NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - While communities across the state continue to recover from Hurricane Florence, one of the biggest relief efforts took place in New Bern this weekend at Mumfest.
Just a month ago, city officials and Mumfest organizers weren't sure if the annual festival would even still take place. But after countless hours of hard work from all parties involved, New Bern was ready to hold a celebration of the efforts from everyone since Hurricane Florence.
Event organizers wanted to use the festival as a way to help local businesses get back on their feet following the storm.
There were more than 300 vendors at Mumfest and some of those hold shops in downtown New Bern.
Some of the hardest hit businesses in the area were given the opportunity to set up free booths in front of their physical locations.
"We lost about half our space but there are stores that aren't even re-open at this point but they do have space on the street," Surf, Wind, and Fire Owner Danny Bratten said. "It's a way for them to show their products, and really it's a way for them to say hello and see familiar faces, and shake hands, and say 'hey we might not be open right now, but we're going to be open any day now.' Because every business is trying to re-open as quickly as possible."
Bratten described Mumfest as a grand reopening for the city.
The festival continues Sunday at 10 a.m. until things wrap up around 5 p.m.