NC State Wrestling Championships Feb 24 in Fayetteville

NC State Wrestling Championships Feb 24 in Fayetteville
Crown Coliseum to host wrestlers from age 6 to through high school.

 

Fayetteville, NC  –   The North Carolina Wrestling Association for Youth (NCWAY) State Championships return to the Crown Complex Arena on February 24th.

Weigh-In is Friday,  February 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm for all ages and Saturday February 24 from 9:30 am to 11 pm for high school wrestlers. Competition begins at 9 am on the 24th  for 6 and under to 14 and under. High school matches start at 11:30 am.

Competition is open to the public. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students and children 4 and under are free. For more information visit www.ncway.com.

ABOUT NCWAY
North Carolina Wrestling Association for Youth (NCWAY) is a non-profit organization formed to aid in the organization, assembly, coaching, and travel of wrestlers of all ages.  NCWAY’s mission is to create a self-sustaining folkstyle organization to assist in the growth and preservation of the sport of wrestling in North Carolina.

ABOUT THE FAYETTEVILLE AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 15, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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Chagall Exhibit’s First U.S. Show in Fayetteville (NC)

Chagall Exhibit’s  First U.S. Show in Fayetteville (NC)
Methodist University hosts “The Story of Exodus” through April 6.

 

Fayetteville, NC  –   “The Story of Exodus,” a series of 24 lithographs by Marc Chagall is on display at the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University now through April 6.  The exhibit, organized by The Art Company of Pesaro, Italy, traveled to the United States from a private collection in Italy. According to Silvana Foti, Executive Director of the gallery, the Methodist show marks the first time the lithographs have been displayed in the United States.

Each work in the cycle of lithographs is accompanied by an extract taken from The Book of Exodus, freeing Chagall from faithfully representing the words and allowing him to work via a series of highly evocative and forthright images. The extract texts are written with the archaic English spelling of the 1611 King James Bible.

Docents, trained by author, lecturer and Chagall historian Vivian R. Jacobson, will be available for group tours with arrangements at least one week in advance. The McCune Gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.  Admission is free, though donations are encouraged.

“The Story of Exodus” is just one of the special events happening in Fayetteville and Cumberland County.  For a full list of happenings, and to plan your visit, head to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.

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ABOUT THE DAVID MCCUNE INTERNATIONAL ART GALLERY
The David McCune International Art Gallery is located in the William Bethune Center for Visual Arts on the campus of Methodist University. Its mission is to coordinate exhibitions of art by student, regional, national, and international artists, educating students and the public through a diverse representation of fine art. Three of the gallery’s most successful exhibitions were the bronze sculptures of “Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime, Selections from the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Collections;” “Picasso: 25 Years of Edition Ceramics from the Rosenbaum Collection;” and “Igneous Expressions,” a collection of glass art by 26 artists from western North Carolina that included work by Harvey Littleton, the father of American studio glass.

ABOUT THE FAYETTEVILLE AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on February 15, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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Christian Cheer Nationals at Crown Complex March 1-3

Christian Cheer Nationals at Crown Complex March 1-3

Participants from 18 states to complete

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Fayetteville, NC  –   The Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA) Christian Cheer Nationals and CCA College Championships return to the Crown Coliseum from March 1st through the 3rd.

Throughout the weekend, 4000 people are expected to watch elementary through high school students, all-star teams and college teams from 18 states vie for National or College Champion titles.  The event’s economic impact on Cumberland County is estimated to be $1.8 million.

Teams compete in 50 divisions, and others compete in solo, duo, trio, stunt team, dance and mascot categories.  More than $1 million in prizes and scholarships will be awarded through the Cheer Scholar program.

In addition to cheer competition, the weekend offers other activities,  including National Christian Cheer Coach of the Year Award, Top 20 Cheer Coach Awards, a Christian concert and praise and worship time.

Events are open to spectators. Times and prices are as follows:

*             Thursday, March 1 at 8:30 p.m. Admission $12.

*             Friday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission: $25 (12 +), $15 (5-11), under 5 free

*             Saturday, March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Admission: $20 (12+), $15 (5-11), under 5 free

 

For more information, visit the Christian Cheerleaders of America website at www.cheercca.com or call 1-877-CHEERCA.

Tweet this: Christian Cheerleaders of America (CCA) returns to @CrownComplexNC for the #CCANationals2018 March 1-3. Elementary, high school, all-star and college teams from 18 states compete for $1 million in scholarship money. @VisitFayNC

ABOUT CCA

CCA (Christian Cheerleaders of America) is a non-profit organization for the purpose of ministering to Christian schools by encouraging excellence in Christian Cheerleading and service to the Savior.

 

ABOUT THE FACVB 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

 

 

 

Published on February 8, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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10th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo March 16-18

10th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo March 16-18
Crown Arena Host for the three-day Outdoor Adventure Show

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Fayetteville, NC  –   The 10th  Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo returns to the Crown  Arena March 16 -18.  “We were extremely successful during our first year in Fayetteville and are pleased the show will be even bigger this year,” says event organizer WC Lanier.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find lots to enjoy during the three-day show: hunting and fishing exhibitions, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays,

 

fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, contests and archery demonstrations.

