2020 NC Potato Festival Sponsorship Opportunities

Support Downtown Elizabeth City with a Potato Festival Sponsorship
When is a Potato Festival Sponsorship MORE than a Potato Festival Sponsorship?




Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI) is excited to present the 2018 North Carolina Potato Festival honoring one of our area’s largest crops – the potato!  The festival will be held May 15, 16 and 17, 2020 in downtown. This year’s theme is in honor of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Albemarle. Our mascot will be a pirate potato.


A N.C. Potato Festival sponsorship is an investment in downtown Elizabeth City.  It’s our primary fundraising event that helps pay for efforts to beautify and revitalize downtown through projects, economic development efforts, façade grants for small businesses, and MANY community activities. 


A primary focus of ECDI is economic development downtown. We hope you have noticed the great progress happening over the last few years in downtown...

  • Private investment in and improvements to long-vacant downtown properties -- Friendly Wig Shop, New Fowler Building, Pure Oil Station, Port Discover, Shingle Landing LLC (Ghost Harbor Brewing), Hintonsville properties on Colonial & McMorrine Sts., former Dandar Dental Office, Hurdle Hardware, former Comstock's Confectionary... 

  • Public Investment and Projects -- Veteran's Park, Coast Guard Park, Linear Parks on Elizabeth Street, the new Martin Luther King Educational Boardwalk at Charles Creek Park, improvements to Moth Boat Park, Dog Corner Park and Fish Court Park, completion of Elizabeth Street roadway improvements, Waterfront Development Plan...

  • Pailin's Alleyway Rejuvenation Project (with two more alleyway activations in the works) 

  • Major projects in the works such as the Weatherly Lofts apartment project in the former Weatherly Candy / Mattress Outlet property and a second microbrewery in the former Hurdle Hardware building

  • New businesses coming to downtown and/or expansions -- The Flour Girls, Lazzy Frog, The Framery, Body Kinect Wellness, Hoppin' Johnz New South Cuisine, Coaster's Expansion, Ghost Harbor Brewery, Fine Tuning Guitar Shop, FNF Outfitters, Skie Art Lounge, The Playpen LLC, Studio 511 expansion...  


With a Potato Festival sponsorship, you get the super exposure to over 30,000 people during the 3-day FREE event, as well as a ton of pre-exposure on mailings and pre-promotional materials (at certain sponsorship levels). The sooner you say "Yes" the more exposure opportunities you have. 

What else does your investment support? Nearly 50% of the ECDI budget is spent on activities in downtown for our community.  All of these activities are FREE for everyone to attend.


  • First Friday Art Walk

  • Mariners’ Wharf Film Festival

  • Music on the Green at Mariners Wharf

  • Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination

  • Promotion & Celebration of Small Business Saturday

  • The NC Potato Festival, of course! 

  • And many other activities we serve as partners to support


We fund grants, beautification and cleanup projects, holiday decorations, hanging planters and plants, benches, trash cans, and a portion of the Jump Start Business Plan competition.  We also provide guidance and assistance for new and existing business owners and connect businesses to additional resources.


Support downtown by supporting the NC Potato Festival – your investment goes a long way to help improve our wonderful downtown! There are numerous ways to sponsor the event as shown on the enclosed sponsorship form. Any sponsorship at the $3,000 level or higher is also considered an ECDI Premiere Sponsors and includes exposure at all ECDI events throughout the year and on ECDI’s website.

*Sponsor at the $3000.00 level or above and be considered an ECDI Premiere Sponsor, with exposure at ALL ECDI events throughout the years and on the main ECDI website.



Our generous sponsors and supporters deserve extra-special thanks and recognition. This annual event, loved so much by our community, wouldn't happen without their contributions of time, product, services, and money. 

The N.C. Potato Festival is an event coordinated and hosted by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. with help from many, many others. It is our one major fundraiser of the year. Proceeds go toward downtown beautification, revitalization, and economic development efforts. Being a sponsor of the N.C. Potato Festival not only helps the festival to happen, it helps to improve downtown Elizabeth City -- your community.