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As Elizabethtown winds down its 250th anniversary year with the Homecoming Celebration on September 23; more exciting news is on the horizon. After numerous discussions over the last few months, the Town Council and staff of Elizabethtown have decided to postpone the event this coming November in order to re-imagine the festival on a grander scale next year.

The goal of the Pork and Beats Festival has always been to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of our area and to help stimulate the economy through increased tourism and visitation. We have recruited the expertise of an award-winning festival company out of Pinehurst to partner with the town and reinvent the 2024 version of the Pork and Beats Festival, increasing its overall appeal to those in our community, across Bladen County, throughout the region and in our neighboring states.

Updates will be provided as additional details on this event start taking shape in early January.

We are confident this direction will help shine a bright light on our outstanding community and create a destination vibe in 2024 and beyond that will benefit all.

We hope to see residents and visitors at the 250th Anniversary Homecoming Events on September 23, the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on November 26 and all the Christmas Festivities at the Cape Fear Farmers Market throughout December.