“For our 10th anniversary show, we are offering Youth Day programming on Friday, March 16,” says Lanier. The program is a hands-on Wildlife Program to encourage youth interest in North Carolina’s natural resources.  Activities planned for elementary, middle and high-school students include:

  • An age-appropriate scavenger hunt, titled “Nature in a Nutshell.”
  • Exploration of career interests with wildlife professionals
  • Watching raptors in flight. Visitors will see hawks, vultures, and more.
  • Examining the physics behind a successful fly cast
  • Participation in archery

Youth Day programming is $5 per student.

Expo hours are Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th  from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  On Sunday March 19th, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older and military. Children 10 years and under are free when accompanied by an adult.    In celebration of the Expo’s 10th anniversary, a special price of two for $10 will be honored on Friday only.

About the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation

The mission of the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation is to cultivate stewardship of the great outdoors through education awareness, programs and excursions of hunting and fishing that will connect men, women and children to the importance of conservation so as to become investors in our natural resources to create a quality place to be enjoyed by future generations. For more information, visit  www.CapeFearWildlifeExpo.com or call 910-795-0292.

 

ABOUT THE FACVB 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

 

Published on February 1, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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Women Making A Difference Conference

The Women Making A Difference Conference has the mission of inspiring, educating and bringing together women of all backgrounds and ethnicities from across Cumberland County and surrounding areas, and to provide a spiritual and educational foundation for women wanting to make a difference.

The highlight of the conference will be the participation of nationally known motivational spiritual speakers such as Dr. Marilyn Hickey, as well as breakout sessions to help women in starting their own business, health & weight management, finance, education and other relevant topics. Moreover, some of the women attending the conference will have the opportunity to receive scholarships in the name of a specific donor.

Tickets for the conference are $25 per person in advance, $30 per person at the door and $20 for groups of 10 or more. Ticket purchases include: registration fees, choice of 4 breakout sessions, lunch, free parking, and access to merchandise from local conference vendors.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the “Women Making A Difference Conference”, please visit: http://womenmakingadifferenceconference.com/
For more information please contact Alexandria Brimage-Gray at 706-505-9970 or email womenmakingadifferenceconf@gmail.com.

Published on January 29, 2018 by Aurora Crowell  
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Hidden Figures Author Offers Talk February 6 at FSU

Hidden Figures Author Offers Talk February 6 at FSU
One of 12 events that recognize Black History Month

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Tweet This:  The author of @HiddenFigures, @margotshetterly speaks at @uncfsu Feb. 6. Dancing Stories w/ @AprilCTurner , and a presentation from @TichinaArnold and 10 other events round out @CumberlandNC ‘s #BlackHistoryMonth happenings http://bit.ly/2DDDclH @visitfaync

Fayetteville, NC – Margot Lee Shetterly, researcher and author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped with the Space Race,  will speak February 6 at 7 pm at Fayetteville State University (FSU).  The book was a top book of 2016 for both TIME and Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today bestseller, and a #1 (instant) New York Times bestseller. The film adaptation of Hidden Figures became the number one movie in America.

Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in WWII, the Cold War, and the Space Race.

Free and open to the public, Shetterly’s talk is part of the FSU Chancellor’s Speaker Series, an initiative designed to bring nationally known speakers to FSU.

Shetterly’s presentation is one of the 12 Cumberland County events held at FSU and museums, galleries and community centers that honors Black History Month.

Other Black History Month Events:

Now through Feb 25 – The Rosenthal Art Gallery hosts Celebrating Heritage: Selections from the Hazel and John Biggers Collection. It features over 25 works from leading African-American artists from the last century. The event is part of the FSU Sesquicen

 

tennial Celebration. www.150.uncfsu.edu

Jan 26 through Feb 24 – The History and Artistic Form in African-American Cemeteries of Cumberland County at the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County examines the tradition and artistic form of local African-American Cemeteries.  (910) 323-1776   www.TheArtsCouncil.com

Feb 1 – An African-American History Exhibit and Program at Smith Recreation Center will feature a video and a presentation highlighting local heroes. Additionally, African artifacts will be on display.  The free event runs from 11 am to 1 pm. (910) 483-6152

Feb 3 through May 27 – The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex hosts 1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origin of Fayetteville State University, an exhibit honoring the 150th anniversary of FSU. The multi-media exhibit features photographs, panels and videos that tell the story of FSU’s founding.  www.MuseumoftheCapeFear.ncdcr.gov

Feb 3 – Dancing Stories with April C. Turner returns to the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex at 2 pm on Feb 3.  Turner explores the language of African dance symbols. At the end of the presentation, audience members are invited to participate in playing the instruments as a community. The event is free and open to the public. www.MuseumoftheCapeFear.ncdcr.gov

Feb 10 – Black History Cultural Art Experience Exhibit at Spring Lake Community Center features the work of local visual artist Yolanda Burse, along with music, cultural dance, singing and more.  The free event runs from 12 pm – 4 pm.  (415) 233-7325

Feb 10 – Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s concert 1867-2017: A 150-Year Celebration Concert honors the sesquicentennial of FSU. Performing with guest artist Angela Brown, the symphony will explore the influence of African-Americans on music composed during this time period. www.fayettevillesymphony.org

Feb 17 – Two film industry veterans share the stories of their careers, lives and challenges during True To Yourself: A Black History Month Film Talk at FSU. Learn about Tichina Arnold (from Martin and Everybody Hates Chris) and famed casting director Winsome Sinclair du

 

ring this thought-provoking event.  (910) 323-1776

Feb 18 – Jazz singer, s

 

ongwriter and cellist Shana Tucker headlines FSU’s Smooth Jazz Flow II concert.  The concert features renowned Fayetteville jazz saxophonist Reggie Codrington.  (910) 672-1724.

