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June 3, 2020

How to Chill Out – The 2020 Version

A little girl splashes at the largest Voertex Splashpad in North Carolina in Davie County at the Community Park

Your Guide to Levelling up Your Summer!

We suspect you are thinking that it won’t be hard to improve THIS summer – BUT we have twenty brilliant tips that will help you end your summer with nothing but fun.  

Keep reading for our top twenty boredom busters PLUS a contest that will be a game-changer for the rest of 2020 too!

Our Top 20 List for the Perfect Summer

  1. Get outside 
  2. Play in the water 
  3. Find more clever ways to cool off 
  4. Catch a game at Mando Field
  5. Try something new
  6. Nab your favorite foods
  7. Eat cake! 
  8. Relax  
  9. Spend quality time with your family “out and about”
  10. Listen to tunes 
  11. Movie night
  12. Plan a Girls Night Out 
  13. Get creative
  14. Gear up for hands-on fun with the kids
  15. Snowballs & icecream – nuff said! 
  16. Iced coffee
  17. Make staying at home fun
  18. Make your home the place you want to be  
  19. Eat healthier 
  20. Take a road trip

Get Outside 

You’ve heard this one before, but it may surprise you to learn how many interesting outdoor activities are available in Davie County, NC. Play a round of golf on one of our premier courses or hit our walking and biking trails at the new Davie County Community Park or Farmington Nature Park. Or take a shady stroll at Rich Park in the downtown area of Mocksville. 

If you are a sports fan, the boys of summer are likely playing a game at Mando Field, so go ahead and cheer them on to victory. 

Rich Park Greenway – Photo Courtesy of Piedmont Legacy Trails

Make a Splash

Enjoy the water at the most colossal Vortex Splashpad in North Carolina, It’s right here at the shiny new Davie Community Park. Make time for an adventure kayaking on the Yadkin or some leisurely tubing at Cooleemee’s RiverPark. Outdoor adventures like these make us worth the short trip.

Old Favorites

Nab some of your favorite foods this summer. It’s not hard to tell that our local restaurants and food trucks specialize in unique foods, southern favorites, and comfort foods with a twist. Try the hushpuppies at Deano’s, the deep-fried pickles at Restaurant 101, the Irish specialties at O’Callahan’s Publick House, or authentic Japanese cuisine at Shiki’s.  

Try Something New

Change can be fun. There are loads of ideas here for places to visit, foods to sample, and events. These are all opportunities to do something you have never done before. 

Eat Cake

Life is too short to skip dessert, so don’t do it. Try a fantastic dessert at Mountaintop Cheesecakes, Maddies Cakes, or Ketchie Creek bakery – find even more places to have dessert.   

Wine Down

Relax with a glass of wine at one of our local vineyards. On any weekend, you are likely to find beautiful scenery, live music, and a refreshing glass of Chardonnay at Raylen, Misty Creek, or Lazy Elm vineyards and wineries.  

Speaking of Tunes

Spend some quality family time out and about. The Concerts on the Square in Mocksville will get your toes tapping. You may also want to drop into The Station. There is something for everyone there. Littles will dig playing in the sandpit and grown-ups, the firepit, and the Taproom.

Everyone will benefit from the fresh air, cornhole games, trivia nights, or the lively music that kickstarts each weekend. Every member of the clan is welcome to hang out at the Station, even your four-legged family members.

Cool Off

While you are at the Station, have a super fun flavored Snowball, or head next door for dreamy ice cream treats at Scoops.    

Make It a Girl’s Night Out

Set up a vintage Tea Time with Mrs. Laura in beautiful historic Farmington or head downtown to enjoy drinks or an iced drink at The Factory Coffeehouse. Grab some R&R at a spa or wellness center like Bella Mia and The Eclectic Healing Room

Family Time

If movies are your jam, you and your kiddos won’t want to miss the outdoor Movies in the Park in downtown Mocksville or the Drive-in movies at the Davie Community Park. Make the summer unforgettable and get a family picture taken in an outdoor setting like a field of sunflowers. The natural light and a good photographer will make everyone look amazing.  

Get Hands-on and Creative 

Take an art class at Artist Market or at Wild Mountain Designs & Art. Gear up for active learning at Cognition, an interactive museum where you can play, learn and create. 

There’s No Place Like Home

We are all spending more time at home, so why not make your home the place you want it to be. Shop for comfy furniture and homey touches at Bizzy Bees, Meg Brown, Southern Mood, Vintage Sunflower, Sandra’s Treasures. 

Stay inside and have a family game night. Order a pizza at Tanglewood Pizza, Marcos, or Village Inn Pizza and pull out the board games, puzzles, and card games. 

The Simple Life

We all want to simplify, declutter, organize, and eat healthier. An easy way to add healthier choices to our meals is to shop for homemade and handcrafted goods and fresh fruits and veggies at the Mocksville and Bermuda Run Farmer’s Markets.

Then take a road trip – drive the country roads and stop in at the Advance Country Store for a taste of the small-town life and a cold drink on a warm summer day. 

What all of the activities on our top 20 list have in common is that they are really all about making meaningful memories. 

We hope we gave you some ideas for making your own fun before these amazing days of summer end. You can find directions and more information about the places we mentioned by clicking on the pages here on our website. 

Discover 20 in 2020 – The Contest

Now that you’ve seen our top 20 list, it’s time to make your own, get a chance to win prizes, and bask in the glory of achievement! 

