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  Sat. & Sun, September 1-2, 2012
37th Annual Old Fashioned Farmer's Day at the G.T. Petty Memorial Fairgrounds, Silk Hope, NC
Sat. & Sun, September 1-2, 2012
Celebrate an American Way of Life and Old Fashioned Farming with lots of events and entertainment all weekend, including:  country entertainment, antique tractor pulls , restored antique farm equipment in use, antique tractors and autos, old time farm crafts demonstrations, working farm animals in action, children's pony and fair rides, children's farm animals on display (petting zoo), children's pedal tractor pull, food, home made ice cream, arts, crafts & flea market vendors and musical entertainment (country, gospel, bluegrass, and southern rock, folk dancers and clogging). 

FROM THE Old Fashioned Farmer's Day WEBSITE: (Click here for new website)

Come and visit the past!  Marvel at how things were done!  Think of all the advances that have been made through the years!  You will see many skills and technologies which have been almost forgotten over the years! 

We continue to add to our antique Farm-related Treasures.  Last year we added a Blacksmith and Wheelwright Shop reconstructed from and abandoned Deep River Coal Company site in Chatham County.  Visit us in 2010 to see new additions!

Last year our extensive working display of Antique Steam Power drew the attention of Roy Underhill of the Public Broadcasting System's The Woodwrights Shop series, who filmed an episode during the Event!

[See all sorts of amazing antique equipment at work during the Festival!]

[A Steam-Powered Engine in the Pugh Memorial Ice Cream Building, powers several Churns can each turn out five gallons of Home-Made Ice Cream at a time!]  The Delicious Ice Cream is available to you at the Ice Cream Building!

Also featured is an Antique Tractor Display, an Antique Car Display, Antique Farm Machinery (some in operation), Corn Shredding, a Shingle Mill, hit-and-miss Engines, and a Rock Crushing Machine.

You may wish to purchase some excellent Old-Fashioned Corn Meal made on site during the Festival in our Grist Mill Building, and perhaps pick up some tasty Old-Fashioned Molasses made on site from locally-grown Sugar Sorghum in our Sorghum Press and Wood-Fired

Don't miss our Farm Animals in Working Harness carrying out such chores as Rock Crushing, Plowing, and other demonstrations!

There are Farm Animal Competitions in which animals raised by local children are judged, as well as many other activities for all ages.

Our Quality Entertainment throughout the Festival includes Gospel Singing, Bluegrass Music, Folk Dancing, a Flea Market, Antiques, Crafts, and much more.

The Great Food and Fixings include Pork Barbecue (is there any other?), Fried Chicken Tenders, Hot Dogs, Home-Made Ice Cream, and many other culinary delights!

The Old Fashioned Farmers Day Festival is located 1 hour west of Raleigh, NC off US 64; 1 hour southeast of Greensboro via US 421 and US 64; 45 minutes south of Burlington, NC via NC 87 and Lindley Mill/Silk Hope-Lindley Mill Rd. 6 miles NE of Siler City, Chatham County, NC . [Approx. 30-45 minutes from Chapel Hill]

Get Directions / Read more about the Silk Hope NC Old Fashioned Farmer's Day

Admission fee, children under 10 free; Senior Citizens receive a discount.  

(919) 742-2972 or (919) 742-4881.


September 7 - 16,  2012
North Carolina Mountain State Fair, Fletcher, NC (much further afield, near the Asheville Airport)
1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC  28732
September 7 - 16,  2012

(Old Flyer from 2010)

The Annual Mountain State Fair features kids' activities, carnival rides (Powers Great American Midway), livestock competitions, live music (including bluegrass, old-time and gospel), giant produce including pumpkins, watermelons, and sunflowers, antique farm equipment display, Farm Adventure Tent (watch the mama pig with her piglets, the baby ducklings on the water slide and some hands-on barnyard activities for the children), watch a chainsaw artist sculpt wood with a chainsaw, transforming a block of wood into a bear, eagle or fish right before your eyes; Heritage Walk (take a walk through the past and learn about family traditions and mountain folks way of life; see crafters at work); lots of fun events and exhibits for everyone; lots of fun for families and kids!


(828) 687-1414.


