Riverwalk in Bermuda Run & Concert on the Square in Mocksville This Saturday, September 23rd

riverwalk01 intLive music, art, storytelling, and kids activities — Davie County has something fun for everyone this Saturday, September 23rd.

Shop with local artists, enjoy live music, storytelling, children’s activities and food at the River Walk Art Festival from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Town Square, 120 Kinderton Boulevard, in the Town of Bermuda Run. This free event is hosted by The Town of Bermuda Run and Davie County Arts Council. The rain date is Saturday, September 30th.

Unique Creations by North Carolina Artists
The following gifted artists will be sharing their work and selling their unique creations:

  • KITTY AMOS / Fiber Artist /
  • ELLEN BALL / Handcrafted Jewelry / Hickory, NC
  • BONNIE BERGEN /Visual Artist / Winston-Salem, NC
  • CARL BISHOP / Acrylic Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • SARA BREWER / Acrylic and Watercolor Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • GINA BROWNING / Handcrafted gold and silver jewelry / Leasburg, NC
  • SUSIE CHRISTIANSEN / Fiber Artist / Advance, NC
  • GINNIE CONAWAY / Visual Artist & Potter / Winston-Salem, NC
  • MARIE CRAIG / Author / Mocksville, NC
  • DAVIE COUNTY LIBRARY / Mocksville & Cooleemee, NC
  • VICKY DUDLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC
  • BILL GRAMLEY / Pastels / Lewsiville, NC
  • GERALD MARION / Visual Art / Mocksville, NC
  • VANESSA MEBEL / Mosaics / Advance, NC
  • CLINT MILLER / Woodcarver / Mocksville, NC
  • CAROLINE MOTTINGER / Visual Artist / Durham, NC
  • NANCY NAIGLE / Author / Advance, NC
  • ETHAN PENDRY / Wood Wall Art / Raleigh, NC
  • PHOTO CLUB’S (5) MEMBERS / Davie County and Randleman, NC
  • GAY POTEET / Potter / Advance, NC
  • CHIP PUTNAM / Publisher / Clemmons, NC
  • RENEGADE WRITER’S GUILD MEMBERS / Davie County, NC
  • TERECIA TALLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC

Live Music Will Have You Clapping and Tapping!
A day of art would not be complete without great music.

  • 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.-  DAVIE COMMUNITY BAND
  • NOON – 1:30 p.m. – TESS AND THE BLACK AND BLUE BAND
  • 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. –  ERIN CARTER DAVIDSON
  • 2:50 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  DAN DODSON & BROCK PLAYERS

Storytelling!
The following storytellers will be sharing delightful stories for children and adults!

  • 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. –  SANDRA VANCE, Mocksville, NC
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – VICKI BYRD, Elkin, NC
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –  SHANNON GRIMES, Advance, NC
  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon – LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • Noon -12:30 p.m. –  ELIZABETH CARTER, Statesville, NC
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC
  • 1 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. –  BILL CAMPBELL, Mocksville, NC
  • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. –  LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC

Imagination Castle Offers Free Fun for the Kids
Children can visit the Imagination Castle to create six different works of art!  All of these children’s activities are FREE for them to enjoy!

Enjoy Delicious Treats
The following food vendors will be on hand to tempt your taste buds:

BOY SCOUT TROOP 732v-vGreat hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixin’s with proceeds to pay for their BSA 2018 Sea Base Adventure.

MEL’S MINI DONUTS – Best doughnuts made onsite

CHALMERS’ ICIE AND FROSTY REFRESHMENTS – Refreshing ice cold drinks

happyones int 425Downtown Mocksville’s Free Concert on the Square Begins at 7 pm
After a delightful day at the Riverwalk Art Festival in Bermuda Run, head over to Downtown Mocksville and enjoy acoustic pop and rock by The Happy Ones  from 7 – 10 pm in the quad on Main Street near Restaurant 101. This will be this summer’s final performance of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

The Happy Ones are an original modern pop/rock acoustic trio with a high-energy but warm and inviting stage presence. Made up of Brad Ratledge-guitar & lead vocals: Amanda Barnette-vocals & percussion; and Jason Hamilton-guitar, percussion & vocals, this hometown group is a favorite at area wineries, restaurants, and festivals.  

Enjoy creative original music and covers songs from The Eagles, Tom Petty, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Phillip Phillips, Train, American Authors, Sara Evans,  Tears for Fears, Maroon 5, and many more.  

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

For more information about the River Walk Art Festival, please call the Davie County Arts Council at 336-751-3112.

For questions about Concerts on the Square, contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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SouthPoint Developer Believes Investments in Davie County & America Have a Bright Future

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint MocksvilleJoe Hollingsworth believes that the next dozen years will be a continued expansion like America has never seen before.

As owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies, the largest non-urban industrial real estate developer and construction firm in the southeastern United States, which owns the SouthPoint Industrial Park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville, he carefully researches economic trends.

“It is my belief that the next 12 years will be the best economic period of our lives,” Hollingsworth said.

