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Cover Photo PRESENTS PRESENTS CGEA 100 Spud MMTPRINTERS, INC Currituck Confederate War Memorial A large pink granite ball mounted on a base with a plaque that reads “To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865”. The Union troops camped on the Courthouse lawn during part of the Civil War and Colonel Henry M. Shaw was in charge of the Eighth Regiment of North Carolina Troops. He lived in Indiantown in Currituck. The settlement is now called Shawboro and he is buried there. He was one of the signers of the Paper of Secession. Source: Albemarle Tradewinds Staff Photo What’s more delicious than a festival that celebrates all things potato? With a bevy of ‘tater-themed contests, a rollicking midway, live music and plenty of spuds, the North Carolina Potato Festival, May 20-22 in Elizabeth City, promises to please both your taste buds and your desire to have a good time. What began as a simple tribute to the farmers that tend the state’s major potato-growing areas along the Albemarle Sound has grown to attract more than 30,000 celebrants annually for a weekend full of festivities. This year, festival organizers have embraced an outdoor theme – illustrated by its cartoon potato mascot paddling a canoe – in celebration of the 100th anniversary of North Carolina’s state parks. In addition to the usual fare – rides, games, food and fun – the festival will have a USCG Search and Rescue demonstration over the water, Coast Guard Cutter Beluga will be docked at the waterfront giving tours and there will be live entertainment on the main stage. . And don’t forget the ‘taters. In addition to nibbling on home-cooked fries, festival-goers can watch the National Potato Peeling Contest participants peel through bushels of spuds, cheer on the “Little Miss Tater Tot Pageant” contestants and take part in a mashed potato-eating contest. Approximately 175 shopping, crafts and dining vendors line the Main Street thoroughfare. Visitors can also view antique and new tractors in the festival’s featured tractor display. Mark your calendars and bring your appetite! It will soon be all things potato – all weekend long in Elizabeth City. The kick-off party is the evening of May 20, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and festival runs May 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and May 22 from 11 to 6 p.m. The Elizabeth City Convention & Visitors Burea, Hall Automotive Elizabeth City and the United States Coast Guard are the premier festival sponsors of the event. For more information and a complete lineup of live entertainment check the festival’s Facebook page or visit May 21, 2016 2 Albemarle Tradewinds April 2016

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