Congratulations to the “Best of Davie” Award Winners!

Dozens of Davie County’s best got a chance to shine during the Best of Davie Awards!  The awards were presented during the 46th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at WinMock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 14th.

Chamber Awards Gala - WinMock at Kinderton

Thank You – Almost 5,000 Votes Cast!
Voting for the 2015 Best of Davie was open to all members of the community. Over 3000 online ballots were submitted, and more than 1900 additional ballots were submitted for the Best Restaurant tiebreaker.

“The Davie Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community great,“ said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “Once again this year’s event was sold out and we had a fantastic night celebrating our Best of Davie Winners as well as our Business of the Year, Members of the Year, and EC Tatum Award Winner.”

“Best of Davie Awards were designed to give our community a voice in who they believe are the best businesses in Davie County,” she added. “Based on the significant increase in voting this year, we have not only found a great way to shine the spotlight on our local businesses, but we have clearly engaged our community as well.  Preliminary plans are already in the works for next year’s Best of Davie program and the winners will be announced at the 47thAwards Gala on Thursday, Jan 19th 2017 at WinMock at Kinderton.”

The 2015 Best of Davie Winners!

Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting, and helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.

To join the Chamber or to discover all that it has to offer, call (336) 751-3304 or visit The Davie Chamber of Commerce is located at 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville.


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2,553 Job Created & $497.4 Million Invested in Davie County

Davie_County_NC_JobsEconomic development is like baseball – it takes an entire team to win the game.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, has a team of heavy hitters, and win the game they do. Terry Bralley’s Davie County economic development team, made up of NC Representative Julia Howard, NC Senator Andrew Brock, Board of County Commissioners,Town Boards, Town & County Staff, EDC Board, DCCC – The Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties,  private sector contributors, and the community itself, have been knocking it out of the park.

“No one person can do everything themselves,” said Bralley, “It takes our citizens, our schools, our local boards and elected officials, and well as our representatives in Raleigh, to make things happen. Everyone takes pride when we do win something.”

“We are in competition with the world because a product can be manufactured anywhere and consumed anywhere,” he added. “We work hard the provide the perfect environment for businesses to succeed.”

While much of North Carolina is still struggling to recover from the recession that began in 2007, economic development is alive and well in Davie County.

The last four years of statistics prove Davie County has a job winning team: 2553 jobs and $497.4 million in investments into Davie County.

Here is a recap of the successes:

In 2012, six companies invested $222.3 million dollars and created 1,015 new jobs in Davie County. These companies included CPP Global, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Ashley Furniture, Beaufurn, Ingersoll Rand, and Avgol.

Ashley Furniture expanded its commitment to Davie County in 2013 when it broke ground on a 1,040,000 square foot distribution facility, which will eventually be the largest furniture manufacturing and distribution center in the world. Gildan and Pro Refrigeration created 375 more jobs and invested an additional $154.9 million. And Wake Forest Baptist Health transformed the vacant Skyline building into a disaster response equipment storage facility.

2014 saw 50 new jobs from SWG Aerospace, a $6.9 million investment and 40 jobs from Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, and House of Raeford invested $10 million and promised 200 jobs over two years.

2015 turned out to be another banner year with an increase of 458 jobs and an investment of an additional $100.3 million in Davie County. Dex/Volvo, Carolina Precision Machining and AccuMED made Davie County home, while Avgol and Pro Refrigeration expanded. Wake Forest Baptist Health entered phase II of construction and development at its Davie Campus. Ashley Furniture committed an additional $8.7 million and 450 additional jobs over the next five years.

davie_county_jobsThese successes were aided by  Federal and State Grants of $ 14,046,000; ( One NC Fund $1,785,000, Golden leaf $3,500,000, Building Reuse Grants $2,500,000, Infrastructure $6,261,000); Land Donations $3,500,000; JDIG $11,250,000; and EDC Private Sector Capital Campaign $1,000,000.

The Davie County Economic Development Commission has created a dynamic and growth-oriented business climate through a spirit of partnership with the local business community, local and state governments and a network of economic development partners. These partnerships are an important part of how businesses thrive in Davie County, North Carolina.

With all of the building blocks in place to help you succeed, Davie County is the Right Place to do Business. For more information, contact:

Terry Bralley, President
Economic Development Commission
336 751-2714


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State of Emergency Declared: 8-12 inches of snow expected Friday

Mocksville SnowAs of 1 p.m., on January 21, 2016 Davie County has declared a State of Emergency.  Please be advised of the following:

Per the National Weather Service, northeast areas of Davie County are anticipated to receive 8-12 inches of snow on Friday.  In the southern parts of the county, we are anticipated to receive 4-6 inches of snow, followed by sleet and freezing rain—this is expected to begin overnight (early Friday morning).  Sustained winds are expected to be 10-12 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph.

Residents are urged to take precautions now and plan for inclement weather!  The projected forecast is ideal for widespread power outages.  Davie County Emergency Management strongly urges all residents to STAY OFF THE ROADS unless it is absolutely necessary.

Davie County Emergency Management, along with the American Red Cross, are making preliminary plans to set up an emergency shelter (if necessary due to widespread power outages) at the Brock Gymnasium located on N. Main Street in Mocksville.

