(GDN) — After a successful inaugural event, NC Freedom Fest organizers are already looking ahead to 2022.
Doug McGrath from the Goldsboro Elks Lodge gave a presentation on NC Freedom Fest at Monday’s Goldsboro City Council meeting.
McGrath says NC Freedom Fest was successful in its objective of bringing the community and personnel from Seymour Johnson AFB together for a day of fun.
It was estimated the 2021 NC Freedom Fest, with the main event held on September 18th, generated an economic impact of over $345,000 with over 11,000 people flooding into Downtown Goldsboro for the activities.
McGrath also says its estimated the event brought an estimated $115,000 to the downtown merchants and the food trucks.
The 2021 Freedom Fest was held in September as officials decided to delay the event due to the pandemic.
Looking ahead, the 2022 NC Freedom Fest is being planned for May 21st to coincide with Armed Forces Day.
McGrath says next year’s main event will look similar with live entertainment, kids activities, car and bike show, and more.
The Goldsboro City Council agreed to support the 2022 NC Freedom Fest, pledging assistance from city police, parks and rec, and others.