Davidson County Offers Abundant Cultural Opportunities

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 10:22

Culture is as integral to Davidson County's infrastructure as the roads and homes that give its community shape. A unique fusion of festivals, art, music and history leave little to be desired by those seeking a sense of community through cultural exposure.

A Festival for All Occasions

Known as the "Barbecue Capital of the World," Davidson County hosts its signature Barbecue Festival in Lexington every October. The event is a festivity-filled homage to the slow-cooked style of barbecue Lexington made famous. Everybody's Day Festival, the longest running festival in North Carolina, is held annually in downtown Thomasville. Originating in 1908, the festival features more than 200 food and craft vendors, as well as games and rides for children. The Southeastern Old Threshers' Reunion is a popular five-day antique farm equipment show that takes place on the 140 acres of Denton Farmpark. The event features restored farm equipment and crafts from local artisans. As fall blows into town, so does the Davidson County Agricultural Fair in Lexington. The Lexington Kiwanis Club has sponsored this display of handcrafted designs, canned vegetables, flowers, animals and baked goods since 1940.

This Little Piggy Went to Uptown Lexington
An artistic oddity takes place in Uptown Lexington every May through mid-October. The pigs come out to play during the county's Pigs in the City campaign, a public art project that invites local artists to submit designs to be painted onto fiberglass pigs. The pigs promenade on the side of streets for 5 months, and during this time, companies or individuals may choose to sponsor a pig and subsequently purchase it for $1,000 or more. Although Pigs in the City was initiated as another tribute to the county's coveted barbecue title, the event has had positive fiscal benefits for the city as well. Proceeds go mostly to Uptown Lexington, a nonprofit organization that promotes that part of the city.

Music in the Air
Davidson County hosts a number of musical events throughout the year, most notably the Third Thursday evening concert series, held once a month from May through September. All concerts are free and open to the public. Another option for music lovers is the once-a-month, Thursday night Alive After Five concert series. The parking lot behind Lanier Hardware is the soundstage for this series. A slew of other musical events includes Sunset Sounds in downtown Thomasville, Music on the Lawn during Uptown Lexington's Summer Strolls, and Childress Vineyards' Music in the Vineyards and Wine Down Thursdays.

A Cultural Mecca
Uptown Lexington is the center of cultural and business activity within Davidson County. It houses the Davidson County Historical Museum, which is located in the county's old courthouse. In addition to Uptown Lexington's rich history, 190 retail and professional businesses can also be found in the area. Boutiques and stores offer a diverse sampling of crafts, antiques and clothing.