War Eagle Drive! Community Celebrates Ground Breaking for New Davie County High School

War Eagle Drive - New Davie County High SchoolThursday, September 25, 2014 was a day of celebration for Davie County as the community came together to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Davie County High School.  Hundreds of folks were on hand to help celebrate the opening of a new chapter in the history of Davie County.

As reported by WGHP Fox8 News, the current Davie County High School was built in 1956 to house 725 students.  There was no cafeteria, no gymnasium and no auditorium. Over the years, a cafeteria was added, as was a gymnasium, but the number of students kept growing; and today, there are about 1,800 students.

The new school will be complete with all the amenities; including an auditorium which will seat 750 people and a gym to fit 2,000.  The new school is expected to open in the fall of 2017.

Video of the groundbreaking ceremony has been published on your Davie County YouTube Channel.  The list of links under the video below will allow you to navigate directly to the individual segments of the ceremony that you are most interested in viewing.

Follow progress on the new Davie County High School by visiting the New Davie High link at the Davie County Schools web site.

Additional Resources:
Fox8 WGHP – Davie Co. celebrates groundbreaking for new high school
WXII Channel 12 – New Davie Co. High School Groundbreaking
WFMY News2 – Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For New Davie Co. High School
Time Warner Cable News – Officials Break Ground on New Davie County High School

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Free Community Event – Textile Heritage Festival This Saturday!

Textile Heritage Festival 2014 CooleemeeA Fun Day for the Entire Family
Join the Over 4,000 people who visit Cooleemee each year to explore the history of Southern mill town culture at the 23rd Annual Textile Heritage Festival in Cooleemee, NC from 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.  Live music, opening of new museum exhibit, textile heritage displays, and lots of fun.

Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Carolina Cornbread Contest.  No entry fee for the Carolina Cornbread Contest which comes with a $100 prize and bragging rights for one year but you must register by Wednesday, September 24th by calling 336 284-6040 or via email to blinky1@yadtel.net.

When:
Saturday, September 27th, 10 AM to 4 PM

Where:
The Zachary House & Grounds
131 Church Street, Cooleemee, NC

Schedule

10 AM:
Gates open to the public
“Cotton Mill Town” Exhibit Doors Open
KIDS AREA– Face & Pumpkin Painting and Pony Rides – all for $5
Company Store & Sweets Shop Opens
Craft Vendors
Fall Mums Sale
Hot Pintos & Cornbread ready to eat!

11 AM:
Stan Bobbitt Band
Carolina Cornbread Contest begins
Cook Shack Opens – Pork Chop Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Cold Drinks & more

12 Noon:
Cornbread Winners Announced
Hot Pintos & Cornbread ready!

1 pm       
Mill House Museum – Guided tour leaves from main gate

4 pm
Gates close

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” each year 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.

About the Cooleemee Historical Association
With over 330 original mill houses, the Bullhole and dam at RiverPark and the old cotton mill still standing along the banks of the South Yadkin River, Cooleemee is perhaps the best preserved Southern mill village of the post civil-war industrial age.  Cooleemee’s mill, built in 1900 at the height of the South’s mill building era, closed in 1969.

Preserved as private homes, most of the mill houses are still in excellent architectural condition.  The work on RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls has breathed new life into the banks of the river and the dam which provided power for the mill.  The cotton mill is still intact and ready to take on new life as a new economic engine.

This important and historically relevant collection of buildings and geographic features provides the backdrop for the work of the Cooleemee Historical Association which was founded in 1989.  Since its founding, the CHA has established a museum at its Textile Heritage Center and a Mill House Museum one block away.  The CHA also played a key role in the establishment of  RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls.  The Historical Association’s “Discovering Our Heritage” program conducts  a unique class for each grade level at the local elementary school.

The festival is co-sponsored this year by the Town of Cooleemee and Eaton’s Funeral Home.

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Free Community Event – Sugar Valley Airport Fly-In on Saturday, September 27

Sugar Valley Airport Fly-inSugar Valley Airport is holding its annual fly-in/drive-in on Saturday, September 27.  The public is welcome and everyone is invited to enjoy the festivities, airplanes, live music, crafts, arts, magic show, and a wonderful presentation by those who use aviation for service to their communities.  Hot dogs, fries, hamburgers, popcorn, ice cream available.   Activities begin at 9:00 am with a Spot Landing Contest, and continue throughout the day until 3:00 PM.