To report power outages or to determine road conditions, call 511.  To report a life or death emergency, call 911.

Residents are also urged to make sure cell phones are charged fully prior to the impending severe weather as this will enable them to stay updated in the event of power outages.


Jerry K Myers, EMT-P, CFI
Emer. Mgt. Coor./Fire Marshal
Davie County Emergency Managment
114 Doctor Slate Drive
Mocksville, NC 27028
(336) 753-6163 Office
(336) 751-5914 Fax


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Davie County Welcomes Wallace Farm – A Green Alternative to Waste Disposal!

Wallace Farm

Click for Wallace Farm video from WXII News 12

Go Green! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Reduce Your Carbon Footprint! These popular buzz words are becoming a greater reality in Davie County thanks to Wallace Farm.

Wallace Farm Inc., which has operated a successful compost facility in Mecklenburg County since the 1960s, has recently opened a second compost facility in Davie County, just off of Lee Jackson Drive in Advance.

“Local governments, businesses, and the public have become much more aware of the  importance of recycling local materials to protect the environment, to reduce the need for landfill  space and to avoid wasting material that can be reused,” said Eric Wallace, whose family has for generations operated the Wallace Farm compost facility located in Huntersville near Charlotte.

“We found the perfect site in Davie County.”
“There is a growing demand for compost operations, both from the folks who supply us with the raw materials and from retailers and consumers who use the finished products,” Wallace said.  “When we decided to open a second facility to meet the demand, we found the perfect site in Davie County.”

Wallace had been searching for a site for eight years, and had considered property in Rowan, Iredell, Yadkin, Davidson, Forsyth, and Rockingham Counties.

“I felt called to come this direction and still feel that way,” Wallace said. “Once we reached out to the folks in Economic Development and met with Terry Bralley, and saw how things are done in Davie County, we knew we had found the perfect place. We wanted to go somewhere where we were wanted and accepted.”

Creating Value & Eliminating Waste
Compost facilities take in organic waste materials, speed up the decomposition process, and convert the materials into a rich soil.  Compost may be used as a soil amendment or blended with other products to make blended top soils, garden soils, and potting mixes.  At the new facility, Wallace Farm will process ground and un-ground yard waste, leaves, land clearing debris, sawdust, cotton, tobacco, animal manures, food-processing residuals, water treatment residuals, food waste, and other types of organic materials.

Wallace will be reaching out to municipalities, various types of manufacturing facilities, food- processing facilities, businesses, and eventually the public seeking to have them dispose of organic waste materials at his facility rather than in a landfill.

Composting not only helps companies decrease the amount of waste they must dispose of, but also allows them to reduce their carbon footprint, or the sum of all emissions of greenhouse gases their activities produce.

The Davie County facility opened in mid-¬November and has already started receiving materials, including leaves from local municipalities.

Creating Jobs
The Davie County facility is located on 162 acres on Lee Jackson Drive, in Advance, and currently employs five workers, four of whom are from Davie County. Wallace expects to employ as many as 10 workers in the first year of operation as the facility becomes established, and then to grow the workforce from there.

The older facility in Mecklenburg County employs about 60 full¬time workers who process roughly 100,000 tons of organic materials each year. The raw material is composted in windrows (long 8’ x 16’ rows that are turned by special machines) for several months before it becomes ready for market.

Much of the material processed at the Huntersville site finds its way into large retail stores where it is  sold to consumers as branded compost, soil, and mulch products. Wallace Farm has its own branded products, but it also packages its materials in specialty labels for large retailers. Initially, the Davie County facility will concentrate on bulk sales to landscapers, farm stores, landscape supply outlets, and the public, Wallace said. Once the operation is established, Wallace hopes to build a production facility much like the one in Mecklenburg, where materials will be packaged and made ready for market.

“Over the next few months, we’ll work on letting the public know that we are here and what kind of materials they too can bring here,” Wallace said. He encourages anyone who would like information about the new facility to call him at 704-875-2975, ext. 17, or to contact him through his email at

“We are delighted that Wallace Farm chose to locate the company’s new facility in Davie County,” said Terry Bralley, President of Davie County Economic Development. “They provide a needed public service, help local companies build environmental sustainability, all while contributing jobs and tax base to the local economy.  That’s a great combination.”


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Snow Forecast! Upscale Hoedown Rescheduled – February 5, at WinMock!

Upscale-Hoedown-1Love to Dance? Passionate about early childhood education? Then dust off your boots and make plans to dance the night away at Smart Start’s 5th Annual Upscale Hoedown on Friday, January 22nd, Friday, February 5, 6:00 PM at the WinMock in Bermuda Run.

Smart Start of Davie County Prepares Children to Succeed in Kindergarten and Beyond
Smart Start of Davie County’s (SSDC) mission is to prepare all children in Davie County to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. A mission like that takes money, and that’s where you can help.

The Hoedown will be held Friday, January 22nd February 5, beginning at 6 pm at the beautiful WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. Unique and historically significant, this amazing 1920’s barn turned special events and conference facility, has become a premier site for magnificent weddings, elegant social functions, and distinctive corporate events.