“We are coming out of the “Perfect Storm” that had formed against industrial development in the last 10 years. Over-regulation in banking, building codes, and environmental regulations had a virtual stranglehold on industrial developers.”

“While I hear the naysayers and economists pontificate on why this expansion has matured and is getting close to the end, I maintain that never in America’s existence has there been more oppression, rules, regulations, and productivity killers put in the place than the last 12 years.    But that is changing. According to recent figures in the Wall Street Journal, over 600 rules and regulations spread out over all departments of federal government have been revised, lifted, or altered to reflect an easier way to do business, all in the last 7 months,” he said.

“The revised rules coupled with the present administration’s intentions over the next 3 years will transform America into achieving productivity and wage increases at a pace that it has historically enjoyed. These changes will allow business to return to the citizens of our country the opportunity and individual growth they deserve.”

“We are investing in it. Many of our 124 tenants are investing in it, and the outcome will benefit us all.  Internally, we have seen three times as many prospects per month and two times as many real deals as compared to any time during the last 10 years.”

Hollingsworth believes North Carolina and Davie County are primed and ready to take advantage of this improving economic climate.

“At the state level, the North Carolina Legislature understood the challenges, and didn’t just talk about them, they actually made the changes necessary to create the right business environment in North Carolina, and they are not done yet!”

“Through the hard work of the North Carolina Legislature, and the strong leadership of your local representative, Julia Howard, one of the most crippling regulations, the International Energy Conservation Code, was repealed for industrial properties. This represents at least a 16% cost savings for one of our industrial buildings.”

“The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina also has been a great partner helping us across the state with all of our North Carolina properties; and, with the recent grant announcement to extend the road and utilities, this expansion was possible.”

Hollingsworth is willing to “put his money where his mouth is.” On Monday, his company broke ground on Phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park. Construction will begin immediately on a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of new jobs over the next five years.

“We could NOT have proceeded with this park expansion without this regulatory reform. Having a more business friendly regulatory environment is a positive step in making North Carolina more competitive. But what industry really wants are modern, flexible industrial spec buildings, and they want them NOW at a reasonable cost!”

“If there is no available stock of industrial buildings, the opportunity is missed and the growth just simply does not happen.”

But thanks to the Hollingsworth Companies, Davie County will be prepared. The four new sites should be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2018.

“We deal in seventeen states and 41 municipalities and Davie County has the best consistent leadership we deal with that realizes what it takes to grow a community,” Hollingsworth added. “We will spend more speculative dollars betting on future prospects in Davie County than anywhere else we do business this year.”

“The expansion of SouthPoint Business Park here in Mocksville will ensure that this community will keep winning for the next 20 years.”

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Groundbreaking at Southpoint Industrial Park in Mocksville – A Job Creation Machine!

Local and state officials and members of the business community gathered to celebrate phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park in Mocksville as well as the longtime partnership between Davie County and the Hollingsworth Companies which has provided the community with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.

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The Hollingsworth Companies broke ground September 11, 2017 on construction of a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads in the industrial park on US Hwy 601, paving the way for continued economic growth in Davie County. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of additional jobs over the next five years.

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint Mocksville“I would like to thank the community for being willing to invest time, effort, and money into being a true partner in making this park successful in the past and even more in the future,” said Joe Hollingsworth, Owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies. ”This truly is a partnership, and I want to thank the entire county for their willingness to help us develop their area. We pledge that we will be an even better partner for the next 20 years than we have been for the past 20 years and we’ll keep this thing going.”

Representative Julia Howard, North Carolina House of Representatives, thanked Joe Hollingsworth for having the vision it took to come to Davie County. “Here we are, a little rural community in the middle of nowhere with a tract of land, but you had a vision of what that could become…We are very grateful that you believed in us and took that step to partner with us. We are approaching the 20-year mark, and I hope that as we reach the 40-year mark another group of people will be sitting under another tent celebrating another expansion.”

Julia Howard Southpoint Expansion“You stick with us and we will stick with you because we are proud to be your partner,” she added.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, is equally thankful for the relationship. “The partnership we have with the Hollingsworth Companies has allowed Davie County to leverage private money rather than risking the public’s money. We’ve been able to focus on what we do best — water, sewer, roads, and infrastructure.”

He went on to say that “Economic development really is a team sport, it takes each and everyone of us working together to make these kinds of projects happen.  Our representatives in Raleigh along with the elected officials from across Davie County have learned how to coordinate efforts to get things done quickly and efficiently.”

‘It is a very competitive world we live in today,” Bralley added. “What really makes the difference is figuring out the opportunities that are out there and what it will take to make things happen. This community, time and time again, has led by example in terms of finding ways to get rid of impediments to growth.”

“We have been very successful in attracting industry and investment into this area to the point that today there are no existing buildings left in inventory and we have an unemployment rate that is one of the lowest in the state at about 3.5%. We can’t stop there. We have to look to the future. We all know that industry is looking for existing buildings because they want to be able to move in within 90 days.”

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has played a vital role in helping Davie County attract that industry and investment in the area by offering grants for job development, building reuse, and infrastructure and marketing the area to prospective companies.