Try your hand at flying a real life simulator.  Watch the pilots vie for a prize if they land their planes close to designated spot.  Check out the wide variety of aircraft.  The Williams Brothers will entertain us.  Remote control aircraft will awe us.  And, at 10 a.m. a couple of smokers will fly over and excite us.

Come anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  See event flyer here.  Check out videos of previous fly-ins here.

Sugar Valley Airport was established to support general aviation but also to encourage educational, recreational, and creative endeavors in our community. Sugar Valley Airport is home to the Civil Air Patrol cadet program for students 12-18 years old. This program focuses on: community service, leadership training, technical education, and character development.

The Sugar Valley Airport facilities are used to support the continuing education of pilots through “ground school”, as well as providing a meeting place for special classes in arts and crafts like silk painting and pottery.

Aviation enthusiasts, those interested in learning more about the opportunities available, and those looking for a fun family weekend event, will all enjoy a visit to the “Spirit of Aviation: Making a Difference” Fly-in.

So “fly in or drive in” on Saturday, September 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and you won’t be disappointed.

Sugar Valley Airport is located at 249 Gilbert Road in Mocksville NC 27028. For more information on the “Fly-in” or about any of the programs mentioned, call 336- 998-3971 or email aviation@sugarvalleyairport.org.  Also, visit the Sugar Valley Airport website at www.sugarvalleyairport.org.

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Davie County Memorial Dedication and Day of Remembrance – 9/11/2014

Davie County - WinMock - Day of Remebrance 9-11-2014September 11, 2014 began in Davie County with a prayer breakfast hosted by our friends at WinMock at Kinderton and the raising of a 30’ x 50’ American Flag on the grounds at WinMock.

First responders from across Davie County gathered on the grounds at WinMock at various times throughout the day for what is becoming an annual tradition on 9/11 so that friends and neighbors from the community would be able to say “thank you” in person to many of the folks we rely on throughout the year to help us in our greatest hours of need.

Thank you First Responders from across Davie County and thank you to Wayne Thomas, the Sterling Events Group and the staff at WinMock at Kinderton for hosting this event.

Davie County memorial dedicationMemorial Dedication Ceremony
At 7:00 PM on Thursday, 9/11, the community gathered at the County Administration Building just off the square across from the courthouse on South Main Street in Mocksville to dedicate a monument to First Responders in Davie County who have died in the line of duty.  The opposite side of the monument bears the names of all emergency/first responder departments in Davie County including medical, rescue, fire and police.

The dedication ceremony honored the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001 and helps to fulfill our promise to never forget that tragic day.  We also paid tribute to members of the military, both current and past, who selflessly protect America’s freedom and liberty.

On a local level, the ceremony extended our unending gratitude to those who safeguard our own community – the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and other first responders – who put their own lives on the line for our safety.

The 7 pm ceremony included remarks and prayers, patriotic music, the solemn ringing of the bell, the playing of “Taps” and a prayer.  View photos and video of the ceremony below and on your Davie County YouTube Channel.

Thank You to Woodmen of the World Chapter 323
Please join us in thanking Woodmen of the World Chapter 323 in Mocksville for funding the Davie County First Responders Memorial Monument and for supporting our community throughout the year.

Since 1947, Woodmen of the World has promoted pride in our country.  Woodmen of the World members present American Patriot’s Handbooks to schools, libraries and newly naturalized citizens, as well as American History Awards to students who excel in the subject.  In addition, Woodmen of the World members have presented more than 2 million American flags to schools, churches, parks and other non-profit organizations.

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2 Events to Mark 9/11 This Year – Davie County Will Never Forget!

Remembering-9-11-WinMock-at-Kinderton-Davie-County-NCPlease join us in the morning and/or in the evening on Thursday, 9/11/2014 for one or both events in Davie County being held to remember 9/11 and to honor Davie County’s first responders.

A Day of Remembrance – WinMock at Kinderton
On Thursday, September 11, 2014, WinMock at Kinderton will host “A Day of Remembrance”.

All are invited as we gather to remember the events of September 11 and pray for our nation, our first responders, and all those whose lives were affected by the tragic events of that day. The morning begins at 8:00 with a community prayer breakfast.

Sterling Events and Winmock at Kinderton will celebrate our nation by displaying a giant 30’ by 50’ American Flag atop a Cooleemee aerial fire truck.  This will give you a chance to personally thank some of the first responders who will be at WinMock during the day.  Stop by for lunch available for purchase from local food trucks with outdoor picnic seating available.

