MumFest kicks off this weekend

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - One of Eastern Carolina's largest festivals will kick off as scheduled this weekend, while recovery efforts carry on after Hurricane Florence.

MumFest will run from October 12-14 in downtown New Bern, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Florence four weeks ago.

Organizers say they officially decided to hold to festival ten days ago, in hopes of achieving some much needed normalcy after the storm.

“We all wanted to bring a little bit of joy and happiness back into our community,” said Swiss Bear Executive Director Lynn Harakal.

This year’s festival will feature all of the festival staples from previous years, with more than 300 vendors expected to be showcased. There will also be a variety of food, amusement rides, a beer garden and live entertainment, including a trampoline show and urban break dancers from New York City.

Country music stars Dan + Shay are slated to perform Friday night. It will be a benefit concert to help hurricane victims recover.

“We’re very fortunate that both Minges Bottling Company and PepsiCo Foundation has underwritten the concert. Now, all the net proceeds from the concert will be going to hurricane relief in our area,” said Harakal.

Harakal says proceeds will go toward housing and new business relief in the city.

If you're headed to the festival, there will be free parking at Lawson Creek Park. A shuttle service will be available to take festival-goers to the main entrance at Hancock and Broad Street.

Shuttle hours: Saturday: 9:30am – 7pm; Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm.

Festival hours: Saturday: 10am – 6:30pm; Sunday 10am – 5pm.