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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Clayton Contest & Concert

Posted May 29, 2008 9:23 a.m. EDT
Updated May 30, 2008 5:07 p.m. EDT

It’s slogan time again and contest time. The subject is one of the fastest growing towns in the South. Yes, times are changing in Clayton. This once sleepy Johnston County town that relied on tobacco, turpentine and textiles to fuel its economy is now a more vibrant and diverse community with new industries and a rapidly expanding population and tax base.

Give us your best slogan or description for Clayton, NC and win a couple of prizes.

A real positive for the community is its ability so far to hold on to its small town and historic charm in spite of galloping growth. A great source of community pride downtown is The Clayton Center. This beautifully intimate performing arts center with impeccable acoustics has been a magnet for outstanding entertainment. The town’s Harvest Festival in September is a large event attracting top notch craftsmen from across the state. Plus an arts festival in June continues to grow in popularity.

Industries on the move in Clayton include bio-pharmaceutical, financial services and furniture. Plus the local chamber of commerce is working hard to help small businesses prosper and thrive. Clayton is definitely on a community on the move. Its official slogan is “The Premier Community for Active Families.”

Give me your best brief description of Clayton and win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s concert benefitting the Clayton Historical Association and their campaign to build a history museum. I will be performing in a brand new “Tar Heel Tales and Tunes” program at 3:00P.M. in Clayton this Sunday, June 1. The concert will feature the premiere showing of my father’s  watercolors which inspired my new CD and book “Blue Ridge Reunion” to be released this fall. I will also be singing and playing songs from the new album and telling my favorite stories. Tickets are available by calling (919) 553-1737 or online at www.theclaytoncenter.org