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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — FAYETTEVILLE | FORT BRAGG | SANDHILLS REGION VOLUME 6 — ISSUE 2 54 ROBESON COUNTY ROBESON COUNTY Sounds, lakes, beaches, rivers, ponds and swimming holes beckon in North Carolina, a state that gets high marks for its water-based tourism, and for its sheer volume of water (top ten in U.S. for water square miles). The famed Cape Fear River needs no introduction and has been glorified in print and on the big screen. Lesser known, the Lumber River in Robeson County has its own history and following. The river flows through four Sandhill counties and is called "the Lumbee" by locals. The mighty river is North Carolina's only blackwater river with eighty-one miles federally designated as "wild and scenic." Thousands of nature lover and explorers come annually to enjoy the sheltering cedars and unpredictable twists and bends as the river winds on for 115 miles. It is a place for reflection, relaxation and outdoor recreation and enduring inspiration for photographer's and artists as wildlife and nature form a breathtaking backdrop. The Lumber River was voted one of North Carolina's Top Ten Natural Wonders and is one of the most highly prized recreation sites in North Carolina. The experience of the river is enhanced by the Lumber River State Park. The Princess Ann and Chalk Banks access areas anchor two ends of the park, with tent-friendly campgrounds, group campsites, picnic areas and short hiking trails. Pier and riverbank fishing is available for largemouth bass, catfish, black crappie and pan fish. Kayak excursions, nature hikes, sunset canoe rides, paddling river challenges and fishing excursions as well as interpretive programs provide activities for any age or interest. In the summer, movie nights bring out families. Each July, The Lumber River Day Festival celebrates the "Grand River." The equestrian lifestyle is embraced here and horse lovers stay active in the sport with events held at the Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Expo Center. The multi-use facility hosts barrel racing, rodeos, Friday night cutting classes and Saturday Stockhorse Versatility classes. On Sunday, Cowboy Church takes over the center. Museums tell Robeson's story. The Museum of the Southeast American Indian contains exhibits of authentic Indian artifacts, arts and crafts from Indian communities all over the Americas with special emphasis on the Robeson County Indian and the largest North Carolina tribe, the Lumbee. The African American Cultural Center highlights contributions and accomplishments of local African Americans. The artistic way of life is celebrated in a myriad of ways. Visitors and locals are treated to special museum exhibits to learn about history, arts council events and a literary festival each February that brings in hundreds of book lovers across the U.S. The 2017 Book 'Em North BY LINDSEY GREY Carolina event is already sparking excitement. The free literary event is a one day crowd-pleaser featuring several North Carolina famous authors like Jill McCorkle and nationally known figures in television and broadcast journalism. Don't leave town without stopping by the Dixie Drive- In, a more than 50-year old institution where burgers, hotdogs and fries are made the old fashioned way. Patrons line up outside daily for a dose of nostalgia and simple food served up fast and right. TO SEE and DO: JULY 7- AUGUST 25 - Best of the Year Summer Film Series, Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater. Go to carolinaciviccenter.com for details. SEPTEMBER – FEBRUARY 2017, River Voices Reading: An Evening of Music and Literary Discussion. This touring event stops in towns throughout Robeson County. Dr. Wendy Miller, UNC-Pembroke professor, will lead an interactive discussion on "Up in the Old Hotel." Time is 6 p.m. at all locations: September 8 – Fairmont September 29 – Rowland October 13 – Maxton November 3 – Pembroke November 17 – Red Springs January 12 – St. Paul's February 2 – Lumberton OCTOBER 1- OCTOBER 9 - 70th Annual Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair - The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair is recognized as one of the best in North Carolina. Enjoy spectacular rides; classic fair food with a southern twist; kid-friendly petting zoos and animal exhibits; annual home, agriculture and livestock competitions and shows; performances by local acts, traveling acts and more. Visit www.robesoncountyfair.com [] river recreation, relaxation, regional fair

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