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Clayton Preparing for Harvest Festvial

Posted September 7, 2007 1:54 p.m. EDT

The town of Clayton is a lot bigger than it used to be, but that small-town charm is intact. 

I was down there this week to do an interview about this month's Clayton Harvest Festival.  One of my guests said many people see a lot of Mayberry in downtown Clayton.   You can see why.  Main Street is quiet, but businesses are thriving there.  The old downtown area retains its charm while the outskirts of Clayton echo with the banging hammers and saws of new homes under construction.

For a lot of folks, it's one of those towns on the way to the beach.  But a growing number of people are settling in the Johnston County town.   The Census Bureau thought about 12,000 people lived there in 2004 -- and more people are moving in each day.

You can feel some of that small-town charm next week at the annual Harvest Festival.  It starts Wednesday, September 12, and runs through Sunday, September 16.  You can find out more on the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Web site, or you can watch my interview with the Chamber's executive director and the head of the festival.

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