ROCKINGHAM — SpringFest is returning to Harrington Square — and so is Bucky Covington.
The “American Idol” alum, who calls both Richmond and Scotland counties home, will be headlining events for the downtown festival on April 22.
SpringFest is a spinoff from ThunderFest, which was held from 2001-2013 in partnership with Rockingham Speedway, according to City Events Coordinator Kim Williams.
After the track lost its connection with NASCAR and a two-year hiatus, the event was rebranded as SpringFest in 2016 — which was headlined by Covington — and was in conjunction with Discovery Place Kids’ Run for the Ribbons 5k race. Country band Confederate Railroad played in 2017.
However, the construction of the Richmond Community College downtown campus followed by the COVID pandemic sidelined the festival’s continuance.
“It’s going to be a great event,” Williams said Thursday afternoon, after the Richmond County Chamber of Commerce posted an announcement to social media.
SpringFest is being organized by the city in partnership with the Chamber and Richmond County Tourism.
Williams said organizers have also joined with Smithfield Foods for a barbecue cook-off.
The event will also feature a beer garden, vendors and a kids zone.
More information about SpringFest will be released at a later date.