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With amazing art, live music and crafts for the kids, you will not want to miss the River Walk Art Festival this Saturday, September 24th, from 11 am- 9:30 pm at the Town Square, 120 Kinderton Boulevard in the Town of Bermuda Run.
This free family-friendly event will feature free activities for the kids, live music throughout the day, and 25 artists from across North Carolina. Artistic mediums will include wood carvings, acrylic paintings, jewelry, pottery, watercolors, textiles, and metals. Many of the artists will also be demonstrating their talents and answering questions about their technique.
Unique Creations by North Carolina Artists
Gifted artists participating in the festival, many of whom are from Davie County, include Mike Bennett, Carl Bishop, Pam Bostian, Susan Bostian, Danny Casstevens, Eva Casstevens, Dempsy Calhoun, Susie Christiansen, Beth Cox, Linda Fowler, Denise Harrison, Melanie Holloway, Chris Joss, Kris Joss, Joan Means, Carol Miller, Clint Miller, Joseph Miller, Thomas Mock, Gay Poteet, Dr. Kenneth Rethmeier, Judith Rush, Tim Trudgeon, Bruce White, and Jessica Wright.
Live Music Will Have You Clapping and Tapping!
A day of art would not be complete without great music. The Davie County Community Band will perform from 1:15 PM until 2:00 PM. The well-known Second Chance Bluegrass Band will take the stage from 2:30- 4:45 and the day will close with Back Porch Bluegrass Band performing from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM.
Second Chance Bluegrass Band is comprised of four musically versatile artists that are quickly earning a reputation on the regional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel circuit for delighting audiences with their intricate, all-male harmonies, and their high-energy, acoustical sound that is sure to make you clap your hands and tap your feet.
Second Chance Bluegrass is committed to serving God, whom they feel has given them a second chance in life through the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Armed with this commitment and living this mission, 2CB is pickin’ and singin’ a message of what they simply describe as, “bluegrass blessing” to a diverse fan base of music lovers that spans the entire southeast.
Back Porch Bluegrass Band is known throughout the state for their traditional hard-driving bluegrass style. From the traditional songs of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Lonesome River Band, and Blue Highway to the contemporary flair and artistry of the Kruger Brothers, BackPorch Bluegrass is a fan favorite wherever they play
Imagination Castle offers free fun for the kids
There will be a special treat for children. They can visit the Imagination Castle to create a work of art of their own. While at the Imagination Castle children can have their face painted by a talented cosmetic artist. All of these children’s activities are FREE for them to enjoy!
Grab your lawn chair and a cooler and enjoy great art while relaxing to the sounds of some enjoyable bluegrass music. Food trucks will also be on site to offer a variety of foods and beverages for purchase. The rain date is October 1st.
River Walk is sponsored by the Town of Bermuda Run and is being presented by the Davie County Arts Council. For more information about River Walk, please call the arts council at 336-751-3112.
Comfort Bilt® Windows and Doors has manufactured millions of storm doors and windows at its Davie County plant during the past seventeen years.
Part of the LARSON family of companies, Comfort Bilt® began operations in Mocksville in 1999 with just one product. Today, nine different product lines are manufactured by 200 dedicated employees residing in Davie and surrounding counties.
The company manufactures both stock and custom storm doors and windows, including many sold at Lowe’s and other home improvement stores.
A Quiet Giant and an Exceptional Place to Work
A quiet giant, Comfort Bilt® has flown under the Davie County radar for many years, but Michael Barron, plant manager, would like to change that and share with the community what makes Comfort Bilt® an exceptional place to work.
“I don’t know that the community knows that we are here, what we do, or how much opportunity we have to offer,” Barron said. “We are proud of the fact that we’ve never had a layoff, even during the recession. We’ve added a new product line about every 1 ½ years and will be adding another new one next year.”
Comfort Bilt is Hiring
The company is currently hiring as many as 20 new employees in preparation for the new product line that debuts next year. Both Debbie’s Staffing and The Resource are taking applications for those positions since temporary to permanent is the way the company has hired most of its employees.
In addition to good benefits, Barron is proud of the little extras the company offers its employees like turkeys and hams at Thanksgiving and Christmas and a trip to Carowinds for full-time employees and their families.
Comfort Bilt & Southpoint Business Park – a Match made in Heaven
Comfort Bilt got its start in Davie County in 1999 as the first tenant of the SouthPoint Business Park on Hwy 601 in Mocksville. Its parent company, LARSON Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Brookings, South Dakota, had been seeking an East Coast location.
According to Barron, the company desired a location in a growing area near an interstate, with competitive property prices, good utilities, and a skilled labor force where it could develop a good working relationship with city and county government.
At the same time, Joe Hollingsworth of the Hollingsworth group was looking for a manufacturer to anchor his brand new business park by purchasing or leasing the first 86,000 square foot speculation building. That original 86,000 square feet expanded to 194,000 square feet in 2004.
