June is dairy month in Iredell County!


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Who knew?  Now I do!  I was ordering lunch today at one of my favorite places to eat in Statesville NCSub Express (the chicken salad on toasted wheat sub roll with lettuce and tomatoes is out of this world)- and there was this nice lady handing out Deluxe Ice Cream cups.  You could have vanilla, strawberry or chocolate and of course… I had to go for the chocolate.  The little cups and the wooden spoon reminded me of grade school!

I asked the lady what the occasion was and she informed me that June was Dairy month, therefore, we celebrate with Ice Cream.  Cool!  I was given a cute little card with fun Dairy facts on it to read on my walk back to my office.  There was such interesting information on there, I decided to share with you:


* Iredell County is the largest dairy producing county in NC.

* There are approximately 11,800 dairy cows in Iredell County.

* The second leading dairy county only has 4300 dairy cows. WOW!

* It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make a gallon of ice cream.

* A cow’s pregnancy term is 9 months, just like a human’s.

* Most dairy cows drink about 35 gallons of water per day, the equivalent of a bathtub full of water.  Holy cow!

* The average cow produces about 6.2 gallons of milk per day.

* Cows only have a bottom set of teeth totaling 32 in all.

* A cow does not bite grass, but wrap her tongue around it and tears it off.

* It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone.  (Hmmm…I wonder how many little stick scoops it would take?)


So thanks to Carolina Farm Credit for supplying these fun facts to me and giving me something to blog about today!  Carolina farm credit it a great resource for all your farm credit needs.  They prove financing for farms and farm land, Crop Insurance, Financial Planning and so much more.  Call them at 704-873-1761 or visit them at 1704 Wilkesboro Hwy in Statesville NC.  Ask for the nice lady with the ice cream cups!

Here is another interesting thing I learned today while eating my ice cream – Not only was it delicious, but it was made right here in Iredell County!  That’s right, the Mooresville Ice Cream Company is just south of me in Mooresville NCDeluxe Ice Cream is made right in my backyard (so to speak) and I had no clue.  I love finding out new things about where I live and I really enjoy sharing them with you.  Hope you enjoyed my little “info sharing” today.   Enjoy dairy month and go have a deluxe Ice Cream to celebrate!



2012 Easter Events for Statesville, Mooresville and Iredell County



The Easter Bunny has been spotted in several locations around the county but we are still searching for more locations:  Here is a starter list of Easter events for 2012 around the area.  This is not a complete list and information is not guaranteed.  Please contact the organization for further details and to confirm the dates and times.



MARCH 31, 2012

Community Easter Egg Hunt- First Baptist Church

Saturday, March 31, 2012

10:00 AM to Noon ~ Family Life Center and Front Lawn

For children through Grade 5

Come and enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn, and stay for lunch and storytime by Sam Shope, author of A Donkey’s Tale.

Please pre-registerif possible, to help with our planning. If more than one child is coming, please register them separately. (Preregistration requested but not required).Thank you!



Monticello United Methodist Churchimage

308 Island Ford Rd.
Statesville, NC 28625
(704) 924-8322

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31st
10 – 11am
Children of all ages are invited to join us for our annual
Easter Egg Hunt. You may even get to see the Easter Bunny!




Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny is making his way to Mooresville and he will be bringing
eggs filled with candy, toys and prizes!! The Annual Mooresville Recreation Department Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00pm at N. Main Park at 1474 N. Main Street. The hunt will be for children in grades K-3. Bring your camera – there will be photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny. Rain Date: Sunday, April 1. For more information on the Easter Egg Hunt contact Ti Farmer at tfarmer@ci.mooresville.nc.us or call the Mooresville Recreation Department at 704-663-7026.



APRIL 7, 2012


City of Statesville Parks and Rec Dept

It’s time for the annual Spring Egg Hunt.
Join us at Lakewood Park on April 07, 2012 at 10:00am.
This is a free event for children age 10 and younger.
After the Egg Hunt enjoy lots of other great activities.
For more details click the link below


St. Johns Lutheran Church

740 North Center St. – Statesville, NC       (704) 873-0222

April 7 Easter Egg Hunt
There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7 at 10 am — for kids ages 2 –12, on the church grounds, weather permitting. In case of rain, we will be in Fellowship Hall. Candy Needed! We would appreciate candy donations to fill our eggs—please put the candy in the box outside of the office.





Lets celebrate Easter with Zootastic’s 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Saturday April 7, 2012 from 9am – 5pm. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED for the Easter Egg Hunts. We will have 3 age groups of hunts each as seperate times. There will also be all kinds of events all day long. Check back for more info and to Pre-Register as we get a little closer to Easter.

Don’t wait until the last minute to register we had over 2000 participate in our Easter Egg Hunt last year and we hid over 15,000 eggs as are going to make it bigger and better this year!!

Click here for more information




Join us on April 7th, 2012for the 6th Annual Latta Plantation Easter Egg Hunt! Children ages 1-10 can hunt for toy and candy filled eggs across the plantation grounds. Each hunt time will include three separate hunt areas, and many grand prize eggs will be hidden for each group throughout the day! Grand prizes include Easter baskets, summer camp scholarships, family memberships, and more! Before and after your hunt time, you can visit the farm animals, listen to live music by the carriage barn, get a free Easter tattoo, make a chick craft to take home, and explore the plantation house and grounds. Families are welcome to bring a picnic

Click here for information




2011 Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville NC – October 21-23

IMG_0335_1 The Carolina Balloon Fest is the second largest Balloon rally in the country.  Located beside the Statesville Airport, it is a day you won’t soon forget.  Bring your whole family for a weekend of entertainment, food, children’s fun area, artisans, beer and wine tasting, and 50 hot air balloons will entertain you throughout the day.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets (pets & coolers will not be admitted) to enjoy the beautiful Carolina autumn weather as the backdrop to the sights and sounds of colorful hot air balloons, check out the craft vendors and local artwork and make sure not to miss the Wells Fargo Balloon Glow in on Saturday evening.  Bring the kids out the kids zone with a wide variety of bouncers for them to play on and then grab some great food and sit down to enjoy a large variety of bands and local talent on the stage including our own Karla Causey and Burning Bright.

Check out the festival schedule for full details of each day’s events.

Balloon launches are scheduled early morning and the gates open at 7:00am and in the late afternoon between 3:30 – 5:30pm depending on the wind conditions and the weather.

Admission is $10 at the gate and parking is free.  For all you locals out there – Friday is community  New parking arrangements this year which includes satellite areas with buses running to the festival site.

Please visit the Carolina Balloon Fest website at www.carolinaballoonfest.com for more information.