Feb 24 – The 15th annual Black History Quiz Bowl will bring together students of all races to match wits on subjects ranging from Black history, business, economics, politics to civics. Youth from North and South Carolina will compete. The free event runs from 10 am to 2 pm at the Ramada Plaza on Owen Drive. www.BlackHistory4Ever.com

Feb 26 – Learn about local history on the African-American Bus Tour. The tour highlights the distinct contributions of African-Americans in our community. Pre-registration is required.  (910) 433-1457

Can’t make the Bus Tour? At any time, follow the Cumberland County African-American Heritage Trail, which provides a historical glimpse into the lives of African-Americans who resided in Cumberland County from the Revolutionary War era through the early 20th century.  www.FayettevilleNCTrails.com

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fayetteville/Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on January 24, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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Cumberland County (NC) Expands Tourism Product

Cumberland County (NC) Expands Tourism Product
Exciting new offerings for the adventurous, health conscious, food fanatics, craft beer drinkers and  history buffs.

Fayetteville , NC  – Add Fayetteville and Cumberland County to your travel plans for 2018. In the last year, the community added offerings that appeal to a wide variety of travelers.

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Adventure Seekers:

The community’s first trampoline park opened in mid-December in Fayetteville.  Located in Westover Shopping Center, 40,000 square foot Defy Fayetteville features over 25 trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, launching decks and much more. The park touts a ninja obstacle course, a zipline, trapeze, battle beams, stunt fall activity and many foam pits to ensure a safe landing for all.  www.DefyParks.com . Two other trampoline parks are scheduled to come on-line in 2018, JP Jumpmasters in Fayetteville, and Surge Trampoline Park in Hope Mills.

Spring Lake Outpost is Fort Bragg’s gateway to the Lower Little River.   The veteran and family owned facility aims to merge water sports with relaxation. Canoes, kayaks and/or tubes are available for rental, and transportation back to the starting point is provided for each booked trip. Short and long routes are available 7 days a week. www.SpringLakeOutpost.com

 

Craft Beer Drinkers:

2017 was a busy year for breweries in Cumberland County. Two new breweries opened in downtown Fayetteville, pushing Cumberland County’s brewery total to 5. Dirt Bag Ales, a 2015 addition to our tourism product, began building a new and expanded location in Hope Mills.   Our three newest breweries are all veteran owned and veteran run.

Two veterans opened Lake Gaston Brewing and Restaurant in downtown Fayetteville in late 2017.  Each weekend they have at least four of their beers on tap, along with a variety of other beer offerings. They are also a full-service restaurant.  www.LakeGastonBrew.com

Bright Light Brewing Company, a pet and family-friendly establishment opened mid 2017 by military veterans.   They have rotating craft brews on tap and host a rotating list of Fayetteville finest food trucks.  The brewery features an open floor plan and wide open patio area.  www.Facebook.com/BrightLightBrewing

History Buffs:

The 82nd Airborne and War Memorial Museum, located on Fort Bragg, tells the history of the 82nd Airborne from its inception during the World War I era to modern military history.  Currently renovating and updating all galleries, the museum is set to re-open during All American Week in May of 2018.  http://www.82ndairbornedivisionmuseum.com/

In November 2017, a Global War on Terrorism Memorial was installed at Freedom Memorial Park in Fayetteville.   The monuments at Freedom Memorial Park honor Cumberland County’s War dead.

Health Conscious:

Floating Shanti in Fayetteville is the only location in the Piedmont region of North Carolina that offers flotation therapy.  Flotation therapy uses a combination of sensory deprivation and enriched mineral water to allow floaters to relax and renew. Flotation takes place in a sound-proof tank that holds warm, shallow water, enriched with Epsom salts. In addition to flotation therapy, this new facility offers a variety of other services. www.FloatingShanti.com

Clean Eatz, a healthy lifestyle restaurant, opened in Fayetteville’s Westwood Shopping Center in 2017.  Everything on the restaurant’s menu is a delicious, healthy option.  In addition to a restaurant, Clean Eatz offers meal plans, family meals, catering, smoothies, spices, snacks and more. www.CleanEatz.com

Foodies:

A local food-truck favorite, The Blind Pig NC, will open a restaurant in downtown Fayetteville in January 2018.  The Blind Pig serves quality smoked meats, presented with a fusion of homemade sauces and vinegars. A food truck favorite is The Angry Hawaiian, which features smoked chicken or pulled pork on a roll topped with hand cut pineapple marinated with sambal pepper paste. Hungry yet?  www.TheBlindPigNC.com

Crown Fried Chicken opened its doors in October of 2017. The Spring Lake establishment serves New York-style fried Chicken cooked to order, along with other delicacies. They are known for their Mumbo Sauce.  http://crown-fried-chicken-of-springlake.business.site/

For more on things to see and do in Cumberland County, or to plan your visit, head to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, tournaments and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on January 12, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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128th Annual Legion of Valor Convention in Fayetteville

128th Annual Legion of Valor Convention in Fayetteville
The Gathering of Extraordinary Combat Heroes to be held April 18-21, 2018

Fayetteville, NC  –  The Legion of Valor, the oldest military service organization in the United States, will hold its 128th consecutive convention in Fayetteville April 19-21 at the Ramada Plaza and Bordeaux Convention Center.  The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to work with this organization for this special event.

