Boonville heads into summer with bash

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

June 22, 2014

BOONVILLE — The first Spring Into Summer Bash was held in downtown Boonville on Saturday filling street corners with craft vendors.

According to organizers, the venue was sponsored by the Boonville Business and Downtown Development Association, and it will be an annual event.

“All of our vendors are local within Yadkin County and the surrounding area. We have folks selling jewelry, ice cream, we have face painting, local bands including our headline band called Fat City,” said Hope Hardy of the BBDDA.

“We are trying to raise money to revitalize our downtown park. The intent in all of this is to bring awareness to what we’re doing, but mostly to bring everyone together. Those are the organization goals,” she added.

According to Hardy, the festival committee did not charge for vendors instead opting for donations from vendors and the public.

“We have about 25 vendors at this event. We let as many in so they can attract people, many who wanted to come and eat at our restaurants,” said Hardy.

One of the vendors was selling blueberries.

“We pick fresh items. We use our berries and then we take it to a certified kitchen. We also package items with a basket. We have a guy in Hayes that makes the baskets for us. We work out of home. We’re just a small business trying to make ends meet. We love what we do,” said Joey Johnson of The Green Mesa Blueberries. “We’re from Boonville.”

Aspiring artist Emily Willard showcased recovered windows she transformed into art. “I got me an old farmhouse in town and that’s where I live. I’m really connected with art, the earth, natural things. I plant fruit and vegetables… Working with art is tough. It’s hard to get a job in it. However, I did paint these windows. I think they bring something different and it’s great making use of old stuff,” said Willard.

Willard was seen face painting, too.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.