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Pack the Park Night for American Legion Baseball – This Sunday, June 21!

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On Sunday, June 21st our Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Team will be taking on rival Rowan County at 7:00pm on Mondo Field at Rich Park in Mocksville.  This is “Pack the Park” night where the community is invited to bring back some of the heritage of the 80’s and 90’s by filling up the stands, the hillside, and the areas around the field.  Come on out, bring your family, and enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s Game under the lights.

Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and up.  Children 12 and under are free.  Traditional baseball food is available at the concession stand.

As summer settles in around us, the bleachers at Mondo field in Mocksville (Rich Park) are filled with loving parents, siblings, friends, and community partners.  There are few games more authentic and passionate than watching young men play their hearts out for the most American game in history, baseball.

Remaining 2015 Schedule
Home – Thursday, June 18 – vs. Greensboro – Rich Park, 7 PM
Away – Friday, June 19 – vs. Eastern Randolph – Grady Lawson Field, 7 PM
Home – Sunday, June 21 – vs. Rowan County – Rich Park, 7 PM, Pack the Park Night
Home – Monday, June 22 – vs. Randolph Co. (Asheboro) – Rich Park, 7 PM – Make-Up Game
Away – Tuesday, June 23 – vs Kernersville – East Forsyth HS, 7 PM
Home – Wednesday, June 24 – vs Mooresville – Rich Park HS, 7 PM
Away – Thursday, June 25 – vs Kannapolis – North West Cabbarus HS, 7 PM
Home – Thursday, June 27 – vs Winston-Salem – Rich Park HS, 7 PM
Away – Sunday, June 28 – vs. Concord – Cental Cabbarus HS, 7 PM
Away – All Star Game/Showcase – McCrary Park

2015 Playoff Schedule
Friday, July 3 – First Round Playoff Series Begins – Best 2 of 3
Monday, July 6 – Second Round Playoffs Begin – Best 3 of 5
Sunday, July 12 – Third Round Playoffs Begin – Best 3 of 5
Saturday, July 18 – Area III Championship Series – Best 3 of 5
Tuesday, August 4 – Southeast Regional Tournament – McCrary Park, Asheboro, NC
Thursday, August 13 – American Legion World Series – Keeter Stadium, Shelby, NC

Hometown Stories and Local Heroes
A national sports writer and television producer, Matt Gibson, once observed that “American Legion Baseball is perhaps the purest form of the sport and the most fun to watch.  There are no player salaries and the grueling schedule leaves little time for beach trips or summer vacations for these young men.  This kind of sacrifice means that only those who really love the game are playing. American Legion Baseball is about hometown stories, local heroes and love for the game.”

Legion Baseball – The Community
The Mocksville Davie American Legion Baseball team is in full swing in their 34th season since it began again after a break in the mid 1960s.  American Legion Baseball is a long held tradition in Davie County.  It brings together some of the best high school baseball players from Davie and surrounding counties to complete to be the best in an annual tournament in Shelby, NC.

“It’s always been the best quality ball for this age of boys that’s been in this country ever,” said Sonny Kurfees, one of the founding members of the Mocksville Legion team in the early 80s. “Legion baseball provides people in the community a chance to come out and see some of the greatest players that they should know from their community play some other great players.  Plus, it’s great entertainment that helps the community grow,” Kurfees continued.

In the 80’s and 90’s the stands and the grassy knolls alongside the field used to be packed with fans. “That’s the way it ought be again” Kurfees said. “You know, people used to come out here. People couldn’t wait to get here.  It ought to be that way now.”

“I’d like to see more fans come out here and support the team,” Charles Kurfees (the team manager) said. “I don’t think they understand the importance of having a baseball team like this in the community.  It’s a great thing. It’s a veteran’s program too; it’s a great thing to bring your family out on a summer night as the cool air settles in under the lights and enjoy baseball.”

Legion Baseball – Teamwork and Love of the Game
Jacob Tutterow, an assistant coach on the team who used to play under Coach Charles Kurfees said, “I liked getting to know people from this area.  I’m not from around here, I’m from North Iredell.  So it was a chance to get know some other guys from the team, from Davie County.  It was a chance to bond and mesh and make friendships.  I still talk to a lot of the players that I played with.”

Barrett Hennings, the first baseman said, “It’s really relaxed out here.  We just try to get a win. It’s not uptight, you know what I’m saying; you just have fun while you’re playing.