Each member of the Legion of Valor is a recipient of the Medal of Honor, Army Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross or Air Force Cross — the nation’s highest awards for extraordinary heroism in combat. At the convention, World War II fighter aces, Korean War Marines, Vietnam Infantrymen, Iraq naval gunners and Afghanistan sharpshooters from 90+ years to 22 years of age will speak in ways only their common bond permits. All members faced extraordinary conditions in combat and were called upon to risk their lives above and beyond the call of duty — and did so without hesitation.

During their time in Fayetteville, members of the Legion will visit with active-duty military members of several different units assigned to Fort Bragg.  A solemn Memorial Service is held for Legion members who have passed on during the year. Each year the Legion says farewell to 30+ members — many from WWll, Korea, and Viet Nam — who have reached their last retreat. Members of the Legion will also participate in events in Fayetteville and honor the city’s commitment to our nation’s military.

For more information on the convention, visit www.LegionofValorConvention2018.com or contact Jerry Walden at commander@legionofvalor.org or 704-624-4144.

About Legion of Valor

The prestigious Legion of Valor is the oldest military service organization in the United States. Its members have distinguished themselves in combat by extraordinary acts of selfless heroism, and have been recognized by our nation with award of the Congressional Medal of Honor or the Armed Services Crosses, the highest award for extraordinary heroism. Our membership spans all services and all ranks from private through 4-star general and includes combat operations from WWII through the current Afghanistan insurgency.

 About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, tournaments and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

 

Published on January 11, 2018 by Melody Foote  
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Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey a Fun Family Affair

Fayetteville Marksmen Hockey a Fun Family Affair
Special Promotions and Entertainment Keep Everyone Engaged

 Tweet this: Fayetteville’s @Marksmen_Hockey is a fun family affair with fantastic hockey and off-ice entertainment to keep fans riled up and excited. Upcoming promotions: Star Wars Night Dec 22; New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 20; Pooch Party (Bring Your Dog to the Game) Jan 20. @VisitFayNC

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Greater Fayetteville, NC – When the Fayetteville Marksmen take the ice at the Crown Coliseum, fans are guaranteed fast-paced, exciting hockey action. The Marksmen also deliver promotions and off-ice entertainment that keep fans riled up and excited. This season, even the four-legged family members will be able to enjoy the hockey fun.

Upcoming promotions:
On December 22nd, attendees are invited to come to the game dressed as their favorite character for Star Wars Night. Players will wear specially-designed Star Wars jerseys to take on the Birmingham bulls.  The jerseys are auctioned off after the game. Star Wars-themed entertainment will happen throughout the game. Fans can enjoy $2 beers.

The Marksmen ring in the New Year a few days early on December 29th.  At 7 pm, they take on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and hold a New Year’s Party event.

Don’t eat prior to the January 13th game. Arrive early and choose cuisine from some of the region’s best food trucks and tour an array of classic cars on site. After the game the Marksmen host a Boy Scout sleepover event.

Even Fido is invited to a January 20th Marksmen Pooch Party. That’s right, its bring your dog to the game night. Everyone can enjoy $1 hot dogs throughout the game. The first 2000 lucky fans receive a free Marksmen cap.

All Marksmen home games are played at the Crown Coliseum. Tickets are $7-$25.   To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events, visit www.MarksmenHockey.com.

For information on all things to see and do in the region, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.   You’ll find places to eat, information on hundreds of upcoming events, hotels, stores and much more.

About The Fayetteville Marksmen

The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

 

Published on November 30, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Christmas Every Day in Cumberland County (NC)
From small gatherings to large spectaculars, a holiday event is happening every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve

Greater Fayetteville, NC – The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is underway in Cumberland County. The season starts with the simple pleasures of Victorian Christmas celebration during Dickens Holiday, presented by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. From 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., visitors will find the streets of downtown Fayetteville bustling with characters from A Christmas Carol, carriage rides, the Gingerbread Community of Hope, exhibits on Victorian life and musical performances.

At 5:30 p.m. lights are turned off and thousands of attendees lead a candlelight procession from the Arts Council to the Market House, where a Christmas tree is lit and fireworks color the sky.

A Dickens Holiday is just one of the events happening throughout the Christmas season. From light displays to artistic presentations, from historic endeavors and events with small town charm, locals and visitors are bound to find something to delight. We’ve highlighted a few events here. For the complete list of Christmas and holiday events, follow this link: CUMBERLAND COUNTY HOLIDAY EVENTS.