Upscale-Hoedown-2The event will feature dinner, live and silent auctions, a cash bar, entertainment, and plenty of fun!
“Smart Start of Davie County is proud to hold its 5th annual Upscale Hoedown fundraising event!” said Gena Taylor, executive director of Smart Start of Davie County. “We are featuring many fantastic auction items and are so grateful for the community’s support for our sapphire anniversary event!  We only have a few tickets left, so call to get yours today!”

Coveted auction items include: tickets with pit row passes to the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway; 4 Disney Hopper passes; vacation getaways of at least 3 days to Myrtle Beach, Edisto Island, and a mountain home; tickets to the Asheboro and Columbia zoos; passes to the North Carolina Whitewater Center; and a variety of ACC football and basketball tickets.

90% of Critical Brain Development Occurs By Age 5
There are only 2,000 days from the time a baby is born to when that child begins kindergarten. Did you know that 90% of critical brain development occurs during that time?

Proceeds from this fundraiser are critical to continue local early childhood programs.

The money raised at last year’s event enabled:

  • 1673 children to receive books
  • 84 children to receive Parents as Teachers services
  • 15 teen parents to receive Parents as Teachers services
  • 1,884 children, parents, and childcare providers to be reached.

“Proceeds from this event will stay in Davie County and will support home visiting, early education, and literacy programs for local children ages birth to five years old.  The programs that we offer help to give children a strong foundation for elementary school.  We have made many strides through early education initiatives in our community and are humbled by the support from businesses and volunteers to help us make a difference for the little ones in our county!” said Taylor.

Upscale-Hoedown-3How does Smart Start help young children in Davie County?
Smart Start provides one-on-one parent educationand support in families’ homes, through the national Parents as Teachers program. It provides a book every month for every child birth to five, through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, so parents can read to their children. It provides play and learning kits so parents can help their young children learn, grow, and develop. It provides one-on-one information to parents about child care programs in Davie County, and helps low-income working parents pay for child care so they can work.  Smart Start also helps child care programs improve their curriculum, staff education and training, staff turnover, and wages, because high quality child care leads to school success.

With your help, the children of Davie County are getting a Smart Start!
To purchase tickets, which are $60 each, or to find out how you can support readiness for Davie County’s youngest, call SSDC at (336) 751-2113.  Visit DCSS at


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David Osborne Trio –“Pianist to the Presidents” at Brock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 16th – Tickets Available Now!

David-Osborne-Trio-intMusic enthusiasts are in for a rare treat when the David Osborne Trio takes the stage at the Brock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 16th at 7:30 pm.

The trio’s blend of romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes is guaranteed to wow music lovers of all ages.

“Pianist to the President”
Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents”, Osborne has given performances at the White House for every American President since Ronald Reagan. Osborne is also a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia.  He created and organized President Carter’s 75th birthday tribute in 1999 and has performed at each birthday party since. President Carter has said that “David is one of the finest pianists in the United States.”

Furthering the Tradition of Romantic Piano
When he is not touring with the “David Osborne Trio,” Osborne performs at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.  He has released 27 CD’s, and his recordings on the Northstar Music label have become the #1 romantic piano recordings in the nation, selling over a million copies.

A Lifetime of Music
Born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, Osborne began playing piano by ear at the age of four. He began formal training when he was five years old. Osborne received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University.  At Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, he studied classical pipe organ and piano performance, with a minor in French.  At Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas he completed a master’s degree in keyboard performance and music composition.

A few of Osborne’s more significant recent events include a concert for the American Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation; an interview and performance on TV’s “The 700 Club”; a concert for the Steinway and Sons International convention of worldwide dealers at the Beverly Hills Hotel; a benefit concert at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.; two concerts for Mr. and Mrs. Don Hall, CEO of Hallmark Cards in Kansas City; and a performance in Las Vegas, playing the Steinway pianos of Vladimir Horowitz, Van Cliburn and George Gershwin at Southern Nevada Music as a part of Steinway and Sons Legendary Instruments of the Immortals Tour.

This concert is part of the 2015-2106  Season of Applause! performance series sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, which is dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. The Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for decades. Other upcoming shows include Masters of Soul: Our Legends of Motown & More; Hurray for Hollywood!, an encore performance by the legendary pop and jazz trumpet virtuoso, Cecil Welch; and Shades of Roy by Vili V, an authentic  re-creation of the music and sound of Roy Orbison.

Tickets Available Online Now
Tickets for all shows are Adult: $35; Student / Senior: $33 and may be purchased at or by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center at 622 North Main St., Mocksville. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.


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46th Annual Chamber Awards Gala Event at WinMock at Kinderton ~ Tickets Still Available!

Chamber Awards Gala - WinMock at Kinderton

A Gala Event ~ The Tradition Continues
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala has been a signature Davie County event since 1970.  This tradition continues on Thursday, January 14th, and tickets are still available!

The Gala will be held at the beautiful WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. Unique and historically significant, this amazing 1920’s barn turned special events and conference facility, has become a premier site for magnificent weddings, elegant social functions, and distinctive corporate events.

