One of Perquimans County's most loved festivals isn't found in the heart of town, but just under 10 miles from it.
About 10 years ago, Belvidere Day began as a big sale day at Layden's Supermarket, a family run grocery store and butcher shop known for its meats, hoop cheese, and a taste of times gone by. It was a means to draw people out to a little corner of the county in celebration of the harvest season.
Today, Belvidere Day occupies a quarter mile stretch of Belvidere Road and includes everything from food and fun activities to live entertainment and sales. Saturday October 30th, 2021, about 70 vendors will set up on the local Ruritan Club's lawn serving hungry festival visitors and Christmas shoppers alike. Local churches fundraise with their homemade ribs, burgers, pork barbecue, deep-fried jacks, funnel cake, and iced coffee. Local artists and crafters sell ornaments, knitted items, wreaths, and all kinds of gifts.
Wondering what there is for the kids? Bounce houses, knocker ball, hay rides, and a dunking booth are just some of the activities to keep the young and young at heart busy. You can also look forward to a parade, cake bake-off, halloween costume contest, and live music on the stage all day.
The newest addition to this Fall favorite is an evening dinner dance. The purchase of a ticket gets you a belly-warming dinner, an open dance floor, and access to the adult costume contest. First prize is a $200 shopping spree to none other than Layden's Supermarket.
Fall festivals are a staple for small town America, and Belvidere, NC certainly takes the cake with its annual Belvidere Day. This year, they plan to welcome a few thousand people to their piece of paradise.
Whether you are an annual visitor or you're looking forward to your first time, you are invited this year to Belvidere Day!