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Free Activities Abound this Fourth of July Holiday Weekend in Davie County!

Old Glory American Flag 2Fireworks, wagon rides through Rich Park, kiddie train rides, kiddie pedal tractor races, antique tractors, a ladies frying pan toss, and even a lawn mower parade are part of the weekend activities as our nation celebrates its 239th birthday, our community has a week planned that is filled with fun for all ages!  There are many free and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.

Free Fireworks Display – July 4th Celebration at Rich Park
Bring your family out for an evening of Fourth of July fun, music, food and fireworks.  Parking is $5 per car beginning at 5:00 pm.  You may walk in for free & parking will be available behind the Brock Gym.  Music will be available and then a Fireworks display @ 9:30.

Free Event – 16th Annual Tractor & Engine & Show Parade
All day Friday and Saturday
– The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 16th Annual PAPA Antique Tractor and Engine show.  Again, this event is free and boasts antique tractors, farm equipment, and a host of vendors.  Step back in time this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the heritage of Davie County with this event which runs Friday and Saturday. PAPA stands for Piedmont Antique Power Association, Inc.  This non-profit group exists to assist charitable organizations in the community.

The annual tractor parade through historic downtown Mocksville is a celebration of North Carolina’s rich farming heritage and a celebration of the great American spirit of Independence with a tribute to our military veterans.

There are wagon rides through Rich Park on both days.  Friday promises fun with antique displays, bingo games ($5 entry in Cow patty Bingo), tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities.  Saturday begins with a parade of Antique Tractors in historic Downtown Mocksville at 10am.  After the parade, there will be a kiddie pull, auction sale, raffle in which someone will win an antique 1950 8N Ford “Red Belly” Tractor!  There are other prizes as well including a cash prize.

Here is a list of activities to enjoy:

Friday Events:

7:00 am – Gates open to the public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
Farm equipment demonstrations through-out the day

Afternoon and Evening events:
Kiddie train rides
Kiddie pedal tractor race
Tractor skill events
Wheel barrow race
Ladies frying pan toss
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)

6:30 pm – Live Music

Saturday Events:
7:00 am – Gates open to public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display

Morning events:
9:00 am – Tractors begin to line-up for the Parade through downtown Mocksville
10:00 am – Parade begins through Mocksville
11:00 am – Kiddie pedal pull

Afternoon events:
12:30 pm – Auction of consigned and donated items
Tractor skill events
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Kiddie train rides

3:00 pm – Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money

Food will be for sale provided by the Mocksville Masonic Lodge both days.

Ice Cream will be for sale provided by PAPA For more information contact Piedmont Antique Power Association Bob Conaway @ 336.909.5818 or Arthur Bostick 336.414.7834.

Free Event ~ Lawnmower Parade with Free Ice Cream, Watermelon and Snow Cones
– Since the 1990s, Independence Day is honored by a Lawnmower Parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawnmower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 AM on Saturday, July 4th.  The parade begins at 10am.

Judges will be in the crowd and there will be prizes to win at the parade’s end on the Zachary House grounds. Bring your lawn chair and view the parade along Marginal Street.

Following the parade guests will enjoy free watermelon for all under the arbor.  Hot dogs and cold drinks will be for sale at the Cook Shack and historic displays about the American Revolution in the Forks of the Yadkin will be on view on the patio. The July 4th activities are sponsored by the Town of Cooleemee.


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Join the Cash Mob! – Let’s Do Lunch at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine

iShopDavie-holding-signThe Davie County Chamber of Commerce announces the next “Let’s Do Lunch” event for 11:45 am Tuesday, June 23rd at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine in Mocksville.  “Let’s Do Lunch” is an informal lunch event with a “Cash Mob” twist.  The Davie Chamber coordinates with local restaurants to host the event and invites the community to come out for lunch and make a difference at a local business.

Let’s Do Lunch is open to everyone – chamber members, prospects or anyone who wants to support our local restaurants.  Participating in Let’s Do Lunch is very easy – simply decide to have lunch at the designated restaurant – no reservations required!   Make plans with friends, co-workers or family members and join us on Tuesday, June 23rd at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine. You’ll enjoy a great meal while showing your support for one of our many great restaurants in Davie County.

