The Malcom Blue Farm Festival is September’s highlight event in Aberdeen. Our guests give so much detail about all the happenings at this annual event.

Nicola Squires, one of the owners of High Octane, Aberdeen’s only coffee shop, and real estate broker, Angie McKew of Sandhill Realty, have become part of the new face and growth.

They discuss Aberdeen in general, the changing environment and the vibrant downtown area as well as additional events coming up this fall.

Cheslin Astorino –Recreation Program and Event Coordinator- Town of Aberdeen
Bob Martin- Friend of Malcolm Blue Farm, farm tour curator
Kelly Hinson-Friend of Malcolm Blue Farm, re-enactor

We are here to discuss the upcoming Malcolm Blue Festival for the Town of Aberdeen.

I. Questions:

1. What is the Malcolm Blue Festival?
2. What is the history of the farm?
3. What are the dates and times for the festival?
4. How much does it cost to get into the festival?
5. What does the line up for the festival on Saturday look like?
6. What is the difference between the farm skills school day on Friday and the festival on Saturday?
7. What kind of bands will be there?
8. What kind of demonstrators and vendors will be there?
9. What new additions are at the farm this year?
10. What type of food will be there?
11. Are there tours of the farm and museum the day of the festival?

Who our demonstrators and vendors are:


* string instruments
* bees
* pottery
* – border collie demonstration
* washboard instruments, box drum demonstration
* Trapper
* bringing antiques
* bag piper
* panning for gems
* live music in the parlor
* North Carolina Highland Regime/71st-coming out to demonstrate shooting muskets etc
* Loomer
* Edenton Bell Battery bringing their cannon
* tobacco stringing
* Braddy Battery
* mc for the battels
* Town Crier
* clogging
* 35th Scottish Riffle Men
* blacksmith
* plow/horse demo


* I-zon U productions
* So Sweet Gems
* Grandma Lou’s lollipops
* Brown Eyed Girls Crafts
* Lands of the Pine Soap Co. (goat milk products)
* Jim’s Gems
* Minerva Jams and Jelly
* The Scuppernong Press
* Railhouse Brewery
* Chappell’s Ice Cream
* Mrs. K’s
* Aberdeen Feed and Seed
* Pandora Soap Works
* The Soap Apothecary
* Bbq
* High Country Kettle Corn
* Annie Barton- collard sandwiches
* Buggy Town Coffee-
* Ithaca Acres Creamery- goat milk lotion and cheeses
* Crafts
* Pine needle baskets

Other things:

* We have an off duty officer coming at 11:30 for all our beer needs
* Simmons horse and carriage is all set to come out
* Aberdeen Seed and supply will be back with mums and pumpkins

* Border Collie demonstration is at 1 pm
* Port o potty is coming out again this year
* Red tie transit is set up to transport people
* Moore Equine is all set to bring: petting zoo, pony well, train, etc
* Face Painters will be back this year
* I have a bag piper coming out to demonstrate etc
* Wristbands are here for the event


10:00- Cousin Amy’s Deluxe Old Time String Band
11:00 Musket shooting
11:15 Scottish Dance Performance
11:30 Cutting Grass Bluegrass Band
11:45 Cannon Shooting
12:00 Box Drum Demo
12:15 Battle re-enactment
12:30 Musket shooting
1:00 Border collie Demo
1:30 Scottish Dance Performance
1:45 Grass Street Band
2:00 Cannon Shooting
2:15 Battle re-enactment
2:30 Cloggers demo
3:00 Shooting Demo
3:15 Sleeping Dog Band
4:00 Cannon Shooting

John Zumwalt – District 52 Candidate For NC State Representative

March 15th is election day in Moore County. For John Zumwalt it has been a 34 year journey that brings him to this day and to his vision for Moore County’s future with a spirit and a heart for his very special past.

John Zumwalt for NC House

Beyond the policy, beyond the rhetoric and beyond the posturing, John believes that two of his greatest assets are his lack of political experience and his deep seated belief in the value of a fair-minded & funded educational system in Moore County that recognizes the teachers, the teacher assistants, the infrastructure, AND THE STUDENTS.

John’s journey to this point reflects years of raising a wonderful family, with his wife, Mindi, a teacher in her own right, who passed away a year ago this weekend.  Mindi was a teacher in four or five different states as she and John moved thru John’s many vocations.  They raised their children and elevated one another through the years. 

John Zumwalt for NC House

Mindi may have been the initial source of John’s inspiration but coupled with his principled and steadfast nature he has been given a new voice and vision as he moves forward as a spokesperson, a teacher and a tireless advocate for Moore County and all its citizens. 

Treasurer Angie McKew, a family friend for 19 years, shares John’s passion and heart and she is able to weave the special texture of her friendship with Mindi and the Zumwalt family over the years.

There is much to hear and much to see in this podcast and full video presentation. 

John Zumwalt for NC House

You’ll quickly see that it is not politics at all, but heartfelt passion and  his sincere commitment that fuels the Zumwalt candidacy.

Yes, you’ll hear about the issues of the day, but if you look very closely, you’ll see a man… you’ll see a heart… and you’ll see an unwavering commitment to serve “We the People” of Moore County.