“Thank You” to Sterling Events & WinMock at Kinderton
Please join us in thanking the Sterling Events Group and WinMock at Kinderton for their generosity in giving back to our community in so many ways throughout the year and for their invitation to come together, on this day of solemn remembrance, to thank and honor those who continue to serve as first responders in our community, as well as to recall to memory those who have gone before.

Davie County First Responders MemorialFirst Responders Memorial Dedication in Downtown Mocksville
At 7:00 PM on Thursday, 9/11, the community will gather at the County Administration Building just off the square across from the courthouse on South Main Street in Mocksville to dedicate a monument to First Responders in Davie County who have died in the line of duty.  The opposite side of the monument will bear the names of all emergency/first responder departments in Davie County including medical, rescue, fire and police.  The 7 pm ceremony will include remarks and prayers, patriotic music, the solemn ringing of the bell, the playing of “Taps” and a prayer.

Thank You to Woodmen of the World Chapter 323
Please join us in thanking Woodmen of the World Chapter 323 in Mocksville for funding the Davie County First Responders Memorial Monument and for supporting our community throughout the year.

PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINE BRALLEY:  On Thursday, September 5, 2014 the monument t was installed in front of the Davie County Administration Building.  The monument was created by Statesville Mausoleum and Monument Works in Statesville.  Assembly was carefully and accurately achieved by their employees with help from four United Energy employees who used a crane to place the monument stones.

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7 #1 Songs and 2013 Album of the Year! Bluegrass Band “Balsam Range” in Mocksville this Saturday

Groce-man Jam 2014On Saturday evening September 13, “Balsam Range” will perform on stage at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre during the 2014 Groce-man Jam in Mocksville!  Gates open at 5:30, music begins at 6:00 PM.

World Class Talent
Balsam Range, the popular 5-piece Bluegrass powerhouse band out of Haywood County, NC has won the following Awards:

  • 2013 IBMA Album of the Year WINNER, Papertown
  • 2011 IBMA Song of the Year WINNER, “Trains I Missed”
  • 5 Consecutive Months at #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Airplay Album Chart
  • 7 National #1 Songs. Including: “Last Train To Kitty Hawk”, “Caney Fork River”, “Trains I Missed”, “Gonna Be Movin”, “Row By Row”, “Could Do You Some Good”, & “Any Old Road”
  • “Papertown” album #2 in “PopMatters Best of Bluegrass 2012”
  • “Papertown” album #2 in CMT Edge 10 Favorite Americana Albums of 2012
  • 2011 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee
  • 2011 IBMA Album of the Year nominee, Trains I Missed
  • 2010 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee
  • WNCW, the #1 flagship bluegrass station, voted Trains I Missed as #1 on their Top 50 Bluegrass CDs of 2010, and #5 on their top 100 overall from any genre (ahead of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Robert Plant)
  • Voted Best Old-Time/Bluegrass Band of 2012 in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress Newspaper
  • Part of the 2012-2013 Zac Brown Band Southern Ground Music Festival lineup (www.zacbrownband.com)
  • First band to play at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC
  • Balsam Range was presented the “keys to the city” in Canton, NC where they were honored with an official declaration of “Balsam Range Day” in their home county for their positive contributions to their community
  • Balsam Range has raised over a half-million dollars for various regional and national charities.

Enjoy the concept video, Papertown below which features the title track to the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year.

Balsam Range will be joined by Wilmington, North Carolina’s own fan favorite, Massive Grass at Junker’s Mill.

Buy Your Tickets Online Now
Junker’s Mill is a popular outdoor stage located at 107 South Salisbury Street in Mocksville, right next door to the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  General admission tickets are $15 (bring your own chair or blanket) Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.  Tickets are available online at www.grocemanjam.com.  Tickets will also be available at the gate.

There will be food and beer vendors, as well as some exciting silent auction items!
Classics sports grill is doing BBQ plates, Carolina Sweet Delights will be selling cookies and cheesecake, Kabobs Food Truck will be doing shrimp and chicken kabobs, Papa John’s will have pizza and  the Sunset Slush slush-cart will also be on hand.

