Drownings At Outer Banks

Drownings At Outer Banks

There have been two drownings at Outer Banks this week. A man died at the Outer Banks Thursday July 21 while swimming in the surf at Ocracoke Island. The 67-year-old man was apparently swimming and got caught in a rip tide. A 911 call was made about 3:00 PM Thursday afternoon with the report of a man being missing near Ramp 70. Emergency responders rushed to the scene. The body of the missing swimmer was found close to the area where he disappeared. An autopsy will be performed at the  Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville, NC . The man’s identity has not been made public at this time. Officials report the man was not from Ocracoke Island but a visitor to the island.

Rip Tide Warning
Drownings at Outer Banks Due to Rip Tides

A second drowning  occurred at the Outer Banks the very next day. This happened on Hatteras Island in the Frisco area.  A 71-year-old man was swimming in the surf near Sailfish Drive in Frisco. An emergency call went out about 3:30 PM. The man apparently was swimming off shore and was caught in a rip tide. Multiple agencies responded and attempted to resuscitate the man but were unable to revive him. The man has not been identified at this time.

What is a rip tide (also rip current)?

A rip tide is a strong, localized, and narrow current of water caused by the tidal flow of ocean water. A rip tide is strongest near the surface. The current moves away from the shore out into the ocean. Rip tides can be hazardous to swimmers. A swimmer caught in a rip tide can be quickly carried out away from shore. Do not try to fight the current and try to swim back into shore. Do not panic. Instead swim parallel to the shore in either direction to get out of the narrow band of the rip tide.When a swimmer gets out of the rip tide they can swim back to shore to safety.

Rip Tide
Rip Currents and how to get out!
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Pinetops Tractor Pull 2016

Pinetops Tractor Pull 2016

The Pinetops Tractor Pull is this weekend May 20-21, 2016 in Pinetops, NC.  People come from all over Eastern United States to attend this annual show. North Carolina is a big agricultural state and we love a good truck and tractor pull! But even if you are a city person a tractor pull is a fun place to see some real action. The Pinetops 300 Tractor Pull is sure to be fun, entertaining and LOUD! Kids love this kind of stuff (even the big kids!). For more info see Pinetops 300 Tractor Pull.

The fun starts Friday night:

Friday Night Events May 20th starting at 7:00 PM

Region 4 Event
Saturday Night Events on May 21st,  2016 starting at 7:00 PM

Kiddie Pull 6-7
Region 4 Event

Pinetops Tractor Pull Admission Prices:

  •  Adults  $20
  •  Children age  6-12:  $5
  •  Children under age 6  admitted FREE

The Pinetops 300 Truck and Tractor Pull is sponsored by the South Edgecombe Rural Fire Department.

Location of the Pinetops 300 Tractor Pull is 309 School Street, Pinetops, NC. See map below.

See the action from lasts years Pinetops Tractor Pull…


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301 Endless Yard Sale 2016

301 Endless Yard Sale 2016

In June the fourth annual 301 Endless Yard Sale 2016 will be held again in eastern North Carolina. It takes place the weekend of June 17-18, 2016. This huge multiple country yard sale starts on Friday 6/17/16 and runs through Saturday 6/18/16 with the hours being 7:00am-5:00pm for both days. Several communities in multiple counties along US 301  participate. Shops, churches, schools, groups, individuals, families and more will be selling items, antiques, collectibles,toys and more. Participates set up all along Highway 301 between Roanoke Rapids to Dunn. The 301 Endless Yard Sale will be over 100 miles beginning in the Johnston County towns of Smithfield, Selma, Kenly, and Benson, and continuing thru Wilson County, Nash County, Halifax County and Harnett Counties.

Participating counties include Halifax, Nash, Wilson, Johnston and Harnett with over 500 vendors set up along US Highway 301. Many more vendors are participating this year. Many flea markets along the route still have space available! For more information see 301 Endless Yardsale. The weather for the next two days will be great with cooler temperatures and little chance of rain! This is great fun to do some shopping or to just see all the people at this multi-county huge event! More than 100 miles of deals!

301 Endless Yard Sale
301 Endless Yard Sale 2016 Dates June 17-18

This huge event is getting bigger and bigger each year. It also is getting more attention from the news media. Each year more and more churches, groups, families, farms, and businesses join in on this popular and fun event.  Last year was a huge success bringing in lots of yard sale shoppers for all over the United States.

Some sellers will be located along the highway in established visitor sites like Riverside Mill in Weldon, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in Kenly,and TWM Antiques in Selma. Also families, churches and schools along the route will have vendor setups. If you like yard sales, antiques and travel you will love this unique US 301 Endless Yard Sale!

Here is a map of the route and the vendors for this years 301 Endless Yard Sale.

Shopping along the route is really a lot of fun. Last year there were tents along Highway 301 for miles in the Johnston County and Wilson County areas. Cars were parked all along the highway with people browsing and shopping at each area there were tents set up. It was so much fun to shop the 301 Endless Yard Sale. There is no telling what you might find at this unique yard sale!



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Strawberry Season In NC!