How to Play

From August 1 to December 31, 2020 participants will complete 20 items on the 20 in 2020 list below: 

Discover 20 in 20 – Discover Davie County, NC

  1. Bask on the beach or take a dip at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls 
  2. Walk or bike the trails at Rich Park 
  3. Visit Davie County Community Park and experience all it has to offer 
  4. Check out the pollinator garden at Main Street Park
  5. Commune with nature at Farmington Nature Park 
  6. Hit the links at Colin Creek, Pudding Ridge, Oak Valley or Bermuda Run 
  7. Relax with a glass of wine at RayLen, Lazy Elm or Misty Creek Vineyards
  8. Cool down with ice cream at Scoops
  9. Perk up with a coffee from The Factory
  10. Visit the Taproom & General Store at The Station 
  11. Get a snowball at The Station
  12. Dine on delicious takeout from a Davie County restaurant
  13. Devour a delectable dessert from Ketchie Creek, Maddie Cakes, or Mountaintop Cheesecakes 
  14. Get it to go at a Davie County food truck 
  15. Rev up your weekend at the Farmington Dragway 
  16. Browse the Bermuda Run or Mocksville Farmer’s Market 
  17. Enjoy an outdoor movie at Main Street Park
  18. See it on the big screen – go to a drive-in movie at Davie County Community Park 
  19. Attend a Mocksville Concert on the Square
  20. Take in a show or an exhibit at the Brock Performing Arts Center
  21. Attend a sporting event at BB&T Sports Park 
  22. Catch a game at Mando Field 
  23. Use your imagination at Cognition, Davie County’s interactive museum 
  24. Get creative at the Cognition Makerspace
  25. Cool off at Davie County Community Park’s Splashpad
  26. Take your pup to a pup-friendly venue in Davie County
  27. Take your doggo to the dog park  
  28. Find something new at a local boutique or gift shop
  29. Peruse a local consignment/ resale shop
  30. Leave a Facebook review for a Davie County Business
  31. Leave a Facebook review for a Davie County Restaurant
  32. Do a Google review for a Davie County Business
  33. Do a Google review for a Davie County Restaurant
  34. Visit the Cooleemee Textile Heritage Museum
  35. Relive the past at the Cooleemee Mill House Museum 
  36. Take a picture at one of Davie County’s historical markers
  37. Enjoy a meal or drinks on the patio at any Davie County restaurant
  38. Swing by a home decor or furniture store for ideas to freshen up your home 
  39. Eat a pimento cheeseburger at Miller’s
  40. Bite into a barbecue sandwich at Deano’s or CJ’s 
  41. Take a walk on the Path to Wellness at Davie Medical Center
  42. Cheer on your favorite team at the “Twas the Night Before Bedrace” 
  43. Get in the holiday spirit with a downtown Mocksville shopping trip or holiday activity after the twinkle lights are up
  44. Nab a pic with your besties on a Girls’ Night Out in Davie County
  45. Share a pic or video of your view (whatever it is!) and add the location (must be in Davie) 
  46. Add a local sunrise or sunset picture to your profile and tag us @discoverdaviecounty
  47. Grab a pizza at Marco’s, Village Inn Pizza, & Tanglewood Pizza
  48. Get your Geek on at MAshed Up! 
  49. Spending quality family time somewhere in Davie County? Share your family selfie with us!
  50. Show us your chill at a spa or wellness center

The Prizes

  • Each item on the list you complete gives you a chance to win in our monthly drawing.
  • Complete 20 of the items in 2020 and you are eligible to be in the drawing for the grand prize, which will be awarded to one winner in January 2021.
  • The prize for each monthly drawing will be announced on social media and may be different each month.
  • The GRAND prize will be a treasure trove of gifts from our local businesses. More details will be shared about this at a later date.   

Participants Get One Entry for Every Item Completed

For each entry: 

  • Post a selfie or pic of you at the business on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Tag us @discoverdaviecounty.
  • Tag the company (or use its hashtag).

If the item you are completing is leaving a review:

  • Create a post or share your status about leaving the review on Google or Facebook.
  • Tag us @discoverdaviecounty.
  • Tag the business you left a review for (or use their hashtag).

Bonus Points for our A+ Students

  • Get an extra entry when you also “check-in” at the location on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Get an additional entry when you leave a comment with any sunshine emoji on one of our social media posts. 

This Stuff is Important Too

  • We are going to track your entries when you tag us @discoverdaviecounty 
  • If you have not used the # for the business or tagged them using their handle (@____ ), you will get a message on social media reminding you to add/edit your post so that your entry will count
  • You will get one entry each time you complete an item on our Discover 20 in 2020 List 
  • On the 30th of every month, we will randomly choose one winner. One name will be drawn from those who complete one (or more) items from our list.
  • Each entry is one chance to win, but you must complete 20 items from the list by December 31, 2020, to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. (Note: you do not have to do all 50 to be entered to win – just chose the 20 you want to do from the list of 50 items) 
  • A winner will be randomly selected and will be contacted on social media. The winner must respond to us within two days, or we will draw a new winner.
  • Families can participate and work as a team to complete the 20 items, but the winner of the grand prize must be 21.

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We don’t want to miss any of your messages, questions, or tags, so follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and may the odds be ever in your favor!