Mayberry Days, Sept. 22-25

Mayberry Days

Mayberry Days

Mount Airy, NC–Visitors from across the country will flock to Mount Airy this September for a four-day celebration of yesteryear known as the Mayberry Days. It allows fans of The Andy Griffith Show to enjoy a glimpse of life in that nostalgic place known as “Mayberry,” while tracing the footsteps of Mount Airy’s most famous son. Several actors from the show will make appearances. The list includes Betty Lynn, who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend “Thelma Lou,” as well as Doug Dillard and Maggie Peterson, who held the roles of “Doug Darling” and “Charlene Darling.” James Best (“Jim Lindsey”) will also be on hand.  For info on the 22nd annual Mayberry Days Festival, call (336) 786-7998 or go to: www.mayberrydays.org. For lodging availability, go to: www.mayberryhotels.com.

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Festivals and Events this fall

Fall is almost here, and there’s much to see this year. From eating festival food and weighing pumpkins to Mayberry fun to wine tasting, there’s much to explore. Check out the upcoming events mentioned for our area on TopEventsUSA.com’s newsblog. For other events in the US, go to http://topeventsusanews.blogspot.com.

Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival set for Sept. 17

Yadkin County Arts Council

Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival

Yadkinville, NC—Art, craft and food vendors, live music, and blue ribbon competitions are planned during the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 in downtown Yadkinville. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Below are a few highlights.

  • Well Fargo Stagecoach pulls in at 11:00 a.m., delivering the mayor of Yadkinville to the festival. The stagecoach will furnish a popular backdrop for photo opportunities.
  • Craft and art vendors
  • There’s going to be a lot of festival food, such as the popular potato twirls, fresh-squeezed lemonade, or you can pick up a peck of vegetables at the farmers market.
  • Watch working artists in the Cultural Center’s YARD working artist studios
  • Watch basket makers and quilters demonstrate their craft
  • Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist” opens the day of the festival in the Cultural Center’s Welborn Gallery. You’ll be shown how to view watercolors through the magnifying glasses placed through the exhibit. The exhibit runs from September 15 to October 15.
  • Buegrass jam on the Chamber of Commerce lawn will fill the air with fiddling sounds preceded by the sounds of songsters in the popular “Yadkin Idol” competition which begins at 11:30 am.
  • Kids play areas feature giant inflatables, a petting zoo and a craft tent.
  • Tip: Attendees who bring four cans of food to the Yadkin Christian Ministries tent will receive a raffle ticket for prizes.

For more information or to download an entry form for the blue-ribbon competitions, please visit www.yadkinarts.org or call (336) 679-2941.

The presenting sponsor for the festival is Unifi, Inc.  Indera Mills is a platinum sponsor; gold sponsors are Duke Energy and Workforce Carolina; silver sponsors include Crystal Cleaners, Lomar Enterprises, Phillips-Van Heusen Foundation, Wachovia Bank and Yadkin Valley Bank. Bronze sponsors are CMS Insurance, G&B Energy and Southern Community Bank.

Wilkes Candlelight Ghost Tours

Wilkesboro, NC—Historic Wilkesboro is said to be haunted by a variety of locales, and every year, folks check for themselves during the Wilkes Candlelight Ghost Tours. Local historians tour spectators through the town, peeking into the Old Wilkes Jail, the Robert Cleveland house, the Brown-Cowles cabin, the English Cottage, the Hubbard Home, and The Smithy Hotel. Visitors will hear tales of Tom Dooly, paranormal investigations, apparitions of ghosts in town, and sounds in the cemetery.

Admission for the Candlelight Ghost Tour is $7 for adults. Children under 5 are admitted free. Purchase tickets at the museum or by calling (336) 667-3171. Tour times are 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., and 9 p.m.

Dates: Sept. 10, Oct. 21-22, & Oct. 28

Mountain Heritage Festival

Mountain Heritage Festival

Mountain Heritage Festival

Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Sparta, NC—The Mountain Heritage Festival is for the craft lover with music, food, crafts, children’s activities, antique cars, farm equipment, and the crowning of the Possum Queen. Expert expositions of all kinds are demonstrated including cider pressing, chain-saw carving, blacksmithing, old-fashioned corn meal grinding, and Christmas tree decorating. The Mountain Heritage Festival is on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For  festival information, visit www.sparta-nc.com/mhf.aspx or call (800) 372-5473.

Stokes Stomp

Stokes Stomp

Danbury, NC—The Stomp Festival is held in Moratock Park each September on the riverbanks of the Dan River in Danbury, N.C., where crafters, musicians and vendors gather to celebrate the river and the arts. The festival offers crafts, food, music, kayaking demonstrations, children’s activities and more. Stokes Stomp is held on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10:30 a.m. until 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 11 from 11:15 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about Stokes Stomp, go to stokesarts.org or call (336) 593-8159.

Ladies and gentlemen—start your mowers!

Alleghany County Lawn Mower Race

Photo by Tom Edwards

SPARTA, NC—Locals in Sparta experience the NASCAR thrill like never before. Welcome to the world of lawn mower racing. Lawn mower racing is not a contest to see who can mow their grass the fastest. It’s an actual race. Drivers race around an oval dirt track with high speeds that can reach up to 80 miles per hour during the race.

The Alleghany County Mower Racing Association (AMRA) is nearing the end of its NASCAR-like season. The AMRA will hold it last sanctioned race on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds. This is also the last day of the Alleghany County Agricultural Fair which finishes with a fireworks finale.
The AMRA races at the Alleghany County Fair each year. In addition to the fair, AMRA hosts other sanctioned races and donates their proceeds to local charities.

The final lawn mower race of the season begins at the Alleghany County Fair at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 followed by a fireworks display beginning around 10:30 p.m.  Admission is $6 and includes access to rides, exhibits, livestock shows, and music. For more information, call (800) 372-5473 or visit www.alleghanymowerracingassociation.com.