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The 82nd Annual North Carolina

Strawberry Festival Chadbourn, NC

April 28 - May 3, 2014

Brittany Cottle

2013 Strawberry Queen

Gathering Strawberry Memories A supplement to The News Reporter and The News Times

Maya Campbell

2013 Strawberry Princess

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Hensley MC for Strawberry Festival Scholarship Pageant “Celebrating 81 Years of Strawberry Memories”

Bob Hensley, a native of Bakersville and a pageant veteran, again will serve as master of ceremonies for the 82nd North Carolina Strawberry Festival Scholarship Pageant at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at the West Columbus High School Auditorium in Cerro Gordo. Hensley has been directly involved with the production of the N.C. Rhododendron Festival for over 35 years. He has served as emcee for pageants throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He also is an active pageant judge, having judged Miss America preliminaries and several local pageants. Bob and his wife, Janie, live near Loafers Glory outside the Mitchell County town of Bakersville. They are the parents of two children and they have four grandchildren.

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“Strawberry Is King” Our best wishes to everyone who works so hard each year to bring attention to one of Chadbourn’s greatest assets, the Strawberry Festival and agricultural community. Our thanks to all committees for a job well done. God Bless You!

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By BRITTANY COTTLE An unknown author once said, “It is not the title, nor the crown that counts. It is not the weight that is lost that really amounts. It is not the makeup design or the gown that you wear, or the shape of your build or the length of your hair. You see, the growth of a queen is all done inside. It is nothing support hose or makeup can hide. The real preparation is done in the mind; it is leaving your fears and your faults behind. It is lifting your sound to a place that is far seen. It is molding a woman to the height of a queen…” I have never been good at goodbyes so this is just an “until we meet again.” First and foremost, this year would not have been possible without my Lord and Savior. A blessing sent straight from heaven, this year has overwhelmed me with opportunity and excitement and I owe every bit of that to the Lord. Although many people were

by my side along the way, He is my stronghold and my foundation and I glorify Him for His unending love. “God is good all the time. All the time He is good.” Mama: You have to be the first person I thank simply because you have been in every footstep this year. You have supported me, loved me, and encouraged me every step of the way. If it was a trip to a parade just to find out it was cancelled, a quick trip back to the hotel room at the Rhododendron Festival because I left something behind, or a small task that you completed just for me on your own time simply because you knew it would help me out, you’ve been there to catch my fall, lift me up, and help me to be the best I could be this year. Thank you for your endless love and your hard work. You embody strength and poise that I will forever admire. I love you. Daddy: While I walked away from pageants some years ago because sports seemed to

be the new thing for us, you have adjusted well to this year. While I know that some weekends you still wish we were at a tournament playing ball instead of at a parade, your support either way has been remarkable. In fact, sometimes I wonder if Mrs. Causey enjoys seeing you more at events then she does seeing me. Thank you for always being a team player, even if that means going dress shopping with me. I love you. Leslie: thank you for always being there this year whether I needed you to drive me in a parade or spend the night with me at Mama Causey’s. I will forever be indebted to you for your participation in the pageant just a few years ago because through that, a seed was planted in our family that has impacted each of our lives, especially mine. Amanda: Thank you for having my back and for being there for me. I am so thankful for your support and encouragement throughout this year. Whether you were attending

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A Message from the Mayor . . . Welcome to the 82nd Annual North Carolina Strawberry Festival, the oldest agricultural event in the state. The Town of Chadbourn is proud to carry on a tradition that began when the strawberry was king and more strawberries were shipped from Chadbourn than from anywhere else in the world. This year, the Strawberry Festival promises to be one of the biggest and best celebrations ever! We are glad that you are here to enjoy all of the festivities with us. Enjoy your stay, and we hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Fax Rector, Mayor Town of Chadbourn

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And the winner is….Oh my goodness.. I thought I heard my name, did I just hear what I thought I heard? Yes it was and yes I did...I will never forget the moment when my name was called as the winner of the 2013 North Carolina Strawberry Festival Princess Scholarship. It was a dream come true and I didn’t know nor would I have believed how being crowned would change my life forever. Last May through a very special twist of fate, I was able to seize a unique moment in the North Carolina Strawberry Festival Pageant history when I was crowned the 81st princess. On that evening I was so excited, yet I admit that I was a little scared. During the competition I had full confidence in myself because of my family and friends. But as I was being crowned, I had so many thoughts running through my head...What have I gotten myself into, can I keep up with appearances, can I

keep up with expectations, can I really do this job? Well that didn’t last but a minute because I had to hit the ground running. I knew that there was no looking back and I quickly realized that I and I alone would be embarking on the journey of a lifetime. That night when I finally laid my head onto my pillow, I promised myself that I would be the best princess that I could be. For the next year, I would commit to several goals; I would better myself, I would inspire my peers, and I would strive to represent Chadbourn, Columbus County and North Carolina well. I hope that I was successful and that I made you proud. This past year has been filled with wonderful opportunities, special time with my family and making new friendships that I am sure will last a lifetime. I have had many, many adventures along the way this last year. I rode in the biggest grocery

cart in NC, square danced on a mountain, learned to spit (watermelon seeds), visited schools, distributed Christmas items and I even hung out with the Cat in the Hat. Yep I’m a very lucky girl but I couldn’t and I would not be where I am now without the support of a lot of people. An old A frican Proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child, so I guess it is safe to say that it takes a bigger village take care of a pageant girl. I wouldn’t be where I am without a loving, supportive group of people by my side. I could never t ha n k t he Creech’s enough, I always know that I can always count on each of you for any and everything. Every princess needs a glam squad, and I had the best. Ms Cindy Love, Miss Cherry Miles, Uncle Frederick Stephens and the rest of the All Occasions Bridal & Formal Family, thank you for keeping me pageant ready. Miss Gina, Miss Jai, Miss Marilyn, Fair

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Maya Campbell 2013 Strawberry Festival Princess Bluff Ford thank you for making sure that I always traveled in style. To my Strawberry sister, Brittany Cottle thanks for being there with me through it all this year. A tremendous thank you goes to Mrs. Catherine Causey for keeping me straight and on my toes. To

the panel of judges and to the 2013 NC Strawberry Festival Committee who deemed me worthy thank you very much. I would be remiss if I didn’t save my most important thank you for my family. Thank you for loving me, for Continued on page 7

