Hoke Fest celebrates 13th year in Raeford

The event raises money for Hoke schools and student athletes

Festivities at a prior Hoke Fest. Courtesy photo

Hoke Fest, now in its 13th year, will take place from May 30 to June 9 at the East Hoke Middle School Grounds in Raeford. Weekday hours are 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 11 p.m.

Hoke County celebrated 100 years with the Hoke 100 Centennial Celebration and Carnival in 2011, and it became an annual event — albeit with a cancellation in 2020.

When it returned in 2021, Hoke Fest expanded to ten days of carnival rides, games, food, vendors and fun.

The event serves as a fundraiser for East Hoke Middle School and some of the athletic teams at Hoke High School. There is no charge for admission, but a $5 charge for parking on school grounds. Handicapped spots will be available as well as a designated drop off area.

There will be live music from Tidal Wave Band on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 8, both at 7 p.m. Ring Wars Carolina Wrestling will be on both Saturdays at 4 p.m.

The Hoke High Mighty Marching Bucks Drumline demonstration will take place Thursday, June 6 at 6 p.m.

For more information on Hoke Fest, see the festival’s Facebook page.