Pecan Festival Queen
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Meet Our 2021 Pecan Festival Queen
The NC Pecan Harvest Festival committee has named Pamela Young-Jacobs as Festival Queen for 2021.
Pamela Young-Jacobs is a Columbus County native and member of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe of North Carolina. She was born to a mother who was a teacher and activist for her community and a father who was a construction worker who became a self-employed businessman. Her early years were spent in the tobacco field and church with her grandmother. She is the wife of Marine, Velton Jacobs; together, they have six children and three grandsons. She is the mother of a soldier who received the Combat Action Badge for service in Iraq. She takes pride in being the individual who isn’t afraid of taking risks and does not make excuses when it comes to opportunities to do her best for a better future.
After graduating from Hallsboro High School, she attended Southeastern Community College, obtaining an Associate degree in Business and Banking and Finance, and UNC Pembroke, where she graduated as a Native Scholar with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Professional Services.
Pamela is the Chairwoman of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, an accomplished singer and poet with works published in Marijo Moore’s book, Feeding the Ancient Fires, and the owner of Songbird Enterprises and Young Farms.
Pamela is a member of the National Association of Professional Woman and American Indian Women of Proud Nations. She has received numerous community service awards, including The Economic Development Award for her assistance in the start-up and expansion of small businesses over the past 20 years and the Lonnie Revels Visionary Award.
She has devoted the last twenty years to the service of her community and the betterment of the people of this county. She is an advocate for abused women and youth. Her voice has reached across the nation, bringing awareness to the needs of students and communities on issues including healthcare, education, and infrastructure. She has served our youth over the years as a varsity coach, youth leader, life coach, and Sunday school teacher and Youth Director at New Hope Baptist Church. Two years ago, Pamela began to speak about grief, after the loss of her youngest son Alex, during a series called “A Time To Heal.”
In May this year, she was chosen as the New Director of the Small Business Center at Southeastern Community College. Since that time, she has worked tirelessly to promote and build the small business community in Columbus County, producing many success stories. The NC Pecan Harvest Festival has always had a special place in her heart. The gathering of friends and family as you move through the streets of downtown reminds her of how precious our time on earth is and should not be taken for granted.