fireballrunSURF CITY, NC — Fireball Run, a program with more than 4 million viewers, is rolling into the Topsail Area Sept. 29 2015 in the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children. “We are happy to host Fireball Run,” said Tammy Proctor, the Pender County Director of Tourism. “Fireball Run has a track record of recovering 44 of America’s missing children.” Two counties and four mayors have united their efforts to welcome Fireball Run to the Greater Topsail Area. “Fireball Run brings additional positive exposure to the Topsail Island Area and southeastern North Carolina,” said Surf City Mayor Zander Guy. “It provides the opportunity to illustrate all of the elements of a friendly and progressive community as we take pride in sharing our family-orientated environment; and allows us to share our characteristics with other communities.” Fireball Run, in its ninth season, is not a reality show. It is a human trivial pursuit game in which the show’s participants arrive at a destination and uncover the region’s history and uniqueness. The program is 75 percent travelogue for the viewing audience. “Fireball Run’s program will not only showcase the Topsail Area to potential visitors, the program also introduces leaders of commerce to our area for business growth and development,” said Proctor. The participants who make up Fireball Run’s more than 40 teams are CEOs and owners of corporations. Past participants included Donald Trump’s business partner, the owner of the Solo Cup manufacturing company, and the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to J Sanchez, the executive producer of Fireball Run. “We look for areas that are progressive and poised for growth,”  said Sanchez. This season the show is themed Space Race and will feature four international astronauts and two American astronauts as participants in the Fireball Run. For more information about Fireball Run and sponsorship opportunities, call the Chamber office at 910-329-4446 or visit the Website: or


This Labor Day Weekend, join us in Historic Hendersonville, NC for the 68th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the North Carolina Apple. From August 29th-September 1st, the NC Apple Festival features a street fair on Historic Main Street including free, live entertainment, arts and crafts, apple growers selling apple products, children’s & youth activities, special exhibits and open houses, food and, to top it all off, the King Apple Parade on Labor Day. Capture the spirit of a hometown celebration that has something for the whole family, with many individual events and entertainers throughout the festival.    Start your day off with one of the breakfasts featuring delicious apple dishes, of course and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the excitement of Main Street as well as many other activities and performances across the community.  And on Labor Day, don’t forget the King Apple Parade!


The towns of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast have a charm all their own and something to offer everyone. The pristine beaches, array of boating and fishing opportunities, delicious restaurants and fresh local seafood help make this beautiful area the perfect place for a beach vacation or second home. Factor in the Southern hospitality and friendly people, lovely old homes, exciting festivals and tournaments, historical sites, museums and aquarium and you are sure to return to this area again and again.

Locals think of the area spanning from Emerald Isle through Pine Knoll Shores/Beacon’s Reach and Atlantic Beach over to Morehead City and into Beaufort as one community, and travel between the areas is easy & enjoyable.

Cannon & Gruber, REALTORS offers the best in real estate sales and vacation rentals providing families with beach cottages, residential homes, condominiums and building sites.


We know you’ve been waiting all year for that perfect beach vacation. Kitty Dunes Rentals, the premier Outer Banks Vacation Company, has been helping families vacation stress free by the sea since 1970.Our vacation homes are diverse and unique and offer a different adventure for every family. From cozy beach bungalows to ocean front estates Kitty Dunes Rentals has the perfect vacation home to please even the pickiest traveler!

Step onto our beaches and experience the unique timelessness of the Outer Banks. Whether it’s a quite walk along the historic beaches or an exciting hang gliding experience over Jockey’s Ridge, a trek to the top of the Corolla Lighthouse, or watching the wild Spanish Mustangs playing in the surf, each adventure will be sure to create lasting vacation memories. Call now to book your next Vacation Adventure. Friendly Vacation Specialists are waiting for your call!

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Whether your visit is a family stopover or a couples weekend getaway, the Waldensian Heritage Winery, Waldensian Museum, the Trail of Faith, Old Rock School Art Galleries and the Piedmont and Western Railroad Club’s model train museum are must-sees.

Located in the rolling foothills of western North Carolina, Valdese is far more than your average small town tucked into edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Town of Valdese was founded on the rich traditions of 19th century Waldensian settlers and their historic journey from the hills of Italy.

Shop downtown Valdese, North Carolina for antiques, jewelry, unique gifts and handmade crafts. Nature and recreational parks, the best in bluegrass, outdoor concerts, car shows and so much more are waiting for you in Valdese.


Valdese Department of Tourism

Old Rock School

400 Main St. W

Valdese, NC 28690



The Music On Main Street concert series is one of Hendersonville’s favorite summertime events. Music On Main Street presents an outstanding concert every Friday evening from June 7 through August 16 at the Visitors Information Center, located at 201 South Main Street. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and sit back, relax and enjoy the music from 7:00-9:00PM. Please leave your pets comfortably at home, Hendersonville City ordinance prohibits animals in the event area. Admission is free. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers allowed. In case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed until 8:00PM; if the weather does not cooperate by 8:00PM the performance will be cancelled. For additional information call the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority at (828) 693-9708, 800-828-4244. The Music On Main Street concert series is coordinated, produced, and sponsored by Henderson County Tourism Development Authority. The Hendersonville Antique Car Club host six classic car shows in conjunction with Music On Main Street during the concert season. The classic cars shows are sponsored and coordinated by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club. Learn more:


We’re celebrating more than 50 years of making dream beach vacations come true along the beaches of North Carolina! Emerald Isle is the perfect destination for your family reunion, beach wedding, retreat or any getaway.

Choose from over 700 rentals including cottages, duplexes, condos and luxury units with pet friendly properties as well. Relax at the beach or let our activity coordinators create the perfect itinerary for your family or group.

Activities to keep you busy include: kayaking, boating, fishing, biking, golf, ecology tours, bird watching, para-sailing, surfing lessons, scuba diving and more! Or spend the day visiting our historic sites, museums and parks along the Crystal Coast. There’s always something to do!

Contact us at Emerald Isle Realty where we will go the extra mile to make your visit to the Southern Outer Banks a memorable experience. Online specials posted daily. Visit or call 877.859.9325 and make your vacation dreams a reality!