LARSON liked the location and Hollingsworth was willing to accommodate the company’s needs by flying an architect out to the plant in Brookings to ensure that the new Mocksville location would meet all requirements.
Terry Bralley, President of Davie County Economic Development Commission, said it was a match made in heaven. “Without the business park, LARSON wouldn’t be here, and without LARSON, there’d be no business park.”
“The venture also served as a learning curve for the Davie County community, teaching us how to attract industry and how to create jobs,” he added.
Comfort Bilt continues to thrive in Davie County.
Together, Comfort Bilt Windows and Doors and the SouthPoint Business Park have helped fuel the manufacturing boom that has provided Davie County with hundreds of needed jobs as well as increased tax base.
“We are growing, and where there is growth, there is opportunity,” Barron said.
Dust off your boots, put on your best country-western attire, and give the gift of hope by attending Just HOPE’S Raise the Barn for HOPE on Saturday, September 17th at the Triple J Barn Event Center.
Just HOPE, Inc Gives Hope Where it is Needed Most
Just HOPE, Inc. is a Community Outreach Agency with a focus on the displaced, homeless, and those without reliable transportation.
Raise the Barn for HOPE will be held from 6:30-10:30 PM at the wonderfully rustic Triple J Barn Event Center in Mocksville. Enjoy a night of good food, good fun, and good company for a great cause! DJ Willi and The Jason Leake Band will provide the entertainment. There will be a best boot contest, corn-hole tournaments, a full BBQ dinner with all the fixin’s, a silent auction, dancing, cash bar, and so much more!
Fabulous silent auction items include:
Mountain Getaway – (4)Tweetsie Railroad Tickets, (4) Grandfather Mountain Tickets, $50 gas card, and $25 Cracker Barrel food card
Pamper Yourself – Manicure gift certificate, Pure Barre gift certificate, Ed Hardy fragrance set, bath & body set, $50 Davie Jewelers gift card, Paint & Sip certificate, bottle of wine, Honor Darling gift certificate, Styled Gatherings necklace
Romantic Getaway – A night’s stay at The Cedars Bed & Breakfast in Mooresville, $50 Bloomin’ Brands food card (Outback, Bonefish Grille, Carrabba’s, or Flemings), $25 gas card, bottle of wine
Family Stay-cation Pack – $25 gas card, (4)Adventure Landing Fun Day pack, $20 Monte Del Rey’s gift card, $20 Kent’s Kitchen gift card, (4)Greensboro Science Center passes
Family Trip – Week stay at SeaSpray Condo in Atlantic Beach (Beach view, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6)
Jockey Gift Baskets – Men’s and women’s undergarment selections
Men’s Basket – Auto-Zone gift cards, car detailing kit, fragrance set, Tanglewood golf certificate
Recliner – Brayden chocolate brown electric recliner and movie gift pack
Golf Pack – (2) free green fees, golf bag, golf balls, golf shirt.
Girls Night Out – Sip & paint certificate, bottle of wine, $25 gas card, Davie Tavern gift certificate
Fitness package – $385 worth of personal fitness sessions at Torque Fitness, water bottle, Muscle Milk packs
Outdoor Adventure – (4) fishing rods, 4-person tent, (2) chairs, (2) pillows, lantern, tent loft, (2) sleeping bags, (2) camping mats, weekend pass to Lake Myers
Outdoor Set – (2) fishing rods, outdoor grill, s’mores kit, grill accessories
Christmas Basket – Christmas decor galore!
How Does Just HOPE Inc. Serve Our Community?
Just HOPE, also known as JHI, was founded in January of 2010 by Krystal Dumas as a mobile food pantry to serve those who lacked reliable transportation to get to valuable resources and services. Most of the clients served didn’t qualify for traditional assistance, such as food stamps or Work First. The mobile pantry is still in operation and delivers to an average of 75 families monthly along with emergency cases on a day to day basis.
“We wanted to meet people’s needs but not duplicate services offered by other agencies in the county,” Dumas said. “That’s how we ended up focusing on the homeless and those without transportation.”
According to Dumas, the homeless population in Davie County has been overlooked for a long time, mainly because most people thought they didn’t exist.
“Families are going through hard times and falling through government program cracks. These families are living in multi-family households with unsafe sleeping situations, living in motels, sleeping in their cars, and even residing in tents wherever they can find a vacant space of land,” she said. “Until JHI started the Homeless Prevention Program in 2013, Davie County did not have specific resources or agencies dedicated to helping this population.”
Slowly but surely, these families are being assisted by JHI in finding permanent shelter…somewhere to call HOME.
“Once we’ve addressed a family’s hunger needs, we work to identify the root cause of why they are in the situation they are in,” Dumas said. “Sometimes it is because of high rent, high electricity bills, or high repair bills on their home. Often it is because a parent is underemployed or has lost a job. No two families’ situation is the same.”
“It is easier to find the root of the problem than to continue applying a band-aid,” she added. “Many of our elderly clients are on a fixed income and will continue to need some assistance, but most of our families only need our services for three to six months after we address the root of their needs.”
