September 22, 2010

Make Time For These Fall Festivals

This is the time of year to enjoy all that nature has to offer -- from harvest sales and fall bazaars to full out family festivals. We offer this guide to keep you from missing out on anything our area has to offer:

OCTOBER
In Sanford:
  • Rocky Fork Christian Church Harvest Sale (Sanford, Oct. 2): Lunch plate sale of chicken stew and barbecue starts at 11am and annual auction begins at 1pm. Homemade items will be availabe in the "country store." A dinner plate sale of fish and barbecue starts at 5pm.
  • Broadway UMC Harvest Sale (Oct. 2): Get barbecue and fixins at Broadway United Methodist Church (106 Church Street) at this annual sale, which runs from 11am-2pm. An auction will begin at 2pm.
    • Deep River School Fall Bazaar (Deep River, Oct. 2): A yard and craft sale will start at 8am and family activities will begin at 10am. Local vendors will be on site. Proceeds will benefit the school.
      • Family Fun Day at the Jet Port (Sanford, Oct. 9): Let your children experience free flights with the EAA Young Eagles and balloon rides at this annual aviation-themed festival. The day will also include a parachute team, helicopter flyovers, vintage aircrafts, military aircrafts, aviation groups, food, games, and more.
      • ROSHAMBO Tournament (Sanford, Oct. 9): The 99 SASL Sabres and the 95 SASL Lightning are hosting this rock, paper, scissors tournament at the SASL Soccer Complex. The 1st and 2nd place winners will win a cash prize and trophy. There is a $10 entry fee. 
      • Tramway Baptist Church Harvest Sale (Tramway, Oct. 16): This fundraiser will feature a bake and craft sale starting at 8am and a bbq and chicken dumpling plate sale ($6) starting at 11am for dine in or take out. There will be an auction at 2pm and a bounce house for children.
        • Buffalo Presbyterian Church Fall Bazaar (Sanford, Oct. 16): This annual fall bazaar (1333 Carthage Street) starts at 8am and will include food, fellowship, arts, crafts, baked goods, fall plants, and more. You can also enter a raffle for a handmade quilt.
        • Poplar Springs UMC Harvest Sale (Broadway, Oct. 16): The sale starts at 11am and an auction will be held at 2pm.
            • Jubi-Lee Fall Festival (Sanford, Oct. 23): The fourth year of this local festival will be held in Depot Park from 10am-4pm and will feature arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, live performances on two stages, and food for the family. 
            • Jonesboro Presbyterian UMC (Sanford, Oct. 30): Come out to the annual fall bazaar, which runs from 8am to 1pm on Main Street. They'll have ham and sausage biscuits for breakfast and soup and sandwiches for lunch. Also for sale are baked and canned goods and handcrafted items.
            • Music at the Maze (Sanford, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30): Visitors to the Gross Farms' pumpkin patch and corn maze will get to hear the sounds of Tim Hair Entertainment with Chuck Garner on the 23rd and The Second Chance Band on the 30th. The music will play from 6pm-10pm on both nights.
            • Greenwood Elementary (Lemon Springs, Oct. 30): Celebrate the school's 20th birthday with a fall festival that will run from 10am to 2pm.
            Elsewhere in the region:
            • Cameron Antiques Fair (Cameron, Oct. 1-2): All antique stores and more than 250 outside dealers will exhibit their wares. Food and refreshments will also be available. Some exhibitors will set up on Friday, Oct. 1. 
            • AutumnFest (Southern Pines [map], Oct. 2): This annual festival runs from 9am-4pm and boasts a little something for everyone, including arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, rides, a run/walk, a 5K race, and more.
              • Denim Days (Erwin, Oct. 2): This day-long festival will feature a car show, Precision Goldwing Drill Team, petting zoo, bungee jumping, a cornhole tournament, live music, down home food, crafts, and carnival games and rides.
              • International Festival (Raleigh, Oct. 1-3): Spend the weekend exploring the world with cultural dancing on the main stage, a biergarten, a shopping bazaar, a kids' scavengar hunt, face painting, and many cooking and crafting demos as well as games and rides.
              • Asheboro Fall Festival (Oct. 2-3): This festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming that includes arts and crafts booths, craft demonstrations, a flea market, live bluegrass, and more. It will kick off with a parade on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7pm.
              • Pittsboro Pepper Festival (Pittsboro [map], Oct. 3): Taste and rank more than 40 different pepper varieties as local chefs show off their creativity with dishes that showcase local peppers. The festival will also feature local beer, local wine, music from the Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and some education on sustainable agriculture.
              • Kyle Byrd Memorial Car Show (Apex, Oct. 3): Enjoy live music and entertainment while viewing unique cars from across the spectrum. Kids will enjoy a moon bounce and activities in the Kids Zone. More than 30 awards will be presented. 
