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History museum wants kids dressed as N.C. greats

Any Blackbeards or Ava Gardners in the house? The Celebrate North Carolina History Festival next month includes a costume contest. Kids are encouraged to dress up as a character from North Carolina history.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is gearing up for a big celebration next month. The Celebrate N.C. History Festival on Nov. 5 will mark the opening of the rest of "The Story of North Carolina," an exhibit which highlights more than 14,000 years of the state’s history.

I thought I'd just share a bit about one part of the big day since I know some of you might still be sorting out plans for Halloween costumes. Here's an opportunity to use a costume beyond Halloween.

The museum will hold a children's costume contest and parade on Nov. 5. They are encouraging kids to come dressed like a character from North Carolina history, such as actress Ava Gardner or Blackbeard, and march in the parade.

Three winners will get a prize. Adults also are encouraged to participate though they won't be able to win anything.

For more information, including some ideas on who to dress up as, click here. I'd be leaning toward Georgia Ann Thompson “Tiny” Broadwick - the first lady of parachuting. Had no idea!

The Celebrate N.C. History Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5. It will include musicians, storytellers, dance groups, authors, craftspeople and more. It's all free.

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