After weeks of preparation by the Littleton Lions Club, the 35th Annual Littleton-Lake Gaston Festival is about to begin. This coming Friday and Saturday, Littleton will be the place to be for a family outing over Labor Day weekend.

On Friday, food vendors will be set up for the 5 p.m. opening. Come early and eat before the dancing starts at 7 p.m. with Steve Owens and the Summertime Band, on stage in the Municipal parking lot until 10 p.m. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. The carnival rides will also be open.

Saturday events start at 10 a.m. for a day of shopping, entertainment and eating for the whole family. Crafters, re-sellers, and nonprofit organizations will line North Main Street, and a variety of live entertainment will be on stage from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Outdoor Café will be located under BB&T’s drive-through, and the Stray Cats Rod and Custom Show will be in the parking lot behind Futrell Pharmacy and BB&T.

The information booth will have raffle tickets for 20 prizes, BBQ tickets, festival T-shirts, programs, and other festival information. Raffle winners will be announced at noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday; ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Littleton Lions Club will be cooking 1,000 pounds of barbeque, which will be sold from the Pepsi booths in sandwiches Friday night and Saturday for $4, or $8 per pound. Also on Saturday, barbecue will be sold in the BBQ Tent from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. by the plate for $8, which includes slaw, potato salad, and bread and will be available by the pound. Eat out under the tent in the food court or eat in at the Lions Den on Ransom Street.

The festival takes place in downtown Littleton on Highway 158. Those traveling from the north side of Lake Gaston should take Highway 903 South to Littleton.

Festival proceeds will benefit local service organizations and Lions service projects.

For more information, call 252-676-5623.