Several Fall Events Planned for Wendell NC

Town Festival. Source: Frank Whatley.
Town Festival. Source: Frank Whatley.

The Town of Wendell, North Carolina, is the site of many Fall events. Be sure to check out their great variety of festivals and happenings, organized by the Wendell Chamber of Commerce, St. Eugene’s, the town, and other groups during the cooler weather of September-November.

Vendor opportunities or sponsorships may be available for some events. Where known, a vendor contact is included.

Wendell Treat Trail

Bring the kids — in costume or not — to the Wendell Community Park and walk along the Treat Trail set up in the community park. The trail is non-scary, designed for visitors 12-years-of-age and under.  In addition to walking the trail to gather treats, there will be hay rides, and local business people for Mom and Dad to get to know.

Wendell Community Park is located at 601 W Third Street, in Wendell NC. The event is Friday, October 28, 2016, 5-8pm. Bring a treat bag, a parent or guardian, and optionally a flashlight. Costumes are optional, but if you wear one you’re adding to the fun!

Admission to the Treat Trail is free.

The Parks and Rec folks are seeking local businesses to participate.  Businesses set up a table and on October 28, 2016, they are part of the trail, handing out candy and goodies to local youngsters. The trail will be twice as long for 2016. The 2015 Treat Trail drew over 1,200 children and their families — three times the number originally expected.  Plan accordingly for business cards, pencils, or logo items that your business plans to pass out during the event. Businesses interested in being a part of the trail should contact Jeff Polaski at 919.366.2266.

Wendell Treat Trail 2016. Source: Jeff Polaski, Town of Wendell NC.
Wendell Treat Trail 2016. Source: Jeff Polaski, Town of Wendell NC.


Wendell Harvest Festival

** UPDATE: On October 4, this update was posted by the Wendell Chamber and others:  CHANGE OF PLANS!!! THE BOARD IS CHANGING THE DATE OF THE 2016 HARVEST FESTIVAL TO THE NOVEMBER 4-5, 2016!**

The 89th Wendell Harvest Festival is a 2 day family oriented festival scheduled for November 4-5, 2016 — rescheduled from October 7-8, 2016. If you haven’t been here for the past 88 years, stop by this year and enjoy the fun!

The town square is surrounded by 90 plus vendors. On stage performances include the Switch Friday night, 2Digh4 Saturday afternoon, and Backyard Grooves Saturday night. The festival also includes Bingo and a live art auction — from the Tobacco Art History Contest mentioned above.

The harvest parade will begin the festival Saturday morning.

This festival is centered at the J. Ashley Wall Town Square, corner of Third Street and Cypress Street, in Wendell NC. Just head for Third Street and the festival attractions will be easy to spot, and spreading along the streets and around the Square.

For 2016, the inflatables play are will be “all ages.” There will be a designated area just for the little ones, and then another area for the bigger kids/adults.  How cool is that? Lamm Events is partnering with the Wendell Chamber to create this whole-family play space.

Check out the 4th Annual Pumpkin Derby Race too!

Forms for the parade and pumpkin derby are on this Chamber link.

More information on this annual festival, including sponsorship information, may be found on the Wendell Chamber page here.

Vendors, call Tracie Hicks / the Chamber at 919.365.6318 to find out more about vendor spots at the Wendell Harvest Festival.

Ed. Note: Our family has gone to this festival many times. There are so many vendors, with locally made products we grab for the winter, and arts and crafts handy and unusual. It makes for a fun time, and our kids and grandkids always found something that they wanted to eat or check out.


Wendell Harvest Festival 2016 poster
Wendell Harvest Festival 2016 poster


Tobacco Art History of Wendell Contest and Auction Fundraiser

**NOTE: Check for updated schedule information from the Chamber. Event removed from Facebook prior to Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.**

From September 30 through October 6, 2016, stop in to Wine & Beer 101, 17 N Main Street, Wendell NC to check out their art contest and prepare to bid in the art auction.

The Tobacco Art History of Wendell Contest & Auction is for all ages interested in revealing their artistic talents through Visual Arts. This contest is designed to educate and pay homage to the history of the tobacco industry in Wendell and the Harvest Festival. The art will be judged and displayed at Wine 101 – Wendell, two weeks prior to the Festival. On Friday, October 7, 2016, there will be a live and silent auction for all the artwork.

The artist will get 50% of the money and the other 50% goes the Wendell Historical Society’s “Wendell Museum Fund”.

Details are in the image below, and a form is available on this Chamber page. Contact the Wendell Chamber for more information.

Source: Wendell Chamber of Commerce, Wendell NC.
Source: Wendell Chamber of Commerce, Wendell NC.


2016 International Food and Music Festival

This annual Wendell NC event is being held September 17, 2016, 11am-6pm. The poster with details is included below.

Ed. Note: Our family has gone to this festival several years. The food choices are interesting and tasty too. Performances and music are fun to watch and widely varied. Vendors and games line the streets, the park, and the lot next door, with local goods and crafts for sale. Each year, we’ve enjoyed it and the kids did too!  If you haven’t been to it before, check it out this year.

More festival details may be found at

Latest event poster from August 20, 2016.
Latest event poster from August 20, 2016.


Wendell Day of Service Festival

Come and enjoy this family fun festival, held to show support of Military Missions in Action. The date is September 10, 2016, and the festival runs 11am to 4pm.

The day includes food trucks, live music, vendors for shopping, raffles, and community spirit. This event is scheduled for the J. Ashley Wall Town Square, in Wendell NC.

To find out about vendor opportunities, send an email.

If sharing on social media, use #wendellserves.

Check out the Wendell Day of Service Facebook page here for updates. The event poster is below.

Wendell Day Of Service Festival 2016 poster
Wendell Day Of Service Festival 2016 poster


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