Groce-Man’s Jam – Proceeds Benefit the Gary Groce Memorial Music Scholarship Fund
The proceeds from this yearly event fund the Gary Groce Memorial Music Scholarship which helps pay for music lessons for kids.  This is a permanent endowment fund, held by the Davie Community Foundation started by the family of Gary Groce, to honor the memory of the beloved, self-taught banjo player from Davie County who passed away in December of 2012. One of Gary’s favorite pastimes was jamming and playing bluegrass with his friends, so what better way to honor his memory, than to help shape the future generations of musicians.

carolina-bible-camp-bluegrass-festivalSame Day – Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival
In addition to the Groce-man Jam on Saturday night in Mocksville, bluegrass fans will want to check out the Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, September 13th.  The festival will feature the highly acclaimed Kruger Brothers, the Snyder Family Band, and Red June. Gates will open at 10:00 am, music starts at 11:00 am and the festival will conclude at 5:00 pm.

In 2007, the Kruger Brothers received the Award for Artistic Excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011, Jens Kruger was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he won the coveted Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Free Activities for Kids – Rain or Shine!
Guests are advised to bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. There are no assigned seats but handicapped guests will be accommodated. No outside coolers, food or pets are permitted. Food and restrooms are available on-site. This is an alcohol-free and smoke-free event. Free activities for children will be available. The festival will proceed rain or shine at 1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. CBC Bluegrass Festival 2014 is sponsored in part by Carolina Hearing Doctors, The Eye Center, and WBRF-FM Classic Country 98.1.

All Proceeds Benefit Carolina Bible Camp
All proceeds benefit Carolina Bible Camp & Retreat Center located on sixty-eight beautiful acres just outside Mocksville, North Carolina. Advance tickets are only $15.00 and may be purchased at www.cbcbluegrass.com. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $20.00. Children under age 12 are admitted free with a paying ticket holder. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and music starts at 11:00 a.m. The festival will conclude at 5:00 p.m. with the traditional closing singing of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

For more information on these and other events throughout Davie County please see the Davie County Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar

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Peter Pan Jr. -The Musical ~ Opens This Weekend at the Brock Performing Arts Center!

Brock Performing Arts Center Davie Arts CouncilDavie County Arts Council’s Brock Players present Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. – The Musical at the Brock Center in Mocksville.  Join the Davie County Arts Council in support of our local theatre. Evening Performances begin September 5th, 6th, 12th, & 13th at 7:30 PM. Matinee performances will be held September 7th & 14th at 3:00 PM. Tickets for children (18 and under) & seniors are $13. Adult admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (336)751-3000

Peter Pan Jr. – The Musical
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Never Land. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook!

Filled with adventure, music and a beloved hero, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a magical story.

The Brock Performing Arts Center
The “Brock”–a beautifully renovated performing space–is quickly earning a reputation for being a premier listening room for acoustical music in North Carolina and hosts a performing arts series each year highlighting music, theatre, dance and more! The 485-seat center is available for rent by the community and professional performers with special rates for non-profit organizations.  The Borck is located at

The Davie County Arts Council
The Davie County Arts Council was established in 1975 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. Located on historic Main Street in the town of Mocksville, the Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for over 30 years.  In addition to community outreach programs and arts education for children, the Arts Council schedules and presents art events and performances at the Brock Performing Arts Center.

Resources:
Davie County Arts Council

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17th Annual Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf Tournament Monday, September 8

2014 Davie County Chamber of Commerce Tournament SponsorsJoin  the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for one of the best golf tournaments of the year, the 17th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Pro Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 8th at Oak Valley Golf Club.

Professional golfers serve as captains of the teams consisting of five amateur players.  A shotgun start at noon gets the day started with a post-tournament cookout and awards ceremony to celebrate the winning teams.

The tournament is the Chamber’s key annual fundraiser and proceeds are designated for furthering the Chamber’s mission to develop business initiatives and support economic development and community projects throughout the year.

“The tournament is an excellent platform for our thriving business community and all its stakeholders to enjoy a day of networking and golf,” said Carolyn McManamy, chamber president.  “With the unique team format and beautiful location, the Davie Chamber’s tournament has become one of the top tournaments in the area.  As a result, team slots fill quickly and the tournament is often played at capacity. ”

Register Today
Players can register now and hole sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Those interested in supporting local businesses by sponsoring the event should contact the chamber office as soon as possible.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, cost and registration contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.

