Hampstead was the spot to be this weekend as the seafood community celebrated the 46th Annual Spot Festival. It's a gathering that has grown tremendously and become synonymous with the town of Hampstead. Thousands of people flock to the festival each year which features, live music, fun, and food. But for those who may not know, what exactly is a spot? “Well a spot is a tasty little pan fish. It's very important to this community because we're the seafood capital of North Carolina. So every year we get together and celebrate the spots. The firemen cook them and serve them. Its just something that's grown from years ago to something huge,” said Sheila Rodney, the Spot Festival chair. The festival is the town of Hampstead's primary fundraiser and is entirely non-profit. Proceeds go to benefit the fire department of Hampstead as well as the Topsail school systems. Despite the rain on Saturday, organizers were pleased with the turnout on Sunday and are marking it down as a success.
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