LAURINBURG — Saturday’s scheduled Raise the Roof Festival has been postponed, but there may be a silver lining.
Hurricane Florence swamped Laurinburg and much of the rest of the county between Friday and Sunday. Despite three straight days of warm sunshine — and more predicted to come — that has helped to recede flood waters, Executive Director Chris Carpenter of Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County said Saturday would not be a good time to hold the festival.
“But it does give us the opportunity to secure additional sponsors, as well as get more things nailed down,” he said.
The festival, which will offer residents a chance to enjoy many activities free of charge, has now been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jerry’s Deli in Laurinburg.
“We recognize there is much work to be done recovering from Hurricane Florence,” Carpenter said. “We feel everyone’s focus should be on that combined effort.”
He added that Habitat for Humanity of Scotland County will be assisting the local recovery effort in any way it can.
The Raise the Roof Festival is expected to include an all-day concert, 5K run/walk, motorcycle ride, games and numerous food and craft vendors. But Carpenter said the choices to reschedule the festival were limited.
“Scotland County is blessed with a full schedule of festivals and other events each Saturday starting Oct. 6,” he said. “We made a conscious effort to avoid all of these wonderful upcoming events when making our decision on a new date for our festival this year.”
Carpenter said he had initially hoped the festival could be a morale booster for the community on Saturday, but realized it would be too soon after the storm.
“It’s not exactly ideal that it will be so late in the year, but it was really important that we avoid everything else that is scheduled here,” he added. “We’re a free event, which would probably take a lot of people away from the other events.”
Carpenter said the event will now fall right before the first-ever ‘Tis the Season holiday events, which could offer partnership opportunities.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-506-3023 or [email protected]