Category Archives: Festivals

North Carolina Watermelon Festival in Murfreesboro!

nc watermelon festivalEnjoy a complimentary slice of the State’s finest melons in Historic Murfreesboro, NC!

This year they are celebrating our 25th anniversary of the Watermelon Festival! Be sure to come out and be a part of the festivities. The Watermelon Festival promotes eating healthy — keeping your heart strong. Check out these watermelon recipes.

Daily events include:
New Home and Garden section
• Largest watermelon contest
• Large antiques/collectibles/crafts fair
• Fantastic variety of food
• Amusements rides
• Street dances each night
• Free watermelon slices
• W atermelon games round out the activities

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nc watermelon festivalMurfreesboro is a historic community, incorporated on January 6, 1787, and located along the banks of the Meherrin River in the Inner Banks of North Carolina – just a few miles from the Virginia state line, about 60 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, and about 90 miles northeast of Raleigh.  Murfreesboro is in located in Hertford County, NC, which is characterized by historic communities nestled in some of the most unique agricultural areas of North Carolina.


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Blowing Rock’s Winterfest

Blowing Rock’s 12th annual Winterfest is Jan. 28-31. This four-day celebration of everything winter is packed with activities and events for day-trippers and overnight guests alike.

Winterfest begins Thursday evening with “WinterFeast,” hosted by The Manor House Restaurant at Chetola Resort.

Culinary delights abound as the area’s fine restaurants come together for this once-a-year dining showcase.

There are seatings at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Friday and Saturday activities include “shop ’till you drop” at downtown shops and the Tanger Outlet Shoppes on the Parkway, a charity wine auction & tasting, afternoon hayrides and a bonfire at dusk.

There’s also a silent auction with items ranging from weekend stays at local hotels to clothing, dinners and jewelry.

The highlight of Winterfest is the Polar Plunge on Saturday morning. It features a contest of brave souls who jump into the icy waters of Chetola Lake while dressed in wacky costumes. Contestants vie for the coveted Golden Plunger Award, while spectators marvel at their lack of good sense.

Other Winterfest activities include: an ice carving competition, chili cookoff, live music, pancake breakfast and a pet show.

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Weaverville’s 6th Annual Christmas Candlelight Stroll

The Weaverville Business Association invites you to enjoy the sights and sounds of a small-town Christmas in downtown Weaverville during the 6th Annual Christmas Candlelight Stroll on December 11, 2009, from 6 until 9 p.m.

The festivities actually begin a little before 6 p.m. when Santa rides into town on his horse-pulled carriage (his reindeer need to rest up for their big day). He’ll be at M7 Realty, available for pictures and to hear everyone’s Christmas wishes.

Strolling along Main Street, visitors will find merchants open late and local church and school groups, as well as the Asheville Barbershop Quartet, will be caroling throughout the evening. The night will also feature entertainment, inside and outside our local businesses, from members of the Montford Park Players, Mars Hill College flute ensemble, Joyful Noise Dragonscales Chamber Quartet, Mountain Thunder Cloggers, North Buncombe Middle School band, Jill Totman storytelling and more.

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Tarheel BBQ Chamionship in Shelby, NC!


 Friday November 6th
$10 Taster’s Choice 6:30 until

Saturday November 7th|
$1.00 Gate Admission
 – Car & Cycle Show
 – Crafts, Stage Entertainment
 – New Larger Kidz Zone
 – Dine-in & Carry-out BBQ Meals
 – Kids menu at Dine-in
 – New! Express BBQ Drive-thru

Friday: Tell the World band (7-8:30 pm); Karaoke (9:00 pm with registration at 8:30) Saturday on Main Stage: Joyful Hands sign language (10:15 am); KT & Aaron band (11:30-1:00 pm);

                            Tell the World band (1:15-2:45 pm) Saturday on Performing Arts Stage: Log Cabin String Band (11:00 am); Comedian Keith Nanney (12 noon); Saddle Pals (1:00 pm); Academy of Performing Arts (1:30 pm); Country music with Meghan Morehead (2:00 pm)

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Autumn Leaves Festival in Mount Airy: October 9-11, 2009


The Autumn Leaves Festival is an event sponsored by the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce to celebrate our cultural music and craft heritage. This is the 43rd Annual year of the Autumn Leaves Festival and it will be held on October 9-11, 2009. This event is one of the longest running in-and most successful-events in the state. The Autumn Leaves Festival is always the second full weekend in October. We will host well over 170 craft booths and 25 food booths. WPAQ, the local AM radio station and recognized as the “grandaddy” of Old Tyme music will coordinate and host the bandstand on Independance Blvd. Nearly 200,000 people will frequent the streets of Mount Airy over the three day period. There are a number of parking lots in the downtown area that are well marked for the festival.

The festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as Old-Time, Blue Grass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage. The unique arts & crafts of more than 170 juried craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations; then there is “Food for the Soul”, ham biscuits, collards & cornbread, barbeque, hamburgers, ground steak and more served with hospitality by our local civic and service organizations. It’s a walker’s paradise with visual delights and mouthwatering treats at every stop. It’s a toe-tapping, foot stomping, hand clapping kind of weekend where old friendships are renewed and new friendships are made. The Autumn Leaves Festival is a homecoming where guests become neighbors.

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