June 5, 2016 – June 11, 2016 – Dunn
Honorary Chairman – General Dan K. McNeill, US Army, Retired
Featuring A FREE Concert with The Charlie Daniels Band and Dunn’s own, The Band of Oz.
Call 910.892.3282 for more information.
Daily outlined events by date listed under Calendar or print a schedule here —More details
Field of Honor Form Here
Pig Cook Off Packet
Patriotic Parade – Registration Form
First Saturday in November
This annual festival celebrates and brings recognition to one of North Carolina’s prime agricultural products, cotton! This is an exciting event for the community and attracts local area residents and visitors to Dunn’s historic downtown.
There are more than 130 food and craft booth spaces available each year. Festival attendees enjoy the shopping opportunities, as well as taking tours through an operating cotton gin. Each year, festival fans enjoy a Cotton Photo Contest and submit their images of cotton blooms, cotton production, and bouquets. Winners are selected and are announced at the Festival and shared in The Daily Record’s festival brochure.
The Festival has two stages of entertainment. Featured bands take the Main Stage throughout the day and festival goers also enjoy dancing and karaoke on the second stage.
The event also coincides each year with the Dunn Shriner’s Car Show, where over 100 antique and custom cars compete for best in show.
First weekend in May
Rock like a Rock Star….
If you are into music, the Link Wray Festival is a must! A musical tribute held annually the first Saturday of May in Dunn. Because Link Wray loved all genres of music, mostly country, gospel, and rock and roll, different groups are invited to give the fans an evening’s worth of fun and entertainment.
Who is Link Wray?
- Born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, NC to Frederick Lincoln Wray and Lillie M. Coats Wray. Mrs. Wray was of Shawnee Indian descent.
- Became an American Rock & Roll guitarist, songwriter, and the inventor of “the power chord”.
- His songs have been used in several movies as well as television shows. Some of the most notable movies are: Pulp Fiction, Independence Day, Twelve Monkeys, Desperado, and Breathless. Television shows include The Lone Gunman, Roswell, The Sopranos, and Road Racers (a movie made for television).
- Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Link Wray as number forty–five on their list of the One Hundred Greatest Guitarists of all time.
- He has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
- Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from “The First Americans in the Arts”.
- Inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.
- Featured exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of the Native American.
- June 2009 his song, “Rumble” was added to the National Registry housed in the Library of Congress.
- Died and buried in Denmark, Sweden on November 5, 2005. NC Congresswoman Renee Elmers’ office is working with the US State Department to bring Wray’s remains home to Dunn to be buried in a family plot.
- Nominated for induction into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although he did not make it this year, we look forward to seeing him inducted in the near future.
- Inducted into the NC Music Hall of Fame in October 2014.
Last Saturday in August
Kellie’s Krew has a benefit 5K run and a 1 mile “fun run” through downtown Dunn. “Kellie’s Crew” organizes this 5k run annually to raise money to find a cure for the rare disease, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma, and to bring survivors together. Kellie’s Krew Ltd. Was formed to fund research, raise awareness, advocate for a cure, and provide financial assistance to those currently undergoing treatment. Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) most often occurs in the areas of the head and neck, in particular the salivary glands; but has also been reported in the breast, lacrimal gland of the eye, lung, brain, bartholin gland, trachea, and the paranasal sinuses.
Kellie Hinshaw was diagnosed with ACC in 2000 and again in 2007. Kellie underwent over 20 surgeries to treat her ACC through tumor removals and cosmetic procedures. She and her husband Richard had two children – Kenneth and Kannon. Sadly, Kellie passed away in the Spring of 2014.
Kellie was a tireless advocate for those undergoing cancer treatment, and spent countless hours encouraging others who were fighting their own battles. She was a motivational speaker and passionate fundraiser for the ACCRF, and subsequently formed Kellie’s Krew Foundation Ltd. She was a true inspiration to many and her work continues through “Kellie’s Crew”.
To participate and for more information go to www.kellieskrew5krun.com or call (910) 892-0027.
Bryan Avery, a film-maker and local historian, has recreated the pre-civil war days of “how it was” in Harnett County, North Carolina, in the series of independent film shorts, River Town. The fascinating series of videos were produced locally, with local residents portraying members of the community in that period of time. Enjoy this interesting portrayal of our local history!
Rivertown episodes – all are found here: Click here
The entire series of episodes can be found on the Averasborough Drama YouTube Channel.
Test your skills as you bike 10 miles along country back roads, race 8 miles down the Cape Fear River on your kayak, and run 3 miles to the finish line in downtown Erwin.
Become a Camel fan!