Festival weather storm

Published 5:17 pm Saturday, June 8, 2013

Although it had a stormy start Friday, Washington’s Summer Festival enjoyed festival-like weather Saturday.

With intermittent periods of sunshine, gray skies and brisk breezes, festival-goers, vendors and festival organizers made the most of what Mother Nature and the festival offered. The festival celebrated its 30th year this weekend.

When the sun was blazing, the vendors selling snow cream, snow cones, flavored shaved ice and ice-cold beverages made brisk sales. Ice-cream sales — whether the ice cream was homemade or soft-serve from a dispenser — occurred at a rapid pace.

Among those cooling off with snow cones were Tripp Belote and one of his daughters, Josie.

Tripp Belote is no stranger to the Summer Festival. He once worked in Beaufort County as its economic-development director. His family is moving back to Washington.

Catherine Glover, executive director of the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce, and Robin McKeithan, another chamber official, were busy Saturday morning making sure the festival was running smoothly. The festival is the chamber’s largest fundraiser each year.

Once the sun began peeking through the clouds for longer periods of time Saturday, crowds became larger and larger throughout the afternoon. Festival-goers arrived by car, boats and on foot throughout the day. Smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes and sausages — Polish or Italian, take your pick — were among the food favorites. Summer Festival T-shirts sold well, some literally flying off the tables when the wind picked up.

The festival weekend concludes tonight with a free performance by the North Carolina Symphony at Festival Park. The show begins at 7:30.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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