Enjoy food, music and heritage displays. This promises to be a fun day for the entire family.
This year’s event will feature “Little Miss Davie County” and a “Little Mr. Davie County” for children ages 5-12. Winners will receive a crown, a sash and a gift certificate.
Music will be provided by The Little Brook Band, Jest Passin’ Thru, Refuge, the Roots String Band from Acoustic News and the Erwin Temple Church Choir. Music from the last century will be the theme for this Heritage Day Celebration.
Carolina Corn Bread Contest!
The Tar Heel State can easily brag about its many fine cooks. We are also known for many food-themed events—the Lexington BBQ Festival, Edenton’s Peanut Parade, a festival each for the pickle and for collards. Now, our state has “The Carolina Cornbread Contest” that will make its debut at Cooleemee’s Textile Heritage Festival.
After a three-judge panel makes its rounds to taste all of the homemade cornbread samples, the public will take its turn. At the end of the cornbread line there will be a giant pot of steaming “Needmore Pintos.” Bob Cranford of Woodleaf once worked at the mill but has since become an expert pinto chief. There will be plenty of chopped onions to top it all off.
Games For the Young and Young at Heart!
A new generation will be challenged by Old-Time Games at the Festival’s “Young’uns Corner” where they may also enjoy free face-painting and an array of cotton craft items to be decorated for a modest fee.
North Carolina’s Smallest Museum To Be Rededicated!
Cooleemee claims North Carolina’s smallest museum and it will be rededicated that day. First created in 1998 for the town’s Centennial, “The Fire Fighters Museum” has been skillfully refurbished by carpenter and history buff Ed Hinkle. Danielle O’Neal Boyd, an original member of the Cooleemee Kids History Club, recently gave this small museum a new coat of paint along with her cousin, Andrew.
This old mill “hydrant house” was one of twelve built at Erwin Mills after a fire engulfed it in 1908. After the fire, a new central tower with a huge water tank was added to the structure. In the mill yard, hydrant houses were constructed to keep new water hydrants from freezing and to store hoses, nozzles and fire axes. These historic artifacts are on display inside the little red building along with photos portraying the heritage of mill and volunteer fire fighting.
A Cooleemee Homecoming!
“This is a real homecoming event for Cooleemee. It’s also a day when we proudly share our history with anyone and everyone who comes. There are a lot of people in Davie County who have never even visited Cooleemee and don’t know what they’re missing,” says Tony Steele, president of the Cooleemee Historical Association.
Proceeds from the Textile Heritage Festival go to support its “Discovering Our Heritage” Kids Project that offers a unique history lesson for each grade at the local school, pre-K through fifth grade. Monies raised also keep the doors open at its Textile Heritage Center and the Mill House Museum, located one block away.
This nineteen year-old festival has expanded its offerings with more roots music, community recognition awards and the new “Carolina Cornbread Contest.” Who knows what the future will hold? In January 2010, Cooleemee’s Bullhole made “Our State” magazine’s list of the twelve “must see” places in North Carolina. Someday, it may become the Mecca for one of the South’s signature culinary delicacies—a tradition brought to its mill towns by their backcountry ancestors.
Use the map below for driving directions to the Zachary House in Cooleemee, NC.