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Tweet this: From light displays to artistic endeavors and historic happenings, Christmas happens every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve in @cumberlandnc @visitfaync http://bit.ly/2mojNh2

Four light displays provide ample opportunity to revel in the sparkle of the season:

  • Denton Ridge in Linden hosts Christmas Lights at Denton Ridge each Friday and Saturday until December 30. Visitors take a tram to a quaint village adjoining the Lower Little River. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • At Christmas in Paradise, visitors walk through 12 acres of Christmas lights and much more. This free event, held at Paradise Acres, runs every Thursday through Saturday night from November 30 through December 23.
  • Visit Arnette Park in Fayetteville to take a ½-mile stroll through a walking trail filled with sights and sounds of the Christmas season. Christmas in the Park also includes live entertainment, marshmallow roasting, holiday movies and a Christmas Express train. Admission is $10 per family vehicle. Christmas in the Park is open every night from December 7 through 21.
  • From December 9 through December 30 on Thursday to Sunday, Cape Fear Botanical Garden hosts the annual Holiday Lights in the Garden. The display is an illuminated mile-long pathway with a synchronized show of music and lights over the Cypress Pond. Admission is $5 to $12 per person.

The community also offers plenty of artistic avenues to explore:

  • The Gilbert Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life by James Rodgers. The show runs Friday through Sunday from November 24 to December 17. Tickets are $14 to $16.
  • A local tradition, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre hosts The Best Christmas Pageant Ever weekends November 30 to December 17. Tickets are $10 to $15.
  • On December 2, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra offers A Carolina Holiday Concert, a concert featuring traditional and popular Christmas music. The concert is held at Methodist University. Tickets are $11 to $27.
  • The 300-member chorus at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church presents Singing Christmas Tree from November 30th to December 3rd. The chorus stands atop the largest singing tree in North Carolina- at 32 feet.
  • The Cumberland Oratorio Singers presents “We Sing to Remember” Christmas concert at First Baptist Church on December 16. The concert is $27.

 

Historical and small town Christmas fun:

  • Fort Bragg holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30. Attendees with visit with Santa and enjoy live entertainment and a parachute demonstration.
  • On December 2, enjoy a small-town Christmas celebration during Christmas in Hope Mills. A Christmas parade starts at 3 pm and, immediately following,  Christmas in the Village at Town hall offers entertainment, refreshments, train rides and much more.
  • The 1897 EA Poe House, part of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, hosts Holiday Jubilee on December 3. This free event encompasses Victorian Christmas traditions, to include period cooking on the 1902 stove. Throughout the month of December, the EA Poe House is decorated for a Victorian Christmas celebration.
  • The Town of Spring Lake holds its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 4.. The ceremony will be held at the tree adjacent to Town Hall.
  • Catch Santa and all his elves at the massive Rotary Christmas Parade in downtown Fayetteville on December 9.
  • Explore artistic, original and cutting-edge loft designs during Downtown Fayetteville’s Candlelight Loft Tours. Tickets are $10 to $12 for this December 10 event.
  • On December 16 and 17, tour the Oak Grove Plantation during its Open House for a traditional Christmas experience. The house, which was built circa 1793, was used as a hospital during the Civil War. Tickets are $5 to $12.

 

About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.

Published on November 13, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Fayetteville Top 25 American Towns For Holiday Shopping

Fayetteville –  Last week, Expedia released their annual list of top 25 “Best American Towns for Holiday Shopping.”  Fayetteville, the only North Carolina town on the list, secured the 16th spot.

Expedia analyzed three million social media mentions relating to conversations about local shops and holiday markets to develop their 2017 list. From there, they extracted the most “buzz-worthy” places for their annual list.

According to Expedia, “Fayetteville stood out for such events as Holly Day Fair and a Dickens Holiday.”  The article also mentions Your Wicker Home & Christmas Wonderland Shop.

Full article: https://viewfinder.expedia.com/features/best-american-towns-holiday-shopping/

ABOUT THE FACVB 

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

Published on November 9, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Bureau Awarded Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth

Cumberland County, NC – Readers of ConventionSouth Magazine selected the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) for a 2017 Readers Choice Award.  “The value in receiving this recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals that hold events in the South,” says J. Talty O’Connor.  “These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining the FACVB displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”

The FACVB is among 300 CVBs, meeting facilities and hotels across the South to receive this recognition. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are compiled into an online ballot where meeting professionals are invited to select the best of the best in the meetings industry.  Since its creation in 2001,  this is the third time the FACVB has received this award. Seventeen North Carolina CVBs, hotels and meeting locations were recognized this year.

“We’re honored with this recognition,” says John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.  “Our sales staff works one-on-one with meeting and event planners to ensure a successful event. It’s no surprise ConventionSouth recognized the level of  excellence the FACVB provides.”

A complete list of award winners can be found online at:  http://conventionsouth.com/2017rcaawards/

The ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award logo is available for use HERE.

About ConventionSouth

Celebrating over 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South.