Ross Hoffner who is in his 6th year with the Legion teams said, “It’s a good chance for the players around here, who say, don’t have the money to go play showcase or anything.  It’s free and it’s a good environment and we play on a beautiful field.  The team takes great care of you, you know, hot dogs after the games, meal money on the roads.  It’s more about the team out here; it’s not just about the individuals.”

Legion Baseball – Training Ground for the Pros
“A lot of major league baseball players came up through Legion Baseball,” said Sonny Kurfees.  “We have never charged a player to play.  We furnish everything, uniforms, bats, balls, everything. It doesn’t cost them anything at all.  We travel on a bus when we go to away games.”  As I watched them practice each player truly seemed to love the instruction from their coaches, whether is was batting practice or defensive maneuvering.  They were grateful for the instruction.  Legion baseball is more than just a game, it’s an opportunity to find hope and significance in yourself.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value.  In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

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

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

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

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Daniel Boone Family Festival This Saturday will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

Natalie Stovall and the Drive!Free Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 2, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food, vendors, contests and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull HoleVeach’s Muster Ground, Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site, and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Frozen T-Short Contest with Prizes
Don’t miss the Frozen T-Short Contest at Junker’s Mill at 3:15.  This fun and hilarious event will have contestants pulling, stretching, whacking and otherwise abusing these frozen t-shirts to see who can get theirs completely on first.  Registration on the day of the festival at Relay for Life Food Tent – $5 Fee.

1st place $100 ( 17 & UP) $25 ( 11-16) $25 ( 6-10)
2nd place $75 $10 $10
3rd place $50 $5 $5

Music all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by Natalie Stovall at 5:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music with a twist of story telling of Mel Jones and his Bag O’Bones at 12:15 PM,  the bluegrass with style of Mountain Rain at 1:50 PM,  Taylor Vaden & The Memphis Thunder at 4:00 PM, and the wildly popular Natalie Stovall and The Drive for some outstanding country and pop music at 5:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge.  Those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” during the evening performance only will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Prior to the Festival Join us for “Color Downtown”
Color Downtown is a 1.2 mile fun run event for the whole family to enjoy! Participants will be doused with color as they make their way through the event course. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The run will be from 9 AM to 10 AM just prior to the festival.  See the Color Downtown 2015 Flyer for more information.

Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival web site.

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In the Service of Others ~ Davie County Equestrian to Lead Special Olympics Team in 2015 World Games

dixieland farm Marissa BrzescinskiMarissa Lee Brzescinski has been selected as the next Head Coach for the 2015 US Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles California. Marissa currently serves as the Head Coach for the Davie County Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and has served previously as the Assistant Coach for Team USA at the 2007 Games in Shanghai, China and the 2011 Games in Athens, Greece. The 2015 World Games will be held in Los Angeles California from July 25th-August 2nd, 2015. For additional information, please visit www.specialolympicsteamusa.org, www.LA2015.org, or www.dixielandfarm.com.

Marissa was introduced to the Special Olympics program shortly after moving to Davie County in 2003.  She describes herself as falling in love with the Special Olympics Equestrian program and being “hooked” ever since her first training session with the Davie County team.  Marissa coaches at Dixieland Farm in Mocksville, which she owns with her husband, Kris.  Many of the horses that the athletes use are owned by Dixieland, where they are trained to work with the needs of the participants.

Dixieland Farms Stables Davie CountySpecial Olympics athletes have taught Marissa the power of the human spirit, to never give up and to truly love what you do.  Not a training session or show goes by that she is not blown away by the spirit of camaraderie and the determination that the athletes display. Special Olympics inspires Marissa to try harder, to give more, to extend herself in the service of others and to be an inspiration to those around her.  Marissa inspires Special Olympics athletes and their families throughout the year.

The athletes who make up the 2015 Team USA Equestrian team hail from Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  To qualify for the World Games, athletes must receive a Gold Medal at a State-Level Competition and meet other qualifications.

North Carolina – Special Olympics Pioneer
North Carolina was one of the early pioneers in the Special Olympics Equestrian sports, which became a model for developing the national program.  Coach Brzescinski currently serves as an advisor for the NC Sports Development Team for Special Olympics North Carolina, and her athletes regularly compete in local and regional events representing Davie County.

Dixieland Farm HorseAthletes Bring Courage and a Smile
The games include Dressage, English and Western Equitation, Western Riding, Working Trails, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, and Team Relays.  Marissa adds, at the World Games, “They do not get bring their own horses with them, instead they will have to ride horses assigned to them upon arrival in Los Angeles…horses they have never met and know nothing about.  Part of what I love about coaching the World Games athletes is the particular challenge of having to ride an unfamiliar horse. This is something that would NEVER be expected of an Olympic rider or most other riders in any competition, much less an international competition.  Yet, these athletes show up and ride whatever horse they’re given, with little time to practice or even get to know their mount before having to enter the show ring.  Each Athlete does this with courage and a smile!”