Strawberry Season is here North Carolina!

Strawberry season is here! Thanks to a warm March the strawberry crop this year is early by about 2 weeks. Many we pick/pick your own strawberry fields are open now or are opening up this week. I stopped by one of my local pick your own fields today and picked a bucket full. I brought them home and cut them up and had the desert with whip cream! So so good.  They were delicious, juicy and sweet. Can’t wait to go back and pick more with plans for a strawberry cake and strawberry shortcakes on the menu in the days to come.

NC Strawberry Season Is In
NC Strawberry Season Is In

Fresh just picked strawberries are so delicious. And they are good for you too. Strawberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium, and Vitamin B6 to name just a few. The kids will love going to a strawberry field to pick their own. Many strawberry farms also have other fun things to do while there. A strawberry farm is a great way to teach kids about how food is grown on a farm before it shows up in a grocery store.

Strawberries can be used for so many different types of food such as jellies, jams, ice cream, smoothies, pies, cakes, shortcakes, candies and so many more. Fresh strawberries are great added to other foods like breakfast cereal. And nothing beats a chocolate covered strawberry if you are a chocolate lover!


Strawberry season in North Carolina only last for about 5-8 weeks depending on the weather so plan a trip today and get your fresh juicy locally grown strawberries now! Enjoy!

To find a local strawberry farm near you are some links to help:




You can also head to a local Farmers Market to get locally grown strawberries now in season. To find a Farmers Market near you go to North Carolina Farm Fresh and put in your location to find a farmers market close to you.


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Southern Womens Show Raleigh 2016

Southern Womens Show Raleigh 2016

The Southern Womens  Show in Raleigh is April  22-24, 2016 at the NC State Fairgrounds at the Jim Graham and Expo Center. Food, fashion, cooking, beauty and health, lifestyles, prizes and more will be at the show. Special guests for this year are Stephen “tWitch” Boss from the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Whitney Way Thore from My Big Fat Fabulous Life. Also there will be At Home Canning with Kendra Lynne, lifestyle blogger Molly Stillman from Still Being Molly, author Dwayna Litz discussing her book Happiness No Man Required,  singer and songwriter Cynthia Jones, and from Days of our Lives meet the stars Billy Flynn, Lauren Koslow and Suzanne Rogers, plus more.

Southern Women's Show Raleigh 2016
Southern Womens Show Raleigh 2016

Others attractions include Belk department stores with several beauty experts, expert bra fitters to help us how to bra shop, fashion experts on hand, how to shop smart and WRAL TV personalities will be there through out the three day event.

Get your Mom, sister, daughters, girlfriends, and coworkers and make plans to go to the Southern Women’s Show on the last weekend of this month. This event has it all from home, fashion, jewelry, beauty, cooking, shopping, crafts, makeup plus so much more. It’s a great event for just the girls. Schedule some girl time and make plans to attend the three day event in Raleigh at this year’s Southern Women’s Show 2016.

For more information about the show and for discount tickets go to Southern Women’s Show.

Southern Women’s Show Hours are:

Friday          April 22 10am-8pm
Saturday     April 23   10am-7pm
Sunday        April 24   11am-6pm

$12 for adults, $6 ages 6-12, free admission under age 6 with adult.

Time to shop girls at the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh April 22-24, 2016
Time to shop girls at the Southern Women’s Show in Raleigh April 22-24, 2016!
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Spring Carousel Gift Market

The Spring Carousel Gift Market Raleigh 2016 

The Spring Carousel Gift Market is this weekend in Raleigh at the NC State Fairground at the Jim Graham Building. It last from March 18-20, 2016. Three days of shopping for home decor items, apparel, arts and crafts, unique gifts and more will be on sale at this popular annual event. Just in time for Easter, Mother’s Day and graduation. Get the perfect gift at the Spring Carousel Gift Market. The market will have over 100 exhibitors for home decor, apparel, unique art and gifts.

Dates and Hours
Friday, March 18           10am – 7pm
Saturday, March 19      9am – 6pm
Sunday, March 20        11am – 5pm

Admission Cost:

$7 Adults, $6 Seniors (60+), Children (12 & younger when accompanied by Adult) get in FREE

Tickets are good for all three days of the event with a return pass.

Free Parking!

Here are just some of the exhibitors that will be there this weekend:

ANGEL WINGS JEWELRY, BATH PLANET, BOWS AND SEW ON, DASH OF CHIC BOUTIQUE, FOUR LEGS BARKING-dog treats and accessories, INCREDIBLE EDIBLE BIRDHOUSES- a birdhouse you can eat, JNC WOODWORKS-wood turned bowls, MAKEUP ERASER, NANCY JO’S HOMEMADE-sweets and fudge, SALLY’S FAMOUS GOURMET-dip mixes, SCENTSY, handcrafted baskets by  SUNRISE BASKETS, VINTAGE PARIS MARKET-handmade bath and body items, WIND DESIGNS- THE FLAG SHOP, ZOEY-BUG BOWTIQUE-childrens clothing and accessories plus many more!




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