Celebrate good times, c'mon......learn more about the attractions and places in the Heart of North Carolina that are celebrating significant milestones in 2024. Plan your visit today!

Victory Junction Camp

Victory Junction Camp recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founded in 2004 by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in memory of their son Adam, who passed away in a racing accident, Victory Junction has provided a safe and fun-filled summer camp experience for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Over the past two decades, the camp has served thousands of children and families, providing them with unforgettable experiences and memories. The 20th anniversary was celebrated with special events, including a virtual campfire, a talent show, and a tribute to Adam Petty. The camp's mission of providing a safe and empowering environment for children with medical challenges remains as strong as ever, and they look forward to continuing to serve the needs of these children for many years to come.

NC Zoo Elephants

The North Carolina Zoo is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The zoo, located in Asheboro, opened its doors on August 13, 1976, and has since become one of the largest natural habitat zoos in the world. The North Carolina Zoo is home to over 1,800 animals and 52,000 plants and features two main areas: Africa and North America. Visitors can see animals up close, including elephants, gorillas, lions, polar bears, and red wolves. The zoo also offers a variety of educational programs and events throughout the year, making it a popular destination for families and animal lovers.

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Kersey Valley Spookywoods, a popular Halloween attraction in Archdale, North Carolina, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since its founding in 1981, Kersey Valley Spookywoods has become one of the largest and most popular haunted attractions in the Southeastern United States. The attraction features a variety of spooky and thrilling experiences, including haunted trails, escape rooms, and a haunted house. Visitors can enjoy various Halloween-themed activities like pumpkin painting and zombie-themed laser tag. With its unique blend of scares and family-friendly fun, Kersey Valley Spookywoods has become a beloved Halloween tradition for many people in North Carolina and beyond.

Millstone Creek Orchards

Millstone Creek Orchards, located in Ramseur, North Carolina, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The orchard, founded in 2001, is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in growing and selling various fruits, including apples, peaches, and berries. In addition to its fruit orchards, Millstone Creek also offers a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the year, including hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. Visitors can also enjoy live music and delicious food at the orchard's annual Apple Festival, which takes place every fall. Millstone Creek has become a popular destination for families and fruit lovers with its beautiful setting and fun activities.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of a significant event in the history of Trinity, North Carolina. In 1924, Trinity College, located in the city, moved to Durham and was renamed Duke University. Trinity College was founded in 1838 and has been an essential part of the community for over 80 years. However, by the early 20th century, the college had outgrown its original campus and needed a larger, more modern facility. In 1924, the college moved to Durham, merging with the Women's College to become Duke University. Today, Duke University is one of the most prestigious universities in the country, with a reputation for excellence in research, academics, and athletics. While Trinity College is no longer located in the city, its legacy lives on in the community, which takes great pride in its history and its connection to one of the most respected universities in the world.

Zooland Family Campground

Zooland Family Campground, located in Asheboro, North Carolina, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The campground, which opened its doors in 1971, has become a beloved destination for families looking to enjoy the great outdoors and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Zooland Family Campground offers a variety of campsites, cabins, RV hookups, and a range of amenities, including a swimming pool, playgrounds, and a fishing pond. The campground is also located near a number of popular attractions, including the North Carolina Zoo and the Uwharrie National Forest. Over the past 50 years, Zooland Family Campground has become a cherished part of the community, providing countless families with memories that will last a lifetime.

Franklinville Library

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Franklinville Library, located in Franklinville, North Carolina. The library opened its doors in 1921 and has been an integral part of the community ever since. Since its founding, the Franklinville Library has been dedicated to promoting literacy and providing access to information and resources for people of all ages. The library offers many services, including book lending, computer access, and educational programs for children and adults. It also serves as a community gathering place, hosting various events throughout the year, including book clubs, author readings, and children's story times. Over the past 100 years, the Franklinville Library has played an essential role in the lives of many people in the community, and it continues to be a vital resource for learning and enrichment.

Petty 75 Business NC

The Petty family has been a significant force in racing for over 75 years. The family's racing legacy began with Lee Petty, who won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and became one of the sport's most successful drivers. Lee's son, Richard Petty, followed in his father's footsteps and became one of the most iconic figures in NASCAR history. Richard, known as "The King" of NASCAR, won a record-setting 200 races throughout his career. The Petty family's success in racing has continued into the present day, with several members of the family involved in the sport as drivers, team owners, and crew members. In addition to their success on the track, the Petty family has also been known for their charitable work, including establishing the Victory Junction camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. The Petty family's contributions to racing and the community have made them a beloved and respected part of North Carolina's cultural heritage.

Tea Seagrove Potters

The Tea with Seagrove Potters event is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The event, which takes place in Seagrove, North Carolina, brings together some of the best potters in the region for a weekend of tea, food, and art. Visitors to the event can enjoy a variety of teas, sandwiches, and desserts, all served on handmade pottery created by the participating potters. In addition to the food and drink, visitors can also browse and purchase pottery from the participating artists known for their unique and beautiful creations. The Tea with Seagrove Potters event has become a beloved tradition in the community, attracting visitors from across the state and beyond. Over the past ten years, the event has grown in popularity and has become an essential showcase for the region's rich tradition of pottery-making.

Jerome Davis PBR Invitational

The 25th Annual Boot Barn Jerome Davis PBR Invitational is set to take place this year in Archdale, North Carolina. The event, named after former professional bull rider Jerome Davis, is one of the most popular events on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit. The invitational brings together some of the best bull riders in the world to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. In addition to the bull riding competition, the event also features live music, food vendors, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Over the past 25 years, the Boot Barn Jerome Davis PBR Invitational has become a beloved tradition for many people in North Carolina and beyond, and it continues to draw large crowds of spectators and competitors alike.

Linbrook Heritage Estate

Linbrook Heritage Estate, located in Trinity, North Carolina, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The estate is a beautiful event venue offering a unique blend of history and luxury. The estate is a popular destination for corporate events, theater productions, and film projects. It has hosted countless memorable events over the past two decades. In addition to its event services, Linbrook Heritage Estate also offers guided tours of the mansion and grounds, giving visitors a chance to learn more about the history and legacy of this beautiful property. Linbrook Heritage Estate is a true gem of North Carolina with its timeless elegance and rich history.

Daly Seven Properties

Daly Seven Properties has been in the hospitality industry for over 40 years. Its two hotels serve the Archdale/High Point communities. Daly Seven Properties has a reputation for providing exceptional guest experiences across its various hotel properties.

Holly Ridge Golf Links

Holly Ridge Golf Links has been a popular destination for golf enthusiasts for over 30 years. It offers a challenging yet enjoyable round of golf surrounded by scenic views of the North Carolina countryside. The Bunker Lounge inside the clubhouse allows golfers to bring their game indoors with six virtual bays of play.


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