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Brenna Cheree Milligan Strawberry Queen contestant Breanna Cheree Milligan of Cerro Gordo is the 20-yearold daughter of Evelyn Sellers and Bruce Milligan. A graduate of West Columbus High School, she attended the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and currently is a student at UNCCharlotte, where she expects to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in strength and condition. She’ll also have a minor in public health. After graduation, she plans to attend Elon University to continue her education for an occupation in physical therapy. After that, she dreams of returning to Charlotte for a full time job with the Carolina Panthers. Her pageant talent will be lyrical dance, which she studied for three years as a child, two years in high school and for the past three years in pageant preparations. While attending UNC-Pembroke she joined the Zeta Tau

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Breanna Milligan Alpha women’s fraternity, which has goals of educating others on breast cancer. She was selected this year to compete in a regional swimwear competition. In 2009, she traveled to Europe with a student ambassador program called People to People. Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, shopping, traveling, taking photographs and taking care of her four-month old puppy. Breanna is 5’4” tall, weighs

118 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. School activities include membership in the Kinesiology Student Organization and the Public Health Student Organization. She is American Red Cross certified in CPR and has certification with the university through continuing education courses. Emily Hackett Strawberry Queen contestant Emily Geane Batten Hackett is the 18-year-old daughter of Cindy Batten of

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Kayla Baxley New Bern and Joseph Hackett of Yorktown, Va. A senior at New Bern High School, she will enter East Carolina University as a freshman this fall. She’s also taking classes at Craven Community College in a dual enrollment program with her high school. Although she has not yet chosen a college major, her interests are in allied health and business management, and she says, “Ideally, I plan to pursue a double major or at least add a minor

to my bachelor’s degree.” Her talent is tap dance and, as a former student at Amy’s Academy of Dance in Chadbourn, she danced several years in clogging, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. She currently is taking private dance lessons. She moved at the beginning of the school year to a new, huge high school for her senior year. “My friends and family have been somewhat surprised,” she says, “with how easily I made the transition. Another interesting fact about me is my ancestry – I am half Lebanese, which most people don’t realize. I also love to travel with family and friends.” Emily is a member of Western Prong Baptist Church and an avid Relay for Life volunteer, having attended Relays since she was two years old. She has been a team member and volunteer for the Survivor’s Lap and the Survivor’s Gala.

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Regan Chavez Strawberry Princess contestant Regan Raquel Chavez is the 16-year-old daughter of Maria Susana Faulkner-Chavez of Clinton. A student at Hobbton High School, she plans to attend East Carolina University and major in speech pathology. Her talent competition will be a vocal performance to “Honey Bun” from South Pacific. She has been taking voice for five years. Additionally, she has studied dance since she was five years old. The youngest of three girls in her family, she loves strawberries and did a public service announcement on a local radio station. Her hobbies include volunteering with Sampson Regional Medical Center, singing, dancing and performing in plays. Regan is 5’0” tall, weighs 98 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She is president and founder of the Students Against Drunk Driving chapter at her school. She’s also a member of the Beta Club, Junior Leadership and the Hobbton High School Show Choir. She serves as a

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Regan Chavez student government class representative. Victoria Wooten Strawberry Princess contestant Victoria Elizabeth Wooten is the 15-year-old daughter of Terry and Teresa Wooten of Evergreen. A student at West Columbus High School, she plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she will major in marine biology and minor in theatre. Her pageant talent will involve singing and playing she guitar. She has had seven years

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or guitar lessons. Victoria serves as lighting designer at Loving Word Church and has choreographed worship dances since she was six years old. Her hobbies include writing poetry, modeling, running and target shooting with a compound bow. She is 5’5”, weighs 122 pounds and has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. Among her school activities are being an actress and dancer for halftime band competitions and Spanish Club.

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guidance, for being in my corner, on my back, and with me every step along the way. I love you more than you could ever know. Finally to my God, my Lord and Savior: I thank you for the strength you have given me this year .Every time the stress was overwhelming I remembered my favorite verse, Philippians 4:13, “For I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” I would like to wish this year’s contestants good luck, the hard work is worth it and you will never forget the experience… TO the young lady who will be crowned the next princess: make your reign spectacular. I hope that you have a blast, but don’t blink because time will zoom bye

quicker than you can pin on your crown. Always know that prayer is your greatest ally. Be patient, kind, and understanding, but most importantly, be yourself. Tonight ma rks t he end on an incredible chapter of my life as North Carolina Strawberry Festival Royalty, But Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I’ll miss you ti l l the time we meet again. For t he last ti me, wit h much gratitude, joy and love, I am and will always be your 81st North Carolina Strawberry Festival Princess, Maya Danielle Campbell. Maya Campbell 81st N.C. Strawberry Princess

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Continued from page 3 year you are here to see me give my farewell and to me, that’s all that matters. I strongly believe that God places certain people in our lives and willingly takes them out of our lives at the right time for the right reasons and I couldn’t be more thankful for your presence in my life again. I’m not going to say pageants aren’t your thing, because while they certainly may not be, you make them your thing just for me. Thank you for being my best friend and for loving me. I love you. Corby and Justin: Thank you both for being the brothers I never had. You two are awesome photo-takers. (Really, just one more...I didn’t like that one.) Thank you for always sitting through my pageants. I love you both. Mrs. Causey: Words could never describe my appreciation and love for you. Ever since Leslie spent a year with you as queen and then Amanda as princess, you have become such a significant person

in my life and you mean more to me than you will ever know. Your love and passion for the Strawberry Festival and for each girl that you get to know through the pageant speaks volumes and inspires me daily. From late night visits to Chinese restaurants, talks in the car about the year you “taught Leslie life lessons,” “brought Amanda out of her shell,” and how you were going to spend this year “putting me back in mine,” and random phone calls just to talk about life, you have become such a special part of my life. I love you “Berry” much. Cathy: I am blessed to have gotten to know. Your hard work and dedication for the pageant does not go unnoticed and I appreciate all the work you put in to making it a success. Thank you for a wonderful year and for always being there to answer any questions or to inform me of anything I needed to know. To the pageant committee: Thank you to each of you for

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your hard work in making sure the pageant is wonderful every year. Your dedication is incredible and all of you have a special place in my heart. To Ms. Phyllis: Thank you for your help all year with my songs. Although some days we did more talking than singing, you have made such a difference in my life this year. Natalie: You are awesome, awesome, and awesome. If you aren’t calming my nerves, you are making me look beautiful, but most of the time you are just doing both. Thank you for always being flexible and willing to make something work and also for never being afraid to go out on a limb with me. You rock. To My Festival Sisters: I will be forever thankful for your presence in my life. It’s not every day that a young woman gets to say she has friends all over North Carolina, from the mountains to the sea. Each one of you holds a special

