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Old 06-02-2007, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Cape Carteret, NC
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I think local festivals if they don't get over commercialized are an interesting way to catch a quick snapshot of a town and the people living in the surrounding area.

We always loved Roanoke Virginia's Festival in Park and some of the art events around it. In fact 19 years ago last weekend, we first visited Roanoke and attended the festival. That fall we moved to Roanoke.

I also have attended Mount Airy's Autumn Leaves festival, but it doesn't seem to have quite the same character as I remember from its early days.

I have been on a mission to collect festival pictures and I was wondering if others in North Carolina have some that they might be willing to share.

The ones I have attended range from Morehead's Seafood Festival, a little on the commercial side for me, to Swansboro's Oyster Roast which I found to be a wonderful community event.

Some of the others that I have captured include Emerald Isle's Saint Patrick's Day Festival, the Newport Pig Cookoff, and the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade which was a real community event with even golf carts involved.

On a smaller scale, yesterday we attended Cape Carteret's 48th birthday party which even featured the Mayor cooking the hamburgers and hot dogs. It was a lot of fun and a great way to meet the local government.

I know there are other area festivals out there. I missed Morehead's Chocolate festival and last fall's Swansboro Mullet festival. There is an art festival in Swansboro next weekend so I'll see how that is.

I look forward to hearing about some favorites from other areas especially if they involve barbecue.

I managed to sample some of the best barbecue that I have had in years from a small local stand at the Emerald Isle Saint Patrick's Day festival.
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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North Carolina Apple Festival

Hendersonville is the official home of the 61st Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the North Carolina Apple. The NC Apple Festival features a street fair on Historic Main Street including continuous live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, children’s & youth activities, special exhibits & open houses, food, and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade. The festival is held annually, during the Labor Day weekend.

http://www.steppapples.com/images/ncapplefestival_logo.jpg (broken link)

North Carolina Apple Festival
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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The Lexington BBQ Festival:

The Barbecue Festival
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Old 06-02-2007, 09:37 PM
 
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Greenville Pirate Festival, Mt. Olive Pickle Festival,
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Old 06-03-2007, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Blue Ridge BBQ Festival - June 8 & 9

The Festival has been proclaimed the Official North Carolina State Championship by former Governor Jim Hunt and present Governor Mike Easley since 1994. The 1999 Festival won the first "National Spirit of Barbecue" Award as the best barbecue event in the country, awarded by the National Barbecue News.



Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival | N.C. State BBQ Championship | Tryon NC
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Old 06-03-2007, 03:13 PM
 
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Ham and Yam festival in early May in Smithville
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Old 06-03-2007, 08:25 PM
 
Location: State College PA
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Pumpkin Festival! Spring Hope NC, generally the first weekend in October.
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Old 06-04-2007, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Default Charlotte Shout

www.charlotteshout.com (broken link) particularly the Culinary Arts Experience

It's a big culinary showcase. It's much different than your usual "Taste of xxxxxx" events. There is a main stage with celebrity chefs and also smaller stages with other demonstrations. Very good and usaully pretty well-organized event.
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