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Slogans Winner

Posted May 9, 2011

Wheelman wins the North Carolina slogans contest with the clever “Toes in the water and head in the hills” phrase. It captures the feeling so many people get when they come to this great state. It’s hard to beat the Carolina coast for seafood, great beaches and ocean breezes. The North Carolina mountains are equally as impressive with their glorious vistas, fresh air and colorful characters and crafts.

What is your town’s slogan? What is your county’s slogan? Please share if you know. I think we should come up with a list of the best local slogans and vote for the best of the bunch. I live in the so-called Technology Town of North Carolina. Others still remember Cary as “where better living begins.” Not to be outdone there is neighboring Apex which boasts “the peak of good living.” I enjoy the chamber of commerce rivalries and wars of wordsmiths.

I grew up in Morganton which now calls itself “Nature’s Playground.” I like that a lot and it’s true because of all of the hiking trails, mountain scenery and waterways nearby.

By the way, if Wheelman could email me at, I would like to ship out a nice slogan’s prize!


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  • 2thebeach May 10, 2011

    Is Durham still the City of Medicine?

  • blytle May 10, 2011

    You know, as bad as Raleigh's streets are -- in dire need of repair, Raleigh's slogan should be: Raleigh: good thing we have great greenway walking paths, 'cause our streets are terrible!

  • genegeneandnancy May 9, 2011

    Wheelman: I, too, remember the "Wide Awake Wilson" slogan...not too far down the road, Farmville had a slogan: "Find it First in Farmville."

  • Wheelman May 9, 2011

    sassysewer I'm a native Wilsonian myself. Haven't lived there since I was 18. Before Wide Awake Wilson it was Largest Bright Leaf Tobacco Market in the World. The entire town used to have the sweet smell of the cured tobacco in late August up through September. My dad used to work part-time at Watson's Tobacco Warehouse and I would go with him when I wasn't in school.

  • sassysewer May 9, 2011

    Wilson County~Simply Wonderful
    A long time ago we were know as Wide Awake Wilson and for most of us that grew up here, that slogan will always be the one we think of first.

  • meruncc13 May 9, 2011

    Congrats Wheelman - great slogan!

    As everyone knows Charlotte is nicknamed the Queen City, although some people call it the "Great State of Mecklenburg".

  • nc_jcnumber5 May 9, 2011

    (coming soon) "Garner - Home of American Idol Scotty McCreery"

  • Wheelman May 9, 2011

    Thanks, mdoodle!

  • blytle May 9, 2011

    Hey, Wheelman. Congratulations!! That was an outstanding slogan!

  • Wheelman May 9, 2011

    Thanks to all of you who liked my slogan. And a special "Thanks!" to Bill for giving all of us, who love this state so much, the opportunity to share all the different places, people, tastes and other things about it that make us all feel so blessed to be able to call it "Home"!

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