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Her hobbies include dance, wakeboarding, cheerleading, social networking, shopping and spending time at the lake or at the beach. She is 5’5” tall, weighs 130 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. School activities have included service as a page in the N.C. House of Representatives, service as a page in the N.C. Governor’s Office, member of the National Honorary Society, cheerleader (serving as captain and being named All-Conference), being named to the Academic Honor Roll and class marshal. She received the Math Award, served as N.C Pecan Belle and formerly played volleyball and soccer. Hailey Elizabeth Usher Strawberry Queen contestant Hailey Elizabeth Usher is the 19-year-old daughter of Michael and Jan Usher of Clinton. An honors graduate of Clinton High School, she is a student at UNC-Pembroke. After she completes graduate

school she plans to move out of state to pursue her dream of becoming a television anchor. Her talent competition will consist of a lyrical ballet to “Defying Gravity.” Hailey has taken dance lessons for 16 years, voice lessons for ten years and has studied acting for five years. She is a member of Lora’s Dance Unlimited dance studio. She has two younger siblings. Hailey is a part of AWARE, Public Relations Student Society, a Leadership Learning Community, and also is a proud member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s fraternity. Kayla Baxley Strawberry Queen contestant Kayla Morgan Baxley is the 21-year-old daughter of Brett and Gloria Baxley of Tabor City. She is a graduate of Tabor City High School and a senior at the University of North

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Schedule of Events for the 82nd Annual N.C. Strawberry Festival

“Gathering Strawberry Memories” Thursday, April 17 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Pancake Supper, Strawberry Association and Chadbour n Lions Club supporting the West Columbus Band Boosters, Chadbour n Elementary School Cafeteria. Monday, April 21 Official proclamation of “N.C. Strawberry Festival Clean-Up Week.”

Tuesday, April 29 5-8 p.m. Chicken Bog Fundraiser for the Chadbourn Depot Museum, $6 per plate at the event field behind Hardees. 7 p.m. Opening ceremonies for the 82nd North Carolina Strawberry Festival at the event field behind Hardees. Free concerts featuring Honey Don’t, a rockabilly band from Whiteville, and the Carolina Breakers, a beach music band from Lumberton Thursday, May 1 Noon. National Day of Prayer. Reaching out to the nation with the power of prayer. At the gazebo at the intersection of East 1st Avenue and Wilson Street. The Rev. T.A. Lance, pastor of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver the message. 7-9 p.m. Strawberry Festival Jam Variety Show, West

Columbus High School Audi8 a.m. Band concert festival. torium, Cerro Gordo. West Columbus High School Auditorium, Cerro Gordo. Friday, May 2 9:30 a.m.-until. Profession6–9 p.m. Evening of Straw- al Arts and Crafts and Food berry Encounters at the home Court. Food Lion parking lot. of Tommy and Jean Powell at Noon-7 p.m. N.C. Straw735 Joe Brown Highway. berry Festival Entertainment/ Variety Show. Event field next Carnival rides will operate to Food Lion shopping center. on Friday and Saturday, May 8 a.m.-noon. N.C. Straw2-3, at the event field behind berry Festival Car Show. Food Hardee’s. Lion parking lot. (registration 8 a.m.-noon; judging noon-2 Saturday, May 3 p.m.; awards at 4 p.m.) 7:30-9 a.m. Registration for 10-11 a.m. Judging for Food professional arts, crafts and Products Contest. Chadbourn food court. Food Lion park- Community Library. ing lot. 11 a.m. Viewing for Food 8-10 a.m. Strawberry Qual- Products Contest. Chadbourn ity Contest entries. Chadbourn Community Library. Pentecostal Holiness Church 11:30 a.m. Strawberry LunFamily Life Center. cheon. Chadbourn Pentecostal 8:30-10 a.m. Entries for Food Holiness Church Family Life Products Contests. Chadbourn Center. Invitation only. Community Library, 301 N. Noon-1:30 p.m. Auction of Wilson St. Strawberry Quality Contest

entries. Chadbourn Pentecosteal Holiness Church Family Life Center. 2 p. m . N o r t h C a ro l i n a Strawberry Festival Parade. 5 p.m. Strawberry spitting contest will be held at the event field behind Hardee’s. 6:30 p.m. North Carolina Strawberry Festival Scholarship Pageant. West Columbus High School Auditorium, Cerro Gordo.


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place in my heart and I love you. Good luck to each of you in your future endeavors. I am so thankful to be able to call you my sisters. Bob: I have known you since Leslie won queen six years ago and I have enjoyed every bit of my time with you. Thank you for your dedication to the pageant and also for always looking out for the Strawberry Girls. Jennifer: Not only are you my Strawberry Sister, you are a great friend. Thank you for all you do for the pageant and for the festival. To Mrs. Gayle and the festival committee: Thank you all for your hard work in carrying on a tradition so dear to the heart of Chadbourn. I have been honored to represent this community this year and I am so proud and so thankful to be a part of this wonderful place. To Steve Troxler and the entire North Carolina Board of Agriculture: It has been an

82nd North Carolina Strawberry Festival, Page 10 is through and the lights are turned down, you will know you are a winner and you will have your crown. You see, all crowns are different, it’s really an art. Yours can honor to represent the straw- vous and anxious, but if there be rhinestones or growth of berry this year. Goodness tru- is one thing you must take the heart.” For the last time, ly grows in North Carolina. away from the whole night it “Good evening ladies and Thank you for allowing Maya has to be this: be thankful for and I to participate in the “got your participation in this pagto be NC” festival this year eant and know that your dediand for letting us ride in the cation has made a difference big grocery cart. We felt like in the 82nd NC Strawberry Continued from page 8 true celebrities and that ex- Festival. You each empower perience will be one we never others to go out and make a forget. difference just as you have Carolina at Pembroke, from Maya: Last year, when they in the pageant this year and which she will graduate in called your name as prin- whether you win the title or December with a bachelor’s cess, I prayed and prayed I not, know that you are each degree in psychology and a would get to be your queen. special women inside and out. minor in criminal justice. AfThank goodness for answered To anyone that I left out ter graduation she plans to prayers. This year has been or didn’t thank: Please know pursue a master’s degree in incredible and you will al- that I couldn’t have made the counseling. ways be a sister to me. From most out of my year alone. I For her talen, she will preslate night McDonald’s runs, am so fortunate to have been ent a vocal performance of Chinese restaurants in the able to represent the Straw- “Won’t Let Go,” made popular mountains, long drives home, berry Capital of the world by Rascal Flatts. She has had and countless hours in Belk, and it has taken many people two years of vocal training we have done some of it all. I to help make this dream a re- and she had two years of honcouldn’t have chosen a better ality. Thank you to everyone ors choir in high school. person to share my year with. who has impacted my life or Kayla was born in Germany Thank you for representing lent me a hand this year. and had dual citizenship until the town of Chadbourn with “…It is hard and it is work, she was five years old. In a first me this year. I love you. it is not easily done, but when for Strawberry royalty contesTo all of the contestants: I it is over you will know who tants, she dreams of someday know right now you are ner- has won. When the pageant owning an alligator farm!

