2019 Top Twenty Events - Southeast Tourism Society

Cameron Antique Festival and Carthage Buggy Festival Earn Special Recognition

PINEHURST, NC (January 15, 2019) – Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Cameron Antique Festival and the Carthage Buggy Festival as two of the STS Top 20 Events for the month of May. The Cameron Antique Festival will be held the weekend of May 3-4, 2019 and the Carthage Buggy Festival takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The STS Top 20 Festival and Events Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985.

The Cameron Antique Festival welcomes an estimated 15,000 antique shoppers to town annually as more than 300 antique dealers from North Carolina and surrounding states flock to the Moore County town for the weekend fair. Dealers offer anything from furniture to jewelry, cast iron items to textiles, glassware and kitchen collectibles. Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of the town and commemorates the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory which produced carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina from the middle of the 19th century to the 1920s. The event attracts approximately 20,000 people and is one of the most popular festivals in the Sandhills region.

“To have one of your events named to the Southeast Tourism Society is special, but to have two selected in one month is truly remarkable,” says Phil Werz, president and CEO of the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These events are not only fun, historic and interesting, but also are part of the special character and way of life of our unique location in the Sandhills. We invite everyone to visit, stay and enjoy the true charm and Southern hospitality these events generate.”

“The Top 20 Festival and Event Program is celebrating 34 years of spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast. Our goal is to provide well-deserved accolades for the dedicated event organizers and additional media exposure for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for attendees to create memories and support an industry that is an economic generator for its community.”

Events considered for the STS Top 20 recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000. STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the economic development agency responsible for travel and tourism promotion, product development, and visitor services for Moore County, NC. The CVB devises strategies to enhance the County’s tourism brand value and product to accommodate the next generation of visitors, thereby stimulating the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. In 2017, Moore County ranked as the eleventh largest tourism economy in North Carolina, generating $484 million annually in visitor spending, which supports the second largest employment sector in the county.
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