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about them, and it will be great to have that energy going on downtown." From 5 to 9 p.m., the pay-one-price carnival rides offer children a chance to have fun while parents save money — and avoid the long lines on Saturday. But both children and parents can go down a giant slide, jump on a bouncy castle and spin around on a carousel. Wristbands for rides cost $12. Starting at 7 p.m., the Snow Hill-based Dakota Blue band — presented by Ribeyes Steakhouse and Katie Country 97.7 — will rock out in front of the steakhouse, located at 112 N. Center St. Dakota Blue will keep the party going with their American coun- try and rock music, while Ribeyes opens its beer garden on the patio. For years, the concert has been held at the Mount Olive Municipal Airport, but the air- port now houses a LifeFlight helicopter through Vidant EastCare Transportation Services. "The Mount Olive Airport is no longer available to use as a concert venue, and we decided to bring everything to downtown on Friday night," Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce President Julie Beck said. If rain happens to fall, Ribeyes will open its doors for the concert to enter. The concert is free, and it will last until 10 p.m. Though the music and rides have been a major part of Friday night for years, the Cuke Patch 5K Run joins the opening fun — with a glow. "We've always done the Cuke Patch 5K on Saturday morning, but we thought it would be fun to do a glo run," Beck said. Presented by Sleep Inn & Suites of Mount Olive and Wayne UNC Health Care, the glo run gives participants glo sticks to hold for runners and spectators to see. Runners can also wear costumes, but costumes need to reflect the festival's spirit. The festival offers runners group rates for families and friends who want to run or just walk, and regis- tration for the glo run opens at 7:30 p.m. The run will begin 30 minutes later downtown. "We have had a strong response in terms of registrations for the Cuke Patch, with over 50 registered so far, so we are looking forward to a good crowd just for that event alone," said Beck. After a fun night of riding rides, singing music and running with a glow, the festival continues the next day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information on the Friday night event, visit www.ncpicklefest.org. From page 6 unique blend of country and rock. You will enjoy fan favorites like "Emerald Isle," "Party All Night" and "Carolina All Out" (written for a new outdoor TV show) to hot coun- try hits like "Drink a Beer" and "8 Second Ride." Dakota Blue is not a cover band, said Grant who is also a managing partner for BAD Jeu- Jeu Limited, LLC, the record label for Dakota Blue.. "They play original music with just a few covers to please the audience," he said. The lineup consists of Al Beaman, lead vocals, guitar; Ty Williamson, bass, vocals; John Grant, drums; Jacob Sutton, lead guitar, vocals; and Chase Jones, lead guitar, vocals. Their music reflects the vast array of musical influences from Pearl Jam to Waylon, from the Eagles to Travis Tritt. Dakota Blue has performed throughout North Carolina both as headliner and as the supporting act for artists such as Colt Ford, Mattie & Tae, Love and Theft and other major North Carolina acts. On Sept. 8, 2016, they performed at the "Spot Jam" festival in LaGrange where they began live recordings of their first music video for the song "Emerald Isle," a Dakota Blue original and a favorite with the fans. Dakota Blue fans affectionately call themselves "The Blue Crew." The band released its first studio album locally "Words I Wrote To You" in October of 2014. Dakota Blue recently signed with VonArtist Ltd. LLC for internation- al distribution. The band will be on the label AMPED for physical dis- tribution and be on THE ORCHARD for digital distribution. Look for Dakota Blue on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and many other avenues for music download. Also, listen for your favorite Dakota Blue song on Sirius\XM Radio. 8 —Mount Olive Pickle Festival Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Tony Martin • Alecks Blades Katy Pearce • Kayla Sieprawski Hair Coloring Color Corrections Hair Cutting for Women & Men Formal Updos & Makeup Hair Retexturizing Services Facial Waxing Walk-ins Welcome Tony Martin • Owner/Operator 704 N. Breazeale Ave. • Mount Olive 27DAG0417D© Continued from 7 LIFE OF THE PARTY FRIDAY NIGHT

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