Christopher Chung, EDPNC CEO, said, “It’s always exciting to see communities take a proactive approach in adding more “product” in their market, and it’s what often differentiates the most successful local economic development efforts.”

“Davie County is fortunate to have great partner like Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies… Best of luck as you all begin focusing on the really fun part:  finding tenants for those buildings!”

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Free Event This Friday – Josh Perryman in the Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series!

jpshperryan intEnjoy acoustic rock and blues as Josh Perryman takes the stage this Friday night, September 15th, from 7 p.m-10 p.m in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. His performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

More Free Concerts for 2017
The Concerts on the Square series is winding down with only one free concert left for the 2017 season. Brad Ratledge will perform acoustic country and rock on September 23rd from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Josh Perryman
New York native, Josh Perryman, has devoted nearly his entire life to making music. A self-taught guitarist, Josh discovered his passion for playing music very early in life. He had natural talent paired with an enthusiasm for making music that led him to choosing music as his career.

After moving to North Carolina, he toured with several regional bands, including Raleigh based Weekend Excursion. During his time with Weekend Excursion, Josh was able to tour extensively, sharing the stage with a variety of nationally known and respected artists. The band’s music was also featured on television shows including Dawson’s Creek and MTV’s The Real World.

After Weekend Excursion Josh went on to play with hometown bands Tidal and Rude Mood while developing a solo act. In addition to his solo work, Josh now rocks out with Statesville based Sista T and the Smokin’ Section.

An energetic performer, Josh draws his musical influence from rock and blues legends such as Warren Haynes, Duane Allman, and Van Morrison. While these influences are evident in his style, he is versatile and unafraid to stretch beyond his musical comfort zone. Playing a combination of original music and covers, his performances are fresh and unique, and he has something to offer to a variety of musical tastes.

Break out your lawn chairs this Friday!
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit www.mocksvillenc.org

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

threal21int2Enjoy acoustic, classic rock and country covers and original music as The Real 21 takes the stage this Saturday night, September 9th, from 7 p.m-10 p.m in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock and blues), September 23rd —Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

The Real 21
Good friends. Good music. Good times. The Real 21 is based out of the Mocksville/Winston- Salem area. The band performs regularly at area restaurants, wineries, and festivals. They cover a range of music from The Avett Brothers, Rolling Stones, Houndmouth and SO much more. They’ve also been hitting the studio hard and working on several originals.

Band members include Jaclyn McMahon- Vocals, Justin Thompson- Guitar/Vocals, and Kenny Orsillo- Banjo/Drums//Guitar/Vocals

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2017

classic car intThere will be plenty of “pickin’ and grinnin’” this Saturday, September 9th, as the Carolina Bible Camp & Retreat Center hosts its Sixth Annual CBC Bluegrass Festival. This day-long festival promises to feature great music, food, and fellowship – not to mention a few surprises. Gates open at 10 a.m. Music will start at 11a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

The family-friendly festival is a tobacco free, alcohol-free event. Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Go to www.cbcbluegrass.com to purchase tickets online or to view a list of businesses selling tickets. The festival will be held rain or shine thanks to a number of large tents!

“Our guests are sure to enjoy the best festival experience ever at CBC this year,” said festival Chairman Gregory J. Brewer. “We have multiple Grammy-award winning artists, more than a dozen new and unique vendors, and an auction with once-in-a-lifetime items and experiences for sale. Several items have been donated by our performing artists. Don’t miss our finale. There will be surprise guests coming to join Blue Highway on stage for a jam of ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken?’ that everyone will be talking about for weeks to come.”

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Brewer was quick to point out that what makes the festival so special is the beautiful outdoor setting of Carolina Bible Camp’s 68-acre campus, the servant-hearted volunteers, and the purpose behind the fundraiser: to glorify God by providing first-rate Christian camping experiences for young people.

“This is the only bluegrass festival in the nation that is held at a Bible camp,” Brewer said. “Our volunteers wear t-shirts that say, ‘Servant,’ and that’s a reflection of their hearts and attitudes. This impacts our guests in a very positive way.”

The volunteers aren’t the only ones with a servant’s heart. Joe Huygens, president of the  Piedmont Chapter of the Model A Ford Restorers’ Club is traveling to Rockport, Texas to help with the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Team on the morning after the festival.  He is accepting donations of new men’s, women’s, and children’s socks and underwear, plastic storage containers with lids, individual serving fruit juices, fruit cups, snack bars and crackers, and Zip-Loc bags in sizes sandwich to gallon.

Blue HighwayFeatured Artists for 2017
Voted the “Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time” by the readers of Bluegrass Today, Blue Highway has earned 26 collective IBMA Awards, six SPBMGA Awards, one Dove Award, and numerous Grammy nominations.They are currently nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award in the category for Best Bluegrass Album for their chart-busting disc, “Original Traditional.”

Blue Highway members include Jason Burleson (banjo, vocals), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Gaven Largent (dobro, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals). Blue Highway will perform on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 4:45 p.m – 6:15 p.m.

