America’s Hometown Happenings: February 24 – 26

February 24, 2017

We are traveling to the far corners of Cumberland County to attend an extreme sports competition and a battle reenactment this weekend. One event offers spectators the chance to witness some of the world’s best skydivers competing for a purse prize of $10,000. The other one promises their guests an up-close look at a Civil War battle and a plantation home that still bears the scars of war. There is no need to travel any further than Cumberland County to enjoy some truly unique entertainment this weekend!

indoor skydiving Fayetteville NC

Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving

9th Annual Indoor Skydiving Competition, Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving –
Saturday – Sunday, February 25 – 26
Head southwest to this wind tunnel facility and watch skydiving teams from around the world compete. If you have never witnessed the phenomenon of indoor skydiving, then you are in for a treat. Paraclete XP boasts the largest vertical wind tunnel in the United States (in power and size) and one of the largest in the world. Because of this and the facility’s proximity to Fort Bragg, it has become a premier attraction for the military community stationed here and abroad. It is not unusual to see the U.S. Army Golden Knights practicing here on a weekday, for instance. Throughout the two-day competition, spectators will be watching skydivers from various disciplines compete in different formations inside the 53-foot tunnel (no parachutes or planes here). This free event will conclude with a championship awards ceremony on Sunday.

Oak Grove Plantation Averasboro

Oak Grove Plantation at Averasboro

Oak Grove Plantation Civil War Reenactment, Oak Grove Plantation at Averasboro – Saturday – Sunday, February 25 – 26
Make your way northeast to a historic plantation for their annual reenactment of the Battle of Black River. This privately-owned plantation was captured and used as a Union Army hospital during the Civil War, and the house still bears the bullet and cannon ball holes of that war. Over 150 reenactors are expected to participate in a total of three reenactments, to include a nighttime reenactment on Saturday. The two-day event is packed with many other activities to choose from, as well. Enjoy the live entertainment provided by Cumberland County Line Bluegrass and the Huckleberry Brothers Band. Join one of the plantation house tours or battlefield camp tours. Watch a tar pitch and turpentine-making demonstration. Eat a barbecue meal with the troops and stick around for the bonfire Saturday night. Attend a service at the plantation church Sunday morning. Just be sure to bring chairs for your crew, plus a camera to capture all the weekend’s action.

Many other exciting events are taking place around Cumberland County this weekend, and information on those may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events. Saturday’s happenings also include the Duck Derby 5K, which we featured on the blog recently; read more about that family-friendly 5K on “Let the Races Begin!”.

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