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By Haylie Robinson

May means more sunny weather, warming up, and getting ready for summer while everything is blooming and looking pretty. That means getting outside and enjoying the sunlight and outdoor noises and spending the sunny weather with family. Hence why most of the events for this month are outdoors.

This past weekend the third annual May Day Jamboree was held at Lu Mil Vineyard, 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. There was something for everyone at this event ranging from free fishing, craft, and food vendors to bouncy houses. The Pink Slips and other bands entertained the large crowd at this ever-growing event.

Also, on May 6th, the Bladen Gardeners Plant Sale started at 8 am and ended at 1 pm; it’s hosted at Cape Fear Farmers Market, 106 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. All proceeds go to a Scholarship fund. For more information, call Jacob Barber at 910-862-4591.

Why don’t we get into all the different things in North Carolina during May that are still to come?

• May 11th through May 13th there will be the Strawberry Jammin’ takes place in Sanford, NC. Many different things will happen over the 3 days. On May 11th, everything starts at 6 pm and ends at 10 pm; on May 12th starts at 5 pm and ends at 10 pm; and on May 13th starts at 8:30 am and ends at 10 pm.

• The Durham Strawberry Festival is hosted at The DPS Hub Farm, 117 Milton Road, Durham, NC. There will be different things to do, such as recipes, yoga, fishing, kids’ activities, and local art vendors. It’s hosted on Saturday, May 13th, starting at 10 am and ending at 1 pm.

• Also, on May 13th, a Hippie Fest occurs in Salisbury, NC. It also runs into Sunday, May 14th, hosted at Rowan County Fairgrounds, 1560 Julian Rd. Salisbury, NC. It features live music, art vendors, a vintage hippie car show, a DIY tie-dye, a giant bubble garden, and more! It is from 12 pm to 7 pm each day.

Foothills Folk Art Festival it’s hosted on May 13th as well. It started in 2005; there will be live music, things for the kids to do, and food and drink vendors. Held in Downtown Newton, the address is 30 N College Ave, Newton, NC. Starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm.

• The 44th White Lake Water Festival will be held May 19 and 20. The event will include food and craft vendors. There will be a Cruise-in at Goldston’s Amusement Park from 6 pm until 8 pm on Friday evening and a Car Show on Saturday at 1930 White Lake Drive. Registration starts at 8 am until noon. There will also be the annual WLWF parade on Saturday in downtown White Lake beginning at 10 am. Please find out more about this famous festival by visiting their website at www.whitelakewaterfestival.com.

• An educational event is a crocheting class that Bladen Community College is hosting. It costs $35 to attend and comes with the hook and yarn. It’s a two-part class meaning it’s on the 16th and the 23rd of May. You can find the information to sign up here. It starts at 6 pm and ends at 8 pm.


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