Currituck Heritage Festival a Down Home Success
It was windy and rainy all around, except for the literal “Spot” in Southern Currituck County. Over 1000 visitors braved the threat of bad weather to attend the Currituck Heritage Festival and celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Cooperative Extension on Saturday, September 20. The first 1000 attendees were rewarded with a barbecue lunch catered by BJ’s of Jarvisburg.
New Currituck band, Slow Livin’ provided live music throughout the afternoon. Outstanding Currituck 4-H’er, Mitch Kreisel served as emcee keeping the crowds informed and engaged. Vendors and exhibits interpreting Currituck’s Agricultural and Extension History were available for the public. Little Miss Currituck, Carsyn Sawyer, was crowned. Currituck County Commission Chairman, Paul O’Neal showed his Currituck roots by winning the adult corn shucking contest while Hannah Kjeldsen took the youth title. Aaron Brumsey won the loyalty of the onsite hog and claimed the title of Hog Calling Contest Champ. Luke Smith, Danny Wallace and Johnny Cison each proved their prowess at flailing rubber fowl as they were named Chicken Chucking Champs in the various divisions of the contest.
The 547 pound pumpkin was certainly the highlight of the Homegrown and Handmade Contest with the obvious winner of largest pumpkin awarded to Leisha Bond. The Farm Market took top honors with their homegrown sweet potatoes in the adult division. Decorative gourds grown by Mitch Kreisel took the prize in the youth division.
Susan Evans took first place in the adult arts and crafts contest with her carved, decorated gourd while Leathea Slinger’s pine needle basket brought the second place prize. Taylor Pless’ painting won the youth division.
Candace Deaton wowed the judges in the baked and canned goods division with her prize winning canned pears. Cayenne pepper sauce, prepared by Julie Folwick took second prize. In the youth division, Mitch Kreisel’s pumpkin pie cake was the clear winner.
The afternoon ended with foot stomping and dancing at a good old fashioned barn dance. Musical entertainment was provided by area band Out ‘N The Cold.
Sponsors of this outstanding event included Currituck County, Currituck Cooperative Extension, Whalehead Preservation Trust, KICZ Maintenance and Remodeling, Frieda Harris Graphic Design, Currituck Travel and Tourism, and Currituck Chamber of Commerce. Adding to the success of the day was the Currituck County High School FFA, Chorus, Marching Band and Beta Club.
To see more highlights of the day, visit the 2014 Currituck Heritage Festival website at go.ncsu.edu/CurrituckHeritage.