Norlina preparing to celebrate centennial

Jun. 24, 2013 @ 06:22 PM

NORLINA — Registrations and applications are open for the Norlina Centennial Celebration.

The town will commemorate is 100 years in a Saturday celebration on Sept. 14. Events will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m.

The only event that requires residency in Norlina is the oldest citizen contest.

Otherwise, the town is hoping to attract participants from just about anywhere.

The day’s activities are scheduled to include a parade, car show, barbecue cook-off, art show, historical displays, food concessions and a crafters marketplace. Entry fees will be required for the car show and barbecue cook-off.

Organizers believe the events are ideal for individuals, churches and organizations.

Back in 1837, the community was called Ridgeway Junction, acknowledging its prominent role where railroads intersected. Later it became the Woodyard.

Much of its railroad history is preserved in the Norlina Railroad Museum, which is housed, appropriately enough, in a U.S. Department of Defense hospital car.

Norlina finally became a town in 1913 when a group of local residents paced off one-mile square with the railroad depot in the center and petitioned the N.C. General Assembly for a charter for the town.


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