Festivals

Smoking in the Foothills Festival

By Jenny Kane Right as we arrived in downtown Lenoir at around 11:30am on that Saturday, October 21st, we could already here the sound of live music playing and people crowding around the small area. Most of the shops onRead more Smoking in the Foothills Festival

Fly Away at the Carolina BalloonFest

By Claire Gaskill             It’s not every day you see one hot air balloon. At the Carolina BalloonFest, however, you can see handfuls of these helium filled flying baskets. This event entertains families with over 50 balloons the third fullRead more Fly Away at the Carolina BalloonFest

Taylorsville’s 38th Annual Apple Festival

By Micaela Soucy The town of Taylorsville is nestled between two major North Carolina cities, Winston-Salem and Charlotte. It lies just off of Highway 64 at the cross section of Highway 90 and Highway 16. Driving into town we passedRead more Taylorsville’s 38th Annual Apple Festival

Lexington Barbecue Festival- 2017

By Jessica Mohr For me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a North Carolina barbeque festival is the smell. That scent of pigs parts being slowly roasted over a variety of wood wafts all aroundRead more Lexington Barbecue Festival- 2017

Asheboro Fall Festival

By Nicole Galante Anyone who visits the Asheboro Fall Festival will quickly realize that “small, North Carolina town” is not synonymous with “lack of excitement.”   We arrived just before the start of the festival, 9:45 AM; however, the mainRead more Asheboro Fall Festival

OBX Brewtag Festival

By Laura Dunbar The Outer Banks is a popular destination in the North Carolinian summer months, and a common misconception holds that there isn’t much to do come the off season. Though there are many less tourists and the AtlanticRead more OBX Brewtag Festival

The Annual Statesville Pumpkin Festival

By Kate Flinn A stop in Statesville led to an unexpected surprise of closed roads and throngs of people: the annual Statesville Pumpkin Festival, a beloved community tradition that marks the start of the fall season for this quaint littleRead more The Annual Statesville Pumpkin Festival

The Pumpkin Roll: The Best Underrated Sport in Franklin

  By Samantha Lubliner, 2016 The town of Franklin was bustling but the life of the party was on the outskirts. Hoards of people, young and old alike, crowded around downtown Franklin. A steep paved hill ran through the centerRead more The Pumpkin Roll: The Best Underrated

Happy Fall Y’all!: A Day on Ramseur’s Main Street.

After spending 45 minutes listening to the Beetles and talking to a very jovial, eccentric, and extremely talkative red-headed Uber driver named Jimmy (whom turned out to be a knowledgeable farmer), I found myself stepping out into the tiny townRead more Happy Fall Y’all!: A Day on

Finding Warmth in the Crabtree General Store

By Molly Spero, 2016 Before we explored the Franklin Pumpkin Festival, we wanted to warm up with coffee. Crabtree General Store and Coffee Vault was just the place for that. It was an old-fashioned, yet modernized general store, reflecting theRead more Finding Warmth in the Crabtree General

Janette Franich: Jewelry Artist

By Molly Spero, 2016 Armed with hot chocolate clutched between my cold hands, I was ready to explore Franklin’s Pumpkin Fest. The streets were crowded with rows upon rows of booths that offered handmade crafts from soaps to aprons. ARead more Janette Franich: Jewelry Artist

International Festival: Raleigh

By Caroline Zybala – 2014 Our first stop for our entire Highway 64 project was the International Festival, held in Raleigh. When we looked at the event online, we decided that we definitely had to attend and see what it entailed.Read more International Festival: Raleigh

John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival

By Alexa Dysch – 2014 From the small, quiet village of Brasstown comes a most spectacular and unexpected event at the John C. Campbell Folk School. For one weekend a year, the community gathers to celebrate the artisan culture ofRead more John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall

The Apple & Burnese Dog Festival

By Emilia Azar – 2014 The Apple Festival that took place in Cashiers, NC was one of those events that was not on our initial itinerary. We had no prior knowledge of the festival, no set plans. Upon arrival toRead more The Apple & Burnese Dog Festival

Richard Parr, Hot Air Balloon Pilot

By Katie Stewart – 2014 How many people can call themselves a hot air balloon pilot? Not many. Richard Parr of Pittsboro, North Carolina has been flying planes, balloons, and gliders for 55 years, and he doesn’t plan on stoppingRead more Richard Parr, Hot Air Balloon Pilot