Community Connections

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Lenoir County Agricultural Fair

The fair will celebrate 67 seasons of family fun with midway rides, Great Lakes Timber Show, motorsports, pro wrestling, local entertainment, Extreme Fear ScareGrounds haunted house (Friday – Saturday), community exhibits, contests and favorite fair food.

Highlights include the 34th Annual Cheerleading Competition (6:30 pm Tuesday); Extreme Shock Pro Wrestling (7 pm Wednesday); 24K Cowgirls Equestrian Drill Team (7 pm Thursday); Rockreation Therapy (6:30 pm Friday); Demolition Derby (3 pm) and Motocross Racing (6 pm) on Saturday ($10 Motorsports Entrance Gate fee).

Fair admission: $6 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; $7 Saturday; free for kids 4 & younger

Dollar Day (Thursday): Admission and rides are $1 each (10-ride minimum purchase).

Unlimited ride wristbands are $25. Ride tickets are also available on the midway.

Admission specials:
* Free admission for ages 6-18 on Wednesday from 5-7 pm
* Free admission Tuesday – Thursday from 5-7 pm for ages 62 & older and vocational rehab residents + 1 chaperone

Fair hours are 5-11 pm Tuesday – Friday and 1-11 pm Saturday at the Lenoir County Fairgrounds, 401 Fairgrounds Road in Kinston.

Visit the website for more information, including Extreme Fear ScareGrounds tickets.

Start: 2022-10-04
End: 2022-10-08

Cape Lookout National Seashore Starlight Cruise -October 15

Cape Lookout National Seashore and Crystal Coast Stargazers invite you to the last starlight cruise for 2022 on October 15. The cruise will leave the park’s Visitor Center, 1800 Harkers Island Road, Harkers Island, NC at 6:15. While at the lighthouse, you will disembark and a NASA Solar System Ambassador will provide a laser pointed tour of the beautiful skies over Core Sound. Crystal Coast Stargazers will set up telescopes at the Visitor Center for the public to come and stargaze and will remain set up until the cruise returns for passengers to have the opportunity to stargaze through the telescopes. The ferry cruise does require reservations – please call 252-728-7433. The only cost for this event is the cruise ticket: Adults-$27; Children-$17

Start: 2022-10-15
End: 2022-10-15

Community Mural Project

Reviving Lives Ministries of New Bern (RLM)

Sunday
October 2, 2022
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
810 Broad St. New Bern, NC 28560

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of painting, live music, food and activities for
the kids, while Jesse Doyle and Lee Hood, begin painting a transformative mural at 810
Broad Street. The Community Mural Project supports recovery and resilience by
building connections between helpful neighbors.
Reviving Lives ministers to people seeking recovery in a safe and sober-living home;
good recovery needs good neighbors. Come out and help us revive the old metal shed at
810 Broad St. because this project will be better when we do it together.
Reviving Lives Ministries carries a faith-based solution for addiction to people willing to
change, who need a stable home, wellness skills, and connection to community. We have
been building resilience in our community for nearly a decade. Check out our Facebook
event for more information or contact Lainy at 252-624-9826.

Start: 10/02/2022
End: 10/02/2022

Chowan County Regional Fair

The fair will celebrate 76 seasons of family fun with midway rides, The High Flying Pages Thrill Show, Woody’s Barnyard Racers, live music, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus, Wednesday night fireworks, animal barns, community exhibits, pageants, favorite fair food and more.

On Car Load Night (Tuesday), fair admission and unlimited rides are $60 per vehicle for up to 6 passengers.

Regular gate admission is $8 on site, $6 online in advance and free for children under 36 inches tall. (Pre-sale ends Mon., Sept. 26 at 11:59 pm.)

Unlimited ride wristbands are $20 on site or $17 pre-sale. A Family 4 Pack (2 adult/2 child ride wristbands/admissions) is $85 pre-sale. Ride tickets are also available on the midway.

K-8 students are admitted free on Wednesday with a paying adult. Ages 60 and older are admitted free on Thursday. On Saturday, active-duty military and their families receive half-price admission and ride wristbands (with Military ID).

Fair hours are 4 to 11 pm Tuesday – Friday and 11 am to midnight Saturday at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 1317 W. Queen Street in Edenton.

For more information, call 252-482-4057.

The fair is sponsored by the Edward G. Bond American Legion Post 40 and run by the Chowan County Regional Fair Association.

Start: 2022-09-27
End: 2022-10-01

Kinston Vendor Market

Local Vendor Event – Many vendors to shop from!
Come out and Bring the Kids!
Early Christmas shopping – completely indoor.
Come explore Downtown Kinston – grab lunch and come shopping!

Our vendors include:
Chrome Photo Co
Fairy Hair by Ms. Taylor
jm.jewelryy
Grindseasonclothing
MaryKay with Tracy Hines
Jewelry with Brenda
Papparazi

We will be accepting donations to give to Lenoir County SPCA!

Start: 2022-10-08
End: 2022-10-08

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department in Bayboro, NC is hosting a child friendly Pumpkin Patch including pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house, and a giant slide! Children’s activities are scheduled for Oct. 22nd and 29th, 2 – 6 pm. $10 per child.

Adults, and older children, are invited to stay and go through the Trail of Terror after the Pumpkin Patch! The Trail of Terror is October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th, from 6 to 11 pm. $10 per entry.

All proceeds will go to our new building, which is currently under construction.

Start: 2022-10-22
End: 2022-10-29

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department Trail of Terror

Triangle Volunteer Fire Department in Bayboro, NC is hosting their second annual Trail of Terror. This haunted trail is almost half of a mile long, with terrors at every turn! Come prepared for the fright of your life! The dates are October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th. The trail is open from 6 – 11 pm each night. Entry fees are $10 per person, per entry.

