Non-profit names PirateFest “Event of the Year” in North Carolina

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – An “all hooks on” deck approach led to a popular celebration in the East receiving statewide recognition.

The North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events has named PirateFest, “Event of the Year.”

5th Street Hardware Investor Doug Rifenburg says the celebration means more sales for his business.

“We probably pick up at least one hundred additional guests that we normally have on a weekend, so it’s a big bump for all of downtown Greenville,” says Rifenburg.

Swashbucklers of all ages attended the 16th annual celebration in April of 2023 at the Town Common.

The event showcases the best of eastern North Carolina, from artists to restaurants and unique recreational activities, while also incorporating a variety of piratical activities and live entertainment.

Downtown Greenville’s Kyle Parker says it’s an honor to be singled out from a large group of candidates.

“It’s just really exciting to be able to, you know the hard work put into the event, to have some recognition and not just the Greenville-Pitt County level but from a statewide level as well. It’s really exciting for us and it really is, it’s a great thing for PirateFest and for the future of the event,” says Parker.

The North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events is a non-profit organization that serves as a year-round forum for festival and event coordinators, key volunteers, and vendors in the industry.

Rifenburg extends his compliments to both organizations…

“Congratulations on the award for Piratefest, that’s a big step forward for the city, I really appreciate all your efforts,” says Rifenburg.

Parker says mark your calendars for PirateFest 2024 on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am to 8:30 pm.

In its 35th year, the NCF&E presented the award to representatives from the City of Greenville during its annual conference for event planners held in January in Charlotte.