Schedule Highlights
The 46th Annual Chamber Awards Gala will begin at 6:00 PM with a welcome reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments featuring delicious Davie County wines and mingling.  At 7:00 PM, the event will move to the upstairs loft for a buffet dinner as well as the awards presentation and a celebration of the successes of the year.

Awards Ceremony
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will present the highly-anticipated “Best of Davie” Awards as well as the Chamber’s signature awards – the 2015 Business of the Year and E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award.  “Our Awards Gala is a true celebration of Davie County and all the successes of the year.  It gives us the opportunity to showcase the many businesses and organizations that make our community a wonderful place to live, work and play”. Said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie Chamber.

Tickets are Still Available!
Don’t miss the 46th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Gala!  This event is open to the community.   Tickets are $50 per person and reservations for a table of eight are available.   To purchase your tickets, contact the Davie Chamber 336-751-3304 or click here to order tickets.

Davie Chamber of Commerce—Proudly Serving Davie County
For more than 45 years, the Davie Chamber has served the business community throughout Davie County from Mocksville to Bermuda Run, Cooleemee to Advance and all points in between.  With professional staff, dedicated volunteers, and an involved Board of Directors, the Davie Chamber continues to promote economic and civic interests and provide leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in Davie County.  For information about the Davie Chamber please contact or call 336-751-3304.


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Blue, Blue Blue…Law Enforcement Appreciation!

Project Blue Light MocksvilleChange One Light to Blue on this New Year’s Day
Beginning on New Year’s Day and thru January 9th, 2016, please consider placing a blue light in a window or on your porch to show your support for your law enforcement officers. Blue light bulbs are available at the Mocksville Town Hall for $1.50.

Why Blue Light a Cop?
By displaying blue lights, you will be sending a dual message: that you support America’s peacemakers and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace. You will be showing your support for those officers who have made the supreme sacrifice and honoring those officers who continue to work and serve their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year in and year out. It will also make a statement that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible careers that officers have chosen, in public service to us all.

Not Just a Job – Law Enforcement is A Calling  – “To Protect and Serve”
“Law enforcement” is the term that describes the individuals and agencies responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety. Law enforcement includes the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension and detention of individuals suspected of law violation.

Can you imagine going to work each day and wondering if you’ll survive your shift and see your family that night? Most people can’t. But in law enforcement, this is a fact of life. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. Yet, they go to work anyway. Being a law enforcement officer is not just a job, it is a calling.  Law enforcement is challenging, officer’s hours are often difficult, responsibility is enormous and in general; public service is no easy task. At times there is little appreciation for the career they have chosen and the sacrifices they make. However, when confronted with why this choice? The response – to protect and serve is rewarding.

January 1-9 Project Blue Light – January 9 Law Enforcement Appreciation Day!
Project Blue Light will culminate on January 9th, 2016, when Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.) and partnering organizations will unite in support of law enforcement officers nationwide to promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.).


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25th Annual Davie County Christmas Ornament Still Available

2015 Davie County Christmas Orament

Plowin Through the Holidays – 2015 Davie County Christmas Ornament
Quality and Beauty of Hand-Cast Pewter

Christmas is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to pick up your “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” 2015 Davie County commemorative Christmas ornament.  This beautiful hand-crafted pewter ornament will not only add some sparkle to your tree, but would make the perfect gift for your Davie County friends and family.

“Plowin’ Thru the Holidays”
This year’s unique tractor-shape, celebrates our local agriculture heritage and the Piedmont Antique Power Association’s commitment to the community. Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at area merchants, banks, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Both Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce will be closed Wednesday through Friday for the Christmas holiday.

“Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” is the 25th is a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

25 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments
1991       Davie County Courthouse
1992       Old Davie County Jail
1993       60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994       Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995       Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996       Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997       Old Bank of Davie
1998       Cherry Hill Church
1999       Cooleemee Plantation
2000       Everest Building
2001       J.P. Green Milling  SOLD OUT
2002       First Presbyterian Church
2003       First Methodist Church
2004       Center Arbor – 1876
2005       Junkers Mill
2006       Advance Methodist Church
2007       Fork Baptist Church
2008       Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009       Martin Brothers
2010       Millers  . …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011       Daniel Furniture
2012       Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013       Let It Snow
2014       Snow Flake
2015       Tractor

Previous year ornaments not listed as sold out may still be purchased at Town Hall.
The 2015 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time adventure. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality and beauty of hand cast pewter.


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Enjoy Award Winning Wines From 5 Davie County Vineyards!

Davie County is home to five wonderful vineyards with a variety of award winning wines available to suit any taste.  Fall and winter are a wonderful time to discover new wine pairings for your favorite holiday recipes, enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends, and take part in a variety of scheduled events.  Event schedules for each vineyard are available on the vineyard web sites. Davie County Vineyards are welcoming spots to enjoy with a group of friends and family for an hour, an afternoon or an entire evening.

Davie County Vineyards - RaylenRayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 Highway 158 Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 998-3100  Open Monday-Saturday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday 12:00-5:00 PM

Raylen offers 16 award winning wines. Their white wines include Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, multiple Chardonnays and Yadkin Gold, a unique blend of their whites. Their red wines include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a number of blends.