While these families transition to their own home, they need assistance with many different things. JHI assists with food and hygiene items, job search, budget building, agency referrals, case management, substance abuse referrals, and counseling. Until they locate permanent housing, JHI’s home office acts as their mail center, a place to use the phone and receive important messages, and an escape from the harsh weather conditions during the day. JHI operates a family day center that offers amenities often not available to families living in a tent or hotel room. Computers are available for job searches, creating resumes, taking online classes and doing homework. A family room with couches provides families a place to hang out together and JHI hosts weekly dinner & a movie and board game nights.
“The family day center is really a kind of therapy,” said Dumas. “It helps the families to interact with other families going through similar situations. Often they are able to help each other and learn from each other.”
After they find housing, JHI assists with furniture, clothing, and household items from its in-house thrift store, which it operates to help fund its services.
Currently, the thrift store and the family day center are sharing the same space. Dumas said that the money raised through Raise the Barn for HOPE will be used to build a separate day center that will include a laundry room and expanded bathroom facilities including showers. It will also provide the families using the services a little privacy.
Dumas is extremely grateful to the generous sponsors who are making the event possible. They include:
Platinum – Bill & Kathy Junker
Silver – DavieLife Magazine, Davie Outfitters, Jus’ Go Play
Bronze – Allen Geomatics, Hillsdale Real Estate Group, Jockey, Kountry Kids, La Carreta of Advance, Meg Brown Furnishings, Restoration MedSpa, VF Jeanswear, Woodard & Co.
Patron – Foster Drug, Fuller Contracting, Hillsdale Dental, Howard Realty, Marlin Chiropractic, Dr. John Price & Kim Price
Tickets for Raise the Barn for Hope are $40 per person or $75 per couple, and can be purchased at 277 North Main Street in Mocksville or by contacting Krystal Dumas at (336) 909-4241.
You Can Help Too!
JHI gladly accepts donations of food, supplies, coupons, or money from individuals, businesses, and organizations. The thrift store accepts clothing, shoes, movies, books, household items, furniture, and other items families would need that are starting over in a new home. As a non-profit agency, JHI is always in looking for organizations to sponsor food or hygiene item drives, or other fundraisers.
Just HOPE Inc. is a United Way partner agency and is located at 277 North Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028. For more information about the organization, it services, or hours of operation, visit www.justHOPEinc.org or call (336) 909-4241.
Dust off your helmet and shine up your bike, it’s time for the Seventh Annual Tour of Farmington. On Saturday morning, September 10th, enthusiasts of all ages will meet at the Farmington Community Center to enjoy one of America’s fastest growing pastimes — cycling.
From families with children to hobbyists to serious cyclists, the Tour of Farmington has a route for everyone. Cyclists can register at www.active.com for $35 each. The first 150 registered participants will receive a free t-shirt. Onsite registration will open at 7 am the day of the event.
All ages and abilities welcome
So far, around 80 riders have registered for the charity event, which features bike rides of various lengths — 63, 43, 23, and 13 miles — that weave through the picturesque Farmington area.
New this year is a kids cycling event, hosted by the Davie Recreation and Parks Department,
which will run from 10:30 am to noon.
Cyclists completing the 63 mile ride can push themselves a little harder this year by participating in the Farmington Challenge. The Challenge costs an extra $20 entrance fee, but the first person to cross the finish line will receive half of that money as well as a yellow jersey to keep until next year.
The event runs from 8 am – 2 pm and begins with a light breakfast, coffee, and juice, and ends with a hearty lunch. Caroline Freeman, owner of the nearby Feed Bag restaurant, has provided breakfast for the Tour ever since it began.
Farmington Community Nature Park – 63 Acres of hiking, biking and more!
The Tour of Farmington has become a true community event. Local law enforcement provides parking assistance and community volunteers provide food and beverages along the route. SAG (support and gear) teams will patrol the routes to offer assistance to anyone who needs it.
Additional volunteers are still needed.
Last year’s event raised $11,000 through the $35 entry fee paid by each of the 193 cyclists as well as sponsorships from local businesses. All proceeds benefit the Farmington Community Nature Park. Major sponsors this year include Wal-Mart, the United Way of Davie County, Smith Excavating and the Farmington Ruritan Club.
Garry Steele founded the Tour of Farmington seven years ago to raise funds for the Farmington Nature Park, which was created from a 63-acre tract of land donated to the Farmington Community Center in 2007 by Louis C. and Martha Smith.
The park currently features a hiking and mountain biking trail in addition to areas for fishing. Future plans include a cyclocross area, disc golf course and outdoor amphitheater. There are also plans to pave another area for parking.
An avid cyclist, Steele had no doubt that the event would become a great success. “I enjoy mountain trails as well as riding along the road,” he said. “Cycling is such great exercise and has grown so much in our area in the past few years.”
He noted that the first ride began with 19 riders and has continued to grow, with 37 the second year, 57 who braved the rain during the third, 115 the 4th, 155 the 5th, and finally 193 last year. He would love to see 250 cyclists this year.