They will close the day with other artists on stage performing “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”

Dom Flemons int2Arizona native Dom Flemons may be best known as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he earned a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Flemons is an author and poet who developed a deep interest in reviving, preserving and performing old-time music. “I might be playing music that’s 100 years old,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean my ears are only listening to music that’s 100 years old.” Dom Flemons will intrigue, instruct, and delight you with his banjo and more on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Everyone’s favorite bluegrass buddy, Tim White, is returning to the CBC Bluegrass Festival for his third year in a row. The talented host of the PBS syndicated television show Song of the Mountains will perform with brothers Donny and Garry Ollis. Tim is also known for his syndicated radio program, The Tim White Bluegrass Show, which recently aired a

documentary he produced on Carolina Bible Camp. Tim White and Troublesome Hollow will tickle your ears and your funny bones on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon.

fireside intFireside Collective, the winner of the 2016 MerleFest Band Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, this group of folk music enthusiast blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. Their energetic show transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads, with a surprise Paul Simon number thrown in for good measure. With Jesse Laquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on dobro, Joe Cicero on acoustic guitar, and Carson White on upright bass, Fireside Collective brings a truly delightful exploration of roots music to the CBC Front Porch Stage from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Loose Strings Band isn’t! This all-girl band from Galax, Virginia has tight arrangements and well-blended harmonies. Featured twice on the PBS program Song of the Mountains, they have completed no fewer than five albums. Known for their original compositions as well as top-notch

covers of other artists’ work, the Loose Strings includes Ashley Nale (banjo), Channing Russell Combs (guitar), Grace Wilson Davis (bass), Lindsey Nale (mandolin), and Mary Claire Hooper (fiddle). Catch them on the CBC Front Porch Stage from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fun for the Whole Family!
While you are enjoying the best in bluegrass music, don’t forget to check out:

  • Silent Auction- Bid on once-in-a-lifetime items donated by the musical guests. The Silent Auction is live online now at www.ready2bid.com. Lots include two sets of handwritten, original manuscripts by Grammy winner Tim Stafford of Blue Highway. Also, one guest may perform onstage with Blue Highway during the finale. See www.ready2bid.com for complete information. Both live and online bidding will end at 4 p.m. September 9th.
  • Arts & Crafts – A wide range of vendors from Davie County and across the state will offer  Dot-Dot-Smile girls’ dresses, unique jewelry, handbags, skin care products, wood-crafted items, natural soaps, original artwork, and more.
  • Pickers’ Place – Musicians will want to bring their instruments to take advantage of the Pickers’ Place jam tent.
  • Classic Car Show – The Piedmont Chapter of the Model A Ford Restorers’ Club’s classic car exhibit is included in the price of Admission.
  • Children’s Play – the festival includes the best in outdoor play equipment. Free face-painting, arts and crafts activities, and old-fashioned sidewalk games for kids of all ages.
  • Food – A menu featuring choices of three types of meat, sides, desserts, and beverage, is served on the grounds for an additional $12.00 -$15.00 per plate; hamburger plates are available for $5.00.

Loose Strings intParking is free. Handicapped parking and assistance is available for guests with special needs. No alcohol, no coolers, no pets, please. Bring your own chair.

ALL PROCEEDS benefit Carolina Bible Camp’s scholarship and capital development funds. No child has ever been turned away due to an inability to pay. Carolina Bible Camp promotes Bible study and a wholesome recreation experience.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Brewer, Brewer and Sorel, PLLC, Carolina Hearing Clinic, and the Eye Care Centers of Hickory, Salisbury, and Statesville. Media Partners include the Winston- Salem Journal and WBRF-FM. Supporting partners are Davidson Home Crafters and Sage Garden Care Center.

Contact Information
Carolina Bible Camp is located at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville, NC, 27028. For more information, please contact CBC Bluegrass Festival Executive Director Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325 or visit www.cbcbluegrass.com.

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Annual Oaks Festival – A Full Day of Free Family Fun Coming to Mocksville Saturday, October 14th!

Fall festival season is fast approaching and Historic Downtown Mocksville’s charming Oaks Festival should be at the top of your list. This free festival will be held on October 14th from 10 a.m – 7 p.m.

Although the four majestic Willow Oaks that have anchored the historic square for decades became diseased and had to be removed, the festival’s free family fun lives on! Come say “hello” to the new baby Willow Oaks that will grow to take their place.

Shoppers will be delighted with the unique array of crafts, holiday gifts and decor offered by 56 different vendors. New this year are Living the Dream Farms with muscadine jams, jellies, and juices; and Yellow Bell Farms offering baked goods, artisan breads, cakes, and holiday candies.

2012 Four Oaks Festival Historic Downtown Mocksville

While the entertainment schedule is still being finalized, we can confirm some of the top acts now.  You will not want to miss this:

12:00 PM – Rylie & Damon…straight out of Nashville
1:50 PM – Mel Jones & Bag O Bones
3:25 PM – Wafer Thin featuring Brent Naylor
5:15 PM – Exit 180 ( Joel Tenery)

Tantalize your taste buds with traditional festival food including fried Twinkies and pork sandwiches. Hands of Hope Church will again be cooking fish, pork, and BBQ, as well as offering delicious cakes.