Let’s Do Lunch” is a part of the Davie Chamber’s ishopdavie initiative which is designed to support the local business community and raise awareness of the importance of doing business where we live, send our kids to school and pay taxes.  “Let’s Do Lunch was created with two goals in mind:  first, to make a financial impact on one of our businesses and second, to keep the focus on doing business in Davie County” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  We have received very positive feedback from restaurant owners and lunch attendees.  The atmosphere is always very relaxed and welcoming.  We see large groups from nearby offices and singles who come in and join an established table – we’re all among friends and it just works!” said McManamy.

For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   Chamber members work together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout Davie County.  As the county-wide Chamber, the Davie Chamber represents businesses from Cooleemee to Advance, Mocksville to Bermuda Run and all points in between.  The Davie Chamber office is located at 135 S Salisbury Street in Mocksville where you will also find the Davie County Visitor Center and Davie County Economic Development Commission office.    For more information on joining the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, please call 336.751.3304 or visit


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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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Announcing Free Healthcare Seminars, Classes and Events from Wake Forest Baptist Health

WFBH-BestHealthWake Forest Baptist Health continues to invest in our community by providing a wealth of free resources in an initiative called BestHealth.

Besthealth offers free health seminars, screenings and lifestyle events to help you live a healthier life while staying on top of the latest advances in medicine.  In addition to free health screenings, members of the BestHealth program can receive discounts at restaurants, pet stores, salons, gift stores, and more.

All Classes Are Free  – Grab a Friend and Encourage One Another!
Classes include creative solutions for grocery store meals, fun dance classes that tingle the soul, and boot camps. This program has a lot waiting to help you become a better version of yourself.  All of the classes are free and open to the public.  Grab a friend and encourage one another.

There are programs planned for adults and programs offered for the entire family.  Classes and events are scheduled for Davie County, Clemmons and Winston Salem locations.

Become a member today by visiting

For a full list of merchants offering discounts, please visit

Adult Programs

Wed. June 10 (11:00a-12:00p): Bunions & Hammertoes
Wake Forest Baptist Health: Davie Medical Center, Plaza 1, 4th Floor Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Bermuda Run. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Thu. June 11 (12:00p-1:30p): Stroke Awareness & Prevention (Free Lunch Provided)
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Sat. June 13 (9:00a-10:00a): Boot Camp: Fitness
Jerry Long YMCA, entrance track, Clemmons. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Mon. June 15 (4:30p-5:30p): Greek Style Line Dancing
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Piedmont Plaza (Kitty Hawk Room), Winston-Salem.  Pre-Registration Required.  Wear supportive shoes. Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Wed. June 17 (2:00p-3:00p): Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Wake Forest Baptist Health: Davie Medical Center, Plaza 1 (Cardiac Classroom), Bermuda Run. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Mon. June 22 (4:00p-5:00p): Atrial Fibrillation: Causes & Effects
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Wed. June 24 (2p-4p): Advance Directive (Living Will & Healthcare Power of Attorney)
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Free notary. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Sat. June 27 (9:00a-10:00a): Boot Camp: Fitness
Jerry Long YMCA, entrance track, Clemmons. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Family Friendly Programs

Wed. June 10 (5:00p-6:00p): Container Gardening 101
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Mini-Meatloaves with Italian Peas.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email:

Tue. June 16 (6:00p-7:15p): My Kids are Driving Me Crazy!
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Positive Discipline Based Classes. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email:

Tue. June 23 (6:00p-7:00p): Learn to Cook a Balanced Meal
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Hands-on cooking class.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email:

Tue. June 30 (6:00p-7:00p): Learn to Cook a Balanced Meal
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Hands-on cooking class.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email:


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Free Concerts, Movies and River Walk Festival – This Summer in the Town of Bermuda Run

Carolina Brass Band

This summer the Town of Bermuda Run and Davie County Arts Council are offering Davie County families several free events as part of their summer concert series and summer movie nights.

Music pops a little louder in the summertime – We throw off the shackles of the indoors for refreshing summer breezes and the beautiful outdoors.  We engage our senses as we experience the world beyond our devices.  Do you enjoy taking your family out for a walk, a dance, and some laughter?  Knowing that there is something to see, something to do, something to experience, makes our time out together better.