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She enjoys nature walks, rading, baking desserts, and she’s learning to sew. Kayla is 5”10’ tall and weighs 155 pounds. Her hair is blonde and her eyes are blue. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and has been on the executive council for two years, currently is the vice president of standards and is the former vice president of community service, a role in which she planned all community service the philanthropic events. She was on the by-laws committee, MMS committee and is a song leader. She is a member of the criminal justice club and enjoys playing intramural sports.

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Local band Honey Don’t opening act at Strawberry Festival

Honey Don’t, a cover band from Whiteville, will be one of the opening acts at the opening ceremonies for the N.C. Strawberry Festival at the event state behind Hardee’s in Chadbourn at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Honey Don’t is made up of Donny Peacock, Craig Peacock, Scott Worthington and Matt Dudley. Brothers Donny and Craig have been playing live since the early 1980s. They have played together as a duet and with bands across North Carolina. In the mid 1980s they played under the name Peacock around the Greenville area. Currently Donny plays bass guitar and sings lead vocals in Honey Don’t and his brother Craig plays acoustic guitar and also sings lead vocals. Scott Worthington, a childhood friend of the Peacock brothers, grew up with a passion for music. Scott followed in the path of his older brothers, who became virtuoso musicians. Scott and the Peacock

Honey Don’t a Rockabilly Band brothers share a common interest in their musical tastes which includes being fans of the Beatles. During high school Donny and Scott learned the chords to the Beatles music from a book called “The Pocket Book Beatles.” Scott developed his guitar playing to a high level. He has a particular interest in early

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An invitation is extended to area queens, princesses and other honorary titleholders to attend the crowning ceremony of the 2014 North Carolina Strawberry Festival Queen and Princess at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at West Columbus High School in Cerro Gordo. All crown-bearing guests will be introduced during the program. No invitations are Carolina Breakers, a beach music band from Lumberton being mailed, and this announcement serves as a notice of invitation to all qualifying dignitary crown bearers. The Carolina Breakers will Witness a high-energy band with Beach and various other special festivals, clubs, and parties. Admission to the ceremony perform at 7 p.m. at the opening four lead vocalists and a horn requests. They received the CBMA will be $10 per person, includceremonies for the 82nd North section covering your favorites. The Carolina Breakers per- favorite new artist of 2011 and ing chaperones; however, all Carolina Strawberry Festival at The Breakers play Motown, form for weddings, both small collectively have more than 10 visiting queens will be admitthe event field behind Hardees. Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Disco, and large company functions, #1 hits over the past four years. ted free.

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s “Big Cart,” pictured here carrying Miss North Carolina during last year’s Strawberry Festival, will return to Chadbourn for the 82nd N.C. Strawberry Festival.

Big Cart to make return appearance at the 82nd N.C. Strawberry Festival The N.C. Department of Agriculture’s Got to Be NC Big Cart will be making a grand return appearance at the 82nd North Carolina Strawberry Festival. The Big Cart will be leading North Carolina’s oldest agriculture parade with Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt riding in the Big Cart. The Big Cart, as it usually is called, is an oversized shopping cart approximately 13 feet high and 15 feet long with a Chevrolet 396 V8 big block engine. The Big Cart has made rounds in North Carolina

after first debuting at the are grown, raised and proRaleigh Farmers Market cessed in the state. Festival on six years ago. It has visited Raleigh, Greensboro, Concord, Wake Forest, Greenville, Mount Olive, Kinston, Murfreesboro, Zebulon, Fayetteville, Chadbourn and the Mountain State Fair in Ashville on its journeys, to mention just a few of many appearances. It has been featured in news stories by television stations and newspapers from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina. The purpose of the Big Cart is to raise awareness to the numerous products that

Johna Alexandria Edmonds, Miss North Carolina 2013, will be an active participant in the 82nd N.C. Strawberry Festival, attending the Strawberry Encounters dinner, the dignitaries luncheon, the parade and the scholarship pageant. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis and a minor in Spanish Language and Literatures. As the reigning Miss North Carolina, she is promoting her personal platform, Readers to Leaders: Promoting Literacy in America’s Youth. Her platform emphasizes service projects that educate not only students, but also teachers and parents on the importance of literacy among our state and nation’s young people. Johna is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity and Beta Alpha Psi, accounting fraternity. She is an active board member of the Helps Education Fund, a non-profit organization committed to supporting educators and improving learning outcomes for students. She has taught English in the Dominican Republic on an Alternative Spring Break trip with NC State’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service, and has also studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where in addition to studying in a Spanish-language intensive university for a semester, she was able to teach

Johna Edmonds Miss North Carolina

local youth and their parents on the English reading and writing fluency. She recently worked as a Winter Tax Intern for KPMG Raleigh and was selected for the KPMG Global Internship program where she traveled to work in Paris, France during the spring 2012 semester with some of the firm’s largest and best-known clients. Currently, Johna is obtaining her Master’s of Accounting degree at North Carolina State University. After becoming a certified public account, she will begin her career with one of the big four accounting firms, Ernst & Young LLP.

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Strawberry Festival Scholarship Pageant set May 4 at WCHS The N.C. Strawberry Festival Scholarship Queen and Princess Pageant, sponsored by the Chadbourn Lions Club, will be held Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the West Columbus High School Auditorium in Cerro Gordo. This year’s pageant theme is “A tribute to farmers and their strawberries.” The welcome will be by Gayle Williamson, president of the N.C. Strawberry Festival.

