The white lake water festival to make a splash

WHITE LAKE – Everyone wants to make a splash in life, and Friday will provide that opportunity.

The 44th Annual White Lake Water Festival is themed “Make a Splash”.

“We want to start off with a bang,” said Terri Dennison, executive director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are asking everyone to circle the lake, especially the area from Camp Clearwater to Goldston’s Beach, by 6 p.m. Friday evening. When they hear a loud horn, they should jump or splash loudly in the water.

The action will be recorded by a drone flying overhead.

New additions

There are some new additions to the water festival for 2022 – there will be a putt-putt golf tournament from 4-6pm on Friday afternoon at Goldston’s Beach and, on Saturday during the annual morning parade, there will be will have a contest float.

Also new to the Festival are two designated parking areas to ease congestion in the festival area on Saturdays. A Park & ​​Ride lot will be located on the site of the old airport on US 701. The Grand Regal Trolley and at least one other bus will transport people to Goldston’s Beach.

A Park and Walk lot will be located on the site of the former MelFest, closer to Camp Clearwater and near the NC 53 intersection with White Lake Road. People are encouraged to use these areas from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking at Goldston’s Beach and across the street will open at 4:30 p.m. for people coming for the evening entertainment.

A newly formed group, Autumn Tyde, will make their first appearance at White Lake on Friday night, followed by two favorites – Rivermist will play Saturday afternoons from 4-6pm and the Pink Slips from 8-11pm on Saturday.

“We’re excited about some of the new stuff happening at the White Lake Water Festival,” Dennison said. “Every year we try to expand the Festival.”

Mark Edge, Deputy Head of Dublin Primary School, organized a competition for pupils to create the next Festival logo. A total of 89 entries were received.

“On Saturday at the auto show, all entries will be posted and a panel of judges will select the new logo for 2023,” Dennison said.

Regular Favorites

As always, the White Lake Water Festival will unofficially kick off with the Elizabethtown Rotary International Golf Tournament at Vineyard Golf in White Lake.

On Saturday, the highlight as always will be the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. and features lots of floats, clowns and more.

A Firefighter’s Chicken BBQ will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at the White Lake Fire Department. The cost will be $10 per plate.

There will be a variety of food vendors, including the sandwich shop at Goldston’s Beach as well as several food trucks at Goldston’s Beach and Lake Church. The White Lake Fire Department will be hosting a BBQ Chicken starting at 11 a.m. A plate costs $10 and includes a quarter chicken, sides and a roll.

Also look for a variety of favorite arts, crafts and merchandise vendors at Goldston’s Beach and along White Lake Drive.

The Classic Car Cruise-In will take place at Goldston’s Beach at 6 p.m. Friday, and the White Lake Water Festival Car Show will take place at Lake Church on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information about the Festival can be found at

W. Curt Vincent can be reached at 910-862-4163 or [email protected]

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