PLYMOUTH, N.C. (WITN) Plymouth, North Carolina is home to about 3,800 residents.
This weekend the town is expecting to see tens of thousands of people flood the streets for their Fifth Annual Black Bear Festival.
The festival kicked off Saturday afternoon and is again expected to break an attendance record set just last year.
“This is what we call ‘Bearolina.’ This part of the state has the biggest bears, highest concentrations. This is where traffic ends and adventure begins,” said festival director Tom Harrison.
Harrison also says attendance has grown from around 7,000 to 30,000 visitors.
People from 18 states and four foreign countries came out to this event last year and they expect more of the same this year.
Aside from all things black bears, there are other activities such as a car show on Main Street, food vendors, air boat rides, lazy river tubing and live music.
Those who have been attending the festival for years say it’s full of fun activities and a great way to meet new people and enjoy what the community has to offer.
The festival will continue into Sunday afternoon.