Sat. Sept. 15, 2012
3rd Annual Rockin' 5K Family Fun Run / Festival to benefit Super Cooper's Little Red Wagon Foundation. Sat, Sept. 15th Southern Village in Chapel Hill.

This fun family friendly event includes a Family Fun Run, 5K and Festival featuring live music, bike rodeo, food truck alley, giant slide, mechanical bull, mobile game unit, live auction, and much more! Funds raised are used to support the Super Cooper's Little Red Wagon Foundation mission of providing housing and support for families affected by brain tumors. Click for Admission/Tickets/Sponsor info.


Thurs., Sept. 13, Fri. Sept. 14 & Sat. Sept. 15, 2012
TROSA MEGA Fundraiser Sale Lakewood Shopping Center, 2000 Chapel HIll Rd. Durham 27707
Thurs., Sept. 13, Fri. Sept. 14 & Sat. Sept. 15, 2012, 7 am - 6 pm (Rain or Shine)

Shop for gently used Family and Home items: clothing, kitchenware, furniture, pianos, TVs, holiday deocraitons, exercise equipment, carpets; Construction supplies; items for college dorms and apartments (futons & Sofas, tables, microwaves, desks, mini refrigerators, chairs; office supplies (office furniture, file cabinets) and much more! All funds go to support the people of TROSA.

(919) 419-1059


Sat., September 15, 2012

Tiger CHill Festival for All Ages at Chapel Hill High School
Saturday, September 15, 2012, 4 - 8 pm *See Rain Date info below.
Chapel Hill High's First Annual Tiger CHill Festival for all ages will offer fun for the whole family and a great way to introduce young "Chapel Hill Tigers" to all the clubs, arts and sports that Chapel Hill High School has to offer.
 Fun activities will include:
* Carnival Games
* Play! Bounce & climb on Inflatable Rides; Dodgeball TOurnament, Baseball Speed Pitch, Mini GOlf, DIY Tie Dye Socks, Face Paining and lots more!
* Eat! Barbecue, Sausages & Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob, Pizza, Snow Cones, Cotton Candy, Baked Goods
* Shop! Artisan Booths featuring beautiful crafts from around North Carolina
* Live Musical Performances from the CHHS Band & Cohrus, and the McDougle and Smith Middle Schools'
* Bands"Tiger Idol" contest sponsored by Athletic Boosters
(Rain Date: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 - 6 pm)


Fri. & Sat, September 21 - 22, 2012
  Museum of Life + Science, 433 Murray Avenue, Durham, NC 27704
Friday, September 21, 2012, 6 - 9pm Heroes & Villains AFTER DARK (Reservations Required)
Sunday, September 22, 2012, 10am - 5pm (No additional fee,included with admission)

(919) 220-5429

HEROES VILLAINS AND SPECIAL EFFECTS: Explore the Science Behind the Entertainment Industry Explore the science behind entertainment and meet experts in the fields of special effects, make up artistry, film production, sound editing and effects, video game design and simulation, comic book art and staged combat.


Sat., Septtember 8, 2012

Colonial Kids Day in Hillsborough, NC - Hosted by the Orange County Historical Museum and the Burwell School Historic Site Burwell School Historic Site, 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC

Sat., Sept. 8, 2012, 12 - 3 pm

Orange County Historical Museum and Burwell School Historic Site will host Colonial Kids Day at the Burwell School Historic Site, where children can participate in colonial games, a lemonade party (2pm-2:30pm), and a Colonial Fashion Show (2:30pm - 3pm). They can learn about quill writing, butter churning, and more. The museum is located at 201 N. Churton St and there is an admission fee. Advanced registration is encouraged. Limited number of tickets available/limited participants, so reserve your tickets early. Call (919) 732-2201 for more information.


Sat., Sept. 9, 2012 
Tobacco Harvest Festival and Mock Auction at the Duke Homestead.
2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham, NC 27705
September 9, 2012, 10am - 4pm

Costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing. Hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in Durham. Enjoy historic games, music, and refreshments. Throughout the day, enjoy the hornworm festival, enjoy the hornworm race, MoonPie eating contest, musical entertainment, craft vendors, refreshments, and more. Free!
(919) 477-5498.
Sat., Sept. 15, 2012
BugFest 2012 at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC  27601-1029.  "The Plaza, Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun! "

Saturday, September 15, 2012 9am - 7pm.

