This past weekend Pike County’s own SlowExposures Photography Festival celebrated its 20th year and welcomed participants and guests from across the U.S.
Beginning with the traditional Pizza Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 14, the show was described as a one-of-a-kind community experience by photography fans who arrived early to see the jurors’ selection of winning images. Aline Smithson from California and Alexa Dilworth from North Carolina reprised their two earlier partnerships as jurors and spoke to an overflow Sunday audience about how they chose the 87 photographs for the Main Show from close to 900 entries.
The atmosphere of support and enthusiasm continued throughout the weekend as hundreds of visitors from nearby and as far as Wyoming, Maine and France viewed the Main Show at Strickland’s, a dozen satellite shows in Zebulon and Concord and dined together at the Saturday Supper in Concord. Area businesses, restaurants, and lodging spots reported record-breaking daily sales as visitors traveled Pike County and experienced the authentic ‘Rural South.’
The show could not have reached this national status without the fantastic support of our local businesses, the Chamber, the City of Concord, the Pike County Journal-Reporter and the amazing contribution of our “volunteer corps” who made the show happen. So many visitors related stories about the friendliness and the help of our local folks who helped them with directions and ideas on where they might discover great photo opportunities for next year.