Jazz-Up Independence Day with a 28 Member Brass Band
On June 20, 2015 at 7:00pm the North Carolina Brass Band will showcase an exhilarating performance.  This twenty-eight member band is sure to energize kids and adults alike.  This event is pocketed between Memorial Day and Independence Day to honor our fallen heroes and our great nation.  So, bring out your family for a patriotic evening that is sure to please. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Brock Performing Arts Center on N. Main St. in Mocksville.

Free Family Movie Nights at WinMock
The Town of Bermuda Run is also hosting free movies for the whole family at the WinMock Barn.  Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets to rest on the lawn.  Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.  Movies begin promptly at 8:30pm and donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are encouraged.

Movie Night Schedule
June 11 – Big Hero 6
July 9 – Despicable Me 2
August 13 – Cinderella

The River Walk Festival – Arts & Antiques By the River
On September 26th, Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council is hosting a festival to celebrate artists and antiques of Davie County.  This event, called River Walk Festival will also be held at the Kinderton Business Park.  Vendors will be on hand to sell their creative items for your home.  Also peruse many antique items sure to catch the eye of distinguished buying.  Guests will also be entertained by several local musicians with the Rain Check Band ending out the evenings festivities.  This is a free event welcome to all.

Make Your Plans to Attend Now
Band performances will be held at the Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green, 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158).  There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and some snacks while you and your family enjoy concerts, movies and the River Walk Festival.  For questions or to get more information contact either the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-300, or the Town of Bermuda Run, (336) 998-0906


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Davie County Welcomes DEX Heavy Duty Parts and 38 New Jobs

Celebrating DEX

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Davie County EDC President Terry Bralley celebrate DEX move to North Carolina.

The Volvo Group invested $2.6 million into the renovation of the 210,000 square-foot Dex building located at 2016 Cornatzer Road in Advance, North Carolina and created 38 new jobs in Davie County.  The building is located on 38 acres near Interstate 40.

Automotive Industry Discovers Davie County
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory travelled to Davie County today to welcome DEX to North Carolina.  Governor McCrory was joined by executives of the Volvo Group, Dex Heavy Duty Parts LLC and local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Dex facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.

Dex, a Volvo Group subsidiary and leading supplier of recycled, renovated and surplus medium- and heavy-duty truck parts, offers new life to trucks by offering recycled and renovated parts to second- and third-generation truck owners.

Why DEX Chose Davie County
In 2009 the Mack Truck HQ was moved from Allentown, PA to Greensboro, NC – creating some 500 new jobs.

The DEX operation relocated to Davie County from Floyd, Virginia in August of 2014.  They moved to Davie County for close-in access to major Interstate Highways I-40, I-77 and I-85, access to an educated workforce, and the ability to “recycle” an existing textile manufacturing plant to a new life – which is what Dex does – “recycles” trucks and truck parts.

“The Volvo Group is pleased to open another facility in North Carolina,” said Dennis Slagle, president of Volvo Group Trucks Sales North America. “Dex Heavy Duty Parts takes old trucks and recycles them – refurbishing some parts for resale and recycling others for reuse – which is not only a natural extension of our business, but perfectly exemplifies our core value of care for the environment.”

“Since 2012, Dex has recycled more than three million pounds of material,” said Darin Redmon, director of operations for Dex Heavy Duty Parts. “We are the only OEM that has a complete lifecycle channel for its products.”

Governor McCrory Welcomes Volvo/DEX to North Carolina
“We welcome this investment by the Volvo Group and Dex Heavy Duty Parts in our state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “It’s always great to see companies move to North Carolina and we appreciate Dex Heavy Duty Parts’ commitment to our state and environment. Employers know North Carolina is a great place to invest because of our friendly business climate, infrastructure and talented workforce.”

According to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, “DEX came to Davie County because we had the right building available, with rail service, at the right location. We have only a couple of existing buildings still available for companies looking at a Davie County location.  We have plenty of sites available but most companies are looking for existing buildings. For additional information on doing business in Davie County, North Carolina, please visit


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Another Win for Davie County – Avgol to Invest $40 Million & Create 50 New Jobs

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

Avgol has announced plans to invest $40,000,000 and create 50 new jobs in Mocksville by expanding and adding a new production line to its plant in Mocksville.  The addition of a fifth production line will make the Mocksville plant the world’s largest single producer of non-woven fabric.

