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Festivals around the state 

by Najuma Thorpe, League Director of Communications and Member Relations

It’s the time of year when North Carolina is filled with festivals celebrating our great state. Here are just a few.

Jiggy with the Piggy

Jiggy with the Piggy Festival is a 35-year tradition in Kannapolis that hosts more than 100 arts and craft vendors, concerts, 5k walk/run, car cruise-in, outdoor movies, people’s choice wings and pork tasting, and more. In addition, nearly 80 vendors participated in a BBQ competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The teams are scored on the taste, appearance and tenderness of their brisket, pork, ribs and chicken. Partners in the weekend events include: Cabarrus Events Association, City of Kannapolis, Downtown Kannapolis Inc., Kannapolis Rotary, Kannapolis YMCA, the 600 Festival Committee, and the NC Department of Transportation Railway Division.

Active City Streets

Burlington held its 4th Annual Active City Streets event in May. This event, which is designed to get residents moving, included hoop dancing, a life-size game of Chutes-and-Ladders, foosball and Zumba. There was also a 5K walk/run for hearing health and a fundraiser walk with the March of Dimes. Street vendors, food, games, a live DJ and more rounded out the event. Active City Streets is presented by Burlington Recreation & Parks, Alamance County Public Libraries and The Burlington Downtown Corporation in partnership with Elon University, downtown merchants and over 30 local organizations, groups and nonprofits.

North Carolina Pickle Festival

A little rain couldn’t stop the 29th Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival in downtown Mt. Olive in April. The event features live entertainment, an antique car show, carnival rides, a petting zoo, vendors, games, food – and the pickles that bear the town’s name. The event also included Tour de Pickle, a 25, 53 or 75 mile bike ride, and the Cuke Patch 5k. Sponsors include the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, The Town of Mount Olive, the University of Mount Olive and many others.