Equestrian Training – Life Skills, Drive and Determination
Equestrian sports are highly regarded in Special Olympics competition for the life skills taught and practiced in the training. Special needs athletes with various disabilities are empowered by working with horses and riding. Working with large animals helps the athletes develop coordination, good posture, balance, and body awareness, as well as teaching them to respect nature and how to groom and care  for the animals. Marissa feels blessed to be part of the program, “I’ve learned so much from my athletes; tolerance, strength under pressure, good sportsmanship, perseverance…and try to instill in them not only the skills they need to compete in the sport on the local, state, national and international level, but also the drive and determination to meet each

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Mocksville Winterfest – Free Events for the Entire Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE – LOCATION HAS CHANGED FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 3 – ICE SKATING RINK AND INFLATABLE TOBOGGAN SLIDE

Ice Skating Rink and Inflatable Toboggan Slide is on for Saturday, January 3rd but the location has changed.  Join us at at 220 Campbell road, Central Davie Academy gym!

CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY


Mocksville Winterfest Ice Rink

 

The Town of Mocksville, the Mocksville Merchants Association and the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority is hosting  Winterfest in downtown – Hay rides, Snowzilla, an ice skating rink and an inflatable toboggan slide.   These are all free events!

During these events, the Town of Mocksville will be collecting canned goods to be donated to Storehouse for Jesus.

Mocksville WInterfest Snowzilla

Saturday, December 13 – Free Event – Snowzilla
Join us for “Snowzilla” on Saturday, December 13, from 12 noon until 5 PM at Junkers Mill outdoor theater in downtown Mocksville.  At 31 feet tall and 90 feet long, this massive mobile snow tube with moon bounce is the only one of its kind in North America.  The inflatable toboggan slide is made for adults and children. It is perfect for simulating a slide down a snow covered hill when winter conditions are not available. This is a massive attraction and riders board a snow tube for the ride to the bottom of the slide. It is a high throughput piece and is the only one in the United States.  It has tremendous WOW factor. You simply climb up the stairs, sit in your inflatable snow tube and down you come spinning and twisting.

Saturday, January 3 – Free Event – Ice Skating Rink and Inflatable Toboggan Slide

PLEASE NOTE: LOCATION CHANGE –
Join us again on Saturday, January 3rd from 12 noon until 5 PM at 220 Campbell road, Central Davie Academy gym Junkers Mill outdoor theater for free ice skating and the inflatable toboggan slide.  Ice skates will be supplied!  Come enjoy the fun on this artificial skating surface that accommodates up to 30 people at a time, perimeter fencing, rubber matting and of course, SKATES! Skate sizes range from youth 9 to adult 13 so everyone has a chance to use the rink! Refreshments and food will be available for purchase at this event.

Mocksville Winterfest toboggan tunnelThe toboggan slide is over 90 feet long! The brand new Toboggan Tunnel combines speed, adrenaline and mystery into one amazing attraction. At over 15′ tall and 45′ long with twin roller lanes covered by a snow covered tunnel, there is mystery and intrigue as to what this tunnel has to offer. There is no other slide like this in the United States.

The ice rink will be constructed from synthetic ice.  Synthetic ice consists of a unique plastic polymer that best resembles the consistency of the world’s largest white cutting board.  Outdoor, indoor, and anywhere ice skating rinks are fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in 4’ X 8’ synthetic ice sheets. The ice panels are then coated with a lubricating solution that reduces contact friction and enhances the glide and speed of the skating experience.

Mark your calendars.  Come on out, bring the kids, and skate and slide with us in downtown Mocksville!  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each of these free events.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Town of Bermuda Run and Hampton Inn Host Vintage Automobile Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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Final Weekend for Broadway’s Best Season Finale ~ “Broadway Showstoppers”!

Broadway's Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” for one final weekend this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

There are still seats left for The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” this weekend with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28.  There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

Don’t wait!  For tickets, please visit www.broadwaysbest.biz.

Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

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The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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Don’t Miss “Broadway Showstoppers”! Broadway’s Best Season Finale Opens This Week

Broadways Best Theatre Company MocksvilleBroadway’s Best Theatre Company presents “Broadway Showstoppers” this week and next!  Located at 103 Beechtree Place in Mocksville, the theatre is just off of Interstate 40 at the Farmington Road exit in Mocksville.  Broadway Showstoppers is a compilation of tunes from Broadway that stopped the show.  This is the final show of the Broadway’s Best 2014 Bare Bones Season!

