AMANZI MARBLE AND GRANITE:
KERNERSVILE SPRING FOLLY
BY CHRIS COMER
Spring is in the air, and this year’s Spring Folly is right around the corner. One of the largest street festivals in the South, Spring Folly is in its 27th year, and can only be found in Kernersville, North Carolina on May 3, 4, and 5.
You will not want to miss out on all of the excitement in store! There will be delicious carnival food, local and commercial vendors, activities at Heritage Square, and thrilling rides. The whole family will enjoy several arts and crafts stations, a ‘Classic Car Cruise-In’, a chainsaw artist, and entertaining magic shows. Meanwhile, animal lovers will be ecstatic when they find our petting zoo and pony rides.
Plan to visit the gazebo, and our two separate stages, because these hot-spots will entertain audiences with live music and hilarious clown shows. On Saturday, Harmon Park Gazebo will host live jazz music from 12-2pm and soulful blues music from 3-5pm. There will also be some fantastic bands at each of the music stages. One stage is located at Harmon Park and they will feature local Christian bands, while the second stage, at the Civic Food Court, will host comical clown shows for children on Friday night and all day Saturday.
As you stroll along South Main Street, you will meet with some of these talented clowns offering children the opportunity to have their faces painted. You will also pass many fun activities hosted by the Kernersville Fire Department, the Kernersville Police Department, and the Triad Pink Heals. You can meet our service leaders, learn how to use a fire hose, and even get finger-printed. To complete your cruise down South Main, be sure to sign the pink truck in memory of a loved one.
Food is plentiful at Spring Folly, and the money that is spent there goes right back into the community. So, come hungry and leave happy! Stop by the Civic Organizations booths at the Main Stage for some mouthwatering, southern treats. You can be sure to find the following: BBQ plates and sandwiches; fresh squeezed lemonade and fajitas; nachos and hotdogs; shaved ice and frozen custard; hamburgers, corn dogs and french fries; funnel cakes and more. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the great food and music at the old library parking lot which is also home to the Main Music Stage.
This year’s designated performance area is located in the Town Courtyard. Here you will find physical fitness groups demonstrating their skills as well as bounce houses and obstacle courses set up for children. Magic shows will also be performed here as magicians delight the curious on Saturday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. For those with little ones, make a note that changing and feeding areas are located in the Town Courtyard.
The ‘Classic Car Cruise-In’ will be held from 10am-3pm on Saturday in the Town Hall lots. Cars from many different decades will be available to admire. There is always a chance that auto enthusiasts will be able to speak to the owners as well! This event is sure to bring back many memories, leave a smile on your face, and encourage new friendships within our community.
Don’t miss the Arts and Crafts vendors on North Main Street and on West Mountain Street. These artists and local shops have invested hours of passion, skill, and time to present you with the best art Kernersville has to offer. There will be so many unique, handmade items that you should be prepared to leave with a souvenir or even that early Mother’s Day gift you have been meaning to purchase! The Kernersville Arts and Crafts Guild will also have a tent set up for children to invest in some creative time.
This year the Petting Zoo and Pony Rides will also be located on North Main Street. At the Depot you can enjoy a fun photo booth and a token to take home to remember your time at Spring Folly.
Commercial Vendors will line East Mountain Street, and they will have some fun things in which to participate. Who knows? You may even win a prize!
Heritage Square on West Mountain Street will be a highlight for many. Your family will enjoy the period vendors, ‘Mountain Mike’ the chainsaw artist, and the Kernersville Little Theatre photo booth. For those with an itch to learn something new, stop by the Kernersville Museum Tobacco Barn and master the art of tobacco basket weaving or learn how to make a raised-bed vegetable garden and walk away with some seeds to plant from the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Rumor has it you may even find freshly grown, local strawberries for purchase as well.
For those who want a ride on the wild side, make note that Spring Folly’s carnival rides are open on Friday night and will continue through Sunday.
For more information on the Amanzi Marble and Granite Spring Folly, please go to www.KernersvilleSpringFolly.com.
Spring Folly Hours: Friday, May 3: 6-10pm, Saturday, May 4: 10am-10pm, and Sunday, May 5: 1-6pm. Don’t forget to use the interactive map on the website!
Piedmont Natural Gas Kernersville Recycle Day:
Saturday, April 27 9am-1pm
136 East Mountain Street
Batteries, Metal, Paper Shredding (limit to three boxes please), Traditional Recycling, and Pill Drop-Off at the Police Department.