“It’s amazing; people don’t realize how many children are touched by this one event,” Krewe committee member Paula Turner told the Times-News on Thursday.
Named after a New Orleans-based organizations that are featured in Mardi Gras-related festivities, the local Krewe event is back this weekend for its 10th year of hay rides, musical entertainment, games and a family atmosphere to raise money for Lincoln County children to go to summer camp at the YMCA.
The event was created by a group of friends, including Turner’s husband Keith, whom the festival has been in honor of since his death nine years ago. Harry Costner, a Baton Rouge resident who formerly lived in the area, Rick Ramseur and Larry Dellinger partnered with Turner to create an event with proceeds going toward a cause.
Seventy-five percent of the money raised will go to the Lincolnton YMCA in the form of scholarships for local children to attend camp — something Turner, her husband and those involved hope will help fulfill the need, they believe, needs to be met.
“A lot of these children would be at home alone over the summer,” Turner said, “this way they can go to camp and have fun. And all of this money stays right here in Lincoln County.”
Turner hopes to raise at least $5,000 this year.
A magic show by Ramseur who will give tours of the Historic Woodside Plantation that was built in the 1800s and was recently renovated by Ramseur. A performance by a Carolina-based band — Coming Up Brass — will start at 6 p.m. The 10-member group that was created in the early 1990s will use instruments such as saxophone, trumpet and trombone.
A dance floor will be present for those in attendance, and barbecue-style food will be catered by The Home Place, with dessert prepared by the YMCA — all of which come with the $20 admission fee for adults.
Fifteen antique cars will be on display throughout the five-hour event, too, while the Lincolnton High class of 1962 will meet to commemorate their 50th year out of high school with a visit from a former classmate — an exchange student from Switzerland — who will be flying in for the event.
While the event was orchestrated by a group of men who didn’t know where the money would go but knew they wanted to help children, today, Turner and other committee members hope to continue their efforts of keeping county YMCA camp full with children who really want to be there.
Krewe X will be 4-9 p.m., Saturday, at 1217 Highway 182 in Lincolnton.
Admission is $15 in advance and $10 for children 10 and under. For more information, call (704) 716-4500.