Allyson Sawtelle, event co-chair as well as the president of the Farmington Community Association, started road biking in 2012. She began volunteering with the Tour of Farmington because she loves cycling and believes in the mission of the community center.
“The Farmington Community Center offers a family-friendly atmosphere with low or no cost activities for all ages and all interests,” she said. She looks forward to those activities continuing to grow, thanks in part to the money raised by the Tour of Farmington.
For more information about the Tour of Farmington, or to volunteer, call Allyson Sawtelle 336.655.2700 or Gary Steele 336.244.1080
The Farmington Community Center is located at 1723 Farmington Road, Mocksville, NC 27028.
Our community thrives when we choose to purchase goods and services where we live, pay taxes and send our kids to school!
Something as simple as going out to dinner at a local restaurant helps to strengthen the quality of life here at home by investing in our businesses, keeping jobs in our community, and the sales tax paid to local businesses stays in Davie County. This sales tax supports our law enforcement, our fire-fighters, our education system, our parks, and our way of life.
When local businesses succeed, more jobs stay right in our backyard, which also means more employees spending money in our community.
As local businesses grow, they tend to donate to and support local non-profits and charitable causes that care for you and your neighbors, making our community a better place to live.
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s “Shop Local” campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County. The iShopDavie tab on the Chamber’s website highlights deals at local businesses or download the app so that you take advantage of local deals on the run.
Think Davie First!
“We want residents to think Davie First because every time money is spent out of the county it’s improving someone else’s community, not ours,” said Carolyn McManamy, president of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “We all want to live in a strong and vibrant community and so it makes sense that doing our business in Davie County – like shopping, dining, and getting gas as well as using local landscapers, banks and doctors makes a tremendous impact here. Simply put – it really matters where we spend our money.”
“Local shopping is crucial to our continued growth, because the success of local businesses attracts and encourages other entrepreneurs to start local businesses, which leads to more jobs and revenue re-circulating throughout our community, said Terry Bralley, president of Davie County Economic Development.
It matters where we spend our money! Think before you spend – check out what’s already here in Davie County.
For more information, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With art stations, a bounce house, and more, kids age 5 and above won’t want to miss Kid’s Art Walk – “A Passport to Art” this Saturday, August 20th, from 10 am – 2 pm at Wild Mountain Designs & Art in Farmington.
Come out and travel to 8 different art stations, everything from painting abstracts with squirt guns, stained glass, woodworking, craft making, string/beads and clay. The fee is $45 per child and includes all the supplies as well as snacks.
Creating beautiful artwork inspired by the world around us is the passion of Wild Mountain Designs and Art. Located in Davie County’s Historic Farmington Community, the studio is open to artists of every age and skill level. Artist and studio owner, Bruce White, devotes himself to his students, seeking to instill in them the love of art while also taking the intimidation out of painting.
Wild Mountain Designs & Art also serves as the home of Bruce’s professional gallery, and serves as the setting for Sip and Paint events, private art lessons and an art supply and gift shop.
“We all have a beauty within us and painting allows that beauty to come out,” said White, who has also spent time teaching aspiring artists at Forsyth Technical Community College, The Brock Performing Arts Studio.
Wild Mountain Designs & Art is located at 1890 Farmington Road, Mocksville, (next to the Fire Dept.) For more information or to register, call 336-940-9178 or email email@example.com. Visit http://www.WildMountainArts.com to discover all that Wild Mountain Arts has to offer.
Nothing says summer like a picnic — crispy fried chicken, tangy garden tomatoes, and thick slices of sweet watermelon. You won’t want to miss the annual Masonic Picnic this Saturday, August 13th at 6 pm at the Masonic Picnic grounds in Mocksville.
The picnic, traditionally held on the second Thursday in August, was changed to Saturday evening this year in hopes that more people will be able to attend.
In addition to the buffet of mouthwatering foods, there will be musical entertainment by the Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band, and a bounce house and free ice cream for the children. Tickets will be $8 for all you can eat or $1 if you bring a basket of food. The event will be held rain or shine.
The first Mocksville Masonic Picnic was held June 24, 1878, and is now the longest running Masonic charity event in North Carolina. All proceeds benefit the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford http://mhc-oxford.org/ and the Masonic and Eastern Star Home in Greensboro.
This year’s event will honor George and Brooke Martin for their contributions to Davie County over the years. Judge Jimmy Myers will serve as the featured speaker.
History of the Mocksville Masonic Picnic
According to “The History of Mocksville Masonic Picnic , ” in the 1870s, the town’s three Sunday schools enjoyed picnicing together at the “Shoals,” where the town of Cooleemee is now located. On one of those occasions, John H. Stewart suggested that the money left over from purchasing refreshments be sent to the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford.