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of NC
Imagine a place where every summer you can go to see delightful, tune-filled Broadway musicals and hilarious comedies performed by professional actors, dancers and musicians… with sets and lights designed by professional designers and technicians.  Imagine a truly professional theatre company presenting only first rate musicals and comedies each summer, with additional productions in the spring, fall and at Christmas.

Now, put this fantastic theatre in an idyllic, serene country setting with shade trees, large decks and picnic tables where you and your family can dine before the show.  We have all of  this right here in Davie County, just off of Interstate 40 on Farmington Road.

Boradways Best Logo

The Bare Bones II Season Finale, “Broadway Show Stoppers” begins at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 19, 20 and 21.  There will be a matinee show at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 22.

The schedule picks up again the following week with shows beginning at 7:30 PM each evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, and 28. There will be a final matinee show at 2 PM on Sunday, June 29.

The mission of  Broadways Best Theatre Company is to bring affordable, quality theatre and other arts and entertainment opportunities to the people of Davie County, the Triad and surrounding areas.  The mission includes enhancing the lives of our community by providing an opportunity to see a combination of familiar and new hit Broadway Musicals and Plays.  Additionally, Broadways Best Theatre Company strives to introduce the Performing Arts to the students and children of our community by offering a series of productions for children and teens.

Providing Local Jobs for Local Talent
Gene Johnson, a former Davie County War Eagle graduate, and a member of the first graduating class at North Carolina School of the Arts, explained how hard it was to live as a performer in the area, “Though we have a prodigious talent pool, with performing arts programs at NC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, WWSU, and numerous others, the students have to leave the area upon graduation to find work.  Broadway’s Best wants to alleviate that problem by offering paid acting jobs in their facility.”

For tickets and additional information, please visit Broadways Best Theatre Company.

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“How to get Started in Beekeeping” ~ Class Starts This Saturday, May 10

Davie County Beekeepers

There is nothing quite as sweet as honey from your own back yard.

Did you know North Carolina has more backyard beekeepers than any other state?  Have you ever considered keeping bees?  Would you like to know more about this fascinating hobby or occupation?  Join the Davie County Beekeepers Association for the 2 day class, “How to Get Started in Beekeeping.”

Classes Begin Saturday, May 10, 2014
When: Saturday, May 10th and 17th, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.(two classes)
Where: Davie County Public Library, 371 N Main St.Mocksville, NC 27028
Course Fee: $35.00 per person
Contact: George Snyder at (336) 492-2350 for more information or register online now to reserve your seat.

Classes will include information on what to do first, costs, where and how to acquire materials, seasonal hive management, honey bee biology, and dealing with pests.

You’ll also learn about products from the hive, how to extract honey, and lots more.

Davie Beekeepers – 40 Years of Service 
As reported in the Journal West
, the Davie County Beekeepers Association has been helping members enjoy the hobby of beekeeping since 1972 and is part of the North Carolina State Beekeeping Association. The state association has been around for almost a century, and is the largest state beekeeping association in the country. 

Friendly neighbors and helping hands
In addition to the information you glean from this course, you will have the opportunity to meet other beginning beekeepers as well as some “old-timers”.  You’ll make contacts with local beekeepers who can provide answers to future questions as well as continuing support.  You can find a mentor to help you with your new adventure, and club members can even help you “install” your first package of bees or capture a swarm.

Catch the Buzz! Reserve your seat today
Learn why beekeeping has caught the attention of so many people across America in the last few years, and why the health of the honey bee is an integral part of the well being of our planet.  Catch the buzz and reserve your seat.  Preregister online with the Davie County Beekeepers Association.

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Daniel Boone Family Festival This Saturday will Dish up Food, Fun, Music and a Heapin’ Helpin’ of History

daniel-boone-family-festivalFree Community Event! 10 AM to 9 PM
On Saturday, May 3, Historic Davie will host the Daniel Boone Family Festival in Historic Downtown Mocksville.  Featuring craftsmen, merchants, educational tours, historic re-enactors, food vendors, and live music, there’s something for everyone at the all-day event which kicks off at 10 AM.

The festival originated as a way to celebrate the wedding anniversary of Daniel and Rebecca Boone, and for its first two iterations it was held in August (the couple married on August 14, 1756). But the summer heat made for a long day so Historic Davie moved the celebration to May.

