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“Pickin’ in the Pines”: 4-H Camp Millstone set to Host Scholarship Fundraiser

"Pickin' in the Pines", an adult-only event, will raise funds to benefit local 4-H campers with scholarships.
Photo courtesy of Millstone 4-H Camp Facebook page.

ELLERBE – The Millstone 4-H Camp Advisory Council will be hosting its “Pickin’ in the Pines” fundraising event on Oct. 21, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The event is a bluegrass and barbeque benefit concert being held at the Millstone Camp location at 1296 Mallard Dr., in Ellerbe, N.C.  The event is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. Tickets are $50 per person, with proceeds providing scholarships for campers at Millstone 4-H Camp.

The adults-only event will include live music, a pig picking, an hors’ d’oevres buffet, beer and wine, and a live auction.

“The live auction will include items such as a getaway to Ellerbe Springs, a trip to Atlantic City, a handmade wooden chest, and an original painting,” said Dorothy Shutt, Advisory Council member, “

“Live music will be presented by several bands, including Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Blue Highway, Lauren and Lane, and Lone Grove, a local bluegrass group,” Shutt added.

Dave Herpy, 4-H camping specialist for North Carolina State University has said that every child deserves a week at camp, no matter what their financial resources or background. He states that the camp creates a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with campers not only making friends, but learning communication skills and developing teamwork and leadership skills, as well.


One Millstone camper expressed the experience on the organization’s website, writing, “I used to be like hurry up, and now I am patient…I always said I can’t, and now I say I can…”

The camp is situated in the heart of Sandhills Game Lands, among stands of longleaf pines, on 320 acres of land. Campers enjoy a 17-acre lake, climate-controlled cabins, dining and recreation halls, a horse park, and a pool.

Campers also experience a 4-H history museum, also known as “The House That Peanuts Built.” Other fun activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming, campfires, trails, and arts and crafts. A camper does not have to be a 4-H member to attend.

Millstone is the oldest operating 4-H camp in North Carolina, having opened in 1939. It was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and is accredited by the American Camp Association and operated by NC State University.

To learn more or to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.GO.NCSU.EDU/MILLSTONE4HPICKININTHEPINES, www.Millstone4Hcamp.com, or contact ENMOSS2@NCSU.EDU.

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