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North Carolina's Best Festival

Posted September 2, 2008

Hillsborough hugs the hog. Wilson is wowed by whirligigs. Benson embraces the mule. Enfield praises the humble peanut. And Lexington's love affair with barbecue is legendary. Passion for products, creatures, crops, traditions and music has spawned dozen of colorful festivals across North Carolina. With the cooler weather of autumn coming soon we are entering the heart of festival season statewide.

Our Best of Carolina series continues this week with the following question: What is the best local festival in North Carolina? We will take your nominations today and tomorrow and then vote on the festivals getting the most nominations.

The granddaddy of all Tar Heel festivals is the NC State Fair but for this survey we will only include local events.
Thanks for your nominations!


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  • mgodwin9 Sep 4, 2008

    I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Hot Sauce Contest in Oxford last year and had a blast! Not only did I get to sample the goods, but I found a new line of Crocs at Stovall's Gifts that no one else had yet! I look forward to a bigger and even better festival this year! Ladies and Gentleman, bring your fire extinguishers cause it's gonna get HOT!

  • jessicappike Sep 3, 2008

    I think the Festival by the Sea at Holden Beach, NC is by far the best festival each fall!

  • leeo Sep 3, 2008

    We love The North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest in Historic Downtown Oxford!!! This year is Sept 13 from 11-3 and the festival features NC Hot Sauces & Fiery Foods, NC Beers, NC Wines, Antiques, Plant Sale, Book Sale, Carriage rides around the beautiful town, and awesome Museum events!!

  • viking416 Sep 3, 2008

    Hi Bill,

    The Huntwood Reggae, Blues and Jazz festival is tops on my list. Great food and music always make this a trip to remember. I love the impromtu sessions that just seem to start right on the never know who will show up and who will play with who. Fantastic!

  • perfru Sep 3, 2008

    Don't miss the newest hottest baby of the bunch (and the best NC Festival): The Hot Sauce Festival in Oxford NC. Hot Sauce and Beer tasting, what could be better than that?

  • raymcgill Sep 3, 2008

    Oxford NC Hotsauce Festival (less than two weeks away till hotsauce and NC beers!)

  • ReallyBigYawn Sep 3, 2008

    Capital City Bike Fest! Checkmate! nuffsaid

  • canesnut Sep 3, 2008

    The N.C. Muscadine Harvest Festival in Kenansville (Duplin County) is really growing, and it's a lot of fun. Hope everyone will come out for it on Sept. 27th!

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  • love4munkee Sep 3, 2008

    The Rocky Mount Down East Festival and The Spring Hope Pumpkin Festivals are big hits with our family.




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