WATAUGA — The Town of Seven Devils’ annual SafetyFest, held July 6, is a way to show its emergency resources to the public and raise funds for its police, fire, public works departments and the town’s administration with raffles, barbecue and a silent auction. There were also vendors and live music on offer.
Last year, the event managed to raise $10,000. Town Manager Debbie Powers said the funds are split depending on the needs of each department.
This year’s SafetyFest included an effort to dodge raindrops, as inclement weather affected the event.
“I’ve been here 11 years and this is the first time that it’s been rained out,” Powers said.
The event suffered from some rain in the afternoon, something it has managed to avoid for years. The show went on, however, with raffle winners continuing to be announced.
SafetyFest is organized by the town’s public safety committee, a nonprofit known as Partnership for a Better Seven Devils. Powers said the planning process for next year’s fundraiser begins the day after the event and is a year-round endeavor.
Beech Mountain continued its tradition of hog roasting for the 48th year in a row on Saturday, July 6. The Roasting of the Hog, a trademark of Beech Mountain in the summertime, has taken place on the Fourth of July weekend each year since 1971.
The event is designed to bring people together for a night of barbecue and fireworks in celebration of American Independence. This year’s roast was a collaborative effort organized by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Beech Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Town of Beech Mountain, and Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
The Roasting of the Hog serves primarily as a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Beech Mountain Resort also raises funds during this event by selling beer, wine and spirits. The event was free and open to the public, but those interested in a slow-roasted barbecue meal were required to purchase a ticket before the event at a cost of $15, or at the door for $20.
Those not interested in the meal were not required to purchase a ticket to enjoy the happenings of the day, which consisted of vendors of all kinds, face painters, children’s fun and games, music and dancing. The evening ended with an impressive fireworks spectacular.