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Car festival draws a crowd

By Kelly Freeman
Staff Writer

The “Born to Cruise” festival made its debut on Sept. 17 at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton.

Amy, Beth and Caroline Freeman cruise with their father, Joe B. Freeman, during the “Born To Cruise” festival on Sept. 17 at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton.

Photo by Kelly Freeman
Amy, Beth and Caroline Freeman cruise with their father, Joe B. Freeman, during the “Born To Cruise” festival on Sept. 17 at Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton.

The cruise-in was organized by Joe B. Freeman in memory of his late wife, Vicki.

“This born to cruise festival is all due to the love of my life, in tribute to cruisin’, we loved to cruise; and in memory of our 36 years together,” Freeman said.            

His daughters, Amy, Beth and Caroline, accompanied him on the cruise along with 100 other cars.                      

A special tribute to Vicki and awards were presented after the parade.

The theme of the festival was Mayberry, featuring characters including Aunt Bee, Goober Dyle, Ernest T. Bass and Howard Sprague.            

The characters put on a skit and the Mayberry Deputy, David Browning, issued “citations” inside the mall.

The parade was escorted by Lumberton Sheriff Kenneth Sealey, who was followed by Mayor Ray Pennington.            

“This is a great event. It brings the citizens together to honor Joe and his wife,” Sealey said.

It will be a yearly event.

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