The North Carolina Whirligig Festival is an annual arts and crafts festival held the first full weekend of November in Wilson, NC. The festival began as the Golden Leaf Festival celebrating the history of tobacco in Wilson. Read more about our history. Over time the festival shifted focus and transformed into a energetic down-town street festival focusing on arts and whirligigs! Each year the festival has grown and expanded to an estimated attendance of 30,000 people.
What are Whirligigs?
We get this question a lot! Whirligigs are whimsical, wind-driven works of art that dot the landscape around downtown Wilson. They are created by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson. Picture in your mind a moving mobile of spinning parts and pieces, about the size of a four-door car! The festival is a member of the North Carolina Festival & Events Association. And has been recognized with multiple awards by the association.
The Wilson Whirligig Festival is a 501c3 organization.
North Carolina Whirligig Festival Planning Committee:
The Whirligig Festival Planning Committee meets February - November and accepts new members each year. Positions are open for volunteer community members with great ideas, enthusiasm and a desire to help North Carolina see Wilson as the "Simply Wonderful" community we know it to be. Join the festival planning committee and change your community!
Festival Coordinator - Theresa Mathis
Festival Sponsorship - Michael McHarg, BigBizBox
Chair - Judi Thurston
Secretary - Kendra Howell
Treasure - Judi Thurston
Webmaster - Jonathan Brooks
Marketing & Merchandise - Stefanie Jones
Entertainment - Danny & Barbara Harrell
Arts & Crafts Vendors - Theresa Mathis
Food Vendors - Sheryletta Lacewell
Non-Profit Vendors - Diane Chambers
Downtown Merchants - Dave Allgood
Whirli-Kidz Zone - Jeremy Munn
Arts Council Activities - Barry Page
Whirli-Kidz Stage - Christopher Ballance
Cake Dive - Dindy Perry
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park Project - vacant