WHITEVILLE, N.C. -- The weather is shaping up to be perfect for the 20th annual North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival in Whiteville this weekend. Last weekend the NC Yam Festival in Tabor City and the Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach were canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.
But this year's Pecan Harvest Fest is on track.
Organizers of the event say it is like a mini Azalea Festival, with plenty of vendors, entertainment, and even Pecan Belles.
Owner of the men's clothing store J.S. Mann's, Terry Mann, said he enjoys the economic boost they receive from the festival each year.
"Even though they may not come in that day and buy something, this being close to the holidays, chances are if they see something they like, they will come back between now and Christmas to make purchases," he said.
The 2012 Fossil Fair at the NC Forestry Museum is also featured during the weekend's line-up of events.
"This is the weekend that we love here at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry because it will bring in not hundreds of people, but thousands of people," said Harry Warren, director of the museum.
Last year's festival helped bring in more than 2,500 people to the museum.
"They will get to see some of the finest fossil collections from around North Carolina. You will not see this anywhere else," said Warren.
And while there may be a few other places in the country to see crowds who are nuts about pecans, this is one party you don't want to miss out on.
" We're just going to have pecans galore," said organizer Suzanne King. " If it contains pecans, you want to learn about it, you want to purchase trees, this is the festival to come to."
The festival's parade, car show, and vendor fair kicks off on Saturday.
The Fossil Fair will also take place on Saturday from 9pm to 5pm at the Nc Forestry Museum in Whiteville.