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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Festival, concert bring crowds to Rocky Mount

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The Town of Rocky Mount was busy Friday night with a record crowd at the Strawberry Festival and a sellout concert at the Harvester Performance Center.

At the festival, sponsored by Franklin Heights Baptist Church, volunteers served 145 gallons of ice cream, 265 pounds of fresh strawberries and 320 gallons of popcorn, according to event organizers. Volunteers also gave out 1,500 balloons to children who attended the 11th annual event.

With a crowd estimated between 2,500 and 2,800 people, organizers ran out of everything before the event ended.

Later that evening, The Wailers, the internationally known reggae band formerly fronted by the late Bob Marley, performed to a sellout crowd at the Harvester.

"It was a great show and a great response," said Matt Hankins, assistant town manager. "We were pleased with the diversity in ages of the crowd, from small children to seniors and everything in between."

Like previous concerts, about 90 percent of ticket sales were by out-of-town fans.

Saturday night's concert by Dave Mason and Traffic Jam had to be postponed due to "unforeseen circumstances," Hankins said. The concert, featuring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 24.

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