Gaston & Catawba

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Because of the economy, organizers of the Historic Morganton Festival are offering a split payment arrangement for vendors participating in the 27th annual festival, Sept. 5-6. Vendors can pay half the booth fee with their application and the remainder at the event.

Crowds average 40,000 at the arts and craft festival. Go to www.downtownmorgan or call 828- 438-5252.

The 52nd annual Abee Family Reunion will be held today at Abee Family Park, three miles south of Valdese.

Take Interstate 40 Exit 112 onto Mineral Springs Mountain Road and follow signs to the park. Lunch will begin at 1 p.m.; the event will include door prizes, horseshoes and other activities. All attendees are asked to bring a well-filled picnic basket and lawn chairs. Ice will be furnished. The book “Abee's of North Carolina, Descendants of Andrew Abee,” will be available for purchase. Details: Bill Abee, 828-874-2186.

Dianne Whitacre Straley