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Southbound 85 performs at the Whirligig Festival !
Saturday, November 4th, 2017
The North Carolina Whirligig Festival is an annual arts and crafts festival held the first full weekend of November in Wilson, NC. The festival began as the Golden Leaf Festival celebrating the history of tobacco in Wilson. Read more about our history. Over time the festival shifted focus and transformed into a energetic down-town street festival focusing on arts and whirligigs! Each year the festival has grown and expanded to an estimated attendance of 30,000 people. What are Whirligigs? We get this question a lot! Whirligigs are whimsical, wind-driven works of art that dot the landscape around downtown Wilson. They are created by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson. Picture in your mind a moving mobile of spinning parts and pieces, about the size of a four-door car! The festival is a member of the North Carolina Festival & Events Association. And has been recognized with multiple awards by the association.