Jessi Andrade, (Avgol Human Resource Manager) mentioned that Avgol plans to hire several skill level positions in the summer of 2015 to “give them a year of training on the job.”  Avgol expects to host a job fair late in 2015 or early 2016 to hire additional positions. The average annual salary for these new jobs at Avgol will be $35,000 with benefits.

Avgol, a global leader in the production of non-woven fabric for things like diapers and feminine products has recently been eying a place to expand operations to keep up with increased product demand.   Avgol has four facilities across the globe: Tel-Aviv, Israel; Hubei, China; Tula, Russia; and Mocksville, North Carolina, USA.  With all of these options, Avgol chose Mocksville for this growth.

Transportation and Logistics:  Rail in Davie County Helps Fuel Economic Growth
The new Avgol production line in Mocksville represents the 4th expansion for Avgol in Davie County since they purchased the plant from Unifi in 2001.  At that time the plant consisted of a single production line.  The installation of a rail spur in 2005 for the delivery of inbound raw materials for manufacturing has helped make NC and Davie County a strategic location for Avgol.

Engineered Non-Woven Fabrics – Science & Industry Join Forces, Fuel Job Growth
The manufacturing of engineered fabrics is at the leading edge of a textile revival in North Carolina and advanced technology is at the heart of non-woven manufacturing.  Avgol has utilized training and support services provided by North Carolina State University’s Non-Woven Institute (NWI).

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics.  The NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.

Economic Development Trending Up for Davie
Add Avgol to a string of recent economic development victories like Ashley Furniture and Gildan ActiveWear and you discover a trend; furniture and textile manufacturing is coming back. Ashley furniture will have 1200 employees by year end and Gildan is on track to have 300 employees.

Andrade explained that Avgol offers “great benefits and the wages are competitive. If you or someone you know is interested in working with Avgol, the best thing to do is drop by and talk with us, and be on the lookout for our job fair later this year.”

Davie County Winning the Global Competition for Jobs
For this win, Davie County and the Town of Mocksville both approved economic development incentives that were a key piece of this victory.  Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission tells us that economic development is a team sport.  If we continue working together as a community, Davie County continue to win the global competition for jobs.

Please join us in thanking Avgol for continuing to invest in Davie County!


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300 More Jobs for Davie County as Ashley Furniture Continues to Grow

Davie_County_NC_Jobs-2It takes all kinds of jobs to run a furniture company and Ashley Furniture is bringing even more of those jobs to Davie County.  It was announced today that over the next several months Ashley Furniture will add 300 jobs to the manufacturing center in Davie County bringing the total Ashley Furniture Davie County workforce to 1,200 employees.

Ashley Furniture – Under Promising and Over-Delivering
Reality rarely beats projections when it comes to initial projections on the number of jobs to be created when a new facility opens.  In Ashley Furniture’s case, the reality blows the early projections out of the water!  When Ashley first announced the opening of a new manufacturing center in Advance, NC they committed to having a workforce of 550 in place by 2017.  As of May, 2015 the facility already employs over 800 people.  With over 2,8 million square feet (65 acres under roof), the Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina is poised to become the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the world.

Job seekers should apply in-person at the Davie County plant or online at  Many of these jobs are also posted to

Why Ashley Furniture Selected Davie County
The decision on where to invest in a new manufacturing plant is one of the most important decisions a company makes. Long term success for the company requires the right location, the availability of a skilled workforce, strong workforce development programs, and well developed utility, energy, communication, and transportation assets.  All of these components are in place in Davie County.

Davie County’s location in central North Carolina, bisected by I-40, with I-85 and I-77 only minutes away is within a one day drive of 60% of the US market, one half of the nation’s population and one trillion dollars of industrial production. Rail freight services available through Southern and Norfolk Southern and two major airports within about an hour’s drive also make Davie County an attractive location for manufacturing.

Davie County Economic Development Commission
A key player in helping match companies in search of new opportunities with critical infrastructure and land-related resources is the Davie County Economic Development Commission.  Visit the Davie County EDC web site to learn what Davie County has to offer for businesses of all sizes in one of North Carolina’s most progressive and business friendly counties.

Ashley Furniture is a Global Company with Operations in 123 Countries
Ashley Furniture has been in business since 1945.  It began manufacturing furniture in 1970 in Arcadia, Wis.  Today Ashley, who has been showcasing its products at High Point Market for close to 40 years, is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world.  The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California and has a distribution warehouse facility located in Brandon, Fla.  Today Ashley employs 12,000 employees in the United States. All of Ashley’s manufacturing operations are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to maximize efficiencies to better serve customers’ needs.  Ashley is a global company doing business in 123 countries… AND Davie County, North Carolina!

