Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities

July 18, 2018


AM Woman”
By Kelly Bledsoe
The South Davidson Family Resource Center will sponsor the 10th Annual “I AM Woman” event set for Thursday, August 30 at Summerville Baptist Church located at 3134 Summerville Church Rd, Denton, NC 27239. This year’s event is in honor and memory of Nancy Wood.

Registration starts at 10:00am with program activities beginning at 11:00 and ending by approximately 2:00pm.

Guest speakers this year are Janie and Greg Owen, founding members of Garden Thyme Herb Guild established in July 1991. The guild began with 13 members, including the late Nancy Wood, and currently has 12 members. The group decided to keep the club small so they could meet in each other’s homes and gardens. Each year the guild chooses a community service project each year depending on the needs of the community. Some past projects include Helping Hands Ministry, Project Santa, South Davidson Family Resource Center, senior residents of Mt. Vista, various disaster relief organizations, individuals with specific needs, and many more. The guild also built the herb garden at Denton Public Library in honor of Helen Loflin and her many years of teaching home economics in her original classroom that became the library. 

Greg and Janie both grew up in 4-h, and their mother, the legendary Viola Owen who is currently 92 was their teacher. They learned many skills during their 4-H career. Janie went to Campbell University and was a Foods and Nutrition teacher at Central Davidson High School. She is very active in Friedburg Moravian Church in Winston Salem.

Greg has an Interior Design degree and has worked in the furniture retail industry for many years. He currently has his own business called Greg’s Garden and the Pigeon Loft, which he opened up at his homeplace. He specializes in cut flowers and home décor and has a rare collection of home items. He is a lay speaker and member of Fairview United Methodist Church. Greg and Janie both work with various groups on herb programs both culinary and ornamental.

Michelle Surratt will provide entertainment for the event including “Name that Tune” and we will be selling tickets for raffle drawings as well. Door prizes will be given throughout the event. Tables will be decorated to the delight of all who attend.

Tickets are $25.00, which includes a wonderful lunch by Ricks Restaurant. Proceeds will go towards the renovation fund for the SDFRC. For more information or to purchase your ticket contact Sonja Grubb at 336-859-4156 or Louise Caulder at 336-859-2390.

Let’s do the Watermelon Crawl, Y’all!
The Denton Artisans Guild is gearing up for the 2nd Annual Watermelon Festival and Cornhole Tournament, right here in Denton August 4, 2018 from 9am-2pm in Harrison Park. This old fashioned, family friendly event will feature festival foods, music, a dunk tank, a cornhole tournament as well as a watermelon pageant crowning a watermelon Princess and Queen as well as various free watermelon contests.

The Watermelon Contests are free to enter and open to everyone. It’s about having FUN!

Watermelon Eating Contest - Contestants will have 90 seconds to eat a huge piece of watermelon with your hands behind your back. The winner is the person who eats the most of their watermelon or the person who finishes down to the rind first. Winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt. Separate kids and adult divisions.
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest - Each contestant is given a slice of watermelon and they will spit the seeds from their slice. There will be one contest for distance where the contestant gets to spit four seeds and we will measure the farthest seed. And one contest for accuracy where the contestant will also spit four seeds and they will be aiming at a bullseye about four foot away...a bowl is the bullseye and there will be two rings one foot out and two foot out around it. 20 points for each seed in the bowl, 10 points for the first ring, 5 points for the next ring. Points will be totaled and winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt. Separate kids and adult divisions.

Watermelon Crawl Contest - Contestants will line up with a watermelon in front of them...they have to roll the watermelon with their head only while on their hands and knees across a 20 yard stretch of grass across the finish line. Winners receive a free watermelon and a festival t-shirt. Separate kids and adult divisions.

Largest Homegrown Watermelon Contest - Bring your largest homegrown watermelon and have it weighed on our farm scale. The person with the heaviest watermelon will receive a trophy, their name on a plaque that will list each years winners and watermelon weight, a festival t-shirt and big time bragging rights for a whole year.

For more information check out the website for festival information at or like us on Facebook.