It was customary for the superintendent of the orphanage to tour the state with a group of the orphans and give concerts. In 1874, following a concert at the Presbyterian Church in Mocksville, Mocksville Lodge #134 made a $25.00 donation to the orphanage. Four years later, when it was their turn to provide lodging for the superintendent and orphans during their upcoming visit, the Lodge decided to host a picnic in their honor on June 24, 1878 and invited Davie County’s other three Masonic Lodges: Farmington Lodge #265, Jerusalem Lodge #315, and County Line Lodge #224.
In 1883, the “Orphan Picnic” was relocated to “Clement Grove.” In 1897, recognizing the Picnic as a yearly affair, the Lodge purchased the grounds to become a permanent location. Interest in the annual Masonic Picnic, which now was held on the second Thursday in August, steadily increased. The crowds increased from year to year, and fame of the Picnic spread far beyond the borders of the State. It became an annual “Homecoming Day” for former citizens of Mocksville and Davie County who were living elsewhere.
Although times have changed and people have come and gone, the Mocksville Masonic Picnic has endured the test of time by providing great food and great fellowship for a great cause.
The Masonic Picnic Grounds are located at 201 Poplar Street, behind the Brock Performing Arts Center. The event will be held rain or shine.
Photos of past picnics and photos of all things historic in Davie County are available online in the Davie County Public Library Digital Davie Collection. Be warned, there are tons of amazing historic photos in the collection and visiting Digital Davie may take up your entire afternoon!
On Saturday, August 6, 4-8 pm, world renowned soccer stars Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Tisha Hock of Team First will be at the BB&T Soccer Complex in the Town of Bermuda Run hosting a soccer clinic for girls 8-12 years old. The clinic will be held at the Twin City Soccer Park in the Town of Bermuda Run as part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Live Fearless program.
A once in a lifetime opportunity
For the girls selected to attend the clinic from the BCBS Live Fearless Program and from the Twin City youth Soccer Association, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend quality time on the soccer field with some of the women who brought soccer to the forefront of the sports world.
Team First, founded in 2010 by Olympic gold-medalists Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly and Venturini-Hoch, tours the country teaching young women and girls soccer skills with an emphasis on team play.
Hamm, Lilly and Venturini-Hoch played together in college at UNC Chapel Hill before becoming members of the 1996 Olympic soccer team that won gold. The women possess five Olympic gold medals, five World Cup championships and 12 NCAA titles between them.
Lessons at Team First were designed to go beyond the soccer field.
“We want them to feel better about themselves, more confident, where they are not afraid to try new things” Lilly said. “We tell them when they come here, ‘We are not picking you for a team. We want you to try things you haven’t tried and get out of the comfort zone.’
“Once they get out of that comfort zone, then they are like, ‘Wow, I can do this,’ and they build some more confidence.”
“We know that we might not be able to reach every girl that is out here, but hopefully one aspect of each session will resonate and they’ll be able go and gain confidence,” said two-time gold-medalist Mia Hamm. “Not just on the field, but off the field, and know how they interact with each other – how they approach their schoolwork and really understand it’s about your commitment, your mentality and how you step into the situation.
“Even the players who just come out for the first or second time, who you see the confidence grow in what they’re doing, and you see them come out of their shell. I think, for us, that’s one of the most rewarding things, because we just understand, outside of playing at the highest level, the confidence this game gave us.”
While there are no open spaces available at the clinic this Saturday, please visit the Twin City Youth Soccer Association for information on future events at BB&T Soccer Park in Bermuda Run.
Enjoy a great evening of fun for the entire family as Downtown Mocksville welcomes one of the fastest growing sports in America.
Watch as amateur and nationally acclaimed pro cyclists race in a loop around Downtown Mocksville reaching speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
On Thursday, August 4, folks from Davie County and surrounding communities will get a taste of this exciting sport during the 2016 Giordana Crossroads Classic Criterium in Downtown Mocksville. Cyclists will compete in timed races, three consisting of amateur riders (though cash prizes are awarded), and races pitting riders from professional teams against each other in 60 minutes of what can only be described as hair-raising action.
There are a couple of things that make a criterium a great spectator sport. Watch a multi-stage bicycle race like the Tour De France in person, and you get a single glimpse of the horde of rides – but the short, closed-circuit of a criterium means you can see the cyclists jockeying for position for almost the entire event. The Mocksville course is a mere half-mile in length, and pros can hit speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Add in 90-degree turns, and what you’ve got is pretty much a pedal-powered version of NASCAR.
While the bulk of teams will come from North and South Carolina, cash prizes and the thrill of competition lure teams from across the nation to take part in the Crossroads Classic. Last year, for instance, professional teams from California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia made the journey to Mocksville.
The start/finish will be located on Main Street near the Courthouse and the cyclists will transverse Main Street, Water Street, Salisbury Street, and Gaither Street.
Things get rolling at 5:15 PM, as streets are shut down and the course is set up. (Note to Mocksville residents and downtown merchants: All vehicles inside the bike race area will not be able to leave from 5:15 PM to 10:00 PM.) At 9:00 PM, the professional riders begin their hour-long competition.
