The festival season is upon us and Red Springs got the party started with their annual street festival on April 9.
According to Ralph Steeds, one of the organizers of the street festival, approximately 2,000 people showed up on Sunday to promote community involvement and share in some good music, food and fun.
One of the main goals of the street festival was to get community members interacting with one another and promote active participation within the community.
“I’ve always just wanted to be a contributing member to the community,” Steeds explains as to why he’s been organizing this festival for so long.
Getting more people in that frame of mind is difficult, but with holding events such as the street festival, Steeds and others hope to encourage more involvement from community members.
“It’s just a good way to get the town together,” said Steeds.
Other attractions included children’s games, train rides through the street, face painting, a mime and clowns.
The Border Land Band, the Gibson School of Dance, and the UNCP Jazz band provided the entertainment.
Other festival-goers, including Steeds, simply go for the people.
“Well, I like meeting the people,” said Steeds as to why, aside from being one of the organizers, he enjoys going to the festival.
About 80 percent of the UNCP Art’s Council put on the street festival, which has been a part of Red Spring’s activities for the past 20 years.