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Thousands expected to visit Mumfest, boost New Bern business

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) - Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to New Bern for Mumfest this weekend.

The weekend couldn't come at a better time, as Florence caused millions of dollars in damage to the city.

While it’s the festival is in its 35thyear, this one feels different.

Flooding filled the town during Florence.

Homes were destroyed, and businesses took a hit to their buildings and bottom lines.

David Millns, manager of Bear City Fudge Co., lost more than just profit.

“I lost my automobile and damage to my home and everything,” he said.

“More than three feet of water flowed into his house, and his car flooded up his dashboard. 

His business was closed for almost two weeks, but he is hoping this weekend pays off.

"It's been a long process,” he said. “I came back to work this week and have been trying to get back in the flow of everything. So, I think this weekend will be great."

Last year, the festival attracted nearly 100,000 people.

During the festival, Tryon Palace will waive all entry fees for its gardens.

Thousands of mums are planted throughout the property.

Activities start Friday night with concerts at Lawson Creek Park. 

Country group Dan and Shay set to hit the stage, starting at 8:45


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