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Get outside and check out these Raven Rock February ’12 Events

Tired of being cooped up inside this winter? Well, head on over to Raven Rock to enjoy some of these events!

Sat, February 18, 2012 -Volunteer Work Day

Come out and join park staff in working at Raven Rock State Park. We will begin the work day at 9 am. This day is set aside to work on trail maintenance, old dump site clean-up and invasive species removal. If you enjoy visiting the park and have been looking for a way to give back Continue reading

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Lunch with Raptors and Making Fire the Hard Way. Two awesome events at Raven Rock this weekend.

Raven Rock State Park

Sat, February 4, 2012

Lunch with Raven Rock Raptors

Bring your picnic lunch to Raven Rock State Park on Saturday, February 4th and enjoy seeing and learning about some of the raptors that reside here. The Wildlife Rescue Center from Sanford, NC will be bringing a few of their non-releasable education birds, Willow the Red-tailed hawk, Griffin the Black Vulture and Kealey an American Kestrel. After the presentation a one hour PBS documentary entitled “Raptor Force” will be presented. Come inside to the Visitor Center’s seminar room and enjoy this lunchtime treat.

Starts at: 11 a.m.    Meet at: Visitor Center

Raven Rock State Park

Sun, February 5, 2012

Making Fire the Hard Way

Have you ever been watching a wilderness survival show and wondered what it would be like to start a fire without matches or a lighter? Come out to Raven Rock State Park and let us show you several methods that can be used to start fires in emergency situations, and try them out yourself. Demonstrations will include: Bow and Drill, flint and steel, steel-wool, magnesium sticks, and magnifying sun light. Meet on the back porch of the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. for this free program. Contact Ranger Terry at 910-893-4888 or with any questions.

Starts at: 1:00 PM    Meet at: Visitor Center

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Jan 14: Raven Rock State Park January Events!

Take advantage of this unseasonably warm weather and get outside! Check out one of these January events at Raven Rock State Park.

Sat, January 14, 2012

Put Your Foot Down

Join a park ranger at the Raven Rock visitor center as we look at the feet of different animals and discuss their uses and benefits. After we finish there will be molds available for kids to cast a track to take home. The plaster casts require an hour to dry before removing from their mold, and can be picked up at the office after enjoying the park with your family. There is no cost for this program. Contact Ranger Terry at 910-893-4888 for more information.

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New Year’s Eve Local Events

Hey folks! I was going to write this really great post about local NYE events around town, but I ran out of time. So here are a bunch of links for events. Sorry for the late notice. You can imagine our festive adventures are much more low-key/family oriented than party party (hence the not planning ahead). Hope you all have a great one!


New Years Eve Party in the Park
Saturday December 31, 2011 | 6:30 PM – 12:30 AM | Festival Park

Bring in the New Year with live performances on the Bud Light Stage. The stage will include a live feed from Times Square.

This family focused event will also have a children’s area hosted by The Partnership For Children, that includes craft activities, inflatable fun (weather provided), an early New Year countdown at 8:45 with a firework show for the little ones that can’t make it till midnight. This area proves to be fun for all ages!

Location: Festival Park
Hay Street and Ray Avenue
Fayetteville, NC


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Christmas Lights & Santa Photo Events

There are several Christmas Events happening in our area.

Last year, my family went to Benson North Carolina to see Meadow Lights. It was so good, we are going back again this year. They have a huge light display, Concessions, Carousel, Santa Claus photo op, and an old fashioned candy store. Just be ready to wait in line (in your car and outside for their train) so dress warm. There is no admission to walk around, but they do charge for the train ride to see the lights (only $2).

For more information and directions, visit


Here are some links to other Christmas events… please comment if you have been before! I haven’t been able to try everything out yet.

Lights on the Neuse- Benson, NC

I know they charge Admission, but I don’t know much else about this one.

Jackson Brother’s Santa Events- Sanford, NC

*I know they have a train that fills up fast and their website has their holiday event hours of operation.


For other events in North Carolina, here is a great resource for Christmas/Holiday events around the state.

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Other local Christmas events are happening this weekend!

Fayetteville Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Hay Street in Downtown Fayetteville

Lillington’s Christmas Event
Saturday, December 10, 2011
The events will begin at 3:30 p.m. with Open House hosted by many downtown businesses, a photo session with Santa and an ornament making craft session for children. At 5:30 p.m., the Gathering will be held by Town Hall for the tree lighting ceremony and musical performances by local groups. The parade will be held at 7:00 p.m. in downtown Lillington.

Anderson Creek Christmas Parade
December 10 at 3:00 pm
Our Chrismas Parade will run from Liberty Baptist Church on Ray Rd and end at the Anderson Creek Shopping Plaza at the intersection of Ray Rd and Overhills Rd. We will have christmas caroling, free hot chocolate and a concert. Santa Claus will also be available for photos at Cuppy’s Coffee after the parade.

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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.

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October 13: Boogie on Broad (Dunn)

The last concert of the Boogie on Broad 2011 Concert Series presented by Dunn Area Tourism Authority will be on October 13, 2011. The Band of Oz will be performing, and there will be fun things for kids like sidewalk chalk, bubble blowers, children’s tattoos, and balloon animals.


Boogie on Broad Concert Series General Information:

All concerts will be held downtown Dunn, NC on Broad Street.  The concerts are from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The Dunn Area Tourism Authority is proud to be a part of this great event and we would like for you to bring your family and friends out for some great fun and fellowship!  Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-892-4113 or visit them at



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September 23: Jordan Lake Evening Canoe Paddle

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area will be having an Evening Canoe Paddle on Friday, September 23, 2011

Join a Ranger for an evening of paddling the sub impoundment (Weaver Creek) body of water near Ebenezer boat ramp. Paddle will begin at the Wildlife Access Area directly off of Beaver Creek Rd. (State Road 1008) approx. 3 miles south of Hwy 64, just past Pea Ridge Road. This paddle is recommended for all abilities. All equipment provided (life jackets, paddles, and canoes). You may want to bring binoculars to view wildlife and if we are lucky, Bald Eagles too! Dress according to the weather and plan to get a little wet. Paddle may be cancelled due to the weather (rain or high winds). Please note, there are no restrooms at this site. If you have your own gear/canoe/kayak and would like to join us, please do!

Reservations must be made in advance and ages 10 and over are welcome to participate.

For further information contact Ranger Steve McMurray at 919-362-0586 ext 244 or at

Starts at: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Meet at: Wildlife Access Area off of Beaver Creek Road

Address: 280 State Park Road, Apex, NC 27523
GPS coordinates: 35.7369, -79.0169
Office Phone: (919) 362-0586

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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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