Washington Summer Festival - 2009

The 2009 Washington Summer Festival is underway.

The 26th annual festival is organized by the Washington Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce. It kicked off Friday and continues Saturday along the Washington waterfront.

Some of the festival highlights include food, arts and crafts, amusements, bands and fireworks.

Click on the link below for a complete list off all of the events and times.


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  • by Me Location: chocowinity on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Wow yall are unbelievable i mean okay i know its drunks and stuff like that out there but its not bad... I mean im 14 and i love goin out there even at music in the streets,and yall dont know wat yall our talkin about, i mean yea some of them fight, but its not our fault, if we were raised the right way,we wouldnt want to fight as much. And if our parents actually cared about us, we would atually be good. I mean we aint perfect, give us a break... and if the cops werent so scared of gettin hurt (well some cops) they would stop it. But wat some of them did was just looked at the people in the middle that was gettin ready to fight and just looked at them. I mean even though nothin happened they still should of broke it up and seperated them before some of us kids got hurt...
  • by Citizen Location: Washington on Jun 19, 2009 at 09:07 AM
    The summer festival is a joke, it does not benefit the city at all, it costs the city money every year, if the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event why isn't the summer festival held in other locations of the county, like Belhaven, Aurora, Chocowinity, I was down there a last year at the festival and at night it was nothing but fights and drunks, the police have their hands full, by the way who is paying the police the City or the Chamber.
  • by Observer Location: Washington on Jun 13, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    "Disgusted" - FYI, the Summer Festival is NOT a 'City' event as you stated. It never has been. It is put on by the Washington/Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber collects the fees from the vendors to be there and the Chamber is running the beer garden. The Chamber would be responsible under NC Dram Shop law for the behavior of the patrons. I always wondered how this festival supposedly brings in so much money for the community when almost every vendor is from out of town and alot from out of state. They live in campers, bring their own food and take their profits back home with them. I think they should be made to buy a license to operate a business within the City like all the other businesses here do. Lets not even talk about the manhours spent on public safety and electric Department rewiring things down there every year.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    The summer festival used to be alot of fun and intertainment, now it is just a bunch of drunks and idiots. I do not want my kid around alot of people drinking. So we want go, they dont need our money either.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Jun 13, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    To anonymous: I guess if ya drink U wouldn't see how it would take away from being a family event, maybe U don't drink, U didn't say. It takes less than "a few hours to get drunk, especially if you've had a few cool ones before U came to the Festival.I just don't think alcohol should be sold at a "public" event. R the cops watching all those that drink so they can gice them citations when they leave for drinking and driving? I think not because it is the a "city" event. what if someone drinks to much and leaves and has an accident and someone dies? they gonna sue the "city" because they sold them the beer? Lot's of liabilities to think about. Of cours this is just MY opinion and U R intitles to yours so that why I won't B attending. Hope U have fun!
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Jun 13, 2009 at 02:41 PM
    The beer garden is only open for a few hours while the band plays. I don't see how this takes away from it being a family event.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Jun 13, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    My family will NOT B attending the Summer festival this year at all. So much for the "family" touch by adding a beer garden. I'm sure that's something we want to teach our kids! We went last year and could not even enjoy the fireworks for the gang style fighting in the area we were sitting! Now U want to add more alcohol sanctioned by the city to the agenda? I think not. Someone always has to go and ruin a good thing in the name of PROGRESS! Guess U won't miss my few $$$, huh?
  • by T Location: Washington on Jun 12, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    Cannot wait, especially the beer garden. Nice touch. Should be a good time by all, as long as everyone drinks responsibly.
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