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Scott’s guest blog on Thoughts-Musings.com

Dr. Steve Lindsley and I decided to exchange blog posts for each other. He had a great idea about posting his thoughts on what it’s like to be a minister in Mayberry. Read his awesome post HERE. He asked me to return the favor and write about what makes a town “Mayberry?” Read my guest post on his blog HERE!

Be sure to check out Steve’s other sites, as he is one busy and fascinating guy. Enjoy and have a great week!

Thousands Show Up For Smithfield’s Ham & Yam Festival

“It’s a celebration of our history. Smithfield and Johnston County are known for its ham producing as well as its sweet potato producing,” said Chris Johnson, Executive Director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation.

The festival also celebrates Smithfield’s birthday. The town was chartered in May 1777.

During the past 25 years, the festival has grown from a small local event with 2,000 to 3,000 people to a regional festival with more than 27,000 visitors, Johnson said.

The recession has had an impact this year, however. Sponsorships are down about 10 percent. But booth rentals and sales are up, Johnston said.

One of the main events Saturday was the North Carolina BBQ Championship Cook-Off, sponsored by the North Carolina Pork Council. The competition attracted barbecue cooks from across the state.

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Great Post – North Carolina Road Trip

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This weekend my boyfriend and I took a trip to N.C. for a wedding. Our destination was Flat Rock, but we stopped along the way in a few small (and not so small) towns. At each stop we sampled the delicious local fair. I’ll share some of our treats with you.

First, we stoped at Davidson campus in Davidson, N.C. My boyfriend went to college there and wanted to show me his old stomping grounds. Just off campus there was an adorable little soda shop where we sipped on root beer floats and orangeade! It felt like an old fashioned malt shop. So good!

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Whatever Happened to Mayberry?

This is just fantastic. Had to post it….

Transcript from OSBN Radio Ep.0006
Jeremy Sarber, host
Air date: 4/23/09

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I have to admit, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed this week. Maybe even discouraged, though I don’t know if discouraged is the right word for it. It’s been one of those weeks where all of the troubles and all of the problems in the world have been on my mind. I’m not talking about my own troubles. I’m talking about the troubles of society as a whole. I’ve come to this conclusion: I miss Mayberry. Over the past few years, I have grown to love the Andy Griffith show more and more. For those who read my personal website or listen to me preach a regular basis know how often I reference the show. I have never lived in Mayberry. I have never lived during a time like Mayberry. Perhaps there never was a Mayberry, but even so, I miss it. Maybe I should say I long for it. Even if there never was a Mayberry, at least there was a time when the concept of Mayberry was appealing enough for prime time television. People wanted to see shows like that. One of the things I love about the Andy Griffith show is how I never feel a sense of guilt after watching it. There is so much filth and profanity and ungodly subjects on TV today that when I finally turn it off, I feel worse for having watched it. But that’s not the case for shows like Andy Griffith. I feel pretty good after watching it. I don’t have that feeling like I’ve really wasted my time. There used to be standards, if in no other place, at least on TV.

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21st Annual Beaufort Music Festival

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Ritchie Havens performs this year!

The Beaufort Music Festival Committee invites you to come enjoy a weekend of live music on multiple stages in Downtown Beaufort on the waterfront, at the Beaufort Historic Site and the North Carolina Maritime Museum as well as in local pubs and restaurants. 

For Detailed Information Visit: BeaufortMusicFestival.com!

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Mount Airy offers affordable trip down memory lane

Head west on Interstate 40, then north on U.S. Highway 52 for budget family fun in Mount Airy, the real-life town that claims to be the inspiration for Andy and Opie’s television home.

“We’re the friendliest town in the world,” Jessica Icenhour, of the town’s tourism bureau said. “When you walk down the street, people wave. Everyone says hello, everyone smiles.”

The drive from Raleigh to Mount Airy is about 140 miles. Along the way, you can stop at Pilot Mountain State Park. Admission is free, and from 1,400 feet above sea level, you can look down on the many birds stalking their prey.

Danny Brown took his family to Pilot Mountain for the cost of “just a few gallons of gas,” he said.

When you arrive in Mount Airy, stop by Floyd’s City Barber Shop on Main Street. It is the real thing. Russell Hiatt says he even cut Andy Griffith’s hair.

For $8, your child can sit in Hiatt’s barber chair.

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Boardwalk Carnival for Carolina Beach?

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According to the Wilmington Star-News, there’s a movement afoot to construct a carnival-type atmosphere on Carolina Beach‘s boardwalk this summer.

The idea is the brainchild of local business owners and an amusement park operator from Florida. If approved by the town council, five parcels along Cape Fear Boulevard would be given conditional use permits for a “family-oriented carnival consisting of a series of large mechanical rides, kids’ rides, funhouses and food stands.” Included in the plan is a 60-foot Ferris wheel with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

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