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Our State: Celebrating North CarolinaOur State: Celebrating North Carolina

Our State: Celebrating North Carolina July 2018

Through compelling narrative stories and jaw-dropping photography, Our State magazine celebrates everything that makes our state great! Each month, we reflect the beauty of North Carolina, tell the stories of its amazing people and its remarkable history, and suggest wonderful places to visit. We are unabashedly in love with the Tar Heel State, and every page is designed to be an inspiring tribute to where we live.

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the love valley thing

In 1970, hippies took over Love Valley for a rock ’n’ roll weekend. (PHOTOGRAPH BY ED BUZZELL)STEEL SPURS AND COWBOY HATS weren’t typical of the 1970s hippie counterculture — that is, until the town of Love Valley hosted North Carolina’s own version of Woodstock. Fifteen miles north of Statesville, much of Love Valley looks straight off the set of Bonanza — wooden storefronts, a saloon with swinging doors, hitching posts for horses — just as its founder and pistol-wielding mayor, Andy Barker, envisioned. In July of 1970, seven years after this Wild West-inspired town was incorporated, Barker used his cowboy retreat to throw his daughter, Tonda, the ultimate rock ’n’ roll birthday party. With a lineup of 43 musicians, including the headlining Allman Brothers Band, the concert soon mushroomed into…

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summer sounds like this:

(PHOTOGRAPH BY SARA BRENNAN)Athwack of the bat for the small-town teams, the Asheboro Copperheads, the Wilson Tobs, the Fayetteville SwampDogs; the bubbly organ notes of the walk-up song; the jabber of the grandstand fans; the joyful shrieks of children on the grass behind the fence, smacking their Rawlings gloves with balled-up fists, hoping for a wayward foul;then, finally, the explosive bang-boom of fireworks and, back at home, the caterwaul cacophony of katydids and cicadas and crickets, an all-male chorus chiming chirping chittering deep into the heavy summer night.Summer sizzles like no other season: okra frying in a cast-iron skillet; thick hamburgers and hot dogs, Bright Leaf Reds from the Selma IGA, from the Kenly Piggly-Wiggly, blistering on a charcoal grill; fresh-from-the-boat shrimp from Haag and Sons, from Eagle Island, from…

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thrill seekers

Linville Gorge unfolds below as Katie Hughes climbs the Straight and Narrow route on Shortoff Mountain. (PHOTOGRAPH BY BRYAN MILLER/FIXED LINE MEDIA)1 In 1974, Outer Banks resident John Harris became the first person to hang-glide off Grandfather Mountain. That same year, he opened what would become the world’s largest hang-gliding school, just south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial at what state park?A. Jockey’s RidgeB. Hanging RockC. First in Flight2 Rock climbing enthusiasts can pursue the sport at a variety of outdoor locations in North Carolina, including Looking Glass Rock, Crowders Mountain, Stone Mountain, and what state park in Surry and Yadkin counties?A. Craggy KnobB. Pilot MountainC. South Mountain3 The Gorge, near Saluda, claims to be the fastest and steepest zip line experience in the country. With a 1,100-foot vertical…

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On the EdgeVery engrossing set of articles on how the state boundaries of North Carolina came to be (“The Lines That Shape Us,” May, page 90). Scrutinizing the map (pages 90-91), I began pondering the unmarked upper left corner in Ashe County. Based on my findings, I feel this spot deserves an honorable mention. Though this tripoint of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia was not forged by hostile acts, the lingering boundary dispute eventually had to be settled by the U.S. Supreme Court. The exact point where the three states meet is known as the “North Carolina Corner Reset.” At an elevation of 4,628 feet, it is — by a large margin — the highest tripoint in the Eastern United States.Todd Hyder HICKORYHERE’S A JOKE ABOUT THE LITTLE SPIT OF NORTH…

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this is north carolina

WESTERNTRANSYLVANIA CountyMorning sun filters through a canopy of trees over the French Broad River in Rosman, casting a soft glow on the water. This mountain river is popular for paddling and tubing, fishing and swimming — but it wasn’t always that way. Since the late 1970s, clean-up efforts have transformed these once-polluted waters. Today, volunteers, like the ones pictured here, do their part to keep the river clean, ensuring that it can be enjoyed by everyone, especially the ospreys, turtles, and otters that call it home.CENTRAL(PHOTOGRAPH BY MATT WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY)WAKE CountyAlong the Neuse River Greenway Trail, stretching 27.5 miles from north Raleigh to the county line, the waters of the Neuse provide a peaceful soundtrack for a walk or a bike ride. In July, something special waits between mile markers…

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Fuel up with a barbecue sandwich served on a homemade English muffin at the Saxapahaw General Store and sip on a craft beer from Haw River Farmhouse Ales. Then, set out solo or with a guide for a paddling adventure with Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.Snack on North Carolina trout cakes with a side of sunset at the Eddy Pub. On the second floor of the old cotton mill, the restaurant’s deck offers a sweeping view of the Haw River.The drive to Saxapahaw winds along curving country roads lined with tall grass and not much else. Roll down your windows to hear the hum of cicadas, to smell the sweetness of wisteria. You’ll soon understand that this little riverside town isn’t in the middle of nowhere. It’s the kind…