In the News:
MyFox8 – Ashley Furniture Adding 300 Jobs in Davie County
WXII12 – Ashley Furniture plans to add 300 jobs within months in Davie County
Triad Business Journal – Ashley adding 300 jobs at Davie plant


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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

kidsfest-mocksville-postKidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is co-sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, fire truck and smoke house, bunnies, a magic show and Balloonist, Zumba, YMCA obstacle course and Yoga, Lowe’s Build and Grow, Mad Science, door prizes and more.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11:00 AM.  New to KidsFest this year will be North Carolina Rail Yard Buddies with an O gauge display of model trains.

Family Resouces
Parent/Child sessions including bike safety, in conjunction with Active Routes to School bike helmet fittings (while supplies last). There will be many representatives from community non-profits and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources.

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required to receive tickets and passes for some of the activities and to be eligible for a drawing for a family prize basket.

There were over 800 folks in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at

Schedule of Activities – 2015 Kidsfest

TIME Presentation Location Presenter
10:00-12:45 Raffle Tickets Inside / Outside Smart Start
10:00-10:15 Welcome & Announcements Main Stage Smart Start / DJ
10:20-10:35 Zumba Main Stage Krysta Gary
10:40-10:50 Announcements Main Stage DJ
11:00-11:30 Davie Combined Chorus Main Stage Davie County Elementary Schools
11:35-11:50 Yoga Main Stage Pearl Holston
11:55-12:25 Magic Show Main Stage Ryan Short
12:30-12:40 Announcements/Last Call Tickets Main Stage DJ
12:45 Ticket Sales Stop ************************* *************************
1:00-1:15 Raffle Winners Main Stage Smart Start/DJ
1:30-2:00 Announcement / Thanks! Main Stage Smart Start

***Balloon Sculpting by Ryan Short throughout the day***

10:00-2:00 Entertainments/Crafts/Games Inside/Outside Vendors
10:00-Gone Bike Helmets/Bike Safety Class Inside Smart Start/Active Routes to School/Mocksville Police Dept.
10:00-2:00 Bounce Houses Outside Smart Start
10:00-2:00 Mad Science Outside Mad Science
10:00-2:00 Face Painting Outside FEA
10:00-2:00 Slushy Outside Sunset Slush
10:00-2:00 Trains Inside NC Rail Yard Buddies
10:00-2:00 Lowes Build and Grow Outside Lowes




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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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Free Community Event this Saturday ~ “A Tapestry of Talent at Ashley for the Arts Festival”

Ashley for the Arts - A Tapestry ofTalent

Musical Theatre, Film Productions, Dance, Choral and Instrumental Performances
On Saturday, May 9 from 1-5 PM Davie County Schools will host the 5th Annual Arts Smart Festival sponsored by the Ashley for the Arts national initiative, now known as the Ashley for the Arts Festival.

This exciting event will take place at Davie High School in the cafeteria, gymnasiums, and art classrooms.  Every arts educator in Davie County Schools will be bringing students to perform or exhibit their art work. The activities are designed to entice all ages to participate in art and music making.

Performances will include musical theatre, film productions, and dance, as well as choral and instrumental music. The entire community is invited to this wonderful event focused on Davie County families.

“The Arts have the power to enhance society with extraordinary grace and incalculable value.”
– Todd Wanek
President & CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc.

Tapestry of Talent
The theme of this year’s Ashley for the Arts Festival is Tapestry of Talent, an afternoon of experiencing and participating in the arts.  Through the generosity of Ashley Furniture and the Ashley for the Arts initiative, arts educators throughout Davie County have been able to participate in grants for equipment, instructional supplies, instruments and instrument repairs and technology for the arts classrooms.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Ashley Furniture for their generous support of The Arts in Davie County Schools.  Join us on Saturday, May 9 from 1-5 PM at Davie County High School and enjoy the superb talent of our student artists.