5:15 PM – Street Closure
6:00 PM – Women’s Race
6:45 PM – Cat ⅘ Men’s Race
7:25 PM – Masters 40+ Race
7:25 PM – Masters 50+ Race
8:10 PM – Cat 3 Men’s Race
9:00 PM – Pro, 1, 2 Race
This event is sponsored by Mocksville Tourism/Davie County Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Information Center.
For complete details on this free event, visit Giordana Crossroads Classic where you can also learn more about criterium, including how to compete in upcoming events.
Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!
Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.
Wednesdays – Mocksville: The Mocksville Famers Market has been upgraded with wonderful and colorful awnings that provide cooling shade for farmers, customers… and produce.
The Mocksville Farmers 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.
Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. The following producers are among those who attend the Mocksville market each Wednesday.
- Holly Miller w/ Cherry Hills Farms – produce
- Christine Davis w/ Sweet Bath & Body Treats
- Marie Sagraves – soap
- Phillip Hanes – produce
- William Spry – produce
- Barbara Hedrick – crafts
- Aileen Steelman – selling tomatoes and produce
- Tim Martin – produce
- Don Crater – produce
- Sandra Keiffer – produce
- Brenda Baity – baked goods
- Harold Latham – Sunrise Worm Castings
- Tommy Speer – eggs
- Teresa Swisher – baked goods
- Lazy Elm Winery – wine
Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce
In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday:
- Yellow Bell Farm
- Cherry Hill Farm LLC
- Treat Yourself!
- Sweet Petunia Bakery
- Fading D Farm LLC
- Steele 5 Farm
- Pixie Garden & Gifts Inc
- Creature Comforts
- That Peanut Guy
- MikNik Farm
- Simple Chaos Farm
- Somerset Farm
- Ingram Strawberry Farm
- Myers Mushrooms & More
- Two Happy Potters
- Silver Muse
- A Full Measure
- OBX seafood
- Thomas Family Farm
- Jillie’s Jam
- Rustic Charm Confections
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.
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.
Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets. Your family will thank you.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … In July? From Sunday, July 17th – Saturday, July 23rd, businesses in downtown Mocksville with be decked out for the holidays, and many will be offering sales and specials to help you get your holiday shopping off to an early start.
“This event is a fun way to incorporate all of the downtown businesses together because we are all in this together,” said Angela Sgarlata, co-owner of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, which is coordinating Christmas in July. “Gail (Scarlett, founding owner of the boutique) held an event for the Boutique last year, but we wanted to make it bigger and better this year by including the entire downtown. We hope this will become an annual event.”
“We really want to bring the downtown together and to promote each other’s businesses as well as the continuing revitalization of the downtown area,” said Teresa Reaves, who is also a co-owner of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique.
Mocksville- Not Just a Location, but a Destination
“We recently had a customer who lives in Lewisville that made a daytrip of shopping and dining in Mocksville,” Reaves added. “The downtown has become a destination, which is amazing to me.”
Aubrey Draughn, owner of Honor Darling, echoed the sentiment. “Downtown Mocksville has truly grown into the perfect place for shopping, dining, and fellowship with friends and family.”
Styled Gatherings owner, Marcie Appelt, who moved her shop from Yadkinville Road to Depot Street two months ago, is happy to be downtown. “Downtown Mocksville is so much more fun, I’m really excited about the revitalization going on.”
Shops that will be in the holiday spirit include: The Book Rack, Endless Possibilities, The Factory Coffeehouse, 4 Oaks, Honor Darling Boutique, Hyperion Vapes (formally CW Vapes), Main Street Canines, Miss Judy’s Dolls, My Friends Place, Scarlett’s Unique Boutique, Scoops Ice Cream, Styled Gatherings, Twins Upholstery, Total Real Estate, and Wicked Salon.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus …and he is vacationing in Mocksville. Expect sightings of him at downtown businesses throughout the week, but don’t look for the red suit. Santa will be decked out in his favorite summer attire – shorts and a Hawaiian shirt. Grab your camera and stop by the garden at Scarlett’s Unique Boutique on Saturday, July 23rd from 1-3 pm to take your picture with him.
Shop Early and Shop Often!
Some sales will last all week long, while others are for a limited time only. Shop early for the best selection. Following are some of the specials you will find:
Scarlett’s Unique Boutique offers an impressive collection of handmade items by talented local artisans, including jewelry, lotions, soaps, candles, décor, reclaimed wood creations, and unique fashions. Each of the 63 vendors will be offering their own specials and most are happy to provide custom work. Tue-Thu: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Fri-Sat: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.
Honor Darling Boutique offers trendy fashions and accessories for the whole family. Specials will include: 50% off all kids leggings and tunics; hair accessories $3.99; kids magic water balloons $3.99; men’s button-ups $16.99 and 10% off all men’s Lucky brand; beach spikers with monogram $9.99; women’s flip flops $6.99; women’s flats $9.99 (excludes Lilybee); all clearance rack items $5.99; and on Thursday and Friday only, custom graphic tanks & tees will be $9.99. Mon:10:30 am – 6:00 pm; Tue-Thu:10:30 am – 7:30 pm; Fri-Sat:10:30 am – 8:00 pm.
