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Vietnam War Remembrance

Join us and Select Bank to remember the

veterans who fought the Vietnam War

Saturday, May 6th 2017,   Airborne & Special Operations Museum

11:00 a.m. located in the ASOM Parade Field.

The public is invited to

honor and remember

all those who served in

the Vietnam War,

from all Branches of service.  

This year POWs and their

families will be highlgihted.

Guest speaker  

Command Sergeant Major (R)

Jimmie W. Spencer


The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration

Lapel pins will be given to all  

Vietnam Veterans in attendance who have not previously been pinned.   

Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation, 100 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28301


Our I-95 South Welcome Center
will have their Tourism Day on May 12, 2017 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  We will have Native Dancers, drumming/singing, Herman and Loretta Oxendine, representatives from the counties on I-95 CVB’s and VB’s, our Piedmont area and our Coastal area….all will be here to thank our travelers for visiting North to everyone.

Kat Littleturtle

Manager, Welcome Center I-95

North Carolina Department of Commerce


May 13, 2017

Started in 1988, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina.  The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid-1800’s to the 1920’s, produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina.  The festival is held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina.  With an attendance last year of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.  The festival was selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events for the month of May 2013.

The Buggy Festival grew out of a suggestion that Carthage, the County Seat of Moore County, needed to stage an event that would draw attention to its history.  Since the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory had been one of the largest buggy manufacturers in the nation for over half a century, the focus on buggies seemed natural.  But you couldn’t have a buggy festival without a buggy, so where to find them became a burning question.

A search began and soon samples of those early modes of transportation were found and purchased.  Each festival since has seen more Tyson and Jones buggies on hand for festival attendees to view.

There is only one building remaining of the famed factory that flourished in Carthage until after World War I.  A fire destroyed one building in 1905, and in 1976 the biggest fire in the town’s history claimed all but one small section.  The town now owns the building and is working on raising money to restore the historic site.

The Tyson and Jones Factory may have gone up in smoke, but from the ashes, its memory has been preserved.  Each year, the Carthage Buggy Festival is an event people not only from Moore County, but surrounding counties and even surrounding states, look forward to with great anticipation.

The festival is held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day every year and over 125 food and craft vendors line the streets of downtown Carthage surrounding the Historic Courthouse, tempting festival attendees.  A stage is set up and will be host to entertainment from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Dining Out: Fuller’s Old Fashioned BBQ has new Fayetteville location
article courtesy the Fayetteville Observer

Fuller’s, which started in 1986, is famous for its shredded pork barbecue cooked in a pit. They use the whole hog and the meat is smoked over hickory wood for 12 hours.

Tell us about your place:Fuller’s Old Fashioned BBQ opened on Raeford Road in west Fayetteville in December. It is owned by Eric and Karen Locklear. Locklear’s parents — Delora and James Fuller Locklear, who are deceased — established the first Fuller’s restaurant in 1986 in Lumberton. There is also a location on Eastern Boulevard. Damage from Hurricane Matthew caused the Lumberton restaurant to temporarily close in October. “It was a devastating loss,” said manager Deidre Rogers. Finding a new location was a blessing that came at the perfect time, she said. “It has allowed our employees to go back to work again.”

Specialties:“We’re famous of our shredded pork barbecue. It’s our specialty,”said Rogers. “We use original recipes that were developed by the Fullers.’’

The barbecue is cooked in a pit; John Locklear is the pit master. They use the whole hog and the meat is smoked over hickory wood for 12 hours.

The menu includes country favorites, which are available on the buffet or by individual order. Menu items include black-eyed peas, corn on the cob, collards, corn bread, homemade biscuits, candied yams, mac and cheese, chicken gizzards and livers and catfish.

There are weekly specials, including quail on Tuesday, pizza and spaghetti on Wednesday and oysters and shrimp on Thursday nights.

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The N.C. Peach Festival is a testament to the peach growing history of Montgomery County. We have a strong generational connection to the peach industry dating back over 100 years. It all began in the late 1800's when "Mr. H.R. Clark of Aberdeen, along with J.G. Tomlinson, A.W.E. Capel, and J.R. Page (prominent Montgomery County citizens), formed the Candor Fruit Company. An organization that was the first of its kind and would support peach growing on a commercial scale. In 1902, Mr. Clark purchased acreage below Candor and set out 30,000 young peach trees to start the first commercial peach orchard. From that point on, the peach industry thrived in the Candor and Sandhills region of North Carolina." - From the book "Pattern of Timeless Moments" A History of Montgomery County, by Mable S. Lassiter.