Raylen’s tastings are divided into “flights,” which are a selection of wines. The white and red flights are $6 each or you may taste a complete flight for $10.

The first vines for RayLen Vineyards & Winery were planted in 1999 when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the property. Until then, the property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance our guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola roof top of RayLen Vineyards & Winery is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation. Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the Tasting Room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of RayLen’s award-winning wines. Vintner Steve Shepard has a long history in winemaking. His education and career began in Pennsylvania; since 1980, Shepard has been making wine commercially. Drawn south, Shepard’s North Carolina career began in 1989 at the first Yadkin Valley winery. The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals. From the date of RayLen’s purchase, Shepard helped design the vineyard for optimum growth for the 10 different European varietals grown. In its first three vintages, RayLen Vineyards & Winery won over 200 medals at various statewide, regional, and international competitions. Shepard has been recognized by Robert Parker for his 1991 vintage wines, while RayLen has been lauded by the Wine Spectator as one of the premier wineries in the Southeast.

Davie County Vineyards - Misty CreekMisty Creek Farm and Vineyards
710 Wyo Road Mocksville, North Carolina 27028 (336) 998-3303 Open Friday:  4:00-8:00 PM, Saturday:  10:00 AM-8:00, PM Sunday:  2:00-6:00 PM.

Misty Creek has 14 acres of vineyards, and their award-winning wines include Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. They also offer a variety of sweet wines including, Misty Rose, Chamberry, Rhapsody in Blueberry, and Blackberry Cobbler, all made with real sugar and real fruit extracts. A wine tasting is $10, and includes all 11 wines as well as the wine glass.

Misty Creek’s vineyards and tasting room lie between the communities of Huntsville and Farmington near the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin River, an area used for centuries by Native Americans as a meeting ground and natural fish trap.  Later the Shallow Ford served as a safe place for travelers, wagons and stagecoaches to cross the Yadkin River on the Great Wagon Road (known locally as the Colonial Pike) from Philadelphia to Augusta, Georgia.

A thriving community developed at the ford to serve passing wagon trains, and the deep cut of the Great Wagon Road is still evident today on both sides of the Yadkin River.  By 1770, a road cut from this area to Mulberry Fields (near Wilkesboro) later became known as the Daniel Boone Trail,  named after Daniel Boone who married and built a cabin on the Sugar Creek, approximately two miles east of Farmington, in 1756.

On October 14th, 1780 during the American Revolution a large group of Tories crossed the Shallow Ford to be defeated by Whig forces.  Fourteen Tories were buried in a small plot west of the crossing, and almost immediately the brash colonials built a pig lot over their final resting place to commemorate forever this event.  Later in 1781 Lord Cornwallis crossed the Shallow Ford in pursuit of General Nathaniel Green’s “Green Mountain Boys”, the two forces meeting at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse in Greensboro.

After the war in 1792, Charles Hunt purchased 250 acres and began to lay out 111 half-acre lots to establish the city of Huntsville.  Local history suggests that Huntsville narrowly missed being the state capital for North Carolina.  In April 1865 Union General George Stoneman’s cavalry crossed the Shallow Ford and routed the Confederacy’s Yadkin Home Guard, subsequently ransacking the town of Bethania and looting the town of Huntsville as one of the last acts of the Civil War.

The Nichols family purchased this land in early 2001, naming it Misty Creek after the natural spring that bisects the property. They immediately began a series of improvements that included a lake, roads and irrigation, and planted the first four acres of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Chambourcin.  The following year an additional 10 acres were planted, and Syrah was added to the vineyard.  Finished in June 2009, the tasting room sits directly on the site of a pioneer cabin originally built in 1800 as a mule barn, and overlooks the old road bed.  The deep well and original entry road are very evident in the topography, and they continue to find hand-made bricks, pottery shards, spear points and other evidence of long habitation. Misty Creek Vineyards are located in Davie County, named for William R. Davie who was a revolutionary war leader, minister to France and later governor of North Carolina.

Davie County Vineyards - Garden GateGarden Gate Vineyards
261 Scenic Drive Mocksville, NC 27028 (336) 751-3794 or (336) 941-7721  Open Wednesday through Saturday 12:00-5:00 PM, and Sunday by appointment.

Garden Gate Vineyards, owned by Bob and Sonya Whitaker offers free tastings of their home-style muscadine and fruit wines including Scuppernog, Muscadine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and other varieties including Sangria and “Jitter Bug.” The Whitakers do all of the blending and bottling themselves. They have had visitors from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. Garden Gate uses no pesticides on their grapes, relying instead on the large number of resident blue birds lured to their countryside setting. In addition to the wines, Garden Gate also offers a fine selection of hand-made pottery created by the hosts.

Davie County Vineyards - Lazy ElmLazy Elm Vineyards
523 Danner Road Mocksville, NC 27028- (336)909-4914  Open Saturday 12:00-8:00 PMish, Sunday 12:00-6:00 PMish, and Monday-Friday by appointment.

