2022 NC Rice Festival held at the Leland Cultural Arts Center
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Rice Festival drew large crowds on Saturday as people gathered to appreciate the history of Brunswick County’s connection to the rice harvest and the Gullah Geechee legacy.
The festival took place at the Leland Cultural Arts Center from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
It included musical performances, Gullah Geechee storytelling, Gullah Geechee arts and crafts vendors, and presentations on the historical connections between the Gullah Geechee people and rice production in the region.
In the 1700s and 1800s, North Carolina and South Carolina were major rice producers, and the Gullah Geechee worked on many of the region’s rice plantations.
Festival-goers were able to discover this history during the event, through animations, exhibitions and art.
“Children can come here, as well as adults, and learn as much as they can about the culture of Brunswick County rice farming, which many of us North Carolinians are late to the party, but l The bottom line is that we learn about it and it’s a great experience,” said NC Rice Festival Board Member Barbara Akinwole.
The North Carolina Rice Festival also shed light on its new program, which will help connect Brunswick County residents to their African ancestry through DNA testing. Next year’s festival is expected to take place in early March.