Roxobel Ag Fest

In a quiet corner of northeast North Carolina lies a sleepy little town called Roxobel. Surrounded by fields of corn and cotton, here time moves at a different pace. One way residents are breathing new life into Roxobel is by celebrating their primary source of income: agriculture. The annual “Ag Fest” — complete with vendor booths, fried food and a tractor parade — was initiated three years ago, and earlier this month I attended for the first time. It was a joy to see my hometown so active again. Many people I didn’t really recognize called me by name, which drives me nuts by the way. When I couldn’t remember theirs (after several decades of being gone) I just told them, “Time hasn’t been kind to my mind.” Here are a few moments captured during Ag Fest 2019.