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This coming weekend in Brunswick County, NC is jam-packed with events. You will have no difficulty finding something to do, whether you have kids or not. In fact, you will be able to fill your weekend with fun.

Southport, NC

Friday, 4/27, beginning at 6 PM: Black-Tie-Optional Gala – held at the St. James Community Center

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 7:30 AM: Southport NatureFest – held at various venues in Southport, NC including Franklin Square Park

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Small Fry fishing Tournament – held at Spring Lake Park

Oak Island, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 10 AM: US Coast Guard Station Annual Safety Expo – held at the coast guard station in Caswell Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Wings & Wheels – held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport

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Holden Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28 and Sunday, 4/29, beginning at 9 AM – Days at the Docks – held on Jordan Blvd.

Leland, NC

Sunday, April 29, beginning at 8:30 AM – Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K & 5K – held at Brunswick Forest

APRIL of 2018: HOUND HUSTLE 10K, 5K & 1-MILE TROT WITH SPOT

FISHING TOURNAMENTS & FARM TOUR

Fishing tournament season is upon us and the fun begins today, October 5, in Southport, NC, with the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament registration, entertainment and captains meeting at the Southport Marina. Fishing will begin on Friday with more entertainment on Saturday afternoon and the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. As you can see, this event is not just for the fishermen. It’s an enjoyable time for everyone.

Also, on Saturday, your kids up to age 15 can enjoy the fun of fishing, from 10 AM until noon, on the City Pier, in Southport, NC, at Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament.  This is a great way to get your kids hooked on fishing. They might even win the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament someday.

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On Saturday afternoon, from 3 PM until 5 PM, you can enjoy the Farm Tapas and Farm Tour at Greenlands Farm on Midway Road, in Bolivia, NC. There is a fee and reservations are required (910-253-7934). You can learn about sustainable farming; meet the rescued farm animals and free range chickens; see a goat milking demonstration and more. Proceeds benefit HOOF, their non-profit farm animal sanctuary.

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FISHIN’ N SINGIN’

If you are an aficionado of both music and fishing, then you have a great weekend to look forward to in Brunswick County, NC. You may have to tweak your schedule a bit, but with all the venues for music and choices of days for fishing it shouldn’t be too much trouble. The Southport Songwriter Festival will kick off on Thursday evening with Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, from 6 PM until 8 PM. The festival will continue on Friday from 4 PM until 7 PM at the Southport Marina. On Saturday events will be held from 10 AM until noon on the Garrison lawn, from 2 PM until 3 PM at Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn, from 2 PM until 6 PM at Keziah Memorial Park, and from 6 PM until 9 PM at the Yacht Basin Eatery. Sunday is Fathers Day, so take that dad to the Southport Community Building for more music from 2 PM until 8 PM.

On Friday you are invited to view Tony Alderman’s paintings: Art of North Carolina Waterways, beginning at 4 PM at 311 West Brown Street in Southport, NC.

This weekend in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, you can take part in the Jolly Mon King Classic at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. On Thursday there will be a Rock the Dock fishing contest for kids up to age 12. On Friday, the Jr. Jolly Mon will be held and adults can choose Saturday or Sunday to compete in the king classic.

A WATER FILLED SOUTHPORT WEEKEND

it looks like a water filled Halloween weekend is coming up. No, I’m not talking about rain. I’m talking about all the water based activities that are scheduled this coming weekend. As a result of cancellations because of the ‘no name storm’ earlier this month when we were wondering if it ever would stop raining, we can look forward to a water filled weekend this week. First of all will be the ever popular U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. This weekend the tournament has a twist. Because the tournament now falls on Halloween, kids can participate in a Fish or Treat from 2 PM to 7 PM. The vendors at the Southport Marina will be prepared to welcome each and every costumed creature.

When we think of the US Open King Mackerel Tournament, those of us with little ones also think of Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament. What a fun chance for kids to fish on the pier with their peers and dream of the day when they can join the adults on the boats. Those in the know will try to be among the first 100 kids to arrive and all of them will enjoy a fun experience in beautiful Southport, NC.

Halloween seems the perfect time for the Stede Bonnet Regatta with everyone decked out in pirate garb. You don’t want to miss the hijinks during this water race or the fun party time afterwards. Southport, NC will definitely be rockin’ on the water this weekend.

FISHIN’ AND FARMIN’ REDUX

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.