Flutter over to Hudson for annual Butterfly Festival

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 12:25 PM

The Town of Hudson’s Butterfly Festival will fly into town on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According to Bill Warren, who has managed the festival with his wife Angie for 20 years, the Butterfly Festival is the county’s oldest consecutive event, happening every year for “over 40 years.”

“It’s Hudson’s big day,” Warren said. “It’s good for the town, good for the businesses, and it brings people here so they can see how great Hudson is.”

This year, there will be plenty of activities, games, rides, vendors, food and entertainment for citizens and tourists.

“We have vendors come from Virginia, North, South Carolina, everywhere, because it’s such a good festival to be at. We have a waiting list to get into our festival,” Warren said.

For entertainment, the Glass Hammers, a teenage rock band from Charlotte, will perform. Sherry’s Dance Studio of Hudson will have groups wow the audience with their routines from class. And, back by popular demand, the Lost Jewels belly-dancing troupe will dance.

Warren said he has booked lots of activities that are kid-friendly. Pony rides, inflatable slides and moon bounces will take up space along Central Street. He added that a miniature fire engine will take the kids up and down the road.

Warren said managing the festival with his wife is a “labor of love,” one that he greatly enjoys doing. He said that a woman named Lucy Wagner named the festival, not because the town is specifically celebrating butterflies but because of the arrival of spring and how that season signifies renewal and rejuvenation, like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.

“Butterflies come in just because it’s spring . . . and because of all the flowers in town. You tend to see a lot of butterflies,” Warren said.