Oak Valley Golf Club
Oak Valley is the only Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club in the Winston-Salem area. Carved beautifully into old dairy farmland, the course truly captures the splendor of the western North Carolina foothills.  Golfers from all over the world have enjoyed Palmer’s beautiful and challenging layout since the course opened in December 1995.

Resources:
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Davie Chamber Golf Tournament Brochure and Sponsorship Form
Oak Valley Golf Club

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Kruger Brothers Performing at Bluegrass Festival in Mocksville, Saturday, September 13th

Kruger Brothers Coming to Mocksville

Doc Watson once remarked that, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. … I love to play music with them.”

The Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, September 13th, will feature the highly acclaimed Kruger Brothers, the Snyder Family Band, and Red June. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and music starts at 11:00 a.m. The festival will conclude at 5:00 p.m.

In 2007, the Krugers Brothers received the Award for Artistic Excellence from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011, Jens Kruger was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, and in 2013 he won the coveted Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Snyder Family Band CBC 2013The Snyder Family Band will also perform. The Snyders are highly regarded musicians who are currently nominated in multiple IBMA categories. Siblings Zeb and Samantha Snyder are the talented guitarist and fiddler, respectively, and father Bud Snyder plays upright bass. Mother Laine Snyder provides sweet harmony vocals on several selections. Younger brother Owen has been known to steal the show with his gentle humor and advancing guitar talent.

Red June will also join the lineup on September 13th to play two sets. Red June hails from Asheville, North Carolina. They have built a solid reputation in bluegrass music circles as consummate acoustic and vocal performers.  Songwriter John Cloyd Miller won top bluegrass category honors at MerleFest in 2013 for his song, “Cloud of Dust.” He is also the recipient of a North Carolina Artist Fellowship for songwriting from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Red-June-Carolina-Bible-CampAll Proceeds Benefit Carolina Bible Camp
All proceeds benefit Carolina Bible Camp & Retreat Center located on sixty-eight beautiful acres just outside Mocksville, North Carolina. Advance tickets are only $15.00 and may be purchased at www.cbcbluegrass.com. Tickets may be purchased at the gate for $20.00. Children under age 12 are admitted free with a paying ticket holder. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and music starts at 11:00 a.m. The festival will conclude at 5:00 p.m. with the traditional closing singing of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

Free Activities for Kids – Rain or Shine!
Guests are advised to bring a folding chair or blanket for seating. There are no assigned seats but handicapped guests will be accommodated. No outside coolers, food or pets are permitted. Food and restrooms are available on-site. This is an alcohol-free and smoke-free event. Free activities for children will be available. The festival will proceed rain or shine at 1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. CBC Bluegrass Festival 2014 is sponsored in part by Carolina Hearing Doctors, The Eye Center, and WBRF-FM Classic Country 98.1.

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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!  Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

Tuesdays – Davie Medical Center, Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open on Tuesdays from 4-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the town of Bermuda Run.

Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open in Fridays from 4-7 PM at 111 Peachtree Lane (behind the Bojangles) in the Town of Bermuda Run on the corner of NC Highway 801 and Peachtree Lane.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
The atmosphere at the Davie County farmers markets in Mocksville, Bermuda Run, and Farmington is warm and inviting.   Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.
Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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17th Annual Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf Tournament Monday, September 8

Davie Chamber Golf Tournament Sponsors and Chamber ChampionsGet ready for the 17th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Pro Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 8th at Oak Valley Golf Club.

Professional golfers serve as captains of the teams consisting of five amateur players.  A shotgun start at noon gets the day started with a post-tournament cookout and awards ceremony to celebrate the winning teams.

The tournament is the Chamber’s key annual fundraiser and proceeds are designated for furthering the Chamber’s mission to develop business initiatives and support economic development and community projects throughout the year.

“The tournament is an excellent platform for our thriving business community and all its stakeholders to enjoy a day of networking and golf,” said Carolyn McManamy, chamber president.  “With the unique team format and beautiful location, the Davie Chamber’s tournament has become one of the top tournaments in the area.  As a result, team slots fill quickly and the tournament is often played at capacity. ”

Register Today
Players can register now and sponsorship opportunities are still available from $150 to $2,500.  Those interested in sponsoring local businesses by sponsoring the event should contact the chamber office as soon as possible.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, cost and registration contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.

