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National Travel and Tourism Week 2022 (May 1-7) spotlights the collective strength of the U.S. travel industry as well as right here in our local communities, #OnlyinOnslow!

The 39th annual #NTTW, taking place May 1-7, recognizes the Future of Travel and the critical role that the tourism industry plays in our national and local economies – fostering sustainability, supporting jobs, and reconnecting travelers. In 2020, travel to Onslow County generated $246.7 million in economic output, supported over 2,000 American jobs and provided state/local tax savings per resident of $103. Plus, in 2021 Onslow County collected over $1 million more in occupancy tax which is a 39% increase from the previous year. We have overcome many obstacles, and the future is bright. 

Take a look at all of the fun events we have coming up in the first week of May throughout our communities. We invite you to join in the fun and celebrate with us! Whether you are an #OnslowLocal or a visitor to our area, we appreciate your participation!

Topsail Island Longboard Association Annual Beach Sweep

North Topsail Beach
Monday, May 2, 2022, 8 am to 9:30 am
📍Onslow County Beach Access #4

 As part of our ongoing commitment to the preservation of our natural resources, Treasure Realty is proud to sponsor the Topsail Island Longboard Association’s May 2 Beach Sweep, from 8 am to 9:30 am at the Onslow County Beach Access #4.

In celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, we will be joined by representatives of the Onslow County Tourism & Hospitality Industry, including Hampton Inn & Suites of Sneads Ferry, Onslow County Parks and Recreation and Town of North Topsail Beach. Plus, stay from 9 am – 9:30 am to clean the North Topsail Beach Park across the road from access #4.

Join us at Onslow County Beach Access # 4, or wherever you are, and help us keep our beaches beautiful. Share your photos and tag #TopsailIslandLongboardAssociation, #TreasureRealty, #BeachClean, #OnlyinOnslow, #NTTW22

Shark Tooth Island Paddle

Pogie’s Fishing & Kayaking Center
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
📍114 East Corbett Avenue, Swansboro

Did you know that the barrier islands and sandbars surrounding Swansboro have some of the best treasures? Join our kayak guides on a scenic paddle through the Intracoastal Waterway and estuaries to the famous “Shark Tooth Island,” where you can find shark teeth and fossils!

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Onslow County Parks & Recreation – Food Truck Rodeo

Onslow Pines Park
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 12 pm to 6 pm
📍1244 Onslow Pines Rd, Jacksonville, NC

Onslow County Parks & Recreation is excited to offer another Food Truck Rodeo, featuring Fried Cookie Dough Factory, Funnels of Love, Uplifted Brews and Waffles, Fusion Blue Zones Cuisine, Hawaiian Kine Shaved Ice, Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ Co, Mari’s Hella Fat Food, Fairytales Concessions, The Cheesesteak Hustle, Roth BBQ, Dirty Tacos & Mas, Sandy Sweets, R. L. Street Dogs & Catering, The Meat Shack, A Brewed Awakening, and many more!

Jacksonville Parks & Recreation – Jacksonville Jamboree

Jacksonville Commons
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10 am to 6 pm
📍100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC

 Join us as we kick off the summer season with family fun at Jacksonville Commons! Activities include amusement rides, train & pony rides,  a petting zoo, a rock wall, Jeep display, food trucks, vendors & more!

Entertainment includes: Lip Sync Battle, 11 am to 12 pm; Pet Parade, 12 pm to 1 pm & Live Music from LunaSea at 2 pm

Carter G. Woodson Elementary School 70th Anniversary – Ribbon Cutting

Richlands High School
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 12 Noon
📍8100 Richlands Hwy, Richlands, NC

You are invited! Let’s celebrate Carter G. Woodson Elementary School’s 70th anniversary!! Join us for the ribbon-cutting for the new addition to the African American Heritage Trail! Site Location: The parking lot between the 300 hall and the old cafeteria facing Woodson Street.

The Jacksonville Onslow African-American Heritage Trail is comprised of historical markers and sites throughout Onslow County that highlight African-American heritage as well as significant individual contributions to the Onslow County community and includes Carter G. Woodson Elementary School.

Prior to 1950, African-American school-age children attended one or two-room schools referred to as community schools in the Richlands area, namely Edney Chapel, Haw Branch, Gum Branch, and the Richlands School.  These community schools were closed, and the Carter G. Woodson Elementary School opened.

During the 1972-1973 school year, Carter G. Woodson Elementary School’s three buildings became a part of the Richlands High School campus.  The cafeteria was used until 1990 before being converted into classrooms.  The legacy of Carter G. Woodson High School is still seen in Richlands High School.

An Evening with Gaylon Pope & Sweetwater

Mike’s Farm
Saturday, May 7, 2022, Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner at 5:30 pm and music show at 6:30 pm
📍1600 Haw Brand Road, Beulaville (Richlands, NC)

We are excited to have Gaylon Pope & Sweetwater back again for dinner and one of their most popular Variety Musical Shows. You will get it all with this show from beach music, country, classic oldies, and a touch of comedy there is something for everyone to enjoy! As always start the evening with our famous all-you-can-eat country cooking served buffet style and end the evening being entertained by Gaylon & Crew. Tickets are $45 for adults and are non-refundable once booked. Purchase Tickets.

➡️ Are you ready? Plan your spring getaway to the southern coast of North Carolina #OnlyinOnslow! Create your own adventure, from the country to the coast!  For more trip-planning information – Get a copy of our Free Visitor Guide!


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