Music lovers will appreciate the live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater starting at noon with Rylie & Damon, who are straight from Nashville. Mel Jones & Bag O Bones will take the stage at 1:50 and Wafer Thin, featuring Brent Naylor, will perform at 3:25. Exit 180, which includes local artist Josh Tenery, will rock the evening from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket. No coolers, please, as alcohol will be available for purchase.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the inflatables as well as the amazing balloon sculptures created by artist, Michael Decker.

The non-profit organization, Supporters of Guardian ad Litem (SOGAL), will be raising funds by offering a number of children’s activities including a pumpkin seed spitting contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, and free pumpkin cutouts for taking pictures.

SOGAL promotes the work of the Guardian ad Litem program of Davidson and Davie Counties by providing assistance to GAL volunteers as they advocate for abused and neglected children. Funds raised by SOGAL have been used to pay for clothing and shoes for abused and neglected children entering foster care, send neglected children to summer camp, purchase Christmas gift cards for foster children placed with relatives, and provide ongoing training for GAL volunteers as well as recognize and celebrate their selfless work.

For more information about the Oaks Festival, call Tami Langdon at 336.909.2263.

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Rural Infrastructure Grant Paves Way for Expansion of Southpoint Business Park

Southpoint Mocksville Expansion - Photo by Ed Simmons

Southpoint Mocksville Expansion – Photo by Ed Simmons

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a  $411,425 grant to extend Quality Drive in the SouthPoint Business Park. The improvements will consist of 900 feet of 24-foot-wide roadway, 900 feet of water lines and related equipment, and storm drainage, allowing The Hollingsworth Companies to begin construction on one spec building and three pre-graded building pads.  

Construction of a 108,000 SF spec building, as well as 130,000 SF, 150,000 SF, and 250,000 SF industrial site pads is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018.  This new development has the potential of providing hundreds of jobs over the next five years.  

“The grant and this expansion will enable Davie County to continue to expand our industrial efforts, giving our community a huge advantage in attracting new companies and jobs to our county,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “This embraces the forward thinking leadership this community continues to provide.”

With this expansion, the SouthPoint Business Park, owned and developed by site-selection expert Joe Hollingsworth and The Hollingsworth Companies, will become one of the largest semi-rural industrial parks in the state.

The Hollingsworth Companies attributes the success and growth of the park to its central location, support from state and local economic development agencies, and favorable business taxes in the state. The catalyst that kicked off this aggressive expansion was the State of North Carolina’s regulatory reforms that relieved the crippling cost burdens of the 2012 IECC. The regulatory reforms reduced the costs of industrial buildings by as much as 13% which has opened the door once again for developers like the Hollingsworth Companies to proactively invest in speculative industrial space.

Hollingsworth Companies Making a Difference in Our Community
“When we were initially looking for a private partner to shoulder the risk of speculative industrial development, we couldn’t find anyone locally who would take the risk in a small town like Mocksville,” said Bralley. “But over in Tennessee,  we met the Hollingsworth Companies and not only were they willing, they were enthusiastic; and they still are nearly twenty years later. We have had a lot of big announcements in the last few years, and they are great, but the steady brick by brick approach of Hollingsworth has really made a difference in our community.”

The Hollingsworth Companies founded the SouthPoint Business Park in 1998. Phase I of the Mocksville park involved the development of 45 acres and the construction of 4 buildings with a total of 325,860 SF. Phase II included the development of an additional 57 acres of land, and the construction of 4 more buildings totaling another 421,126SF of industrial space.

Phase III began in 2015 when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road and bridge on Quality Drive to open up an additional 85 acres of land for future development.

Due to this most recent grant, this 85 acres can now be developed into 4 building sites totaling 641,000SF of industrial space. The buildings will range in size from 108,960SF; 134,960SF; 152,241SF; and 252,834SF. All these facilities are designed with the ability for future expansion. The largest building, 252,000SF, can be expanded to 378,000 SF. Building construction features include LED lighting, 32 foot minimum clear height, 60 feet by 60 feet column spacing, and ESFR fire suppression system for the ideal combination of flexibility and value.

Located on US Hwy 601,  just north of  I-40 and near its nexus with I-77, SouthPoint is a natural choice for logistics and includes major regional warehouses for Concordance Healthcare Solutions, Davie Warehousing, and Larson Manufacturing.  The secret is that it has also become a superb location for light manufacturing.  Workforce development efforts by the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College, a strong work ethic rooted in an agricultural history, and people who would rather work close to home than drive into an urban area have all contributed to the high productivity that is part of the park’s success.   

Thanks to Southpoint Business Park. Comfort Bilt, Gesipa Fasteners, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Davie Warehousing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Entrematic, Concordance Healthcare Solutions, and Morrisofa Global Inc. now call Davie County home, and they have provided the community with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.