Oak Valley Golf Club
Oak Valley is the only Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club in the Winston-Salem area. Carved beautifully into old dairy farmland, the course truly captures the splendor of the western North Carolina foothills.  Golfers from all over the world have enjoyed Palmer’s beautiful and challenging layout since the course opened in December 1995.

Resources:
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Davie Chamber Golf Tournament Brochure and Sponsorship Form
Oak Valley Golf Club

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Pro Cycling Action Coming To Mocksville Tuesday, July 29 – Like NASCAR on 2 Wheels!

Mocksville-Criterium4Cycling is becoming one of the hottest sports in America. According to Scarborough Research, the number of folks who’d ridden a a bike jumped an amazing 25% — from 47.72 million to 59.67 million — between the Spring of 2010 and Spring 2013. And just as the number of folks biking for recreation or commuting purposes has grown greatly, so has the interest in competitive cycling, especially in short-course, closed-circuit races called criterium.

On Tuesday, July 29, folks from Davie County and surrounding communities will get a taste of this exciting sport as the 2014 Giordana Crossroads Classic kicks off a six-race series with the Downtown Mocksville Criterium. Cyclists will compete in four timed races, three consisting of amateur riders (though cash prizes are awarded), and one pitting riders from professional teams against each other in 60 minutes of what can only be described as hair-raising action.

Mocksville-Criterium5There are a couple of things that make a criterium a great spectator sport. Watch a multistage bicycle race like the Tour De France in person, and you get a single glimpse of the horde of rides – but the short, closed-circuit of a criterium means you can see the cyclists jockeying for position for almost the entire event. The Mocksville course is a mere half-mile in length, and pros can hit speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Add in 90-degree turns, and what you’ve got is pretty much a pedal-powered version of NASCAR.

While the bulk of teams will come from North and South Carolina, cash prizes and the thrill of competition lure teams from across the nation to take part in the Crossroads Classic.  Last year, for instance, professional teams California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia made the journey to Mocksville. (After the race on Tuesday, the Classic moves on to Kannapolis, Salisbury, Statesville, Asheboro, and then back to Salisbury for the race finale.)

Mocksville-Criterium3Things get rolling at 5:15 PM, as streets are shut down and the course is set up. (Note to Mocksville residents All vehicles inside the bike race area will not be able to leave from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.) An area with inflatable games and rides for kids will be available, and at 6:45 PM the course will be opened up for a kid’s race. At 8:45 PM, the professional riders begin their hour-long competition for a share of the $1,270 purse.

For complete details on this free event, visit http://www.crossroadscyclingclassic.com/mocksville.htm. You can also learn more about criterium, including how to compete in upcoming events at Crossroads Classic.

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Family Fun Is No Mystery At This Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Run Triangle3This August 1st and 2nd, hundreds of people from Davie County and surrounding communities are expected to plunge into the Bermuda Triangle – but they won’t be searching for weird magnetic fields or the lost city of Atlantis. Instead, they’ll be taking part in a variety of events that emphasize fun and fitness for the entire family.

In partnership with the Twin City Youth Soccer Association, the Town of Bermuda Run will host the 1st Annual Bermuda Run Triangle Experience comprising three major events (that’s where the “Triangle” comes from, in case you were wondering).

Friday – Carnival and Concert Event
Things get rolling Friday, August 1st with a Family Carnival & Concert hosted by WinMock at Kinderton, Davie County’s premiere venue for conferences and special events. The site will host carnival rides for kids, and when they’ve worked up an appetite they can enjoy food and beverages from vendors who’ll be on hand (a cash bar offering beer and wine will be provided by WinMock). At 6PM, funk-and-soul band U-Neek Flavur will take the stage for an outdoor concert slated to run until 9PM. Admission for the Carnival & Concert is $10 and includes unlimited rides.

Saturday – 5K River Run and the Bermuda Run Duathlon
On Saturday, August 2nd, the action moves to the BB&T Soccer Park for the second leg of the triangle: the Twin City Field and River Run. Inaugurated in 2010, this year’s 5K run is being sponsored by Novant Health. Runners will leave the starting line at 8AM, just thirty minutes before the running of the Bermuda Run Duathlon. Similar to a triathlon, the Duathlon combines running and cycling in a run-bike-run format that completes the Triangle Experience.

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Family Fun Obstacle Course
Those who aren’t participating in or watching these two races are encouraged to tackle the Twin City 1-mile Family Fun Obstacle Course, which opens at 7:30AM.