Bob Hensley of Bakersville will be master of ceremonies and Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds will entertain and have remarks. Contestants in the Princess division are Regan Chavez and Victoria Wooten. Contestants in the Queen division are Emily Hackett, Kayla Baxley and Breanna Milligan. Admission at the door will be $10.

Strawberry Festival contacts

Scene of Strawberry Encounters

(Staff photo by Allen Turner)

“An Evening of Strawberry Encounters” will be held Friday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the home of Jean and Tommy Powell at 735 Joe Brown Highway North. For more information or to reserve tickets, call Elaine Honeycutt at 654-4856.

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N.C. Strawberry Festival President Gayle Williamson has announced the following contact persons for various eventsfor this year’s festival: All listed phone numbers are in the 910 area code. Door decorating contest (residential): Geneva Dickerson 654-5244 Parade: Danny Long 654-5244 Floats: Ward Shaw 654-4786 Queens: Lefell Eason 654-3518 Luncheon & Auction: Densil Worthington 654-3518 Food contest: Barbara Larrimore 654-4540 Pageant: Catherine Causey 642-7924 Strawberry Encounters dinner: Elaine Honeycutt 654-4856 Strawbery 5K Run: Marjorie Hilbourn 401-222-9507 or School bands: George Nickerson 654-9938 Merchandise: Bobbie Bowen and Laurie Williams 654-2000 Vendors (food and crafts): Wendy Johnson and Linda Gaddy 654-4146 Auto show: Danny Long 654-5244 Talent show: Joy L. Thomas 770-5050 Variety show (at Event Field): Deb Wilson 640-8034

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Three Sampson County sisters have worn Strawberry crowns When Strawberry Queen Brittany Cottle relinquishes her crown on May 2 in the West Columbus High School Auditorium, she’ll become the third member of her family to become former Strawberry Festival royalty. The young women are the daughters of Cindy and Terry Cottle of Clinton, and their dad lauds their pageant participation for helping prepare them for life later on. Now 25 years old, Leslie H. Cottle was crowned Strawberry Queen in 2007, 22-year-old Amanda B. Cottle was named Strawberry Princess in 2008, and 18-year-old Brittany J. Cottle is the current Strawberry Queen. Longtime Strawberry Festival ramrod Densil Worthington says he is unaware of three members of Strawberry Festival royalty ever having come from one family, except in the case of the Cottles. The girls’ dad, Terry, comments, “My wife, Cindy, and I have not minded one single bit making all the long many, many trips to Whiteville and Chadbourn and all over the

state since 2007 during the time that our girls have been a part of Strawberry royalty. We have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this wonderful festival and pageant each year and the girls have enjoyed representing your communities and your Strawberry Festival. The friendships made, the experiences gained have truly been something they and we all will never forget and they are irreplacable. We would definitely do it all over again if we had the chance and, to be quite honest, we are deeply saddened that it is coming to a close.” He added, “These moments, these opportunities, and the people we have met and the friendships made has truly helped each of our girls and us all to ‘Put A Berry In Our Life!’ This quote/saying is something that was used quite often during their reign and still is among them today.” Cottle says that one of the greatest assets his daughters have taken away from the experience and competing in any pageant is the interview process. He says, “I know that many people are not very fond

of so-called ‘beauty pageants,’ but we have found that it’s more than who walks the best, who is the prettiest, who spent the most money on a dress or who had the best talent. What they really take away is the experience of learning how to carry and conduct themselves in talking with and communicating with others that come into their paths.” One of the ways of accomplishing that is through what Cottle calls the “dreaded” interview. “All three of our girls have found that the experience of participating in pageant interviews has been a great asset to them in other areas of life,” he says. The oldest daughter, Leslie, is a second grade teacher at Malpass Corner Elementary School in Burgaw. She lives in Wilmington and is working on her Masters of Education at East Carolina University. She received her degree in K-6 elementary education from UNC-Wilmington, where she received a N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship. The middle daughter, Amanda, will receive her degree in K-6 elementary education from

UNC-Wilmington next month. She plans to teach for four or more years before opening her own daycare. Amanda was also a scholarship recipient while at UNC-W, having received the N.C. Prospective Teachers Scholarship. She will graduate from college next month and plans to marry Corby Allen in November. The youngest, Brittany, who will give up her crown on May 2, is in the process of completing several scholarship applications and scholarship interviews to enable her to attend UNC-Wilmington this fall. She plans to major in business. Brittany currently is in the top ten in her senior class at Midway High School in Spiveys Corner. Cottle feels that his daughters’ success is primarily due to the experience and knowledge gained by doing pageants and participating in interview skills training. He says, “These are valuable tools needed and necessary for our young people to compete for scholarships and jobs in today’s world that not many young people have or ever attain. I have to attribute our three girls’ abilities to compete at this level and to have good, positive interviews to the fact that the NC Strawberry pageant competion process and other pageants that they have done have a requirement that they

compete in interviews. This experience cannot be attained any other way!” He says that winning a Strawberry crown is not like winning just any other pageant, noting that when a young woman wins, she must commit to a year of traveling all over North Carolina visiting communities that have their own agriculture-related festivals where the girls get to perform their talents, meet and greet many other girls and townspeople while representing the community of Chadbourn and promoting the N.C. Strawberry Festival and the strawberry industry. Cottle adds, “A true bonus for our three girls has been the plus of getting to spend time and be queen or princess under the daily guided hand and watchful eye of their ‘adopted grandmother,’ Mrs. Catherine B. Causey. She has taught them so much about life and about how to carry themselves as a queen, princess and a young lady. She has demanded much of them and they will cherish this friendship with her for the rest of their lives. We and they are so thankful to have had this tremendously, wonderful opportunity the past few years and our girls are so much better off as people for having had this opportunity.”

40 vendors to provide variety

Vendors from across the area will provide a great variety of food and crafts for the enjoyment of everyone attending this year’s Strawberry Festival. Approximately 40 vendors will exhibit various items in a flea market atmosphere. These items will include candles, jewelry, handcrafted woodwork, crafted glassware and art. Types of food that can be enjoyed this year will consist of Mediterranean style, blooming onions, funnel cakes, pizza, subs, BBQ or just good old fashioned hot dogs or hamburgers. For the children, the midway will be provided by Fun-Time Amusements coming to the festival on Friday and lasting thru festival day. These events will be located at the vendor field beside the Food Lion Shopping Center and behind Hardee’s. Festival organizer (Submitted photos) Densil Worthington commented, “Come out and enjoy a complete Leslie Cottle, left, was crowned Strawberry Queen in 2007. Her sister, Amanda, center, was crowned Strawberry Princess in 2008, and another sister, Brittany, right, was day of fun and relaxation as we celebrate the 82nd Annual North Carolina Strawberry Festival on May 3.” crowned Strawberry Queen last year.

