Day's Gap Festival set for Friday, Saturday

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 10/11/18

OAKMAN — Officials in Oakman promise an entertaining and memorable two-day gathering this Friday and Saturday at the Day's Gap Festival in the heart of their downtown district.The second annual …

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Day's Gap Festival set for Friday, Saturday

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OAKMAN — Officials in Oakman promise an entertaining and memorable two-day gathering this Friday and Saturday at the Day's Gap Festival in the heart of their downtown district.

The second annual festival began last year as a way to pay homage to the town's history and bring people of all ages together.

Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and last until after 9 p.m., with an impressive lineup of bands, dozens of vendors and activities for children.  

Friday's entertainment will kick off with Griff Waid taking the stage at 4 p.m., followed by Clay Swafford at 5 p.m., line dancing at 6 p.m., stompers at 7 p.m., Black Light District at 8 p.m. and Midnight Express at 9 p.m. 

The second day of the festival will start Saturday with a car show, lasting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Desperation Worship Band will entertain the crowd at 10 a.m., followed by Michael Warren and Andy Jefferson at 11 a.m., Scott Porter at noon, Yung Vokalz and Precision Groove at 1 p.m., Matt Bennett at 2 p.m., Hannah McFarland at 3 p.m., Smashley at 4:30 p.m., Donny James at 5:30 p.m., Griff Waid at 6:30 p.m., Ernie McClinton at 7:30 p.m., The Spook House Saints at 8:30 p.m. and Acoustic Mishap at 9:30 p.m.

Show times may vary during the event.

Michael Warren, who performed at last year's Day's Gap Festival, is a headliner for the event, along with Yung Vokalz and Precision Groove.

Both days of the festival will feature at least 60 vendors selling clothing, crafts, hunting gear and a variety of unique finds. There will also be a kids zone with bouncy houses, a petting zoo, games and prizes. 

Raffles will be held throughout the two-day festival, and a number of food vendors will serve  barbecue, catfish, candy apples, kettle corn and much more. 

The town recently announced that the Oakman Lion's Club Vision Wagon will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakman Senior Center on Saturday to give eye exams at no cost to the public. Town Clerk Lisa Lockhart said the Lion's Club provided 80 eye exams to festival goers last year.

"I’m really excited about the festival. My staff has worked very hard to make this all possible," Oakman Mayor Cory Franks said.  "I hope everyone in the town is able to come out and support this event. We are very grateful to all the vendors and musicians who were so willing to be a part of our festival. I hope people from all across the county can come out and enjoy a good time with us in downtown Oakman."

Last year's festival brought an estimated 2,000 people to Oakman.

"We're expecting a big crowd," Lockhart said.