Fest in the West: A Free Community Festival in Western Cary

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Grab your cowboy hat and spurs and get ready for the sixth annual Fest in the West festival, coming back to Western Cary on Saturday, May 7. Produced by ChesterGoodtree in partnership with the Town of Cary, the event will be open to the public between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Thomas Brooks Park. Event parking is free, and the event will be stroller and wheelchair-accessible. 

On-stage entertainment will feature Mysti Mayhem, Cary Magazine’s Maggy Award runner-up for Best Local Music Group or Artist, and SouLe & The SuperBand. Food trucks will be in three areas, meaning you won’t have to walk far for lunch or dinner, and the beer garden is centrally located. If you are looking to bring the kids, there will be a free kids corral with activities for families, including an adorable petting zoo! 

Unique to this festival are the two contests that occur adjacent to the Main Stage during band changeovers. Don’t miss the hilarious Hillbilly Horseshoes at noon, in which contestants throw toilet seats in attempts to score the most points to win a coveted trophy. At 2:30 p.m., come hungry and compete in Cary’s original Pie Eating Contest.

“These contests provide a great way for folks to get together cheering each other on and help build a sense of community in the fast-growing West Cary area,” said Lindsey Chester, festival director. “Last year’s champion had competed before and was looking for the win in 2021. Maybe he’ll be back to defend his title?”


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