The 2012 Happening on the Common was a rousing success. Approximately 5,000 people showed up on a perfect day to sample the various vendors of home made arts, crafts, and food items, along with locally grown plants; to listen to local musicians performing orchestral, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, and rock 'n' roll; to watch local dancers displaying their coordination and rhythm; to climb a wall or play on large inflatable objects. In short, a good time was had by all.
For a Daily Southerner article on the role of Edgecombe Arts in making The Happening work click here.
Local civic clubs and corporations join with the town of Tarboro to help fund this annual festival, with assistance from the Tarboro Parks and Recreation Department, Edgecombe Community Foundation, and Thurman Mathewson Trust. For many years, the Grassroots Arts Program of the N.C. Arts Council has provided funding for a portion of the entertainment at the Happening.