The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

April 20, 2012

Beach music, BBQ and more at ECC Saturday

Editor and Publisher
John H. Walker

TARBORO — With The Embers, The Holiday Band and the Chairmen of the Board providing the music, a full slate of activities is on-tap at the fourth annual Beach Music and BBQ Festival on April 21 at Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate for the festivities, sponsored by the Edgecombe Community College Foundation.

The Holiday Band is a repeat performer and Steve Hardy, whose “Original Beach Party” radio show has been on the air for 38 years, returns as the host.

The festival, scheduled from noon until 8 p.m. is a fundraiser for scholarships, raising more than $20,000 in the first three years.

In 2011, Hardy said he tries to support community colleges, particularly because he’s a product of the system. He graduated from Lenoir Community College in the early 1970s.

“Community colleges provide a lot of people the opportunity to go to school; it’s an option other than big-time universities,” he said. “This is a wonderful cause because it’s helping kids go to school who might not otherwise be able to attend.”

The festival will be on ECC’s greenway, which has plenty of room for crowds to enjoy the bands as well as food, beer, wine, and vendors.

In addition to the beach music and barbecue action, there will be a scholarship cornhole tournament. Entry fees are $40 for each two-person team and a payout of $1,000 is projected with 50 teams. The tournament entry fee includes entry to the overall festival.