Also BugFest Evening Insectival, Sat. Sept. 15, 2012 5 ? 7 pm
Jones Street, The Plaza, the Capitol Grounds and the first and second floors of the Museum will be teeming with live bands, bug stations, a nocturnal insect tour and a street carnival.

There is lots of buggy fun to be had at the 15th Annual BugFest event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences!  The nation's largest single-day bug event, BugFest?held annually at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh?offers quirky bug-filled fun for adventurous people of all ages. Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth.  See unusual insects, arachnids, and crustaceans from around the world. Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Caf? Insecta. Educational and entertaining displays, exhibits and activities?both inside and outside the Museum?will highlight BugFest!  In prior years the BugFest has been host to amazing and bizarre live animals such as the foot-long Malaysian walking stick, the venomous giant South American centipede, and an Amazonian bird-eating spider as big as a dinner plate! 

From the website:  * Enjoy the entertaining displays, exhibits and activities ? both inside and outside the Museum.
* Learn about arthropods, which make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth, during fascinating presentations.
* Taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient at Caf?Insecta.
* Join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival.
* Beekeeping Workshop
* Bring an unusual bug to the Stump the Experts table

This year's theme is spiders!

Admission FREE.

(919) 733-7450 or toll-free (877) 4NATSCI


Friday - Sunday,  September 14-16, 2012
2012 (31st Anniversary) Greek Festival, at the Expo Center, NC State Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Raleigh, NC with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity.  Authentic Greek food, pastries, Taverna, Live Bouzouki Band, entertainment, Greek dancing, coffee shop, cooking demonstrations, gift shops and more.  Admission fee; children 12 and under free.
(919) 781-4548.

2012 Flyer not yet available (as of 6/2012)

prior year's flyer

Click here for FREE TICKET ($3.00 value)


2012 Dates TBA (as of 6/2012) Sat., September 17 - Sun. September 18, 2011
Eastern Triangle 6th Annual Farm Tour hosted by the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)
2012 Dates TBA (as of 6/2012) Sat., September 17 - Sun. September 18, 2011 1pm - 5pm.  Rain or shine!

Enjoy a great day out visiting local farms and support sustainable local agriculture! 

The goal of the farm tour is

"to help connect you and your family with where your food comes from, who is growing it and how it is being grown.  Too often, when you ask a child where their food comes from, they say the grocery store.  It was only two generations ago when most people grew up on farms.  It's time to reestablish the connection between consumers and farming before it is completely lost.  Local and organic food systems are critical to preserving our rural agrarian landscape and achieving long-term socio-economic sustainability.  All of us, from farmer to distributor to consumer, play a role in creating a sustainable agriculture."

To take the Tour:  Load up a car with friends and family, find participating farms on the maps, and head out to the countryside for a day at the farms!  Advance Tickets $25 per car for all farms; Day of Tour Tickets $30 for all farms: $10 per farm (buy buttons at the first farm you visit.)

Tickets available online at www.carolinafarmstewards.org and at the Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, and Chapel Hill Whole Foods Markets, and Harmony Farms in Raleigh.  (Or buy Day of Tour tickets at the first farm you visit.)

Tips for taking the tour:  (1) Bring a cooler!  You will be able to purchase fresh produce, eggs, cheese and other products at many of the farms.  (2)  Look for the red tomato signs to help find the farms; (3) plan to visit 3 or 4 farms a day at most, and budge 1 - 1 1/2 hours per farm; (4) stick to one region of the tour each day for the most efficient tour route; (5) Link to an interactive Google Tour Map at www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Did you know?  In the past year (from May 2008 - April 2009), Whole Foods Market purchase $8,889,223 worth of products from local growers and producers in North Carolina.  Support local agriculture with your LOCALLY GROWN produce selections from your local grocery or Farmers' Market.

For more information visit the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA)

or call (919) 542-2402


Sat., September 15, 2012
10th Annual Woof-A-Palooza Dog Walk to Benefit Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE)  Central Carolina Community College, (Hwy 64 West), 764 West St., Pittsboro NC 27312 (further afield).
Sat., September 15, 2012, 10am - 2pm.  Rain or shine!

