Fishing and farming have been the two main ways of making a living in Brunswick County, NC for generations. As you can see by the above map from the NC Department of Agriculture, that’s pretty much true of the whole state. Though times have changed, and technology and tourism have become prevalent, we who live in Brunswick County, NC are still blessed with the sight of shrimp boats in the surrounding waters. I remember an old song:
Shrimp boats are a comin’ their sails are in sight
Shrimp boats are a comin there’s dancin’ tonight…
The menhaden industry and fish factories are gone and fishing is now more of a recreation – especially the tournaments. The waters will be teaming with boats this weekend and celebrations will abound on shore for the Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament – October 1st thru 3rd in Southport, NC.
Kids can get involved, too. On the Saturday of the King Mackerel Tournament (October 3), the Southport Recreation Department holds Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament where kids who bring their own rods, reels and bait can fish from the Southport City Pier and win some prizes for their catches.
At the south end of Brunswick County, NC, you can spend the day learning about farming with hands on activities, demonstrations and – of all things – pig races. Sound interesting? Just head on down to Calabash, NC to Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms beginning at 10 AM where you can even go on an old fashioned hay ride.