Join us for the 21st annual N.C. Peach Festival proudly held every year on the 3rd Saturday in July, downtown Candor, NC. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with a wonderful showing of local floats, firetrucks, and other fun parade entrants. Afterwards, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best live entertainment around. There are always lots of fresh, sweet, local peaches, arts & crafts, and of course, the best homemade peach ice cream in the Great State of North Carolina!

Grown-ups and kids alike, can enjoy an abundance of vendors and activities including: Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Gyro Ride, Mechanical Bull, Gaming Trailer, Bungee Trampoline, Pony Rides, Helicopter Rides, Rock Wall, Putt-Putt, and so much more!!!

This year, the N.C. Peach Festival will feature an awesome line-up of live entertainment including: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Sand Band, Rockin' Acoustix, and the McKenzie Brothers. We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY, JULY 15TH, 2017 FROM 10:00AM - 4:00PM!

We are excited to be planning our 7th Annual Peachy Feet 5K, which always takes place on the Friday evening before the N.C. Peach Festival. Join us this year in Fitzgerald Park on Friday, July 14, 2017. Our course is certified, mostly flat, and presents a significant challenge for any level runner or walker. The Race Director is Ms. Tammy Owens, and you may contact her at or call (910)975-1397.

-N.C. Peach Festival Committee


North Carolina Historic Site
Bentonville Battlefield

Civil War – A National Historic Landmark

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865.


NC Spotlight:

Joseph Aquiler "Joe" Thompson (December 9, 1918 – February 20, 2012) was an American old-time fiddle player, and one of the last musicians to carry on the black string band tradition. Accompanied by his cousin Odell, Thompson was recognized with several honors for performances of the old-time style, particularly when the genre was repopularized in the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, he recorded his first studio albums, consisting of a repertoire rooted in the authentic string band approach.

Thompson was born in Orange County, North Carolina on December 9, 1918.[1] His father John, a fiddler, and uncle Walter, a banjo player, performed at local square dances and corn shuckings.[2] At seven years-old, when Thompson took up the fiddle himself, he closely observed his father's techniques which were rooted in old-time African tradition.[3] He joined his father and uncle for performances, and later formed his own string band with his older brother Nate and cousin Odell, both of whom were banjo players.[4] Much of the band's repertoire consisted of family songs past down since before the American Civil War, including "Hook and Line" and "Cindy Gal".[5]

After serving in a segregated unit during the Second World War and as the popularity for traditional string band music waned, Thompson stopped playing the fiddle to work in a furniture factory as a rip saw operator for 28 years.[6] In 1973, musicologist Kip Lornell, then a recent college graduate, heard rumors about Joe and Odell Thompson's mastery of the old-time style, and urged the duo to make a comeback. Thompson and Odell began performing as the New String Band Duo across the United States and abroad, becoming popular fixtures at folk festivals. Among the notable gigs the duo played at included Carnegie Hall, the National Folk Festival, the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, and the Tennessee Banjo Institute.[2][5]

In 1989, they recorded the studio album Old-Time Music from the North Carolina Piedmont for the Global Village record label. The duo was awarded the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award in 1991 for preserving black folk music traditions. When Odell died in a car accident in 1994, Thompson pondered quitting music altogether, but recorded the solo album Family Traditions, released on Rounder Records in 1999.[6] A stroke Thompson suffered in 2001 severely impaired the use of his left arm, but after extensive rehabilitation, he returned to playing. Although he lamented at the lack of interest for old-time music, in 2005 he began mentoring the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a modern-day African American string band. In 2007 he received the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C..[6]

Thompson was married twice and had one son and six step-children. He died in a nursing home in Alamance County, North Carolina from pneumonia; Thompson was 93 years-old.[6] Folklorist Wayne Martin commented that "Probably more than anyone else, Joe was the inspiration for a national revival of stringband music among young generations of African American musicians".[7]

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



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