Lazy Elm Vineyards offers nine varieties carefully crafted by owner/winemaker/tasting room manager Chris Bolcato. They include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Dry Rose’, Chardonnay, and Sweet Apple Wines. Unique offerings include Pinot Grigio Arancione (orange wine) a style most commonly used in Italy; Selfish, a port-style dessert wine, and “Damn Yankee” a red blend so named by Bolcato to poke fun at his status as a New Jersey transplant.

Visitors to Lazy Elm are treated to a “behind the scenes” look at the wine barrels and tanks while tasting the wonderful wines. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines and keep your glass as a souvenir.

Chris Bolcato saw his dreams come true in the fall of 2013 when he opened the doors of his winery, Lazy Elm, on a beautiful 43 acre farm in Davie County. His grandfather made homemade wine, so owning a winery is part dream and part family legacy. Lazy Elm currently has 5.5 acres planted in Vitis Vinifera (European Wine style) grapes. Varietals include Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Malbec, and Vermentino.

Davie County Vineyards - Chestnut TrailChestnut Trail Vineyard
640 Cedar Grove Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028. (336) 655-4755. Friday 2:00-5:00 PM, Saturday 1:00-5:00 PM, or call for an appointment. Chesnut Trail currently offers three muscadine wines, including two reds, and a white, but plans to soon add a blush. All their wine comes from grapes grown organically in their vineyard. Tastings are $5, which includes a souvenir glass.

The vineyard began as the retirement project of John and Claudia Ellis, a movie studio musician/oboe teacher and a Peruvian Paso horse enthusiast. Now it’s a family operation with two of their six children and their spouses joining them in their venture, along with many other family members’ support.

The vineyard opened in January 2015 and overlooks 50 acres of rolling hills and horses grazing in the pasture. These horses are the inspiration for the names of the wines, Primor, Legado, and Estrellita.

Chestnut Trail Vineyard GrapesA Brief History of Viticulture in North Carolina
Sir Walter Raleigh had no idea that the vine his sailors stumbled upon when they reached the Outer Banks would be so beneficial to North Carolinians. His men reported that the coast was “so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.” Perhaps what his mates spotted was the MotherVine on Roanoke Island, still growing and producing scuppernong grapes since explorers first sighted it in 1584. The vine has a trunk two-feet-thick, and its tendrils stretch along wooden arbors that support their tremendous weight across almost an acre of land. The scuppernong is a type of muscadine grape.

In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson noted North Carolina taking the lead with wine culture, estimating its “wine would be distinguished on the best tables in Europe, for its fine aroma, and chrystalline transparence.” The 1840 Federal Census listed the state as the number one wine producer in the U.S.; it remained one of the highest-ranked until Prohibition in the early 1900s. Today, the state’s industry is enjoying a vigorous resurgence, shared this time with the imported European-style vinifera.

Facts about North Carolina Wines
North Carolina is home to more than 160 wineries. The number of wineries has more than quadrupled  since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes.

  • Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. They are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
  • Plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as Scuppernongs, are relatively pest resistant and thrive in the hot sandy conditions of the Coastal region. Muscadines contain high levels of Resveratrol and other health-enhancing antioxidants. Some wineries even sell grape skins to nutraceutical companies.
  • Scuppernong is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina. The MotherVine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, North Carolina is a 400-year old Scuppernong vine and is the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
  • North Carolina ranks 10th in the nation for grape and wine production and third for wine tourism. States.
  • More than 400 individually owned grape vineyards are spread across the state, covering 1,800 acres.
  • According to a recent study, the annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $1.28 billion with nearly 7,600 jobs supported.
  • The Yadkin Valley is North Carolina’s first federally recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA). It is located in northwestern North Carolina, and there are currently more than 20 wineries and 400 acres devoted to vineyards in the Yadkin Valley.
  • Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate Winery, which receives more than one million visitors annually and is the most visited winery in the United States.
  • Medoc Vineyard in the town of Brinkleyville in Halifax County was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina and led the country’s wine production in 1835.
  • At the turn of the century, 25 wineries operated in North Carolina, making it one of the most productive wine states in the U.S. The industry closed with the onset of Prohibition.
  • A 2007 national survey sponsored by the Travel Industry Association (TIA) in partnership with Gourmet magazine and the International Culinary Tourism Association (ICTA), cited North Carolina as one of the top five state destinations for wine and culinary tourism activities in the United States.
  • Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest winery in the state, is the world’s largest producer of Muscadine wine.

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Free Events for the Entire Family – Advance Christmas Parade and Mocksville Winterfest this Saturday!

Mocksville Winterfest 2015“You’ll be thrillin’ though your nose may get a chillin’,” when you enjoy this Saturday’s exciting holiday activities in delightful Davie County.

Advance Christmas Parade at 10 am
Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a chair and head to the Advance Christmas parade. Parade participants meet by 9 am in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School on Cornatzer Road. The parade begins at 10 am starting at the school, and follows Cornatzer Road, turning right onto Highway 801 and left on Peeples Creek Road.

Winterfest is FREE! —Huge inflatable slide, maze, bounce house, hay rides, and balloon crafts!
The thrills are just beginning! There will be fun for the whole family at Winterfest from noon to 6 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage at 107 South Salisbury Street, Mocksville. You will “frolic and play the eskimo way” as you fly down SnowZilla, the inflatable tubing slide.

