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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 www.raylenvineyards.com.  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 www.mistycreekwines.com. 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 www.gardengatevineyards.net.  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 www.lazyelm.com.  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. http://www.chestnuttrail.com: 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.

[The introduction and facts above are from www.visitncwines.com – Used with permission]

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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 www.MocksvilleNC.org or call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6700.

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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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iSHOPDavie Gift Shopping Expo This Thursday at WinMock at Kinderton

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Don’t miss the 2nd annual iSHOPDavie Gift Shopping Expo this Thursday, November 5th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm at WinMock at Kinderton, 168 E. Kinderton Way in Bermuda Run.

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 300 shoppers packing the majestic WinMock barn, and stocking up on holiday gifts and items purchased from local vendors. This year’s event is 100% focused on gift shopping and considered the official Kick Off to Christmas Shopping with a local flair!

Several local restaurants and caterers will be onsite offering a wide variety of food samplings and items to purchase. Davie County vineyards will offer wine tastings and bottles of wine for sale as well as several gift items. More than fifty vendors will be showcasing and selling their products and services to the public.

As a special treat to the kids and young at heart, Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit with shoppers.

Once again the Davie County Chamber is getting into the spirit of the season and raising money for Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop. Adult shoppers may purchase a glass of wine for $3.00 and the proceeds will be donated to these two local charities.

With an early sell out of vendor space, the Davie Chamber has expanded into the down stairs allowing even more shopping opportunities. Many vendors are back again this year including Birdhouses by Jerry File, Mimi’s Boutique, A Full Measure Catering, Advance Florist & Gift Boutique, California Fresh Caterers and Pearl Girls jewelry.

There are several new vendors who will be participating as well: The Daisy Depot, Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, Gemini Skincare and Flying Fish Pottery – just to name a few.

The first 300 shoppers through the door will receive a special iSHOPDAVIE reusable shopping bag and find the best selections of gifts.

The Davie County Chamber wishes to extend a Huge Thank you to Habitat Restore and Lowes Home Improvement for Decking the Halls again this year! Many of the Christmas Trees and decorations will be for sale by the Restore and will be happy to go home with you that night.

Whether you are working on your gift list or looking for a little something just for you, the Davie Chamber invites you to the iSHOPDAVIE Gift Shopping Expo this Thursday!

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

mocksville farmers market augustAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!
Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each 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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Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer at Davie County Farmers Markets

mocksville farmers market augustAdmission is free and the benefits are endless!
Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each 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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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 18th 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!

Adopt a Duck Today for Only $5
There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,  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 Davie Parks and Recreation and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville, in Cooleemee at the Zachary House, Village Auto, Davie Discount Drug, Cooleemee Town Hall and Cooleemee Hardware, and in Woodleaf at Jacobs Western Store.  For tickets and more info, call Mike Garner at 336-4078151

Cooleemee at the Zachary House or at Cooleemee Town Hall, at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and in Woodleaf at Jacob’s Western Store.  Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 6th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race 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.

 

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls open, clean and safe.  If you love the Bullhole, show your support.

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

baseball-400Pack the Park Night
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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