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Southport NC- Spring Festival, Chili Cook-Off, Azaleas, and More…

Springfest1_500Every year, and the help us celebrate the arrival of Spring in Southport. This will be the 27th Annual Spring Festival featuring over 100 crafters, live entertainment, local food vendors, a kid's playground and games, and an azalea plant sale. The festival runs 10 am-5pm April 6th and 7th. On Saturday is the big Chili Cook-off  prepared by locals who know how to make it best. Tickets are $5, and this year there are 9 entries including the Coast Guard's SAR Alarm Chili, Southport Fire Department's Firehouse Chili, Gray Connelly's Devil's Sphincter Chili, the Jamaican Jerks Chili Team from Lumberton, Richard Hinnant's Kickin' Black-eyed Chili, Southport Sailing's Boat House Chili, PJ Brown's Zydeco Chili, the State Port Pilot's Hot off the Press Chili, and the Trinity United Methodist Women's Church Lady Chili! Also on Saturday is a 5k run/walk at 8:00am.

Every year the attendance has grown… I hear 12,000 are expected! It's great to see so many folks around this week, strolling, sitting at the waterfront, eating hotdogs and ice cream cones… It feels almost like the 4th of July… but lots cooler!!!  Speaking of cooler, wow! I thought our entire Winter was nothing short of amazing… and Spring has not disappointed. It has been just gorgeous, week after week. My only complaint is the bloom came early and went quickly.

For anyone in town over Easter that's been looking at the possibility of buying a home or weekend getaway in Southport, there are finally a few new listings that are intriguing I think. I'll be around all weekend if you see anything you'd like to take a peek at. You can reach me on my cell at 910.540.0551 or me.

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So get out and enjoy yourselves! Southport has so many great places to eat these days… Check out for links to area restaurants. AND you can vote for your favorite! You're also welcome to join in the fun in the Happy Spring everyone… Summer will be here before ya know it!

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And a fantastic festival it was! After the rains cleared late Friday, Saturday could not have been prettier. The whole town was packed to the gills and having a great time. If you missed it, check out the recap below...