Each year, North Carolina has numerous fairs, festivals, and celebrations in addition to those associated with drama and music. Wilmington’s Azalea Festival and the Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival occur every spring. A wagon train following Daniel Boone’s trail through the Blue Ridge range, and the Highland Games and “Gathering of the Scottish Clans” at Grandfather Mountain, take place in July. Henderson’s Apple Festival, Benson’s Mule Days, and the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh occur each fall. Each December, at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, there is a ceremony honoring their historic flight. Other annual events include boat races on the lakes and coastal waters and fishing tournaments in the Atlantic Ocean.
Offshore and freshwater fishing, swimming, hiking, and hunting are popular outdoor activities in North Carolina. The state also has many golf courses. Automobile racetracks are at Charlotte and at Rockingham. Charlotte is the home of the Charlotte Bobcats, a men’s professional basketball team, the Charlotte Sting, a women's professional basketball team, and the Carolina Panthers, a professional football team. Raleigh is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. The state has a strong tradition of college basketball, especially at schools such as the University of North Carolina and Duke University. "North Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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