The public is welcome to attend both events. There is no charge.
The MusicFest will include performances by the Scott McCloud Group. The band was featured in the movie "Shallow Hal" and opened for the 2002 U.S. Open tennis tournament. Patchouli, a husband and wife team who play a blend of jazz and folk music.
The MusicFest will be located in front of the University Center.
"The idea is to make the event more of a festival, with a lot of things taking place. We expect many will be there that weekend because there is a lot for them to be a part of," said James Bass, assistant director of student activities.
Mastermind for UNC Pembroke's first Strength Challenge is world champion strongman Harold "Iron Bear" Collins. Collins, who trains in Pembroke, is holder of many strength titles and holds 15 records listed in the "Guinness Book of World Records."
It will begin at 5 p.m. on the practice soccer field next to Lumbee Hall.
"Fans will be really excited by the talent and the events we have planned," Collins said. "We have amateur contestants -- both male and female -- from all over North America. It is fast-paced, action-packed show."
Events will include unbelievable demonstrations of strength by athletes from around the country. Appearing at the event will be the
"World's Strongest Native American," Harold "Iron Bear" Collins, who will lead athletes through events such as the truck pull, car roll, keg toss, log press, hand-over-hand, farmer's walk, and the tire flip.
The Master and Mistress of the Ceremonies will be Kirk Nobles and Rebekah Revels.
"The UNCP Strength Challenge is going to be interesting," Bass said.
"It is the first time we have done anything like it on campus. Of course, Harold Collins has performed strength exhibitions around the world, and now he's going to be in our backyard," he said. "I think it is just awesome that someone of his caliber -- having been many times on ESPN's 'World Strongman Competition' is right here in our community. I think it's great that he is going to be here leading this event on campus."
Here is a sample of some of the contestants:
n Adrian Britt, from Lumberton is 6-foot, 270 pounds. He is a biology major at UNCP whose goal is to become the first UNCP "strongman."
n Angelia Collins Oxendine was a cheerleader at Red Springs High
School and a senior at UNCP, majoring in business. A mother of two, her goal is to become "Ms. Olympia."
n Cedric Frank Woriax, of Pembroke is 6-foot and 260 pounds. The former Pembroke High School football player successfully pulled a semi-truck in an exhibition in Myrtle Beach.
n Sean Graham is the tallest competitor at 6-foot 5 and 300 pounds. He is a West Robeson High School and UNCP graduate. He played semi-pro football with the Fayetteville Prowlers.
n Wedley Dial, from Pembroke, is a veteran of three strongman competitions. He works for Campbell Soup Company in Maxton.
n Timothy P. Locklear II is 28 and a former track and field performer at UNCP. He is 230 pounds and is training for powerlifting competition. Locklear is a jeweler and designer at Cyna's in Pembroke.
n Alexis Buckshot, is 25 and a graduate of Lambton College in Ontario, Canada. She is from Walpole Island and won the island's title of Strongest Woman. She became interested in strongman competition during the Native American Strength Camp that was organized by Harold Collins.
n Derek Spence is 6-foot 3 and 334 pounds and has been competing in strongman competitions for two years. A Cree Indian from Northern Manitoba, Canada, he won Winnipeg's Traditional Strongest Man competition and placed in five other competitions in 2002.
n Jeremiah Williams is 6-foot, 330 pounds and a truck driver from Sault St. Marie, Canada.
For information on the events, call 521-6207 or 521-6482.