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All Veterans Invited! Veterans Coffee Thursday, May 7, in Mocksville

veterans coffeeThe monthly Veterans’ Coffee will be held in Mocksville this Thursday, May 7th from 8:30‐10:30 am at Sagebrush Steakhouse, 1562 Yadkinville Road.  This is a monthly event scheduled for the first Thursday of each month.  Veterans have the opportunity to meet, share stories, and enjoy informal presentations by community organizations in Davie County.

Don Timmons, Event Coordinator and Vietnam veteran, explained Hospice & Palliative CareCenter’s involvement. “We are inviting local veterans to enjoy these Coffee events as our way of saying thanks for your service, to provide an opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie and also to offer access to local resources that our veterans may not be aware of.”

Around the country and here in North Carolina similar events are being held to provide veterans a place to gather and for local health and human service organizations to show their support by offering a casual environment where veterans can meet and learn about services available to them.

Through “We Honor Veterans”, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and Veterans Administration (VA), Hospice & Palliative CareCenter is better serving our veteran and their families.

Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to Sheet’s for providing pastries, Sagebrush Steakhouse for providing space and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) for hosting these events as part of its “We Honor Veteran’s”  program along with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and the Hospice and Palliative CareCenter.

For more information, please call 336 331-1309.

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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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Free Community Event This Saturday – Healthy Family Day Expo!

healthyfamilydayThe Davie County Chamber and the Davie Family YMCA are pleased to present Healthy Family Day Expo 2015 on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Davie Family YMCA, 215 Cemetery Street in Mocksville.  The Healthy Family Day Expo runs from 9am to 1pm and is free to the public.  This year, we are combining our annual community Health Expo with Healthy Kids Day to create one big event for the whole family!  Several vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services along with a lot of fun kid activities will be set up under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.

Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Center, the Healthy Family Day Expo offers access to important information, direct interaction with a variety of medical service providers as well as fun and healthy activities for kids.  Several free health screenings will be offered including blood pressure, stroke screening, hearing assessments, total cholesterol, BMI and much more.  With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal wellbeing at an all-time high, Health Family Day Expo provides residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.

Healthy Family Day Expo is a collaborative effort of the Davie Family YMCA and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce to connect our health and wellness businesses and children oriented organizations & businesses directly with our community in an environment that promotes complete health in spirit, mind and body.   “Our Healthy Family Day Expo was established as a community service event and provides an opportunity for each organization to serve its members and the Davie community.” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“The Davie Family Y is committed to healthy living for the entire family. We’re excited to partner with the Davie Chamber to provide resources for the community to learn about wellness options,” shared Christina Moser, Senior Program Director of the Davie Family YMCA. “The first step in any wellness journey is knowledge, and the Healthy Family Day Expo is a great place to gather information about making healthy choices for your whole family.”

Plan to head to the Davie Family YMCA on Saturday, April 25th.  Do it for your health and do it for the health of your family!  For more information contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 751-3304 or the Davie Family Y at 751-9622.

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.  As the countywide Chamber, we represent businesses from Cooleemee to Advance, Mocksville to Bermuda Run and all points in between.   Our office is located at 135 S Salisbury Street in Mocksville where you will also find the Davie County Visitor Center and Davie County Economic Development Commission office.  

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. We are dedicated to social responsibility with efforts such as the Literacy Initiative, a completely free program that helps adults in our community learn to read and provides ESL tutoring. Learn more at and on


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Enter the Discover Davie County Photo Contest!

Discover Davie Photo Contest Artilce ImageWhether photography is your passion, your hobby, or just an occasional pastime, you are invited to participate in the Discover Davie County photo contest sponsored by Davie Life Magazine and your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This is your chance to have one of your photographs possibly published on the cover of Davie Life Magazine or on the annual Davie Chamber Community Guide!

Everyone Encouraged to Participate
Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter.  The official contest rules are available at the  Entry deadline is Monday, June 1 so there is still plenty of time to get out into the county to compose your winning entry!

It’s Easy to Enter

  • Take a Photo from one of the categories – a local business or attraction or the scenic beauty of Davie during any season.
  • For each Photo entry: Submit a high resolution JPEG image on a CD along with a completed application form. Please label your CD with your name & category (CD’s will not be returned).
  • Photos must be submitted by the original photographer. Your signed entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
  • All Photos will become property of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and DavieLiFE Magazine and may be used in additional publications without additional consent.

Dust off that photography equipment and get busy… entry deadline of June 1 will be here before you know it.  Good luck!


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