Goat revival for 2021 Yam Festival’s big day Saturday
By DEUCE NIVEN
A legend from the 1954 Yam Festival in Tabor City, one marred but not completely destroyed by Hurricane Hazel, returns for 2021.
More than a half century later, we’re pretty sure it’s not the same goat, with a lifespan that rarely tops 18 years, alifeofheritage.com and other online sources say.
Still, look forward to an attempt to recreate the iconic event using the materials at hand, including a goat no loan from Artie Morace and an old red wagon, all procured by Yam Festival Mascot Curtis “Tiger Tater” Lovette.
Yam Festivals have never been one-day events, at least not in the modern era, and this year’s celebration is no different with plenty of events already behind us.
That includes Saturday’s Yam Festival pageant, a special celebration with 2019 royalty pressed into an extra year’s service after the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of the pageant last year.
Look for those winners, and much more about this year’s festival, in the 24-page tabloid inside this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.
Sweet Potato Quality Contest judging was Monday, the annual Cook-Off on Tuesday, and poetry contest winners were revealed earlier in the week. Those winners may be found on Page 3 in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune, in print and online.
A street dance at the Town Gazebo in front of the Tabor City Public Library is set from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and will feature a DJ, while the festival’s big day is Saturday with a 10 a.m. parade, entertainment, and some 100 craft and food vendors expected.