Styled Gatherings, a fashion, gift and party boutique, will offer different specials each day. Tuesday: 25% off clearance apparel; Wednesday: 50% off clearance jewelry; Thursday: 25% off Mudpie and Barbara Gerwit dresses; Friday: 50% off clearance purses and accessories; Saturday: 50% off all clearance apparel. Tue-Sat: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Endless Possibilities, operated by Milling Manor Inc., is a unique non-profit volunteer-run thrift shop that benefits people with disabilities. The shop sells items hand-crafted by adults with special needs, refinished furniture, and a wide variety of donated items. The shop is offering many beautiful Christmas items as well as 25% off furniture; 50% off framed pictures; and sale items for $1, $3, and $5.
The Factory Coffeehouse serves spectacular coffee drinks & panini sandwiches – all handcrafted with love. This week you can let your taste buds celebrate with a special limited edition turkey and cranberry panini and a hot or iced gingerbread latte. Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm.
My Friends Place Salon has been providing quality hair care for more than 25 years. This week you can buy one liter of shampoo or conditioner and get one free.
Twins Upholstery can make your old furniture look brand new. This week receive two free throw pillows with each sofa recovering and one free throw pillow with each chair. Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Wicked Salon offers professional salon treatment at an unbelievable value. This week receive a free conditioning treatment with every chemical treatment and a free $10 bonus gift certificate with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate. Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Main Street Canines has been making pets look perfect for the past 10 years. Jingle on down for cool gift ideas, gourmet dog treats, and Christmas cookies. Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
4 Oaks will have a bar special each night with a chance to enter a drawing for a goodie basket at the end of the week.
Remember, there are only 164 more shopping days until Christmas! Join us all week in downtown Mocksville, the perfect place for shopping, dining, and fellowship with friends and family.
Duck Race with over $800 in Prizes
What is small, yellow, and races? If you said a rubber ducky floating down the South Yadkin River, you would be correct!
More than a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam on Saturday, July 16th at 1:00 PM sharp. The water is high, so the ducks are guaranteed quite a ride.
The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win its “owner” a cash prize of $500. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $250, and the 3rd place finisher will win $100. That’s something worth quacking about!
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 the Zachary House, Village Auto, and Town Hall in Cooleemee; at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of the Ozarks Bank in Mocksville; and at The Gateway Building in Salisbury.
Duck tickets will also be sold until 12:45 pm at RiverPark.
Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 7th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race. Come out at noon to enjoy the park, hotdogs, and cold drinks. RiverPark is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road). The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.
All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls open, clean and safe. If you love the Bullhole, show your support!
Davie County is filled with hidden gems, and one of the brightest is the Farmington Community Center.
From bluegrass jams to line dancing and exercise classes, monthly special needs events, and teen activities, the community center has something for everyone.
Farmington Nature Park
The newest jewel to the crown is the Farmington Nature Park. Open from dawn until dusk, the park offers hiking and biking trails and fishing access to Cedar Creek. Bird watchers will enjoy the wetlands area. Future plans include horse trails, a civic group campsite, amphitheatre, and disc golf course.
Farmington Farmer’s Market
Find the freshest produce, eggs, local honey, baked goods and other items on Saturday mornings from 8 am- noon.
Farmington Senior Services
The Farmington Senior Center is a Farmington site of the Davie Senior Services of Mocksville. The program provides seniors with daily activities such as; crafts, games, gardening, and exercise. It also provide seniors with beneficial seminars and a nutritious meal. There are computers available, with internet access, for seniors needing to look up useful information. Outside, there is a walking track for exercise, and a senior garden where they can safely enjoy growing their own produce and flowers.
The senior center is open Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The program is FREE to seniors 60 and over. For more information, call (336) 998-3730.
Several clubs meet at the community center including the Clover 4-H Club, Davie County Coon Hunters, Farmington Deaf Social, Girl Scouts, and the Piedmont Future Filmmakers.
Available to Rent
Farmington Community Center facilities are available for rent and provide a family atmosphere for recreational activities, special meetings or events, or just to relax and visit with family while celebrating that special occasion.
Preserving the Past to Promote the Future
The Farmington Community Center was once a part of the old Farmington High School. In the late 1800’s, on land that was donated by George W. Johnson, Farmington Academy was opened. The Davie Co. Board of Education Minutes notes that O.B. Eaton was the first principal. In the early 1900’s, a public high school was approved for Farmington and the Board appropriated $250 for the new building. Farmington High School went from grades one through eleven, with eleventh grade being the graduating class. By the 1940’s, the school had added a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and an extra classroom that was used to teach Home Economics and other classes.
There was also an Agriculture Building built behind the school, which offered the students classes in farming, gardening, and raising cattle. The ball field was home to the Farmington Baseball Team, in the 1920’s, and was the place to be on the weekends for community games. After the opening of the new high school in Mocksville, N.C., the Farmington High School was closed and the main building was torn down.
