The North Carolina Spot Festival kicks off this weekend in Hampstead. Many of the vendors arrived early Friday morning to set up. Jeff Lee will be one of the arts and crafts vendors at this year’s festival, and spend Friday putting the finishing touches on his wooden masterpieces. “I like to look at the log as my canvas and the chainsaw as my paint brush,” said Lee. Jeff’s wooden statues are already attracting drivers from Highway 17. “Nice work. Really nice work,” said spectator Keith Barnes. Lee said, “I come a week ahead of time, I set up out here to help draw attention to The Spot Festival - get people ready to come out to enjoy their spot dinner and come out and enjoy the bands.” Workers from Johnson Marine Services are prepping the grounds for their annual boat show. “I’m just trying to cleanup up a little bit for the sightseers and the patrons that are coming out for The Spot Festival. I think it's going to be a pretty good turnout this year,” said Rod Benson, another vendor at the festival. Last year 30,000 people showed up for the festival's food and entertainment, which produced about $60,000. Shiela Rodney, The Spot Festival organizer said, “It makes me feel great because this gives back to the community, and we're a non-profit. All proceeds go to the fire department and the Topsail school system, so it's a great thing to participate in.” The Spot Festival is located right off of Highway 17. Five hundred volunteers from Topsail High School will help out this weekend. There are going to be plenty of music, arts and crafts vendors, and of course fried spot. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and parking is free. The Spot Festival will also be providing a shuttle service for people who want to park at Topsail High School and Scotts Hill Baptist Church.
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