At 31’ Tall and 90’ Long, and with two sliding lanes, it’s a WOW ride for kids and adults of all ages! The perfect simulation of a slide down a snow covered hill!

Your family with have a snowmazing time in the  40’x50’ inflatable snow maze featuring vibrant colored snowmen, twists, turns and roadblocks that will have you smiling and laughing as you try to find your way out!

You won’t want to miss the bounce house, hay rides, and balloon art and stories by Michael Decker!

A few vendors/crafters will be selling inexpensive items to help children and adults with their holiday gift lists. Part of the proceeds will benefit senior assisted living facilities.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or enjoy one of Mocksville’s delicious downtown restaurants.

Bring Non-Perishable Food Items for A Storehouse for Jesus

This is the season for giving, so please bring non-perishable food items for A Storehouse for Jesus. Collection boxes will be available around Junker’s Mill.

This wonderful family event is presented by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.  And best of all, it’s free!

For more information about the Advance Christmas parade, contact the Advance Fire Department at 336.998.8181. For more information about Winterfest, visit or call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6700.


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3rd Annual Best of Davie Awards – Vote Online Today!

Best of Davie 2015Everyone has their favorites –the restaurant that serves that special dish, the stylist who gets your haircut just right, or the boutique that always has the perfect gift. Well it’s time again to give those businesses the recognition they deserve by voting online today for “THE BEST” in over 20 categories in the 3rd Annual Best of Davie Awards!

We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here it seems the word is starting to spread.  The Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its “Best of Davie Awards.”

This component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDAVIE initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s business and non-profits.   Cast your votes today at

Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business.  “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDAVIE and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy. “More than 1500 votes were cast last year, and we would love an even greater response this year.”

Hurry – Voting Ends at Noon on December 13th!
Besides showcasing everything from voters’ favorite restaurants to beloved family destinations, McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will use social media and invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation.  What better way to show appreciation for a business, organization or person in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?”

Voting is underway now but ends on December 13th at noon so vote now for Best of Davie!  Winners will be announced and honored at the Davie Chamber 46th Awards Gala & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan 14th.  You may nominate and vote for “candidates” in twenty different categories. This year’s categories are: Best New Business, Best Restaurant, Best Civic/Nonprofit, Best Golf Course, Best Vineyard, Best Boutique/Gift Shop, Best Photographer, Best Hair Stylist or Barber, Best School, Best Attorney, Best Gym or Fitness Center, Best Place for Pet, Best Landscaper, Best Car/Tire Shop, Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice, Best Place to Work, Best Family Event, and Most Inspirational Person.

Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting are already underway at  Interested in finding out who wins?  Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on January 14th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run.  Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email


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Help “Flag” the Tree of Honor and Support Davie County Veterans!

Mocksville Tree of Honor

During this season of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, no one deserves our thanks more than those who serve or have served to protect our freedom.  A tribute “Tree of Honor” to honor and/or remember these brave folks is located beside the Mocksville Police Department and will be on display throughout the 2015 holiday season.

The Goal is to fill the Entire Tree with Flags to Benefit Local Heroes!
For each $1 contribution, a United States flag will be placed on the tree to represent a designated service person.  Proceeds will be contributed to the Davie County Hero’s Fund, which was established in 2013 by local veterans wishing to help veterans with emergency needs.  The fund is designed to furnish immediate, short-term financial assistance to Davie County veteran residents and their immediate families in crisis. It is intended to temporarily bridge the gap between services offered by the Veteran’s Administration, Department of Social Services, churches and other local assistance agencies.

How to Honor/Remember a Service Member
Make your $1 contribution and designate a service person to honor or remember at any downtown merchant with a flag poster, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, or the Mocksville Town Hall.

You may also honor or remember a service person of your choice by downloading and completing the donation form and sending it along with your $1 contribution to:

Historic Davie, Inc.
171 S. Clement Street
Mocksville, NC 27028.

For names to be printed in the Enterprise, forms must be legible and turned in by Wednesday, December 9th.


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6 Great Shops to Visit and Celebrate Small Business Saturday This Weekend!

Scarletts Unique BoutiqueAvoid the nightmarish crowds of Black Friday AND support your own friends and neighbors by shopping Davie County’s wonderfully unique small businesses this Saturday!

Small Business Saturday, this Saturday November 28, started as an American Express initiative to encourage consumers to shop small and local during the holiday season. Eighty-eight million people have shown up to “shop small” since it began in 2010.

Find the Perfect Gifts in Davie County Small Businesses
Davie County businesses are ready to help you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, and maybe even a little something special for you as well.

The shops below are just a few select examples of the dozens of fine shops and boutiques across Davie County.