Woof-A-Palooza is a one mile dog walk to benefit Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE). There will be activities, contests, prizes, refreshments, vendors, contests, demonstrations, and other activities for you and your pet. 
For more info visit www.chathamanimalrescue.org.
(919) 542-5757.

 * September 15, 2012 - rain or shine
* 1 mile dog walk at Central Carolina Community College
* Doggie Contests
* T-shirt sales
* Refreshments
* Free CARE hat with registration
* Free t-shirt with $150 in pledges
* Cost before 8/26/2011:$25; Cost on or after 8/27/2011:$35

CARE has wonderful pets for adoption - visit their website for more info.

More information about CAREChatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit humane society.  All the animals in the C.A.R.E. system are fostered in volunteer foster homes.  C.A.R.E. pays for food and routine medical expenses such as spay or neuter, rabies vaccinations, deworming and vaccinations.  Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Adoption fees cover the very basic medical expenses of animals, but they do not cover additional treatments that some animals require.  Proceeds from Woof A Palooza will be used to help pay the veterinary expense of animals in the C.A.R.E. system and will help with humane education and outreach efforts in Chatham County.


Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
6th Annual Historic Speedway Group Racers Reunion & Car Show, at the Occoneechee-Orange Speedway in Hillsborough, NC 320 Elizabeth Brady Rd. Hillsborough, NC 27278
September, 29th, 2012, 7am - 4pm

Annual historic car show at the dirt race track where Richard Petty raced in the old days; the Occoneechee-Orange Speedway is the original NASCAR dirt track that has been restored in Hillsborough, NC. FUN, living RACE CAR history! Click this link to learn more and see video about the Speedway including Richard Petty reminiscing about racing on the speedway in Hillsborough.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012
Chatham County Agricultural Fall Festival
Sat, Sept. 29, 2012,
10am - 10pm

The Chatham County Fall Festival is a fun, family-friendly event that will take place at the Fairgrounds, Pittsboro, located behind Food Lion on Hwy.64 Business.  Gates open 6pm, Wed-Fri. Noon on Saturday. Admission: Ages 9 and up: $3, children 8 and under: FREE.

[2012 UPDATES not yet available as of August 24, 2012]

Editor's Note: Our family has had lots of fun at the Chatham County Fair!  Our kids milked a cow, rode on a mini-roller-coaster ride (huge smiles all around), (and just by chance) one of our daughters lost her first tooth at the Fair. In 2012 Chatham County will have a one-day FALL FESTIVAL.

(919) 542-5511.


Fri. Sept. 28 - 30, 2012

27th International Festival  (Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh)
See Times / Program Schedule for the 2012 Raleigh International Festival

International Festival event promotes and celebrates the diverse cultures of the Triangle area with ethnic dance, sidewalk cafes, world bazaars, cultural exhibits, biergarten, coffeehouse, and more.  Tickets $5 at the door, FREE for children ages 6 and under.


Sun., September 30, 2012
15th Annual Carrboro Music Festival Downtown Carrboro, NC
Sunday, September 30, 2012

WOW!  We are constantly reminded of all the reasons why Carrboro is such a cool, fun, excellent place to live.  The annual Carrboro Music Festival offers great music and lots of fun for everyone; family friendly and fun activities for kids too.  We look forward to the Carrboro Music Festival EVERY year!  Last year during the evening of the festival we were enjoying a casual dinner outside at Armadillo Grill, listening to some great live music at the table next to us.  What a great place to live and play!

From the Carrboro Music Festival Website:

The . . . event presented a myriad of musical styles (at 23 venues) with over 170 different musical aggregations- ranging in size from solo artists to a twenty piece jazz orchestra.

~ Looking Back for a moment ~
The first four years the festival was held in June and called The Fete De la Musique. In 2002 we moved to the last Sunday in September and began calling it The Carrboro Music Festival. 2010 will be the ninth year as festival coordinator for Gerry Williams, who says "This is the most incredible music event that I've been involved with during my thirty year career in and around music. Unlike many aspects of the music business, this is entirely about celebrating our community and its music. The range and quality of what we see and hear each year is simply amazing!"

Check this video out!  It's such a great little film and truly captures the essence of the Carrboro Music Festival Prior year Carrboro Music Festival Video by BeeryMedia.  Come out down to Carrboro - SO COOL!  So looking forward to the festival as we do every year!



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