Crowd at Baldaroo Music Festival was energetic despite threat of weather

While the possibility of rain kept many from attending the 2018 Baldaroo Music Festival, those that showed up were excited to be there.

The crowd was all smiles at the amphitheater at Fairfield Lake right near the base of Bald Rock Mountain in Sapphire Valley, N.C. on Sept. 15. Throughout the night they cheered on Hurricane Creek, Jay Drummonds and the Kurt Thomas Band.

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A view at the top of the venue at Fairfield Lake in Sapphire Valley, N.C. at 2018 Baldaroo Music Festival on Sept. 15.

Unfortunately, the scheduled firework show was cancelled because the Eastern N.C. pyrotechnics company hired for the event was prevented from transporting their show to Cashiers by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives because of Hurricane Florence projections.


The Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau posted a notice of the firework cancellation via Facebook before the event.

All proceeds from the event go to the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau. BGCP Board member Jim Dunn said the money is used for an after-school program, a summer camp, and programs that encourage academics, athletics, positive activity, and a similar version of the D.A.R.E. Program.

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Hurricane Creek opened up Baldaroo Music Festival before Jay Drummonds and the Kurt Thomas Band came on stage.

“We (BGCP) get the kids into good habits and hopefully that carries on to the high school and college years,” said Dunn. “This event is really important as a fundraiser to the BGCP, but it’s also important for the community. It’s a fun event in a perfect setting.”

This is the third year Baldaroo has been held. Dunn said that over the past couple of years attendance has increased. However, this year he thinks people decided to stay home because of the weather.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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