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The N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival parade features a float with the pecan belles and queen Ashley Gore in November 2019.

The first event of the 2022 North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival will take place Thursday from 7–8:30. Festival Queen Pamela Young-Jacobs will greet well-wishers during a reception at the Columbus County Arts Council gallery. The gathering is free to the public, and the arts gallery is located at 822 S. Madison St.

Parade Marshal Dwight Burleson will also be a guest of honor at the Queen’s Reception, which is just the beginning of the weekend event that in the past has brought 10,000 or more people to downtown Whiteville.