Category Archives: Festivals

November 5: North Carolina Cotton Festival (Dunn)

13th Annual Touchstone Energy NC Cotton Festival – November 5, 2011 promises to be even more exciting this year.

With Downtown Renovations going on, this year’s Festival will be moving to a new location. Dunn’s Tart Park Recreational Park will be host to the 13th Annual Touchstone Energy NC Cotton Festival on Saturday, November 5th.  The Dunn Shriner’s Car Show will also be at the park. The Committee is excited and working hard at making this year’s Festival one of the best ever. Plans are still in the making as we move forward with preparations for one of the largest and best festivals in this area.

For more information, visit


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October 8: 99th Farmer’s Day Celebration (Coats)

Saturday, October 8, 2011.  Included in the festivities will be “All Day Stage Entertainment”, “Vendors of all types,” “Parade”,  “Car & Truck Show”, “Farm Equipment Show”, “Arts, Crafts & Cooking Contest”, “Cornhole Tournament”, “Huge Kid’s Park”, “Kid’s Bicycle/Tricycle Parade” & “Street Dance”.  Many additional attractions are being adding as we approach the Festival Date.

Over the years this Festival has grown to include a Gospel Concert on Friday evening, Golf Tournament, Wagon Train and Camping, Car Show, Farm Equipment Show, Judged Items, all day Stage Entertainment, Cornhole Tournament, over 90 vendors, Street Dance, Pig Cook-Off, etc.  This past year we entertained over 16,000 visitors.  The Kid’s Park was added several years ago and has grown every year.  Last year it was packed all day with children of all ages.

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September 22: Benson Mule Days Festival

Benson Mule Days is happening on Saturday, September 22, 2011 and it sounds like a lot of fun! This town is also home to a really awesome Christmas light display (more on that later).

This festival, which draws 60-70,000 people, is filled with family fun and activities for everyone young and old. The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.

For more information, they just created a website with a schedule of events, parking information, and a ton of other stuff.

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September 17 & 18: Ft Bragg Renaissance Faire


Travel back in time at the 1st Annual Fort Bragg Renaissance Faire, September 17-18, 2011! Beneath the shadowed canopy of the pine trees Patrons enter a magical world of valiant knights, beautiful damsels, Continue reading

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September 15-25: Cumberland County Fair

The Cumberland County Fair will be coming to the Crown Center Expo in Fayetteville, NC September 15-25, 2011. You can purchase tickets online at or visit the Fair’s website at There will be a ton of fun things to do this year!

Here are the 2011 hours and rates:

Ticket Office  Hours:
Thursday, 9/15 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday, 9/16 & 9/23 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, 9/17 & 9/24 1:00 – 10:00 pm
Sunday, 9/18 & 9/25 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Closed Monday, 9/19 only
Tuesday 9/20 – Thursday 9/22 5:00 – 10:00 pm

$10.00 (Includes admission, unlimited carnival rides & entertainment)
Under 2 – free admission

NOTE: Fair closes each day one hour after ticket office closes

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September 17: Check out the Lillington Fall Festival

The Lillington Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in downtown Lillington. The event offers shopping options that include local arts and crafts as well as commercial products, food vendors, fun activities for the children and all day entertainment.

The vendor application and rules for 2011 are available at these links:

lillingtonchamber/UserFiles/File/Festival_Application_2011.pdf  and lillingtonchamber/UserFiles/File/Rules_for_2011_festival.pdf

The application for Sponsors is available at the following link: lillingtonchamber/UserFiles/File/2011_Sponsor_Application_for_Fall_Festival.pdf

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September 10: Angier’s Crepe Myrtle Celebration

The Angier Chamber of Commerce Proudly Presents:

38th  Annual Crepe Myrtle Celebration

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Depot Square

Downtown Angier

A Fun Family Festival Event

Live Music – Entertainment – Food Vendors
– Crafts – Artisans – Demonstrations
Rides – Games  – Lots More Fun for All Ages

*****New Event*****

“Penny Social”

Join the Angier Chamber of Commerce as they host the 38th Annual Crepe Myrtle Celebration Saturday, September 10, 2011. This family fun filled day has become a tradition to the Angier community. Featured will be arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, miscellaneous business vendors; local entertainment; a “Penny Social” (new for 2011); games and rides for kids; etc.  Contact Cindy Hunter at the Chamber at 919-639-2500 or for more information or visit

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