Ayden Collard Festival kicks off tonight

AYDEN, NC (WITN) - The 2017 Ayden Collard Festival gets underway tonight.

The official festival runs from Sept. 7 - 10.

Miss Ayden 2016, Joy Turnage, stopped by WITN News at Sunrise on Thursday alongside the Ayden Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Laura Todd, to talk about the exciting days ahead.

The Miss Ayden Pageant is being held Thursday evening. The winner will receive a $1000 college scholarship.


Here's a full list of events:

Ayden Collard Festival
2017 Schedule of Events

(dates & times subject to change)

Thursday, Sept. 7

Ayden Collard Festival Indoor Art Show open for viewing
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Ayden Community Building, 548 Second Street.

Rides and vendors open
6:00 pm
$20.00 Wristband night unlimited rides

Pagaent - Live Entertainment
7:00 pm
West Avenue Stage

Purple the Clown: Free Balloon Art - West Avenue Stage
7:30 pm

Friday, Sept. 8

Ayden Collard Festival Indoor Art Show open for viewing
8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Ayden Community Building, 548 Second Street.

Rides and vendors open on West Avenue
6 p.m.

Shimmy Shakers Line Dancers on West Avenue Stage Area
6 p.m.

Trenice Atkinson - West Avenue Stage
7:00 pm

Fantasy Band - West Avenue Stage.
8:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 9

9:00 am - Arts & Crafts Vendors

9:00 am - Rides and Food Vendors Open

9:00 am - Horse Shoe Tournament Registration at Veteran's Park, Third Street

10:00 am - Opening Ceremonies, West Avenue Stage

10:00 am - Horse Shoe Tournament begins at Veteran's Park, Third Street

11:00 am - Ayden Collard Festival Parade

12:00 noon - Ayden Collard Festival Indoor Art Show open for viewing in Ayden Community building, 548 Second Street

12:00 noon - Carolina Girls Line Dancers

12:30 pm - Smiles and Frowns Playhouse

12:30 pm - Corn hole Tournament Registration at T-Shirt tent

1:00 pm - Spin-man, West Avenue Stage Area

1:00 pm - Kids Corner (with McDonalds), corner of Second and East Avenue Street

1:30 pm - Corn hole Tournament begins - Town Hall Parking Lot

2:00 pm - Collard Eating Contest - West Avenue Stage

3:00 pm - Carolina Heat Demo - West Avenue Stage Area

4:00 pm - Spin-man - West Avenue Stage Area

6:00 pm - Abby Jones - Second Street

6:30 pm - Andro Brown - Second Street

7:00 pm - Men of Faith Gospel Singers - Second Street

7:00 pm - Original Music by Johnny Cutrell - West Avenue Stage

8:00 pm - Band of Oz - West Avenue Stage


Sunday, Sept. 10
Ayden Collard Festival Indoor Art Show open for viewing
Noon-4 p.m.
Ayden Community Building, 548 Second St.

Art Pickup by Artists, Ayden Collard Festival Indoor Art Show
4-6 p.m.
Ayden Community Building, 548 Second St.