195days until


Festival holding 4 Contests!
Which one will you enter?
1) Build Your Own Whirligig Contest
Our hometown folk artsit, Vollis Simpson, began building whirligigs fo dry clothes from leftover mechanical parts. What will you use to build your own whirligig? Make sure it whirls and only uses wind power, the rest is up to you!
3 Categories:
  • Kids
  • Amatures & Students
  • Professional metal smiths/business 
2) New Categories in the Photography Contest
  • Vollis Simpson - submit a photo of the orginial home-town folk artist, Vollis Simpson
  • Day in the Life of Wilson - submit a photo that displays a captured moment of life in Wilson, subject matter can be iconic or daily life, creativey is key!  
  • Whirl - photo must be of anything that "whirls", open for photographer interpretation!
3) Cup Cake Challenge

Who has the best cupcake in town? Is it your grandmother's recepie or the new bakery around the corner? The Cup Cake Challenge is open to home bakers and professional bakers, 16 yrs or older. We haver 4 categories to win:

  • Best "WHIRL" Design
  • Most Unique Flavor
  • Best Home Baker
  • Best Professional/Business Baker


Participate in the MESSIEST festival event! Register in October at one of our many
sponsor locations or at the Greenlight display on Goldsboro Street during the festival on Saturday. One (1) names will be drawn from each sponsor location & Greenlight. 
Participants will "dive" into the oversized cake looking for hidden medalions. Each medallion will correspond with a grand prize. Do you have what it takes to DIVE?
Click on contest above to learn more about each one.
Which one will you enter?