The 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival will be held Saturday dand Sunday in downtown Wilson.
The community arts festival attracts more than 60,000 visitors, according to event organizers, and is held the first weekend in November.
The festival celebrates the whirligigs featured in the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. The Whirligigs, of which there are 30 at the park, are giant sculptures made from recycled industrial parts.
Simpson, a local folk artist, died in 2013, but was known to work seven days a week on his whirligigs, according to the park’s website.
Here’s a live view of the Whirligig Park:
The festival is expanding this year to make the Whirligig Park, which opened last November, a part of the celebration.
The festival will feature more than 200 vendors who will sell crafts, food and art, and will also feature a beer garden.
There will also be a “Whirli-Kidz Zone,” which has carnival games, an obstacle course, arts and crafts, and bounce houses.
The festival will have a number of other things to check out.
The Whirligig Park and the festival are located at 301 Goldsboro Street South.
The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event will be held rain or shine both days.