HAMPTON, Va. - The Blackbeard Pirate Festival is bringing back fun for a lot of families in downtown Hampton June 2 - 4. However five years ago it wasn't all fun as a tornado went through the festival.
Participants told News 3 it's something they can look back and laugh about, but it wasn't a joking matter when it happened in 2012.
"I was very scared. I was scared for everybody," said pirate participant, Lady Hope.
It's a tornado the City of Hampton will never forget. It touched down and left the camp ground destroyed at Blackbeard Pirate Festival in 2012.
Pirate role players said it happened on the first night of the event.
"The tornado came right over the harbor down here and it landed right here in our camp," Lady Hope said.
Captain Dunkin McGyver has been coming to the festival for over 10 years and told News 3 he hasn't seen anything like it.
"Lights started to flicker and we were like, 'ah O.K. you know power issue or something.' We just had no idea that such a severe storm was heading in."
The tornado destroyed tents and belongings.