Attend the Eastern NC Events and Festivals Consortium workshop

BURGAW— The NC Blueberry Festival, Pender County Tourism, the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce and Burgaw Area Chamber of Commerce have teamed to host the Eastern NC Events and Festival Consortium Nov. 6, at the Historic Train Depot.

The free workshop is open to any organization that hosts a festival and plans events.

“It is a perfect networking and informational workshop for PTAs and directors of parks and recreation departments, and committee leaders,” said Tammy Proctor, director of Pender County Tourism.

The consortium was started last year by Julie Beck, the chair of the Mt. Olive Pickle Festival. She said she is pleased by the knowledge that is shared through the various workshop sessions.

“We are happy to bring the consortium to Burgaw,” said Olivia Dawson, the coordinator of the NC Blueberry Festival. “Each organization that attends will have best practices to share and we can learn from one another.”

Dawson will lead a session about conducting fun and fair pageants for festivals that want to crown a festival court. Two other sessions presented at the Nov. 6 consortium will be conducted.

GigSalad, a company that books entertainment, will give tips about bringing affordable entertainment to a venue. GigSalad is a national company with an office in Wilmington. They represent a myriad of talents—from large bands to sword swallowers.  

Appy City, a company that develops mobile apps, will talk about free apps for festivals and events.

The last session of the workshop will be a panel discussion about best practices for festivals and events.

For more information about the Nov. 6, 10 a.m.—2 p.m. consortium call 910-259-1536. RSVP for the workshops are required by Nov. 2. The Historic Train Depot is located at 115 S. Dickerson St. in downtown Burgaw.