On Saturday, May 9, 2015, the 27th annual Buggy Festival was held in Carthage, North Carolina.
Since its establishment in 1989, the festival has served as a way to celebrate the rich history of this town, where the prevalent Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory produced carriages “essential to life in rural North Carolina” in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The manufacturer was known for the production of the highest-quality buggies, and while fire unfortunately destroyed much of the factory, the memory of Tyson and Jones lives on through each festival.
Every year, 20,000 attendees flock to the Buggy Festival to commemorate the famous buggy manufacturer. Over the course of the event’s history, more and more buggies have been purchased, allowing festival attendees the chance to celebrate, see, and ride in these historical vehicles.
Free to the public, this year’s all-day festival was located in the area surrounding Carthage’s Historic Courthouse. The event featured over one hundred amazing food and craft vendors and a plethora of exciting events ranging from a 5K race to a classic car and truck show. Entertainment at the event included a clogging performance, southern rock musicians, and the “Carthage Buggy Festival Idol” singing competition. A perfect event for families, the festival offered children’s rides and activities for free. And, of course, there was a multitude of historic buggies there.
Whether you are from the area or are visiting from states away, the Carthage Buggy Festival is always the perfect way to discover Carthage’s deep-rooted history and culture, and this year's event was no exception! And as you drove into downtown, we hope you made sure to keep an eye out for the Tyson and Jones Buggy Co. mural on McReynolds Street!