffolk; Kingdom Life Ministries; the Crossover Band; and another group known as Calling All Worshippers.

For more information, call Overby at 653-4269.