In 1971, the Farmington Community Association was formed, with John Caudle as the first President. What was left of the old Farmington School was designated to be the Farmington Community Center. Through the years, the Center has housed an after school program, a
day care, various classes, and community events. Through the years, the Farmington Community Center has seen many changes. For a few years, all was quiet at the center and the buildings were left vacant.
Promoting the Future
Today, the Farmington Community Center has renewed life as volunteers work to raise funds for the restoration of the old buildings, ball-field, and grounds of the facility. New programs have been started to help meet needs in the community and the Center is once again a place for families to come and enjoy recreation. The Farmington Community Center is a part of Farmington history that is continuing to work toward meeting the needs of its community.
Davie Senior Services
Monday – Fridays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Site Manager – Darlene Sheets
Every Monday 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 pm ($5)
Country Partner Line Dance ($4)
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm ($5)
Farmington Ruritan Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7:30pm
Teen Gathering Place
3rd Fridays, 6-9pm
Director – Melanie Cook
Yoga Level One
Saturday 10:00 am ($5)
Farmington Friends Special Needs Program
4th Saturday of each month
Kids & Adults 2:00 – 4:00pm
Facilities open to the public:
Facilities available to rent:
The Farmington Community Center is located at 1723 Farmington Rd., Mocksville, NC 27028
Fireworks, 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 240th birthday. Our community has activities planned that are filled with fun for all ages! There are many free and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.
Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza – Saturday, July 2nd at Rich Park
A full day of fun activities for you and your family begins at 10 am. Enjoy inflatables, kids’ activities, family activities, live music and a fireworks extravaganza at Rich Park. The Davie Family YMCA will host events for kids beginning at 6 pm. Parking is $5 per car beginning at 5:00 pm. You may walk in for free and parking will be available behind the Brock Gym. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm.
Free Event – 17th Annual Tractor & Engine & Show Parade
All day Friday and Saturday – The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 17thAnnual 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 and kiddie train rides on both days. Friday promises fun with antique displays, bingo games ($5 entry fee for cow patty bingo), tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities. Saturday begins with a parade of tractors through historic Downtown Mocksville at 10am. After the parade, there will be a kiddie pedal pull, auction sale, raffle in which someone will win a tractor or prize money! Here is a list of activities to enjoy:
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 throughout the day
Afternoon and Evening events:
Kiddie train rides
Kiddie pedal tractor race
Tractor skill events
Ladies frying pan toss
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
6:30 pm – Live Music
7:00 am – Gates open to public – No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
7:00 am – Gates open to public – No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
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 registration
11:30 am – Kiddie pedal pull
12:30 pm – Auction of consigned and donated items
Tractor skill events
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
Wagon rides through Rich Park
3:00 pm – Kiddie train rides
Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money
The Mocksville Masonic Lodge will have food for sale both days. PAPA will be selling ice cream.
For more information contact Piedmont Antique Power Association, Arthur Bostick 336.414.7834.
Free Event ~ Lawn mower Parade with Free Ice Cream and Watermelon- Monday, July 4th in Cooleemee
Since the 1990s, Cooleemee has honored Independence Day with a lawn mower parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawn mower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 AM. The parade begins at 10am.
This year’s parade will have a musical flair thanks to the bluegrass stylings of MJ & Friends (Mona Jo Griffin) whose float will stop along the route for a little “pickin’ and grinnin’”. The group will also play from the porch of the Zachary House following the parade.
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 and ice cream under the arbor. Kids will enjoy a large water slide and water games. The youth from First Baptist Church of Cooleemee will be selling hot dogs and cold drinks at the Cook Shack. The July 4th activities are sponsored by the Town of Cooleemee.
Not one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 25th from 6-10 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.
Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm
Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm. Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.
Taylor began his musical journey at the tender age of 7 as an Elvis tribute artist. At 10 years old he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. At 12 he learned to play the guitar and joined the church band and found his true calling as a Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter. In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. He released his own Christian album in 2013. Today, Taylor continues to perform his Elvis Tribute shows while following his heart and writing and performing Contemporary Christian music.
Memphis Thunder, an authentic 50’s era band, is made up of Taylor Vaden as lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Brad Ford on drums, Todd Phillips on upright bass/background vocals, and Scott Williams on electric guitar/background vocals.
Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Carolina Soul Band at 8 pm
Carolina Soul Band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul. Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and many, many more. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.
These talented performers have performed and shared the stage with such notable acts as The Drifters, Ollie Woodson, Little Richard, Percy Sledge, Dennis Edwards Temptations, The O’Jays, The Flamingos, The Tams, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, The Platters, The Diamonds, The Manhattans, and The Crystals to name a few.
No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase including: smoothies, salads, wraps, chicken, burgers, hotdogs, hot chips, soft drinks, and beer. Chestnut Trail will be offering wine by the glass, or take home a bottle. So grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!
Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville
For more information about the Summer Fun Beach Days Concert, call 336 909-2263 or 336 753-6700.