06/08/05 — 'Ole Timey Days' festival Saturday in Seven Springs

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'Ole Timey Days' festival Saturday in Seven Springs

By Bonnie Edwards
Published in News on June 8, 2005 1:46 PM

SEVEN SPRINGS -- As many as nine Civil War re-enactment groups are planning to take part in the Ole Timey Days festival this weekend in Seven Springs.

The festival will begin held from 10 a.m. until Saturday and continue until 4 p.m. Main Street will be closed between the Whitehall Bridge and N.C. 55.

Bobby Mozingo, who is helping organize the event, along with his wife, Karen, said more re-enactment groups may participate in the event, which will feature mock battles. Seven Springs, known as Whitehall in the 19th century, was the scene of a battle between Union and Confederate troops in late 1862.

Re-enactors are expected to start arriving Friday afternoon to set up camp.

The festival begins Saturday with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at the River House on Main Street. The ceremony will be followed by a battle re-enactment, narrated by Randy Sauls of Goldsboro. Another battle will be fought at 3 p.m. Throughout the day, re-enactors will be conducting living history demonstrations.

Food and entertainment will be plentiful. Turkey dinners will be sold at the Seven Springs Restaurant to benefit the town. Barbecue will be served at the River House, with proceeds going to benefit the Seven Springs Museum, which is nearing completion.

A period fashion show will be held at 1 p.m. in front of the River House.

Ronnie Whitfield and the Country Express band will play gospel and country music all day on Main Street and the Dulcimer Club of Goldsboro will also perform.