Retrace the Steps of Daniel Boone, the Revolutionary War, Historic Homes and More!
Daniel Boone spent nearly 25 years in the Yadkin Valley area, and two of the three tours revolve around landmarks associated with the Boone clan. The big attraction for Boone buffs are the tours that run at 10:15 AM, 12:30 PM, and again at 2:15 PM.  Tours are $5 and are provided by bus or van.

Tours include stops at historic Joppa Cemetery, where Daniel’s parents Squire and Sarah Boone and his brother Israel are buried (Israel’s grave is the oldest in the cemetery); the Boone Tract at Bear Creek, a 640-acre parcel of land granted to Squire Boone in 1753 and later sold to his son Daniel; the Daniel Boone Marker in Farmington; and nearby Pudding Ridge, where General Cornwallis crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of Nathanael Greene (Cornwallis named the area for the thick mud in the area his troops had to march through).

Another tour departing at 11:45 AM also visits Joppa Cemetery, Bear Creek, and the Boone Tract in addition to tours of the Jesse A. Clement House (built in 1828) and Historic Center Arbor, constructed as a site for “camp meetings” during the Third Great Awakening in 1876.

The last tour, which departs at 1:15 PM, takes visitors to the River Park at the Bull HoleVeach’s Muster Ground, Revolutionary War hero Richmond Pearson‘s grave site, and the Historic Zachary Holt House and Village Museum of Cooleemee, both of which have exhibits centered around the area’s once-booming textile industry.

Rounding out the historic flavor of the festival will be the presence of Fort Dobbs re-enactors (Fort Dobbs was the site of a battle between settlers and Cherokee warriors in 1760.)

Mountain-Heart-BandMusic all day at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater – capped off by The Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM
Music fans will want to head over to Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theatre to check out the bluegrass music of Tommy Chandler at 1 PM,  the Johnny Cash tribute band Folsom Prison Gang at 3:30, the rockin’ country sounds of Tony Bailey at 5:00 PM, and the Nashville headliner, Mountain Heart Band at 6:45 PM.

All of the performances are free of charge, but those wishing to enjoy an “adult beverage” will have to purchase a wristband for $5.00.

Vendor Applications and Additional Information
To learn more about the amenities and activities that will be on hand, head over to the official Daniel Boone Family Festival and Spring Auction web site, or call Tami Langdon at 336-909-2263 (you can also call the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304.  If you’d like to participate as a vendor, you can download a vendor application here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Community Event ~ Thursday, March 27 ~ For Your Health Expo!

FREE TO EVERYONE!!

  • Health Screenings
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Healthy Lifestyle Vendors
  • Samples & Products
  • Product Info giveaways

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Free Health Screenings and More
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Davie Family YMCA are pleased to present the For Your Health Expo 2014 on Thursday, March 27th at the Davie Family YMCA

For Your Health Expo runs from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and is free to the public.  This annual community event brings vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services together under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.

With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all time high, For Your Health Expo provides Davie County residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.  

Sponsored by both Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, and Novant Health – Forsyth Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with several medical service providers.  Several free health screenings will be offered.

For Your Health – a Community Partnership
For Your Health is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body.   “It was established as a community service event but it also provides an opportunity for both of our organizations to serve our members and further the missions of both the Y and the Davie Chamber.” Said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the For Your Health Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.

For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.

About the Davie County Chamber of Commerce
For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   We believe in working together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout all of Davie County. 

About the Davie Family YMCA
The Davie Family YMCA, located near downtown Mocksville, has served the community for more than 20 years, and offers a wide range of programs for the whole family including swim lessons, licensed before- and after-school care, and youth sports. The Y includes a comprehensive Wellness Center with on-duty staff, group exercise programs, and SilverSneakers® classes.

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Join the Fun ~ 26th Annual Shamrock Run This Saturday!

Shamrock Run Mocksville

The 26th annual Shamrock Run, Walk and Tots Trot will be held on Saturday, March 1st, 2014.  A portion of the proceeds from this annual event will be donated to Davie Domestic Violence Services and Rape Crisis Center.   The 2013 event raised $1,000 for the Davie Pregnancy Center!  Online registration is closed but runners may register in person on Friday, February 28th from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.  Download and complete the 2014 Shamrock Run registration form which includes the schedule of events, fees, directions, etc.

The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.

Race Schedule:

Friday, February 28th
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup

Saturday, March 1st  RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:00AM—Tots Trot Begins (Note New Time!)
8:15AM—5K Run Steps off
8:15AM—Competitive Walk & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run Steps off
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins

For additional information, please visit http://www.shamrockrunnc.com/ and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991.

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