Festival reviving interest in Ridgeway cantaloupes

“It’s been a nice little country fair that is growing and more people enjoy it. People from urban areas come and get a feel for a more rural fair. Ernie Fleming said the Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival gets bigger every year. Fleming and others from the Ridgeway Historical Society founded the event — now in its ninth year — to preserve the area’s agricultural history. Fleming said the organizers decided it would be a fun opportunity for people who don’t ordinarily attend the fair. The festival, sponsored by the Ridgeway Historical Society and the fire department, begins at 10 a. m. Saturday and lasts until about 4 p. m. There is no admission charge, including for the number of entertainment groups on two stages.

Community market's Wednesday 'Green Market' has grown

  1. The food: A tangy, spicy, smoky, one-pot concoction, Brunswick stew makes appearances at church suppers, family reunions, and hunting camps throughout the South. Its origins Get it from: Did we mention that North Carolina also has a Brunswick County?
  2. The ranks of Lynchburg Community Market's mid-week “Green Market Wednesdays” has grown with the addition of new vendors. New to the market are DDD Farms, Stoneybrae Farm, Unkol Chuck's Brunswick Stew, Hungry Hill Farm and The Secret Garden.
  3. Food delicacies range from funnel cakes to steak sandwiches to barbecue to the famous Brunswick stew. Other venders will be selling artwork, jewelry and crafts. Before cantaloupes, Fleming said Ridgeway had fields of grapevines. “Before the 1870s, the