Chamber Chat - Broadway Our Way

Apr 15

By Meg Moss

 

Whoever said “there’s nothing to do in Sanford” hasn’t looked at their calendars lately! Yesterday was the Downtown Sanford Streetfest and Fireworks event, next Saturday April 21st is the Broadway Our Way Festival, The Sanford Block Party is Saturday, April 28th, and the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival is Saturday March 12th. You throw in the SAGA Chamber Classic Golf Tournament on Friday May 4th, and you have five weekends of events to attend!

 

But let’s focus this week on the Broadway Our Way Festival since it’s coming upon us next weekend.

 

Broadway, North Carolina. A town in Lee County of approximately 1,200 people and 1.3 square miles. Broadway carries a unique sense of timelessness. Simple, convenient, and friendly are some characteristics to describe Broadway’s community. Nestled south of Sanford along the Lee/Harnett County line, Broadway was formed in the late 1800's by early settlers coming to the area to distill turpentine, due to the plenitude of pine trees. At that time there was a post office that catered to Harnett and Moore County (some of which is now Lee County). Later farming grew to become the predominant industry of the area. To this day, farming still plays a large role.

 

But on April 21st, this quaint little town of 1,200 people draws thousands of visitors for “Broadway Our Way”, a one-day festival that showcases arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, a Classic Auto and Tractor Show, a National Barbecue Cook-off, and a kids play area. To top it all off, they have an outdoor concert scheduled for 7:00 pm. The Band of Oz will play in the area just between the Broadway Community Building and the new Town Hall. While the Town Hall isn’t quite move-in ready, “we’re getting pretty close to being finished” said Broadway Town Manager Dustin Kornegay.

 

The Barbecue Cook-off is sure to be a hit. It starts Friday night when pre-registered contestants receive 100 pounds of pork butts/shoulder to grill overnight. There is both a People’s Choice, and a Judge’s Choice award. Folks attending the festival can pay $5 to enter to cook-off area, enjoy all the tastings they want, and cast their vote for best barbecue. The judges choice however, will be a blind judging and the top winner will be awarded $500.

 

While you are in Broadway at the festival, be sure to stop by the North Carolina Veterans Memorial Pavilion. "The North Carolina Veterans Memorial is a great opportunity to pay homage to our service men and women. These Americans answered their country's call. They left home and families, faced many perils, and all too many made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in the greatest country ever. We all should honor them for the freedom we too often take for granted." said Broadway Mayor Donald Andrews, Co-Chair of the North Carolina Veterans Memorial Committee.

 

Broadway, North Carolina. The small town with a big spirit. It will come alive with people, food and fun Saturday, April 21st, and you won’t want to miss it!



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