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An Arts Festival with Hometown flare!
Arts and Crafts Vendors · Live Bands · Family Fun · Food · Free Kids Area

November 1-2, 2014 
  • Saturday, November 1 - 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday, November 2- 12 noon - 5 pm
  • Downtown, Wilson, NC
  • 35,000+ attendees
  • 200+ vendors
  • 3 stages of entertainment
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food vendors
  • Non-Profit organizations
  • FREE! Whirli-Kidz Zone
  • Special events
Wilson Whirligig Festival - Award Winner! 
2013 Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival was once again recognized at the state level. This year the festival brough home the Best Brochure award, Sponsor of the Year - City of Wilson and Volunteers of the Year - Wilson Youth Council.
2012 Stars of the Carolina -  Showfest Excellence Awards
The Wilson Whirligig Festival brought home 5 awards! Two for print media, including Best Poster and Best Print Media for a medium festival. Three awards for community partnerships including Best Volunteer for Hunt High School JROTC, Best Associate Member for Jeremy Munn of Leonard Buildings and Best Service Provider for interactive artist Dan Nelson. Read more about the festival's awards on the Wilson Times website.
2012 "Special Event" Gem of the Year
The Wilson Whirligig Festival Board (ie: festival) has been recognized for being the Event of the Year by the Wilson Dowtown Develoment, Inc. The festival was chosen for it's board's dedication to downtown and bringing the largest amount a visitors to downtown each year. 
2011 Stars of the Carolina -  Showfest Media Award
The Wilson Whirligig Festival received the 2011 Best Poster Award for the medium sized category of festivals held in both NC and SC.
2011 Community Spirit Award!
Recognized by the Human Relations Commission during the 2011 Humanitarian Banquet. The festival received recognition for being an organization that gives back to the community.
Top 20 Event Recognition by Southeast Tourism!
The Southeast Tourism Society has recognized the Wilson festival as one of the top 20 fall events. For over two decades the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation. Through a nomination process, the Southeast Tourism Society judges choose the twenty events held in the Southeast for each month of the year. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 media outlets.
Wilson Times Special Edition
Pick up a copy of the Wilson Times on Wednesday, Oct. 30 to receive the special Whirligig Festival insert. Pages of information, map, booth list, stage schedules and more!   
Seeking Volunteers!
Each year the festival relies on hundreds of volunteers from the community. Teens to Adults help with a wide variety of behind the sceens help. Click here to sign up!  

Whirligig Contest 

Build it high, build it low, just make sure it WHIRLS! Enter the "make your own" annual whirligig contest. Free to enter. Could win $250!
Kids of all ages, Adults & Professional metal smiths welcomed. Enter today! 
Cake Dive!
Sign up for the messiest event at the festival. Dive into a GIANT cake for prizes buried deep inside. Jewerly, Gift Cards and more!  Pre-register at one of our Prize Sponsor location and get ready to Dive In! , location and save $$$.
Photo Contest!
Win $50 in the annual festival photo constest has NEW categories this year: 
   1. A Day in the Life 
         of Wilson
   2. Vollis Simpson
   3. Whirl -
All photos must be orginial and submitted by the deadline. Click here for more details and how to enter.   

Booths FULL!

The festival is happy to announce that NASH STREET is full of vendors! Arts & Crafts vendors may be considered for late entries. Click here for more details.   
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