Bizzy Beez, 5539-102 US Hwy 158, Advance, will be offering refreshments while you browse their vast array of jewelry, clothing, handbags and décor. With your purchase, you will be registered to win an exclusive, not available in stores, linen tote bag by Flax. The drawing will be held at 5:00 pm. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Styled GatheringsCounter Point Music, 50 Court Square, Mocksville, will have 10 % off everything your favorite musician needs (does not include consignments) as well as refreshments, during their regular hours of 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

Honor Darling, 135 N. Main St., Mocksville, which offers trendy fashions and accessories for ladies and children, will be offering select BOGO 1/2 deals on Saturday in addition to other weekly promotions. After a marathon Black Friday sale from midnight Thursday until 2:30 am Saturday, the boutique will  re-open on Saturday from 8:30 am-8:30 pm.

Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, 128 N. Main St., Mocksville, is opening early to help you get a start on your day. They will have hot apple cider and cookies all day and 5% off storewide on their impressive collection of handmade items by talented local artisans, including jewelry, lotions and candles, décor, and reclaimed wood creations. The boutique will be open from 8:00 am-8:00 pm.

Scarletts Unique Boutique2Southern Ties Boutique, 1896 Farmington Rd., Mocksville, known for its fashion, gifts, and southern charm, will have door prizes and special sales throughout the day. Get a free $10 gift card with a minimum $75 purchase. The store will be open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Styled Gatherings Hosting Outdoor Market
Styled Gatherings, 945 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, a fashion, gift, and party boutique, has lots of new arrivals. Specials for the day are a free Christmas ornament with a $20 minimum purchase (while supplies last) and a 20% off coupon for January/February  2016.  They will also be hosting an outdoor market featuring local artisan vendors from 11: 00 am – 4:00 pm: Unique stuffed burgers from Food Freaks of NC; mixed media art from Beauty from Ashes Studiotique; fine stationery & hand lettering from Cotton and  Grove; personalized decor & wearable items from Gifts Remembered; unique vintage decor from Objects of Interest; eclectic handmade & repurposed jewelry from The Brown Eyed Suzy; stylish clothing & accessories from AnnaCraig Boutique fashion truck; and handcrafted nature-inspired jewelry from Swallow’s Heart. The boutique will be open from 10:00 am-8:00 pm

Scarletts Unique Boutique3Find it Quick and Easy – Bookmark Your Davie Chamber Business Directory!
Your Davie Chamber Business Directory is the definitive resource for smart Davie County shoppers.  The directory provides a one stop list of Davie County businesses ready to make your holiday shopping more fun.  Categories make it quick and easy to find what you need.  Retail shopping categories include Shopping and Specialty Retail, Home and Garden, Restaurants, Food and Beverages, Sports and Recreation, Wineries and much more.

iShopDavie all Year Long
Davie County businesses need your support all year long – from shopping, dining, and gas tank fill-ups to landscaping, banking, doctor’s visits and more.  When you choose to purchase goods and services in the community where you live, pay taxes and send your children to school, you are investing in the well- being of your community and creating more jobs, increased revenues and a more prosperous place to live.   The Davie County Chamber of Commerce wants residents to think Davie first because every time money is spent out of the county, it’s improving someone else’s hometown, not ours.  Simply put – it matters where we spend our money.

iShopDavie—Do you?


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Bed Races and Christmas Parade Kick-off 2015 Hometown Holiday Celebration

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3Bed Races Friday night , Parade Saturday – Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 20 as 18 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits and WXII-12 News take part in the 4th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.

The festivities will begin with the lighting of the Oaks and downtown businesses at dusk followed by the bed races at 6 pm.

New this Year – Parade of Beds, Surprise Events, WXII-12 Food Drive
Race participants, accompanied by their supporters, will parade up and down North Main Street, beneath the twinkling lights, showing off their slumber mobiles. There will be some surprise activities between the races that you won’t want to miss! In addition to racing, WXII-12 will be conducting a live feed as well as collecting non-perishable food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Food donations should be placed in the race bed next to the WXII-12 van.

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the bed race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are appropriate.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The Most Outrageous team will pick up $50, the Most Creative team will pick up $50, and even the Slowest team will pick up a $50 prize.  The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Bleachers, Food & 2015 Ornaments
Main Street from Gaither Street to the ­­­­­corner of Main Street/601/64 ­­­­­­­­­will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race.  Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available.  O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators, and food vendors will offer pizza and other snacks. Tree of honor forms and flags and the 2015 commemorative Christmas ornament will also be available.

Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays”
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s theme is “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays – a Celebration of Farming Heritage of Davie County” and will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats. The parade will depart from Rich Park at 2 pm Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25. 

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Downtown merchants will be hosting their annual holiday open house from 10 am – 7 pm with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

The 4 Oaks Event Center at 142 N. Main St. will be hosting Shopalooza from 11 am – 2 pm featuring 15 different vendors including local artisans as well as Thirty-One, Premier Jewelry, Scentsy, Origami Owl, and Stella Dot to name a few.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store is now open in the corner shop next to Restaurant 101. Stop by and buy a little something sweet to eat during the parade and support the Davie High Band, which receives 35 % of the proceeds.

Don’t forget to pick up your “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” commemorative Christmas ornament.  These beautiful tractor-shaped ornaments, which celebrate local agriculture and the Piedmont Antique Power Association’s commitment to the community, may be purchased for $8.00 at area merchants, banks, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6700. For more information about the “Plowin’ Thru the Holidays” Christmas parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.


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