20 Year Partnership with Hollingsworth Companies Continues to Pay Dividends
According to Bralley, ninety percent of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into. “Our partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies means that we have an inventory of available buildings and permitted lots for people who don’t have time to waste. Further, we are blessed with a developer like Joe Hollingsworth who is flexible enough to lease, sell, or provide equity capital for companies locating in our community. This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have and it continues to bring jobs and opportunity to Mocksville and Davie County.”

“Our nearly 20-year public/private partnership has developed into a rare and cherished catalyst to economic development in Mocksville and Davie County,” Bralley added. “We are super excited to see the expansion of the SouthPoint Business Park, it just means there will be more good news to come. Stay tuned…”

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2 Free Concerts Saturday, August 26th – Mocksville & Town of Bermuda Run!

tessandtheblackandblue450Davie County has two free concerts Saturday night that are sure to thrill music lovers of all ages.  While downtown Mocksville will be jamming to the best of beach and Motown, Bermuda Run will be dancing to the top tunes of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Mocksville’s Concerts on the Square
Enjoy a little beach and Motown as one of Mocksville’s hometown bands, Tess & the Black & Blues, takes the stage this Saturday night, August 26th, from 7- 10 p.m.in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

Formed in 2014, Tess & the Black & Blues plays blues, beach, country, funk, and rock. Band members include: Tess Welch – vocals; Grady McClamrock – rhythm guitar; Gary Chilton – lead guitar; Ken Simonds – bass; Jerry Smith – keyboards; and Darren Boles – drums.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are September 9th — The Real 21 (acoustic, classic rock and country), September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock & blues), and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country & rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy downtown Mocksville restaurants, retail shops, and ice cream and gourmet coffee shops.

ericandthechilltones450Bermuda Run’s Sounds on the Square
TheTown of Bermuda Run & Davie County Arts Council will present Eric & The Chill Tones from 7-9 p.m. at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This band should come with a warning label because they will get the audience involved like you have never seen! They play just about anything, but focus on 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s cover tunes and Carolina beach music.

Bring a lawn chair, a picnic, a cooler, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Two dance floors will be available for dancing the night away. The rain date for the concert is Sunday, August 27th at 7 p.m.

For more information about Concerts on the Square in Mocksville, call Tami Langdon at 336.753.6705 or visit http://mocksvillenc.org.

For more information about Sounds on the Square in Bermuda Run, call the Davie County Arts Council at 336.751.3112 or visit daviearts.org

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Free Concert – Mel Jones and Tin Can Alley Take the Stage on the Square in Mocksville This Saturday, August 19th

Tin Can AlleyEnjoy classic soul and R&B from the 1960’s as Tin Can Alley and Mel Jones take the stage this Saturday night, August 19th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are  August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach), September 9th — The Real 21 (acoustic, classic rock and country, September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock and blues), September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock), . All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Tin Can Alley
Tin Can Alley, made up of Mel Jones, Calvin Johnson, and Don Story, was formed in 2006 as a way to deliver the lyrical power and driving rhythms of the classic soul, R&B, and rock of the 60’s to smaller venues. By toning down percussion, using a doghouse bass, and focusing on the wonderful vocal harmonies found in the songs released by Motown, Stax-Volt, and Atco-Atlantic, the Cans have developed a loyal following throughout the Piedmont and Western NC. Recently, this multi-talented trio has added more percussion for larger venues and continues to perform the music of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Beatles, The Coasters, and The Drifters as well as more contemporary artists Steve Winwood, Delbert McClinton, and Steely Dan at festivals, clubs, restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the region.

Mel Jones, percussion, harmonica a resident of Advance, is from the R&B town of Chapel Hill, NC where he was drenched in the classic soul music of the 60’s as he was first learning to sing and play drums. After moving to Western NC, he discovered North Carolina’s rich heritage of bluegrass, old time, and Piedmont blues and added harmonica and began to write and record his own material. He has played with such varied groups as Bro T Holla, the Stanley County Boys, and Split Decision as well as his own Wicker and Jones and Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones.

Don Story, guitar- is one of the finest guitarists in North Carolina, and  is constantly in demand for live performances and studio work. He keeps a busy schedule teaching guitar, playing solo shows, and touring with the likes of Split Decision, Face the Music, Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones, and The Toneblazers, among others. He has played every Merlefest since its inception.

Calvin Johnson, bass grew up in a musical family from Winston-Salem. Calvin is a veteran multi-instrumentalist that has played blues, country, jazz, and rock and roll with Russ Wilson, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, Max Drake, Armand Lemchek, the Mystery Hillbillies, Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones, and many more. He is also an accomplished sound technician that operates his own Calarama Studio.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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Davie County Arts Council Presents the 2017-18 “Season of Applause”

brockEvery year the Davie County Arts Council presents a number of outstanding performances through its Season of Applause! concert series. From rock to bluegrass to piano to the finest celebrity impersonators, you won’t want to miss a single show!