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Strawberry culture and the Strawberry Festival

Strawberry culture began in Chadbourn in 1895. The first planting of strawberries failed, but the next year six and threequarters acres of berries were planted. The grower sold berries for a total value of $5,562. In 1897, 632 quart crates of berries were shipped from Chadbourn and the following year 6,000 crates were shipped, a phenomenal increase of a thousand percent! The growth of the industry continued and in 1907, the peak year of the movement, 347,000 32-quart crates were shipped and Chadbourn became the Klondyke Strawberry Capital of the World. In 1907, the largest one-day

shipment of strawberries was made. A hundred and eighty railroad box carloads – 36,000 crates or 1,152,000 quarts of strawberries – all of which had been harvested between sunrise and sunset was moved by rail from Chadbourn to points all over the country. The industry continued to thrive and produce income for growers. Eventually it also provided entertainment. In the early 1930s, the American Legion decided to sponsor a dance for the purpose of raising funds for the building they were constructing. This was the first Strawberry Festival Dance. The dance was a great suc-

Growers and laborers load strawberries onto refrigerated boxcars in this early 1900’s photograph of the large Chadbourn market. Each car held 200-225 crates - packed 32 quarts to the crate.

cess and the Legion adopted it as an annual event. In the years of the 1930s they brought to town the big name bands of the era: Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and many others. One area resident remembers that the night Guy Lombardo played, the dance floor overflowed and 1,000 spectators watched and listened to the music. Another resident remembers a Strawberry Festival that lasted all week. Dances were held every night and the week was climaxed with the big dance featuring a nationallyfamous band. The American Legion passed sponsorship of the dance on to other groups and clubs. For a number of years, the Chadbourn Civitan Club was the force behind the festival dance. In recent years, the N.C. Strawberry Festival has sponsored a parade of admirable proportions for a small rural town. Cooking contests, beauty contests, art exhibits, homemade strawberry shortcake and many other events now contribute to a great Strawberry Festival.

The “hey days” of strawberries in Chadbourn

Chadbourn was a major U.S. strawberry market.

WECT-TV’s Bob Townsend is grand marshal for berry fest Grand marshal for the 82nd annual North Carolina Strawberry Festival will be Bob Townsend, co-host of the “Carolina in the Morning” show on WECT-TV, Channel 6. Townsend is no stranger to the Strawberry Festival, having attended several over the years. Bobby Ray Townsend was born in Henrico County, Virginia, but grew up on a family farm in Rowland in Robeson County. When he was 15 his parents moved to Lumberton and he transferred to Lumberton High School, from which he graduated in 1969. He attended Pembroke State University. He started his broadcast career with part-time employment at WBYB Radio in St. Pauls at the age of 15. He also worked part-time at WAGR and WTSB in Lumberton. In 1967 he started working at WFMO in Fairmont and worked there until 1971, when he left to become

Bob Townsend Grand Marshal sports director at WECT-TV and later became the morning show anchor. In 1978, Townsend made the decision to move his family to a small town environment and became the general manager of WZBK and WLSE in Wallace.

Due to the decline in smalltown radio, he went back into television with WITN-TV in Greenville and became their political reporter who covered Raleigh to Greenville news. In 1988 he became manager of WTAB Radio in Tabor City and a year later went back to WECT to resume co-anchor duties of the “Carolina in the Morning” show. Through all his travels with work, he maintained his home in Wallace for his family. Townsend is married to the former Rosalind Younger, also from Lumberton, and they have two daughters, Tracy Potter and Rae Riley, the three grandchildren, Wyatt, Cole and Zella. The grand marshal has been very active in the Wallace civic community, participating in the Lions Club, Rotary International, the Wallace Chamber of Commerce and Watha United Methodist Church.

5k run new festival event

A new event will debut during the 82nd North Carolina Strawberry Festival. In the first of what is planned to become an annual affair, the newly formed Chadbourn Chamber of Economic Development is holding its first Strawberry 5k Walk/Run on Saturday, May 3, to emphasize the importance of community health and to raise funds for chamber and business activities. Cost to participate in the run is $25 and registrants will receive a t-shirt. Interested persons can contact run organizer Marjorie Hilbourn at 401-222-9507 or email chadbournchamber@ for more information.

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Beautification, Strawberry proclamations

With N.C. Strawberry Festival President Gayle Williamson looking on, Chadbourn Mayor Fax Rector signs two proclamations. The first declares April 21-27 as “Beautification and Clean-Up Week” in Chadbourn and encourages citizens to clean and beautify their homes, businesses and property. The second recognizes the week of April 28-May 4 as the time for the 82nd annual North Carolina Strawberry Festival.

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Far ms, LLC, Mrs. Blanche Bullock (in memory of Dr. Thurman M. Bullock Jr.), Mrs. Ethel Thomas (in memory of Homer Thomas), 410 Clothing, Furniture and Gifts/Gail Kennedy, Rep. and Mrs. Kenneth Waddell, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Caines, Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Honeycutt, Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Honeycutt, Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Sturdivant, Mr. William T. Williamson (in memory of Bill and Ann Williamson), Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Turner, Mrs. Anne Ferguson (in memory of Jimmy Ferguson), Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Honeycutt, Mr. & Mrs. Terry Cottle and Family, Gore’s Kountry Kitchen, Debra Joiner Brown (former Strawberry Queen), Caines Brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Strickland, Mr. R. Mitchel Tyler, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Sanderson (in memory of Leo and Irene Mercer), Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cottle & Family, BB&T, First Community Bank, Piggly Wiggly. Special thanks to all the people of North Carolina, to West Columbus High School Principal Jeff Greene and to Cathy Causey for donating the Miss Congeniality Award in memory of her father, Noel E. Causey.

