COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Columbus County has a lot of farmland, and it is known for growing some very healthy fruits and vegetables.
In the spring, hundreds of acres of strawberries are produced, but this time of the year, it is time for the sweet potato harvest, and the annual North Carolina Yam Festival in Tabor City.
Monroe Enzor is a fifth generation farmer, growing over one hundred forty acres of sweet potatoes in the Fair Bluff area. He says this year's crop has turned out better than what he first though it would.
"With the wet weather we had in June and in August we got the extremely dry weather, the potatoes were on the small side," explained Enzor. "So we irrigated and helped to increase the size of them, so they now looking to be a fairly good crop."
Final touches are being made in Tabor City for Saturday's North Carolina Yam Festival and plenty of sweet potatoes will be on hand for sale.
"A lot of our businesses decorate and have it really festive, because there is a lot of pride in it," said Cynthia Harper, Director of the Tabor City Chamber of Commerce. "And it is not just because it puts dollars in their stores, but there is a lot of pride and having visitors come into a small town, we are proud of that" said Harper.
But that is not the only festival taking place in the area this weekend.
The Merchants Association at Holden Beach will have their popular two day "Festival by the Sea" both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, is the only day of the year that you can walk across the Holden Beach Bridge, which hundreds of people do each year, to take some beautiful pictures of the island and the ocean.
Saturday also features a huge parade along the causeway and directly under the bridge is where over one hundred arts and crafts vendors will be set up.
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