ABOUT THE FACVB 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on October 26, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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When Pigs Fly: All-American BBQ Festival Nov 18

When Pigs Fly: All-American BBQ Festival Nov 18
Teams from the Carolinas compete in 5th Annual BBQ in Festival Park in Fayetteville (NC)

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Fayetteville, NC – When Pigs Fly (WPF): An All-American BBQ Festival welcomes BBQ Pitmasters from across the Carolinas to try for a top prize in this Carolina BBQ League-sanctioned event.  Teams are judged and awards are given in Whole Hog Division (charcoal or wood only); and Pitmaster Division (any heat source): Overall, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs and Chicken.

Teams arrive and start cooking on Friday, the 17th.  The event is open to the public from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, November 18th. No great BBQ competition is complete without great music, and this festival will be no exception. Local and regional favorites will play throughout the day. A vendor area and Kids Zone will keep the entire family entertained.

For a $5 general admission ticket (kids under 12 free) which includes musical entertainment, food/BBQ for purchase, Kids Zone and BBQ camp touring. A $35 VIP ticket includes all of the above plus access to the VIP tent with private restrooms, seating, snacks and close proximity to the stage.

WPF is a fundraiser for the Cumberland County affiliate of Communities in Schools (CIS), which works in schools to help at-risk children show up on time, stay in school, develop self-esteem and succeed in life. Nationwide, CIS is active in more than 3,400 schools in 24 states and Washington D.C.  CIS is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both increase on-time graduation rates and reduced drop out rates.

About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on October 5, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Beat The Rush with 51st Annual Holly Day Fair

Beat The Rush with 51st Annual Holly Day Fair

Shopping Extravaganza November 2-5 in Fayetteville

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Fayetteville, NC – The largest gift and craft show in Eastern North Carolina continues its tradition of offering a variety of handmade gifts, crafts, clothes and more to shoppers hoping to get ahead of the Christmas rush.  The Holly Day Fair typically draws 22,000 attendees and over 200 vendors throughout the weekend.

Show-goers choose from an extensive collection of unique handcrafted and manufactured products that include the best in holiday decorations, handmade crafts, stylish jewelry and clothes, children’s toys, specialty food items and much more.

Tickets are $15 during “Super Shopper” hours and $10 the remainder of the show.  Strollers and rolling carts are prohibited during “Super Shopper” hours, and a limited number of tickets are sold.

  • Thursday, November 2: Super Shopper: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    General Admission: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, November 3: General Admission: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 4: General Admission: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 5: General Admission: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Holly Day Fair serves as the Junior League of Fayetteville’s sole fundraiser with all funds going directly back into the local community.

About the Junior League of Fayetteville

The Junior League of Fayetteville, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Fayetteville, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

About The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on October 5, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno at Fayetteville Comic Con

Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno at Fayetteville Comic Con
Annual Celebration of Pop Culture October 21-22 at Crown Complex in Fayetteville

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Fayetteville, NC –  Mark your Calendars!  The third annual Fayetteville Comic Con(FCC), held October 21-22, offers an impressive line-up of special guests, artists, cosplayers, collectibles, contests and more.  “We are pleased to expand our offerings again in 2017,” says planner Michael Chaudhuri. “In fact, this year, we’ve got artists and guests contacting us to appear at our con and we have the Incredible Hulk!”

Planners expect 15,000 people to attend the family-friendly con this year.

In addition to Lou Ferrigno, an actor famous for his role as the Original Hulk and Hercules, the FCC will host:

  • Veteran comic book Artist Pat Broderick will appear for the first time at FCC.  Pat has drawn an impressive list of titles, including Batman, Fury of Firestorm, Green Lantern, Micronauts and more.
  • Charlton Neo Media, making their first major con appearance. Among the well-known creators Charlton is bringing:
    • Paul Kupperberg, who has written more than one thousand comic books and novels, including the world’s first comic book miniseries.
    • Roger McKenzie, who wrote Daredevil with Frank Miller and many issues of Captain America.

Also appearing at the con:Sam Jones, the iconic star of Flash Gordon.

  • Writer, editor and comic book historian Michael Eury, who will interview Lou Ferrigno and present a talk on history of African-American superheroes.
  • Jack O’Halloran, who played iconic villain Non in two Superman movies.
  • Voice actor Chris Sa
    bat, who has provided voices for a number of Dragon Ball and Full Metal Alchemist characters.
  • Vic Mignogna, known for being the voices of Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist and Broly from Dragon Ball Z.

“While many cons have variant covers available for purchase, the FCC is doing something special in 2017,” says Chaudhuri.  “We’re pleased to offer an FCC limited edition comic book, produced by a group of people published by Marvel, DC, Archie, First Comics and others.”

The 2017 FCC will feature two rooms of ongoing panels.  Topics include Meet the Stars, Cosplay 101, Fabric in Cosplay, Cosplay and Disabilities, Military Science Fiction, Nerdslam, SciFi Speed Dating and The Walking Dead Reunion.

Fans are welcome to come as themselves, but organizers are expecting some attendees to dress as their favorite superhero, Star Wars or anime character.  All costumes are welcome as long as they are family friendly.  Two separate cosplay competitions will award prizes worth more than $2000.