              • Heritage Festival (Fayetteville, Oct. 3): Help Cape Fear Botanical Garden celebrate life at the turn of the 19th Century by partaking in agricultural exhibits, old-fashioned food preparation demonstrations and live bluegrass music as well as traditional crafts like tatting, spinning, quilting and basketry. For the kids there will be hopscotch, marbles, egg races and more. The festival will run from 12pm-4pm.
                • Pickin' on the Porch (Grays Creek, Oct. 7): Spend Thursday night at this backyard barbeque and acoustic music concert. The music will begin at 6pm and feature local favorites The Parsons. Expect the music to run from 6pm -8pm, and even later if the mood is right and the weather cooperates. Tickets are $35 ($15 for children under 12) and include concert, food, and beverages. Bring your own seating. (See details on Facebook)
                • Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (Silk Hope [map], Oct, 7-10): This annual festival will feature more than 50 bands and performers on two large outdoor stages, a large dance tent, and an intimate Cabaret Tent. You will also find local crafts, children's activities, environmental sustainability workshops, and more.
                • Uwharrie Mountain Festival (King's Mountain Point [near Troy; map], Oct. 9): This festival runs 10am-5pm and features a cruise-in, shooting team demos, lumberjack demos, disc golf, wine tasting, a kids' zone, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts can also do a Trail Run/Walk, paddling challenge, mountain biking skills course, and orienteering challenge.
                • Old Fashion Day (Goldston, Oct. 9): This day of family fun includes music, food, crafts, and games, including children's activities, homemade ice cream, and more. The festivities run from 8am-5pm.
                • Energy & Community Resilience Fair (Carrboro, Oct. 10): Find out who local companies are using high- and low-tech ways to conserve energy or harness alternative energy, sample smoothies made in a bicycle-powered blender and goods baked in solar ovens, and learn how to reduce your home's energy bill. The event will be in Carrboro Town Commons from 1pm-5pm.
                    • Holly Arts & Crafts Festival (Pinehurst, Oct. 16): The all-day event combines the talents of hand crafters in a variety of genres -- from woodworking to glass, stitched art to lawn ornaments, hand-crafted jewelry to metal sculpture. Area restaurants and food vendors dot the gathering as downtown shops offer sales and specials. The festival begins at 10am.
                    • Downtown Street Fair (Pittsboro, Oct. 23) Enjoy local artists, crafters, food, live entertainment, and free children activities all dedicated the historic Pittsboro courthouse. The fun starts at 10am.
                      • BOO at the ZOO (Asheboro, Oct. 23-24): Take advantage of the NC Zoo's Halloween celebration, which includes games, music, face painting, costume contests and more.
                      • Fall Festival in the Pines (Pinehurst, Oct. 24): Olmstead Village is hosting its first fall festival to benefit the Ronald McDonald House from noon-6pm. The day will offer carnival rides, games, food and ice cream, an antique tractor show, antique and classic car show, hay rides, and live entertainment. Admission is free.
                      NOVEMBER
                      •  Stone Calvary UPC (Lemon Springs, 11am-2pm): Enjoy food, games, hayrides, puppet shows, and other activities under the big yellow and white tent at this Fall Family Fun Day. There will be an auction at 1pm with all proceeds benefiting the church's education center, a k-12 school.
                      • NC Cotton Festival (Dunn, Nov. 6): This festival will run from 10am-4pm and will feature live entertainment on two stages, rides for children, an exotic petting zoo, classic car show, and more than 140 food and craft vendors.
                      SEPTEMBER
                      • Liberty Antique Festival (Pike Family Farm [map], Sept. 24-25): Antiques dealers from across the U.S. will pack the farm with furniture, paintings, pottery, glass, collectibles, and everything else you can think. There will be no crafts or reproductions. The festival is from 8am-5pm and costs $7 for those over age 12. 
                      • Live It Up on Hillsborough St (Raleigh, Sept. 25): This one-day event will feature crafts, products, food, and beverages from local businesses and will include activities such as a kids' zone, international stage, eco zone, farmer's market, hot dog eating contest, and more.
                      • 2010 Pumpkin Festival at Hart's Farm (Bear Creek [map], Sept. 25-26): Experience down home food, traditional handicrafts, a corn hole tournament, tractor pull, demolition derby, live music, and a pageant as well as kids activities like a rock climbing wall, pumpkin sling shot, pumpkin painting, and carnival games.
                      • International Folk Festival (Fayetteville, Sept. 24-26): Kick off on Friday, the 24th, with an art show followed by the Parade of Nations on Saturday. The entire weekend will feature live entertainment, authentic cuisine, folk arts and crafts, a children’s area, Native American Cultural Showcase, and more. (See details on Facebook)
                      • Mule Days (Benson, Sept. 24-26): Get all the mule action you could ever need with mule judging, mule pulling, and a mule race as well as carnival rides, trolley rides, music and entertainment, and a rodeo. There's also an arts and crafts show, parade, bluegrass and more.

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