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Place: Carrituck County Outer Banks North Carolina

From Wild Horses to Sweet Peaches, There's Always Something Happening in Currituck County
By Kathryn Lively

Stretched along the peaceful northern shores of the Outer Banks, Currituck County may give some the impression of a sleepy little area where one can simply lie on the beach and soak up the sun year round. Granted, the best family vacations in the Currituck Outer Banks are spent on the coastline, yet Currituck is hardly the wilting flower of North Carolina. Quite the contrary, this is a place that is always in full bloom, with annual celebrations dotting the calendar. All are welcome to enjoy the people of Currituck in their celebrations.

Corolla Island Spring Social

One of the liveliest annual events is held at the historical Whalehead Club in mid-April. The Corolla Island Spring Social celebrates the roaring 1920s and the height of wild, Gatsby-esque decadence and delight. Guests come dressed in their spats and fringed flapper best and dance the Charleston all night long, reliving the bustle of the golden age of resorts, when the wealthy flocked to the North Carolina shore to lounge in luxury. Today, the social benefits the restoration of the Club with silent and live auctions, so future generations can enjoy the history and good times to come.

Wild Horse Days

Untethered and unfettered, the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks roam the beaches and answer to no master. Each year in June the people of Currituck gather for Wild Horse Days, a series of events designed to benefit these majestic creatures. Food, fun, activities for the kids, and awareness of the horses mark Wild Horse Days, with proceeds going to funds used to preserve the remaining herds.

The serene beauty of the northern Outer Banks has inspired many an artist, and each summer guests are invited to the annual arts festival to view and purchase the works of over 100 artists. Roam the ground of the Whalehead Club and take in the beauty of local and regional art against the beauty of Currituck County.

Knotts Island Peach Festival

Life in Currituck is just peachy, and each July thousands of visitors come to Knotts Island to pick, eat, and savor the sweet peaches grown in local groves. Lots of food and live entertainment is at hand to enhance the mood of this favorite time of year.

Currituck Wine & Food Festival

Few outsiders realize that the Outer Banks is ripe with vineyards, and each October the Currituck Wine and Food Festival provides the opportunity to sample the best of vine. Local restaurants offer delicious treats to sample while you enjoy Muscadine wine, a regional specialty, and other libations.

Kathryn Lively ( is a freelance writer who writes travel articles for many websites, including (, the official website of Currituck County Travel and Tourism.

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