Tickets in advance are $15 per day or $25 for a weekend pass.   Active duty military receive a $2 discount on all advance ticket purchases. Children10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets can be purchased in person without fees at the Crown Center Box Office, Fort Bragg Leisure Center, Dragons Lair on Yadkin Road,  Gamer’s Guide in Spring Lake, Hobbytown Fayetteville on Ramsey Street and Angry Comics on Bragg Blvd.  At the door, tickets are $20 for Saturday; $15 for Sunday and $32 for a weekend pass.

For more information on FCC,  call the convention organizers at 910-316-7251 or go to www.fayettevillecomiccon.com.

Need a hotel room?  Looking for a great place to have dinner after the show?  www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com has information on hotels, restaurants and more.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB  is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning  Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com  or call 1-888-98-HEROES. Cumberland County is the America’s first military sanctuary.

Published on September 8, 2017 by Melody Foote  
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Heroes Homecoming Seeking Guinness World Record

Heroes Homecoming Seeking Guinness World Record
2017 Committee seeking to set up most Missing Man Tables in one Community

Cumberland County, NC – Heroes Homecoming, a county-wide initiative developed to recognize and appreciate veterans for their courage and sacrifice, will honor Vietnam Veterans from November 4 through 11, 2017.   A range of events is planned, including a Veterans Day Parade, the installation of The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and a Heroes Homecoming bike rally.

The 2017 Heroes Homecoming committee is asking all Cumberland County businesses to participate by setting a Missing Man Table at their place of business.  The committee is working alongside Rolling Thunder – Chapter 1 to ensure proper protocol is met with each table setup.  With this county-wide display, Cumberland County will secure a spot in the Guinness World Records.

All Cumberland County businesses are invited to participate in this initiative.  The Heroes Homecoming committee will provide all materials needed and protocol for the table.  Participating businesses need to rope off or clearly indicate their table is for display only.  The table should be on display from November 1 through 12, 2017.

Business owners interested in being a part of this record-setting commemoration of those Missing in Action should contact Angie Brady at the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors  Bureau by August 2nd.    Contact Angie at 910-483-5311 or abrady@visitfayettevillenc.com.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

About Heroes Homecoming
The Communities of Cumberland County, created Heroes Homecoming in 2011 as a way of showing recognition and appreciation to all veterans for their courage, their sacrifice and everything they do to defend this country’s freedom – now and forever. This year the Communities of Cumberland County will host veterans and families from across the region to participate in a week-long celebration honoring the brave men and women who served our country in Vietnam.



Downtown Fayetteville Hosts 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival October 13-15

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Fayetteville, NC – The 2nd Annual Indigo Moon Film Festival (IMFF) will feature the best in filmmaking from around the world.

Presented by GroundSwell pictures, the walkable festival screens films in four downtown Fayetteville locations throughout the weekend.  Activities include an Opening Night film and reception, awards BBQ, master classes and many great films.

“Flooding from Hurricane Matthew interrupted the inaugural IMFF and we still had some fantastic showings,” says organizer Jan Johnson. “The lineup for the second festival is even better than the first.”

The full line-up will be announced late summer. Tickets go on sale September 1st.

Connect with organizers for festival announcements:

www.IndigoMoonFilmFestival.com

www.Facebook.com/IndigoMoonFF

www.Twitter.com/IndigoMoonFF

 

About GroundSwell Pictures
GroundSwell Pictures, formed in 2014 by award-winning Producers/Directors/Writers Jan Johnson & Pat Wright, was created to engage and inspire diverse communities by producing films, teaching filmmaking, showing films and supporting filmmakers who can make a positive difference.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB)
The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.

 



Week of Inspiration on Tap for WIDU Anniversary Events

Week of Inspiration on Tap for WIDU Anniversary Events
October 7-14 Celebration Culminates with Kirk Franklin Concert

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Cumberland County, NC – Each year, WIDU 1600 AM delivers one of the community’s largest faith-based events. This year, the week-long celebration culminates with three power-packed days at the Crown Complex. The final event is headlined by multiple GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar Award-winning recording artist Kirk Franklin.

On Thursday, October 12th, WIDU hosts the 6th Annual Carolina’s BEST talent competition. The evening starts with a concert from judge JJ Hairston at 6:30 p.m. Following the concert, contestants take the stage for a chance to win cash and prizes. Judges Kelly Price, Kim Burrell and JJ Hairston give feedback and rank contestants. The evening ends with a concert from Travis Green.

Pastor John. P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir headline Traditional Gospel Night on Friday, October 13th. The concert includes a musical tribute to the late Gospel Music legend Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy. Rance Allen, Lisa Knowles, Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, Harvey Watkins Jr. of the Canton Spirituals and many others are scheduled to perform that evening. The concert begins at 5 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum.

Kirk Franklin & Friends returns to the WIDU Anniversary Celebration on Saturday October 14th. The concert, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Crown Coliseum, also features Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Tye Tribbett.

Tickets are now on sale for all three weekend events. Prices for the Kirk Franklin concert start at $20 and a limited number of package tickets are available for the entire weekend. Head to www.CapeFearTix.com or call the Crown Coliseum Box Office for details.

Other 2017 WIDU Anniversary events:

October 7 – Youth Harvest Concert at the John D. Fuller Recreation Center.

October 9 – Forget Me Not Stage Play at Kingdom Impact Global Ministries.

