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2017 Pecan Festival Food Contest Winners
Food contest winners 2017 iconYouth Division 1st Place winner and Overall Youth Division Grand Prize winner was Seth Bullock – Butter Pecan Fudge; the Adult Division Appetizers 1st Place winner was Berry Hammond – Sugar Coated Pecans; Adult Division Side Dishes 1st Place winner was Donna Shaw – Cranberry Salad; Adult Division Main Dishes 1st Place winner was Beatrice McDannald – Chicken Salad; Adult Division Desserts 1st Place winner was Jake Hyatt – Pecan Clouds; Overall Adult Division Grand Prize winner was Jake Hyatt – Pecan Clouds. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Images from the 2017 N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival
News reporter images iconCheck this page for several images and full page pdf of images that were published in The News Reporter on November 6th and November 9th, 2017. This year's festival was a great success and we look forward to having you join us next year. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Pecan Festival Begins Tonight with Reception
Dowless iconThe Columbus County Arts Council gallery, at 822 S. Madison St., Whiteville, will be the site of the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival’s opening event at 7 this evening. The public is invited to come speak with Festival Queen Kathryn Ogden and Parade Grand Marshal Vic Ward. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Fast Food, Fine Fare for Fun Festival Feeding Frenzy
News reporter iconN.C. Pecan Harvest Festival organizers last week confirmed contracts with several new (to Whiteville) food concessionaires who will be available on Saturday, Nov. 4. Warning: the following roll call of festival-day edibles and drinkables may cause some readers’ mouths to water. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Arts on Exhibit at Pecan Festival
News reporter iconThe Columbus County Arts Council will feature prints by nature photographer Anne Grimes during the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival, along with oil paintings by Kathryn C. Ogden that chronicle the experience of Parkinson’s disease in her family’s life. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Charlie Duncan is the Man Behind the Pecan Parade
News reporter iconCharlie Duncan can’t recall the last time he saw a Whiteville parade from the side of the street. He always sees the floats and bands from behind as he sends them on their way from their staging area at Whiteville High School. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Pecan Cooking Contest has a few Spots Left
News reporter icon"I’ve had a good response,” said pecan cooking contest coordinator Meleah Evers Friday. Although the official deadline for submitting recipes had arrived, she thought she would still have room for a few entries if people go online to register today. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Diligent Volunteers Make Festival Successful
Volunteers image iconThe N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival brings an estimated 18,000 people to downtown Whiteville every November, but a small number of hardworking people make the free annual event possible. Said festival director Joan Ward, "The committee is so well organized and really know what they’re doing, so the job of director is just to keep the wheels rolling. It isn’t hard at all. Some of them, like Suzanne King and Sara Thompson have served since the beginning. I think Charlie Duncan has organized every parade since the first one.” (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Pecan Cooking Contest Deadline is Friday, Oct. 27
News reporter iconIt’s time to search the family cookbook for favorite pecan recipes – or create a new favorite – and enter the annual pecan cooking contest, which will be held at Vineland Station on Saturday, Nov. 4, as part of the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival. The popular contest is open to youth (ages 10-15) and adults of North Carolina. This year’s contest is directly sponsored by Columbus Regional Healthcare System. Prize ribbons will be awarded to three winners in each category, with a $150 cash award to one overall grand prize adult winner. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Pecan Run/Walk is Oct. 28, Will Raise Money for Families First
Pecan run 2017 iconThe first event of the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival will take place a week before the crowds descend on downtown Whiteville, as runners and walkers complete the annual 5K sponsored by Body Shapers Gym and Fitness on Saturday, Oct. 28. Participants may fill out a registration form at the gym or online at for $15. Same-day registration for $20 will be available from 7 a.m., with the run/walk beginning at 8 a.m. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Craftspeople to be at Reuben Brown House
News reporter iconFloating sounds of dulcimer music and clicking needles will welcome visitors to the historic Reuben Brown House at the corner of West Columbus and Franklin streets on Friday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. The interior will be decorated for the season by members of the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society for the public to view as part of the 2017 Pecan Harvest Festival’s Home Tour. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Elegant Home Tour Tickets Now for Sale - $20 Includes Lunch, Five Tour Stops
News reporter iconThe 2017 N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival will once again include a self-guided tour of beautiful and historically signifi cant Whiteville homes on Friday, Nov. 3. The Queen’s Luncheon at Vineland Station will begin with the presentation of 2017 festival queen Kathryn Ogden and her court of belles and cadets at 11:30 a.m. Parade Marshal Vic Ward will also be honored. The catered meal will begin at 12. Tour sites are open from 1 to 4 p.m.. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Six Girls Selected as Pecan Belles
Belles 2017 iconAn annual tradition at each N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival is the presentation of the Pecan Belles, who welcome visitors to locations on the home tour and represent Whiteville’s longstanding pecan-growing tradition. The following six girls are Pecan Belles for 2017: Whitley Dockery, daughter of Dalton and Sheila Dockery; Melena Hester, daughter of Donald and Jennifer Hester; Emma Hooks, daughter of Buddy and Susan Hooks; Isabella Hopkins, daughter of Geoff and Nicole Hopkins; Zy-Kia Pierce, daughter of LaShonda Pierce; and Grace Ann Wooten, daughter of George and Stephanie Wooten.. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
SHP Colonel Proud to be Pecan Harvest Festival Parade Marshal
Vic ward icon"In my work, I travel all over the state, and around the country,” said Charles Victor "Vic” Ward. "People always ask me where I’m from. Whiteville’s been talked about by me to more people than I can name.” Ward felt "very honored and humbled even to be considered” for the position of Pecan Parade Marshal. "It kind of threw me for a loop to be asked, and I had to think about it for a while because I don’t consider myself anybody special.”. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
"Down Home Girl" is Pecan Queen 2017
Kathryn queen iconWhiteville native Kathryn Caine Ogden will reign as queen over this November’s Pecan Harvest Festival. Ogden returned to her hometown last year after living in Charlottesville, VA, for 20 years. She is a critically acclaimed songwriter, singer and painter. Ogden, using the stage name Kathryn Caine, has recorded 10 CDs, eight of them solo recordings of her own original pieces. Two discs were collaborations with other musicians. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Joan Ward to Chair N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival
Joan ward to chair news article icon"I think if we stop learning, we get stagnant,” says Joan Ward, chair of the N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival. Ward credits festival pioneers Ginger Littrell, Sara Thompson and Suzanne King with teaching her and the rest of the festival committee how to be a "well-oiled machine.” Last year’s N.C. PHF was about a month away when Hurricane Matthew brought severe damage to Columbus County, affecting individuals and businesses involved with the festival. The committee went forward with the yearly celebration. This year, says Ward, she is thankful to see the area "recovered to the extent it has since Matthew.” (GET THE DETAILS HERE)
Kathryn, Izzy, Evans and Travis Will Play Pecan Festival
Kathryn izzy iconKathryn, Izzy, Evans and Travis will play Americana music at the 25th Annual N.C. Pecan Festival on November 4th AND you can see them play this weekend at the Columbus County Arts Council Fundraiser, Saturday, September 23 at 6:30pm. $5 per person at the door. (GET THE DETAILS HERE)


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