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The N.C. Peach Festival is a testament to the peach growing history of Montgomery County. We have a strong generational connection to the peach industry dating back over 100 years. It all began in the late 1800's when "Mr. H.R. Clark of Aberdeen, along with J.G. Tomlinson, A.W.E. Capel, and J.R. Page (prominent Montgomery County citizens), formed the Candor Fruit Company. An organization that was the first of its kind and would support peach growing on a commercial scale. In 1902, Mr. Clark purchased acreage below Candor and set out 30,000 young peach trees to start the first commercial peach orchard. From that point on, the peach industry thrived in the Candor and Sandhills region of North Carolina." - From the book "Pattern of Timeless Moments" A History of Montgomery County, by Mable S. Lassiter.

Join us for the 21st annual N.C. Peach Festival proudly held every year on the 3rd Saturday in July, downtown Candor, NC. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with a wonderful showing of local floats, firetrucks, and other fun parade entrants. Afterwards, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best live entertainment around. There are always lots of fresh, sweet, local peaches, arts & crafts, and of course, the best homemade peach ice cream in the Great State of North Carolina!

Grown-ups and kids alike, can enjoy an abundance of vendors and activities including: Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Gyro Ride, Mechanical Bull, Gaming Trailer, Bungee Trampoline, Pony Rides, Helicopter Rides, Rock Wall, Putt-Putt, and so much more!!!

This year, the N.C. Peach Festival will feature an awesome line-up of live entertainment including: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Sand Band, Rockin' Acoustix, and the McKenzie Brothers. We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY, JULY 15TH, 2017 FROM 10:00AM - 4:00PM!

We are excited to be planning our 7th Annual Peachy Feet 5K, which always takes place on the Friday evening before the N.C. Peach Festival. Join us this year in Fitzgerald Park on Friday, July 14, 2017. Our course is certified, mostly flat, and presents a significant challenge for any level runner or walker. The Race Director is Ms. Tammy Owens, and you may contact her at or call (910)975-1397.

-N.C. Peach Festival Committee


North Carolina Historic Site
Bennett Place

This simple farmhouse was situated between Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters in Greensboro, and Union Gen. William T. Sherman's headquarters in Raleigh. In April 1865, the two commanders met at the Bennett Place, where they signed surrender papers for Southern armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was the largest troop surrender of the American Civil War.






Lumber River Day Festival 2017

Come out to Lumber River State Park’s Princess Ann Access Area for a day of family fun and activities as the park celebrates its 8th Annual Lumber River Day Festival on Saturday July 22, 2017. The festival will go from 9am-2pm.  Come out and see some beautifully restored antique tractors from the Lumber River Ol’ Iron Tractor Club and listen to some great bluegrass music by Jim Caulder and the Bluegrass Misfits.  Learn about the animals along the Lumber River from exhibitors including Wildlife Action and the USDA exhibit.  There will be free canoe rides all day long, along with many activities for the kids including a casting contest, pony rides, miniature train rides, and a bouncy house and slide in a new inside house.  There will be food available for lunch and snacks, along with ice cream and frozen treats to tame the heat or you can bring a picnic lunch.  You can meet the new 2017 Lumbee Ambassadors and hear about their beautiful handmade regalia.  For more information, contact the park office or Superintendent Neill Lee at (910) 628-4564.


Date of the event:  Saturday July 22, 2017

Location:  Princess Ann Access Area                                                                    

                 2819 Princess Ann Rd. Orrum, NC 28369


Carolina Beach State Park

With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina's best fishing spots, a secluded camping area beneath towering trees, and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats—not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants—it's no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction. Located in an area steeped in both history and natural diversity, the park includes a visitor's center with exhibits depicting the wonders of its environment.

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road PO Box 475
Carolina BeachNC 28428
910-458-7770 Marina






SpringHill Suites Lumberton Hosts  ArtNight Event for Guests and Community

The SpringHill Suites Lumberton is proud to announce its first ArtNight event on Friday June 30th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The hotel is collaborating with Richard Mathis Photography to bring the local art scene to hotel guests and the surrounding community for the evening. The hotel is located at 5128 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC 28360.

Serving as a space for creativity and inspiration, The SpringHill Suites Lumberton is excited to give guests and neighbors the unique opportunity to connect and appreciate this great art by Richard Mathis.

“ArtNight reflects the brand’s focus on style and design while paying tribute to local art communities,” said Loren Nalewanski, vice president and global brand manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott. “We’re proud that the SpringHill Suites Lumberton extended this experience to its guests and the surrounding communities.”

SpringHill Suites recognizes the importance of art in everyday life and is focused on delivering modern style and design to its guests. ArtNight is the brand’s award winning experiential platform that allows more than 300 hotels across the country to connect guests with local communities while providing local artists outlets to showcase their talent.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott is an all-suite brand that offers design and style at an affordable price, appealing to both business and leisure travelers. Ranked highest in the Guest Satisfaction Study for the Upscale Brand Segment by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the brand features spacious suites and smart layouts that allow guests to relax and reenergize. Launched in 1998, the brand currently has more than 300 locations in the United States and Canada. SpringHill Suites participates in the award-winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information or reservations, contact the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lumberton directly at 910.738.2085, call the SpringHill Suites toll-free number at 888-287-9400, visit, become a fan at, or follow SpringHill at

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Hotel phone: 910.738.2085

Hotel address: 5128 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC 28360



NC Spotight

Lou Donaldson (born November 1, 1926) is a jazz alto saxophonist. He is best known for his soulful, bluesy approach to playing the alto saxophone, although in his formative years he was, as many were of the bebop era, heavily influenced by Charlie Parker.[1]

Donaldson was born in Badin, North Carolina.[2] He attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro[3] in the early 1940s. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was trained at the Great Lakes bases in Chicago, where he was introduced to bop music in the lively club scene there.

At the war's conclusion, he returned to Greensboro, where he worked club dates with the Rhythm Vets, a combo composed of A and T students who had served in the U.S. Navy. The band recorded the soundtrack to a musical comedy featurette, Pitch a Boogie Woogie, in Greenville, North Carolina, in the summer of 1947. The movie had a limited run at black audience theatres in 1948 but its production company, Lord-Warner Pictures, folded and never made another film. Pitch a Boogie Woogie was restored by the American Film Institute in 1985 and re-premiered on the campus of East Carolina University in Greenville the following year. Donaldson and the surviving members of the Vets performed a reunion concert after the film's showing. In the documentary made on Pitch by UNC-TV, Boogie in Black and White,[4] Donaldson and his musical cohorts recall the film's making—he originally believed that he had played clarinet on the soundtrack. A short piece of concert footage from a gig in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is included in the documentary.[5]

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



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