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Chadbourn ECA planning for festival foods contest By ALLEN TURNER

Members of the Chadbourn Extension and Community Homemakers Association are getting ready for the annual Strawberry Food Products Contest, which will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Chadbourn Community Library. Barbara Larrimore, the committee chair for the contest, is leading the organizational effort. Entries will be accepted at the library from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. on May 3. Judging will occur from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The food exhibits will be reopened for public viewing at 11 a.m. and remain on display until participants pick up their entries by 3 p.m. The contest is designed to promote the use of the Barbara strawberry as a nutritious and palatable product and the contest is designed so that a person of any age or sex may enter. Novice and experienced cooks have enjoyed presenting both traditional and innovative recipes and over the years the cooks have enjoyed receiving acclaim for the efforts. Three cash prizes will be offered in both the adult and youth (first grade through high school senior) divisions. Qualified judges from a wide geographical area will be coming to town to judge the entries. They include retired extension home agents and school cafeteria personnel. Following are the contest rules: 1. The contest will be divided into two divisions: A. Adult B. Youth (first grade through high school senior). 2. Dishes will be judged in five categories in each division. Only one entry from an individual in each division. A. Appetizers. (Includes breakfast foods, breads, uncooked and cooked processed syrups, preserves, sauces, jelly and jam.) Note: Two individual servings of each recipe will be accepted by the Strawberry Food Products Committee. B. Cake (One-fourth of a cake is acceptable or a whole cake may be entered.)

C. Pastries, Pies and Tarts. (Pastries: two individual servicings of each recipe are acceptable. Pies: an eight-inch pie is acceptable.) D. Salads and Other Deserts. (Includes all types of gelatin dishes, ice cream, etc. Two individual servings are acceptable.) E. Low Calorie or Sugar Free Salads and Other Deserts 3. The food exhibits will be closed to the public during judging and reopen at 11 a.m. to remain open until 3 p.m. 4. Prizes in both the Adult and Youth divisions will consist of $15 and a blue ribbon for first place, $10 and a red ribbon for second place and $5 and a white ribbon for third place. 5. Participants will Larrimore be responsible for collecting their dishes and plates by 3 p.m. on contest day. 6. No entries will be sold to or sampled by the public. 7. Recipes are to be written on a 5x8 index card and left with the strawberry dish. The correct ingredients and method for preparing should be listed. The recipe becomes the property of the Extension Homemakers Association. 8. Entries will be received between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and judging will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. The homemakers group has been sponsoring the contest since 1970, and Yates has been involved since 1983. Although Larrimore is chairing the contest for the second consecutive year, Yates has served as chair more than any other person. Under her direction, the contest grew over the years and the Strawberry Cookbook, a collection of recipes submitted, has been improved. The recipe book is sold for $10 and has become a fund raiser for the association. Previous editions of the cookbook from several years are available for purchase. Call Barbara Larrimore at 654-4540 for more information on the contest or on available cookbooks.

(Staff photo by Allen Turner)

Dignitaries of last year’s Strawberry Festival are shown participating in events. They are: Gayle Williamson, president of the Strawberry Festival Association, Fax Rector, mayor of the Town of Chadbourn and Arlie Honeycutt, Miss North Carolina of 2012.


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Commissioner Troxler issues letter of praise on the 82nd N.C. Strawberry Festival

Dear North Carolina Strawacross North Carolina. berry Festival committee memStrawberries alone conbers. tribute a whopping $18 milI would like to congratulate lion dollars to our state’s you on the 82nd North Carolina economy and Columbus Strawberry Festival, the oldest County Strawberries are agriculture festival in North among the very best. Not Carolina. Strawberries are Steven W. Troxler only are they a boost to our part of the state’s $71 billion economy, but also they are low in agriculture industry-an industry that calories and a good source of vitaprovides jobs and supports businesses mins and nutrients. They are high iron and Vitamin C not to mention a healthy dose of folic acid, potassium and cancer- fighting antioxidants. The strawberry is not only nutritious; it is a delicious treat as well, and my favorite fruit. Thankfully my birthday falls in the spring so I can always celebrate with strawberry shortcake made with fresh, North Carolinagrown strawberries. After all, if you want the best, “It’s got to be N.C. Strawberries.” The strawberry season also heralds, in the start of the North Carolinas growing season and kicks off the opening of famers markets across the state, so their arrival is eagerly awaited by many. Best wishes for a safe and successful festival and a great strawberry season. Steven W. Troxler N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture

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Strawberry cheesecake pie

8 oz. cream cheese, soft 1/4 tsp. almond extract 1 cup whipping cream, 9 inch pie shell whipped 1 pkg. strawberry glaze 1 cup sifted confectioners 1 qt. strawberries, burred, sugar quartered 1 tsp. vanilla

Beat cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla together till smooth. Fold in whipped whipping cream. Pour into pie shell. Add almond extract to strawberry glaze. Mix in berries. Carefully spoon berry mixture over cheese layer. Chill till set.

Strawberry icebox pie

Strawberry frappé

1 cup fresh strawberries 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup cold milk 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream Sweeten to taste

Place all ingredients in blender. Blend at high speed until all is blended well - about 30 seconds. Serve in chilled glasses.

Strawberry tea Drain 2 (10 oz.) pkgs. frozen sliced strawberries. Prepare 2 lipton tea bags according to directions. Mix strawberry juice and prepared tea. Sweeten to taste. Serve over ice. (Lemon if desired)

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3 oz. cream cheese, softened 2 pints fresh strawberries 1 9 inch pie crust, baked 2 tablespoons cornstarch 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup water 1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped Spread softened cream cheese over the bottom of the cooled pie crust. Hull, wash and drain berries, reserving 8 whole berries for topping; halve the remaining berries. Place half of the berries over the cream cheese. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and water; add remaining halved berries. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened; cool thoroughly and pour over strawberries in the pie crust. Top with whipped cream and garnish with the remaining 8 whole strawberries. Chill thoroughly before serving.

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Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

16 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled and large berries cut in half 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Place strawberries in a bowl. Drizzle vinegar over strawberries and sprinkle with sugar. Stir gently to combine. Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least one hour but not more than four hours. Just before serving, grind pepper over berries.

Strawberry sauce

Spoon this sauce over yogurt with fresh strawberries, ice cream, pound cake or your favorite dessert. Great as topping for pancakes and waffles too.

2/3 cup sugar 1/3 cup water

1 pint strawberries 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan, stir and bring to boil. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool completely. Hasten cooling by setting pan in a shallow bowl of ice water. Place half the berries in the jar of a blender; add lemon juice and all the cooled syrup. Puree until smooth. Press through fine sieve to remove some of the strawberry seeds, if desired. Coarsely chop remaining strawberries and add to strawberry puree. Serve. Can be stored refrigerated, in tightly covered containers for up to four days.

