MumFest organizers hint about headlining act for upcoming festival

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 8:44 PM EDT
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New Bern's biggest festival is just under two months away and WITN is once again proud to be a sponsor of MumFest.

Officials say they're expecting more than 60,000 people to participate in two days of family fun.

Many are all anxiously awaiting the announcement of who's going to headline the MumFest kickoff concert on Friday, October 7th.

Organizers are still keeping mum about who the headliner is and the two opening acts, but they do say gates will open at 5 p.m. on the south lawn at Tryon Palace and the headliner is scheduled to perform around 8 p.m.

"We're really excited about him coming in," says Lynne Harakal with the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation. "He's just released a new CD this summer. So he's got a lot of music that's being aired right now and it's going to be a good concert."

We'll have to wait until next week for his name to be released. Until then, organizers say there are a few changes coming to this year's festival.

"Originally MumFest was designed to be in the actual downtown area, so we are going to resume some of that footprint and we'll take MumFest down Middle Street and across the 300 block of Pollock Street, which is right in front of where Christ Church is located on Pollock Street," she says.

Adding vendors isn't the only thing that's new.

Organizers say members of Got to be NC will make up what's called the Got to be NC Alley on East Front Street.

"Candles and bath projects... we have somebody that wants to bring farm animals, and ice cream, and jams and jellies and marinades, a woodworker, a winery, so we have a huge assortment of companies and we're excited to have such a big variety," says Kelli Billingsley, coordinator for Got to be NC Alley. "They take it all the way. It's truly the farm to table, it's really a passion that they have. And to see them and talk to them and hear their stories, they're fascinating."

Billingsley says they've opened registration for the Got to be NC Alley and the overall response has been really good. She says they're hoping to get around 40 to 50 companies and says the alley will be open during the regular MumFest hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

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