There will also be a child friendly Pumpkin Patch including pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house, and a giant slide! Children’s activities are scheduled for Oct. 22nd and 29th only, 2 – 6 pm. $10 per child.

All proceeds will go to our new building, which is currently under construction.

Start: 2022-10-21
End: 2022-10-29

Carolina Home and Garden Fall Festival

It’s that time of year! The kick off into the Fall season. Entry is free, but activities require tickets.
– Games & prizes
– Dunk tank
– Inflatable rock climbing
– Bouncy house
– Face Painting
– Craft vendors
– Potato sack race
– “Dessert” walk
– Pumpkin painting, and MORE!
Enjoy seasonal cocktails and food options. Grab your pumpkins and mums for your fall decor! Sunday, September 25th from 12Noon to 5P at Carolina Home and Garden in Newport!
Start: 09/25/2022
End: 09/25/2022

Monster Bash- Trunk or Treat

Come join us for a gourd o’ time at our Monster Bash at Onslow Pines Park! Come trunk or treat with us, paint some pumpkins and participate in our costume contests! Food Trucks will be on site! It will be spooktacular! October 29th from 5P to 9P!

Start: 10/29/2022
End: 10/29/2022

Food Truck Rodeo

Onslow County Parks & Recreation is excited to offer another Food Truck Rodeo!

Food vendors include Hawaiian Kine Shave Ice, Funnels of Love, The BFT, Smoking Joe’s BBQ, Mari’s Hella Fat Food, The Cheesecake Hustle, Dirty Taco & Mas, R.L. Street Dogs, The Meat Shack, Frothy Sloth Coffee Hut, and many more! October 16, 2022 from 10A to 6P at Onslow Pines Park.

Start: 10/16/2022
End: 10/16/2022

Annual Tree Lighting Jubilee

When: December 3rd, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Where: Havelock City Park, 198 Cunningham Blvd., Havelock, NC

Why: To promote Holiday Festivities for the public

Available: Hot cocoa, hot cider, cookies, Santa, Gingerbread Display Contest, crafts (for purchase), Food Trucks (items for purchase), games, and more.

Performance by Marine Corps Band

Nutcracker Act I Dance Performance

Tree Lighting

Directions:
From Hwy 70W, turn right onto Cunningham Blvd.
From Hwy 70E, turn left onto Cunningham Blvd.
From Fontana Blvd. W/Hwy 101 W, turn left onto Cunningham Blvd.

Donation of non-perishable food items for local food pantry appreciated. Donation may be placed in miniature Christmas Train.

Start: 2022-12-03
End: 2022-12-03

B/S/H/ Oktoberfest in New Bern

The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club will host the 11th annual B/S/H/ Oktoberfest, beginning at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Union Point Park in New Bern, NC. The Little German Band and Dancers, which has entertained around the country and in Germany since 1971, will be performing.

This year’s B/S/H/ Octoberfest will again feature traditional German-style fare and your favorite German and domestic beers and wine. There will also be stein holding contests open to men and women. Tickets for the 2022 B/S/H/ Oktoberfest are available now at https://newbernrotary.org/oktoberfesttickets/

The event is New Bern Breakfast Rotary’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds support the club’s many charitable endeavors including scholarships for local students, advancing area nonprofits and underwriting the club’s signature annual project, Kicks-for-Kids, a program that supplies new athletic shoes to hundreds of children in Craven County.

B/S/H/ Oktoberfest, organized by the New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club, is made possible thanks to the generosity of dozens of businesses and individuals who are donating sponsors.

Start: 2022-09-24
End: 2022-09-24

Walk to End Alzheimer’s New Bern 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 22, Craven County and the surrounding area residents will join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s ® — the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter will be hosting Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern at Union Point Park. Check-in opens at 9 a.m. with an Opening Ceremony at 10 a.m. and a Walk Start at 10:30 a.m.
On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony — a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s — their personal reasons to end the disease. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease – a leading cause of death in the United States. Additionally, more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  In North Carolina alone, there are more than 180,000 people living with the disease and 356,000 caregivers.
To sign up as a walker or Team Captain or to learn more about becoming a sponsor or volunteer
of Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern, visit act.alz.org/newbern or call 800-272-3900.

Start: 10/22/2022
End: 10/22/2022

Old Wilmington Candlelight Walking Tour

ANNUAL HOLIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT WALKING TOUR CELEBRATING 50 YEARS WITH RETURN OF BELOVED EVENT

When the days get shorter and the nights cast a chill over the Lower Cape Fear, we are drawn to the light and joy from the glow of the holiday season; A Christmas tree, the candles of a menorah, the festive lights illuminating downtown Wilmington, and the luminaries lighting the way to an historic home like lanterns in times gone by.

The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is very pleased to announce the Annual Old Wilmington by Candlelight Walking Tour is back in full force this year. In observance of the 50th Anniversary of this signature event it will feature a Grand Gala kicking off the weekend’s festivities. The events will be held beginning Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. with the Gala Celebration. The walking tour will be self guided and homes, houses of worship, and other historic sites all within Downtown Wilmington will be open for tours Saturday, December 10 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 from 1- 5 p.m. The festivities will conclude with a Holiday Open House held at the Latimer House, 126 S. 3rd St., on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. It will feature refreshments and entertainment.

Tickets for the Walking Tour and Grand Gala will go on sale Monday, July 11 at 10 a.m. The cost for the Walking Tour is $50 apiece; the Grand Gala is $100 each, or $150 for both events. The Open House will be free and open to the public.

For more information or to book your tickets, please visit www.lcfhs.org or contact the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society at 910.762.0492.

Start: 12/09/2022
End: 12/11/2022