Strawberry cheesecake pie

8 oz. cream cheese, soft 1/4 tsp. almond extract 1 cup whipping cream, 9 inch pie shell whipped 1 pkg. strawberry glaze 1 cup sifted confectioners 1 qt. strawberries, burred, sugar quartered 1 tsp. vanilla

Beat cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla together till smooth. Fold in whipped whipping cream. Pour into pie shell. Add almond extract to strawberry glaze. Mix in berries. Carefully spoon berry mixture over cheese layer. Chill till set.

Strawberry Coconut Smoothie 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1/4 cup fresh or canned pineapple 1/4 cup canned light coconut milk 1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender in the order listed. Turn blender on high and let run for 30 seconds or until smooth. Makes 1 serving.

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Strawberry-Lemon Shortcakes

9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups) 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind Cooking spray 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar 4 cups sliced strawberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed 6 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 425°. Weigh or lightly spoon 9 ounces (about 2 cups) flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Combine 1 1/4 cups buttermilk and grated lemon rind. Add the buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, and toss gently with a fork to combine. (Dough should be wet and about the texture of cottage cheese.) Coat a 9-inch round metal cake pan or baking sheet with cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup flour in a shallow dish. Scoop 10 equal dough portions into dish. Gently shape each portion into a round by tossing in flour to help shape the dough. Arrange in pan. Discard excess flour. Brush dough with melted butter, and sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 425° for 22 minutes or until the shortcakes are lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove shortcakes from pan. Cool on wire rack. Combine berries, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, and lemon juice; toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Split each shortcake in half; spoon about 1/3 cup berry mixture and 2 tablespoons whipped topping into each.

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Strawberry dirt pudding

Oreo cookies 1 box white chocolate pudding

8 oz. cool whip Strawberries 1 T. confectioners sugar

Put some oreos in blender till they are crumbs. Make pudding according to directions on box. Once pudding has set up, combine with cool whip and powdered sugar. Chop up fresh strawberries. Layer ingredients -- first cookie crumbs, pudding mixture and then strawberries. Continue layering, topping with cookie crumbs. This dish can be as big as you want it to be.

Sparkling strawberry wine

4 quarts strawberries 1 cup water crushed/drained 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cups sugar 1 cup Wild Strawberry Liqueur Mix. Let stand in refrigerator and serve. This recipe may be doubled or tripled to your liking.

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Deb Wilson in 11th year heading entertainment show Eleven years ago, local singer/songwriter/entertainer Deb Wilson came up with a good idea for a new event for the North Carolina Strawberry Festival, and it has proven to be one of the best crowd pleasers yet. Wilson introduced the idea for a Variety Entertainment Stage. She was willing to make all the contacts for setting up the stage, getting the sound system and recruiting individuals and groups to perform. That was in 2004 when Wilson emceed the first variety show on a flatbed truck in the Food Lion parking lot. Five years later, the entertainment pavilion was built in the field behind the Chadbourn Hardees and has since served as the main stage for the North Carolina Strawberry Festival. In her 11th year with the N.C. Strawberry Festival, Deb Wilson will once again

Deb Wilson serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the Saturday Entertainment Variety Show which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, spotlighting a variety of local talent. Wilson will kick off the variety show followed by performances from local youth: Kayla Greene & Allie Thompson, Jennifer Causey, and Ny-

dir & Adaya Singletary. At 11:30 a.m., the award-winning North Carolina Strawberry Festival Cloggers from Amy’s Academy of Dance Arts will take the stage, as well as other Amy’s dance troupes. At 12 noon, Kayla Sellers & Brittany Walker will sing, followed by the talented Praise & Worship band from Northwood Church, Heartbeat. At 1 p.m., the female vocal group The Glory Girls from Southport will perform. At 2 p.m. the N.C. Strawberry Festival parade gets into gear, and at 3 p.m., line dancing takes place at the Entertainment Stage. The talented Christian rock band, New Beginnings, starts the evening entertainment at 3:30 p.m. New Beginnings is a band from Whiteville and band members are Trent Brown, Anthony Cook, Tucker Ellis and Bryan Ramos. At 4 p.m., registration for

the annual Strawberry Spittin’ Contest will be held at the sound booth in the main stage area. Everyone is invited to participate, and cash prizes will be awarded in adult and youth divisions. Distance is what counts, so come see how far you can “spit” a strawberry. Contest begins at 4:30 p.m. At 5 p.m. Deb Wilson will entertain, singing music from

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It’s time to taste the strawberries.

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“Welcome To Chadbourn’s NC Strawberry Festival For 2014”

Congratulations to the 82nd Annual NC Strawberry Festival Association for a job well done. We look forward to meeting every one and enjoying the fun & fellowship. Agriculture is one of our major assets and thanks to Chadbourn for continuing the tradition.

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Welcome to the 82nd Annual


Welcome to the North Carolina Strawberry Festival, Chadbourn. It is so hard to believe that another Strawberry Festival is here. Our theme this year, “Gathering Strawberry Memories” is actually our wish for you! Come, enjoy, relax and gather strawberry memories that will last a life time! This year, come experience the many events that are part of the festival. The pancake supper, chicken bog, hillbilly music, beach music, hour of prayer, carnival, parade, pageant, talent shows, strawberry auction, strawberry food show, crafts and vendors are what make the festival so special. Many thanks to our sponsors and contributors. Without you, the festival could not go on. A big thanks to NC Dept of Agriculture, Goodness Grows in North Carolina, Brunswick Electric, Honeycutt Produce, Black’s Tire, Bailey’s, Piggly Wiggly, and all who contributed to our festival. A super big thanks to all our volunteers who put in countless hours to make sure that the NC Strawberry Festival is a success. Members of the Encounters committee, Chadbourn Lions Club, the Strawberry Festival Association, and our town employees work effortlessly to make sure that Chadbourn is ready for the Festival. Thanks for all the extra time you take to make sure everything is prepared for the festival! Thank you to our strawberry growers for all the hard work you do to make sure we have the very best berries for the festival.

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To our patrons who continue to visit and support the North Carolina Strawberry Festival, thank you for your continued support. Welcome to the 2014 North Carolina Strawberry Festival, Chadbourn! Enjoy family and friends Gathering Strawberry Memories.

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