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The first 700 registered runners are guaranteed a T-shirt. Free food will be on hand for those taking part in the 5K run or Duathlon, and registration for either event includes a wristband for unlimited rides at the Carnival. Performance awards will be presented in 14 age-based categories.

All Proceeds to Benefit Twins Foundation
Runners can register the day of the race by visiting the Twin City Soccer Field House Address at 5765 US Hwy. 158 between  6:45AM and 7:45AM, but online registration will save you time and money. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Twins Foundation, which funds the non-profit Twin City Youth Soccer Association’s Financial Assistance program.

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Sign Up Today
For more details on registration fees, race times, and directions, visit the Bermuda Run Triangle Experience’s Web site at http://www.brtriangleexperience.com. Online registration forms for all events and activities, as well as additional contact info, can be found at the Experience’s Active.com Web page.

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Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile Tour

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourA Rolling Museum
Most of us aren’t too patient when we get behind a slow-moving car on a country road, but chances are that Davie County residents will be a little more forgiving than usual during the week of July 21-26. That’s when the NC Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America will be taking part in the organization’s 63rd Annual NC Tour. Five dozen pre-1928 autos – all preserved or restored to their original condition – will be tooling along the back roads and byways of Davie County and the Yadkin Valley as their owners harken back to the bygone tradition of auto touring – and fellow motorists will probably want to slow down to get a view at these rare automobiles.

Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile TourHeadquartered at Hampton Inn Bermuda Run
Headquartered at the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run in Advance, the group will head out daily to a variety of regional attractions including the Fort Dobbs State Historic Site, Bethabara Historical Park, Love Valley, Troutman Chair Company, Shiloh General Store, Hillbilly Hideaway, and the Richard Childress Racing Museum. For the first day of the tour, the group will visit Vienna Village Assisted Living Center to give older residents a real-life trip back in time, with many owners dressing in period clothing to add even further to the ambiance.

013Organized by Sharon and Ricky Adkins of Winston-Salem – owners of a 1903 Oldsmobile Curved Dash and a 1924 Model T, the latter of which they’ll be driving – the tour will roll into the Town of Bermuda Run on Tuesday, July 22 as the town welcomes the group with a “Horseless Carriage Day” proclamation. But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to the Town of Bermuda Run for the celebration. Ricky Adkins says the group encourages the community to stop by the Hampton Inn each evening to view the cars before they’re put into trailers for safekeeping. Nightly cookouts, ice-cream socials, a pizza party, and an end- of-tour bash on Friday, July 26 round out the festivities.

022In all, the Hampton Inn will host some 150 guests from eight different states.

This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in automobiles to get an up-close look at vehicles that were crafted at a time when many car designers considered their creations equal part works of art and functioning transportation. The tour is practically a rolling museum because, as Ricky Adkins points out, “You don’t often get to see that many vintage vehicles together.”

To learn more about the Horseless Carriage Club of America, visit the national Web site at http://www.hcca.org/hcca.html or the organization’s North Carolina regional page at http://www.hcca.org/regions.php#NORTH-CAROLINA. You can also give the Hampton Inn Bermuda Run a call at 336-998-3480 to find out where the tour is headed that day and when the vehicles will be on display in the evenings.

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race and Tube Race This Saturday in Cooleemee!

Great Bullhole Duck RaceDuck Race, Tube Race, Trophies and over $500 in Prizes
You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam this Saturday, July 19th at 1:00 PM sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $300. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $150 with the 3rd place better will win $75. That’s some duck grease to take home!

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 5th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race & Festival and it will run from 10:30 am to 2 pm at RiverPark, found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).  There will be games, food, and some special kids activities. The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

Tube Race Registration
The 3rd Annual South Yadkin Tube Race will once again run in conjunction with this event and it begins at 10:30 AM at the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife area. First place winner is awarded a unique trophy and a $100 cash prize.

Official Tube Race contestants must fill out a registration form, a liability waiver and have signed a copy of the Official Rules. Regulation tubes and life vests can be rented at the Junction before the race begins ($5 each). To get registered, call (336) 284-6040.

 


“There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,” said Stephanie Waller of the Cooleemee Recreation Department, “You have to buy a ticket.” Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.

Tickets can be purchased at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs and the Zachary House in Cooleemee, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and the LandTrust office at the old railroad Depot in Salisbury. Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark open, clean and safe. “If you love the Bullhole, show your support,” says Waller.

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