The best way to enjoy them all is to purchase a 2017-2018 Season of Applause! season pass. Season pass holders are guaranteed the same seats for all five performances and save money off the individual ticket price. This year’s sensational season includes:

The Grass Roots
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted hit songs between 1966 and 1975. It was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 three times and Top 40 eight times. They sold over twenty millions records worldwide. Current band members are carrying on the legacy with worldwide live performances.

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The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
Saturday, October 21, 2017

When we use the word “ultimate” it is not used lightly. On the Border is comprised of musicians that were hand-selected to play each band member. Not only do they recreate the music of that Eagles member, but they emulate their sound as well. Each musician has his own highly sought after talent on the East Coast with years of experience in other projects. We searched to make sure we would be providing our audience as close to the Eagles as possible. Prepare to be amazed as you hear the well-known Eagles’ songs.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Saturday, November 4, 2017

As a founding member of IIIrd Tyme Out, Russell Moore has seen the group expand and evolve from where it started to where it has risen today. Russell is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the year having won an unprecedented five times. The group has also won prestigious IBMA Vocal Group of the Year not once but numerous times. The Band has a legacy of thirteen albums and two greatest hits collections produced since 1991. They maintain a busy touring schedule playing in almost every state, some more than once. Join us for another great evening of award winning bluegrass music being performed at the Brock.

David-Osborne-Trio-intDavid Osborne
Saturday, January 20, 2018
David Osborne was introduced by pianist Roger Williams as “heir apparent” to the title Pianist to the Presidents during a concert at Sun Coast Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Williams had earned the title performing for many United States Presidents at the White House during his celebrated career. David has since performed for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama multiple times at the White House. David has also performed at the invitation of the White House Tour office as well for private dinners hosted by the Presidents and First Ladies

A Steinway Signature Artist, David has recording sales in the millions of copies. Los Angeles Music Awards has honored David with the following: Pianist of the Year, Concert Performer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Hollywood Fame Star and Composer/Arranger of the Year.

Making his second appearance at the Brock due to requests from our patrons, we look forward to welcoming David back to Davie County.

Barbara and Frank 375Barbra & Frank
A Sensational Tribute to Sinatra and Streisand
Sharon Owens, as Barbra Streisand & Sebastian Anzaldo, as Frank Sinatra
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2018
It is unlikely that the two powerhouse voices of the century would have ever shared the same stage….until now! They never exactly worked together, only taped a duet in separate recording sessions, but it’s tantalizing to think what it would have been like to have Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra teamed up for a concert tour. Just imagine the possibilities! Would one have outshone the other? Would their onstage banter have been friendly or a bit snippy?

Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo, two of the most impressive celebrity impersonators in the business, travel the world performing their uncanny tribute to the two famous singers- Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Their performance will make your Valentine’s date night a special one!

All Season of Applause! shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Season passes are $175 each. Individual tickets are $38 adults; $36 seniors.

You can purchase season passes or individual tickets by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center’s box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. or by calling the box office at 336-751-3000.

The Brock Performing Arts Center is located at 622 N. Main St. in Mocksville.

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20th Annual Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf Tournament Monday, September 11

2017 Davie Chamber Pro Scramble

Join the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for one of the best golf tournaments of the year, the 20th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Pro Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 11th at Oak Valley Golf Club.

Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf TournamentProfessional golfers from throughout the Carolinas serve as captains of the teams consisting of five amateur players. A shotgun start at noon gets the day started with a post-tournament dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the winning teams. Because this year’s tournament will take place on Sept 11th, this year’s event will have a patriotic theme, including a contest for Most Patriotic Golf Attire. One lucky player could win $10,000 through a Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Cameron Insurance Services LLC.

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 are invited to register now and hole sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Chamber is also seeking volunteers and door prize donations. Those interested in supporting local businesses by sponsoring the event should contact the chamber office as soon as possible to be included in tournament promotions. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, cost and registration, see the full brochure here and contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or www.daviechamber.com.

Oak Valley Golf Club
Oak Valley (Link to Oak Valley) is the only Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club in the Winston-Salem area. The Club has enhanced his creation by completely renovating every bunker on the golf course. Spectacular white sand now highlights the existing 4-Star layout that is carved beautifully into old dairy farmland. The course truly captures the splendor of the western North Carolina foothills and is a tribute to Arnold Palmer’s legacy. Golfers from all over the world have enjoyed Palmer’s beautiful and challenging layout since the course opened in December 1995.

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Beroth Tire & Automotive Breaks Ground in Mocksville

Beroth Tire MocksvilleBeroth Tire & Automotive, a division of Mock-Beroth Tire Group, has broken ground in Mocksville for its fourteenth location.

The 5,200 sq. foot store located on Interstate Drive, next to Sherwin-Williams, is expected to open in October or early November. The company will begin by hiring five employees and will expand to around fifteen. Positions will be available for oil change technicians, tire technicians, as well as experienced technicians with more advanced skills.

“It’s always a great day in Davie County when we can welcome a new business,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, during a groundbreaking ceremony. “And a family-owned and operated company, like Beroth Tire, is a great addition to our family-oriented community. I’d like to thank Bill Junker for his forward thinking and vision in preparing a place for such growth to occur.”

Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin, also welcomed the company to town. “I was reading online this morning that 90% of businesses in America are family owned or controlled. Family-owned businesses are the backbone of this country. I’m so happy to welcome another family-owned business to this town.”

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire and Auto

The perfect time for a location in Mocksville
According to T. Beroth, owner, the company first began looking at Davie County about 10 years ago. After opening stores in Clemmons and Mooresville, it seemed to be the perfect time to add an additional location in Mocksville.

“We looked and looked for a great location, and we are really glad to be here,” Beroth said.

In the late 1950s, Floyd Mock and his two brothers, Carey and Cecil, started the business in their parents’ garage recapping tires. They opened their first store in 1972 on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. The business grew through the relationships they built with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in the Winston-Salem area.
In 1978, Tom Beroth joined forces with Mock Tire with the opening of the Stokes Tire location in King, NC and subsequently other locations in Winston-Salem on Robinhood Rd., Shattalon Drive, and Peters Creek Parkway as well as stores in Mt. Airy, Elkin, Kernersville, Madison, Lexington, and Mooresville, NC.

The younger generations also have tires in their blood. Tom’s son T. Beroth and grandsons, TJ Beroth and Earlie Gilley, along with Carey’s son Bill, Floyd’s son-in-law Mike McKnight, and Cecil’s son Craig continue the same tradition of real people, right pricing, real easy!

“A lot of family businesses are getting bought out by large retailers, but when you work with family it makes it so much more rewarding,” Beroth said. “Some employees have been with me for 37 years. It truly is a family business.”
“My 82-year-old father still comes into work everyday. He wanted to build one more store, so that’s what we are doing.”

Dedicated to providing friendly, dependable services at affordable prices, Mock-Beroth Tire Group now owns fourteen retail tire and automotive centers and two wholesale warehouses. The company employs around 160 people in the local area.

Beroth attributes the company’s success to Christian values and a genuine concern for customers and employees coupled with an ingrained sense of honesty and natural friendliness.

“Our mission is to provide dependable, quality products and service for a fair price in a friendly, honest, and accommodating environment,” he said.

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Win a Basket of Goodies at Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday!

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 anchorWednesdays – Mocksville:  Everyone loves to win! This week at the Mocksville Farmers Market, one lucky attendee is going to win a free picnic basket full of products from all 17 vendors! Products will include delicious fresh produce, delectable baked goods and delightful soaps.

All attendees will receive a free raffle ticket and the drawing will be held at the end of the market.

Don’t Mind the Heat!
The Mocksville Farmers Market has been upgraded with wonderful and colorful awnings that provide cooling shade for farmers, customers… and produce. A misting station is available for extra cooling.

The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.  

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017

There will be something special at the Mocksville Farmers Market every week in August:

Wed., August 2nd … MICHAEL DECKER …To Celebrate National Clown Week, Michael will provide a children’s activity on stage at Junker’s Mill Stage

Wed., August 8th … SAMPLES OF SEASONAL MELONS

Wed., Aug. 15th … ICE TEA SAMPLES for National Tea Month

Wed., Aug. 22nd… BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH SAMPLES… sliced apples & carrots

Wed., Aug. 30th… CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SAMPLES …  to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

Farmers Market 2017 VeggiesDavie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!

Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better

The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce

In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday.  Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

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.

Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun

The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

After you’ve visited the market, you may want to walk the walking track, play some tennis, do some bird watching or take a hike on the new Farmington Nature Trail, located behind the community center.

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Have Some Great Ideas? Mocksville Tourism Development Wants to Hear from You!

Criterium2Do you have a great idea for a fun new event for Downtown Mocksville? The Mocksville Tourism Development Authority (MTDA) wants to hear from you!

MTDA welcomes proposals for special projects and events funding from area organizations, both profit and not for profit, that are designed to attract visitors to Downtown Mocksville.

“Mocksville Tourism would like to open the doors of communication and extend a helping hand to other organizations working to promote Downtown Mocksville, to increase foot traffic and to enhance economic growth,” said Tami Langdon, chairperson for Mocksville Tourism Development Authority. “We look forward to working together with other groups and supporting their events.”

Just complete the Special Project Funding Request Form and submit it to Mocksville Tourism via email addressed to tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov.

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3Davie County Tourism will review funding proposals as needed. Applications will be reviewed and considered at the next regular Mocksville Tourism Board Meeting. The applicant may be invited to present, in person, a formal presentation of the project.

Grant requests must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must show that grant funds will be used for the promotion of tourism that will attract out-of-town visitors generating an increase of lodging facilities, recreational facilities, business establishments, and restaurants.
  2. Grant funds should be used only for expenses directly related to public relations and promotion of Mocksville.
  3. Applications indicating matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar or greater basis are encouraged and may determine project funding.
  4. Grant recipients are encouraged to add the Mocksville Tourism approval/support to any printed media.

For more information, contact Tami Langdon, community development coordinator, at tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov or 336-753-6705.

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