October 10 – WIDU Unity Service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

October 11 – WIDU Together As One services throughout the community.

October 12 – WIDU Women’s Empowerment Luncheon at the Crown Complex.

October 13 –  WIDU Prayer Breakfast at the Crown Complex.

“The WIDU Anniversary Celebration is one of the largest and oldest faith-based event held in Cumberland County,” says John Meroski, FACVB President and CEO.  “For decades. the anniversary has welcomed some of the best gospel and contemporary entertainers to the area.”

Other faith-based events held in the last year in Cumberland County:

Daughters of Christ – August
Laymen’s League – October
Methodist Youth Pilgrimage – November
North Carolina Central AMEZ Conference – November
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfasts (Spring Lake and Fayetteville) – January
AsOne Prayer Walk – April
Hop In the Park – April
Plan-Purpose-Process-Promise Conference – June
Positive Direction for Youth (PDY) Conference – July
Singing Christmas Tree – December
About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.



CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY WITH DEMOCRACY’S DEFENDERS

Fort Bragg, Fayetteville and the Communities of Cumberland County Roll out the Red Carpet for our Nation’s Birthday

 

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Cumberland County, NC –  As home to the 82nd Airborne, the US Army Special Forces and the US Army Forces Command, it’s safe to say “when the President calls 911, Fort Bragg answers.”  The residents of Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County call these heroes “neighbor.”  It’s no surprise that the community was recognized as one of the most patriotic in the US by NewsMax Magazine.

 

While this patriotism is evident 365 days a year, July 4th is a special time in the Fort Bragg region. Celebrations large and small mark July 4th, most notably a massive celebration at Fort Bragg.

July 2nd

Spend a Star Spangled Kind of Dayat the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. From 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., the entire family can enjoy bounce houses, lawn games, crafts and more. Food trucks will be on site. Dark Horse Duo performs throughout the day. Admission for active duty and veterans is free. All others are $5.   www.CapeFearBg.org

July 3rd 

Following an 7 p.m. game at  J.P. Riddle Stadium, the Fayetteville Swampdogs launch a Fireworks Extravaganza.The fireworks show is free, but game admission requires a ticket.  www.GoSwampdogs.com

July 4th  

At 7 a.m., the Firecracker 4 Miler offers an active way to celebrate the 4th of July. This four- mile course winds through the beautiful and historic parks and museums of downtown Fayetteville. A one-mile course is available. Kids, strollers and dogs are invited.MORE

Hope Mills marks the 4th of July with an Independence Day Parade at 10 a.m and a Party in the Park from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.  The Party includes entertainment, games, food, tournaments, vendors  and a fireworks show at dark.  MORE

Open to the general public,  Fort Bragg’s July 4th Celebration starts at 3 p.m. on the Main Post Parade field.  Attendees are treated to performances by North Carolina native Chase Rice, the JC Allstars, the 82nd Airborne Division Rock Band, parachute free-fall demonstrations, a flag ceremony, fireworks, and food and beverages.  MORE
For more information on planning a visit, head to www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com.



Honoring K-9 Veterans – Airborne Museum Recognizes Dedication of Special Operations Canine Soldiers

Honoring K-9 Veterans
Airborne Museum Recognizes Dedication of Special Operations Canine Soldiers

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Fayetteville, NC – Each Memorial Day, the Special Operations Forces (SOF) K9 Memorial Foundation and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM) Foundation hold a K9 Memorial Ceremony near “Constant Vigilance”, the world’s first memorial to SOF K9s killed in the line of duty. The 2017 ceremony will be held on Monday, May 29th at 12 noon on the grounds of the ASOM in Fayetteville.

“These truly daring and brave dogs often lead their Soldier team-members in the most dire conditions to save lives and complete the mission,” says Paul Galloway, Executive Director, ASOM Foundation.  “They’ve given their lives for their country and we are grateful to be able to honor them on this special day.”  Fittingly, Constant Vigilance overlooks “Iron Mike” – the icon of the Airborne Trooper. Both memorials are on the grounds of the ASOM.

Guest speaker Laura Miller served as a veterinary technician for 26 years in the United States Army, with the last ten years dedicated to taking care of Special Operations Forces dogs. She is Vice President of the SOF K9 Memorial Foundation, which she co-founded in 2010 to acknowledge the sacrifice and loss felt by all of the SOF community when a dog was killed or missing in action.

“Constant Vigilance,” which was dedicated in July of 2013, honors canines from around the world. Surrounding stones have the dog’s birth and date killed in action. The plaque reads “the Bond Between a SOF handler and his K9 is eternal. Trusting each other is a nameless language. Here we honor the SOF K9s that have paid the ultimate price.”

Field of Honor

Each year, Fayetteville and Cumberland County host a “Field of Honor” on the grounds of the ASOM. Each flag honors a current or past service member.  They do the same for the canine soldiers. The “K9 Field of Honor” surrounds the statue during “Field of Honor.” Large flags are placed next to the dog’s flag representing handlers that were killed alongside the dog.

For more Memorial Day activities in Cumberland County, follow THIS link.

About the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) 

The FACVB is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.VisitFayettevilleNC.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.



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