Downtown Marion was a lot sweeter this Saturday with the 2019 Sweet Treats of the Carolinas Festival.

The event was presented by the Kiwanis Club of McDowell County. Entertainment was provided by the local youth talent of McDowell County.

The McDowell County Kiwanis Talent Show winners were featured. The McDowell High ROTC presented the colors. Little Miss McDowell Ava Effler sang the National Anthem and provide other music.

At the Main Stage, The Aboveground Band performed throughout the day. La Petite Dance Academy and Carolina Dance Company of the Blue Ridge also took the stage.

At the City Stage, Clan Destiny Circus performed and held workshops throughout the day.

On the City Stage at 1:30 p.m., there will be the sweetest pageant ever - the Miss Sweet Carolina.

“Be sure to look for the five golden tickets hidden in the wrapper in our sweet treat candy bars,” reads the news release. “Those five tickets will win you a basket stuffed with all kinds of local goodness!”

All proceeds from the Sweet Treat Festival of the Carolinas will go to the McDowell County Schools.

Sweet Treats of the Carolinas Festival is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of McDowell County. The Kiwanis Club is a service organization made up of local, community-minded individuals committed to supporting education for every child in McDowell County. All festival proceeds will support their mission: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.”

Downtown businesses will be open for all to enjoy and they are getting into the spirit of the Sweet Treats Festival. For example, Mountain Marquee will show the children’s classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” over the weekend. Another example is Mica Town Brewing which will offer pairings of different doughnuts and types of craft beer during the festival. And, The Makery will have door hangers of doughnuts and ice cream cones that folks can paint and create during the day on Saturday.

For more information, see Facebook page for the Sweet Treats of the Carolinas Festival.