“Why should the other states have all the fun? We have so much to offer people: oceanfront, metro areas, the mountains, vast amounts of farmland. We have a number of communities that are embracing non-traditional housing and it’s far time we recognize that movement,” says 2017 TinyHouseNC Street Festival founder Andrew M. Odom (best known as the co-founder of Tiny r(E)volution).
Taking place in Pink Hill, NC (Lenoir County) from April 21-23, 2017, the TinyHouseNC Street Festival is a weekend dedicated to the modern tiny house movement throughout the state. While North Carolina has played host to at least one other tiny house event in the past, nothing exclusive to the state and including the immediate region, has been mounted. That is soon to change though and with a lineup of first-class speakers including Dee Williams, Deek Diedricksen, Jewel Pearson, Laura LaVoie, and more, as well as a showcase of no less than 10 tiny house professional builders (as well as some DIYers), it is going to change in a major way.
While tickets do not go on sale until Dec. 20, the festival team is actively accepting applications for speakers, sponsors, builders, and vendors. The event is hoping to bring in cottage industry vendors as well as food trucks and tiny house merchandise sales. The majority of the land being used for the festival comes courtesy of one of the street festivals foundation sponsors, Pink Hill Pharmacy owned by Al Rachide and Susan Myers.
“There are a number of other surprises on the horizon including a couple more foundation sponsors, several very exciting workshops surrounding the event, a potential state political presence, and more,” adds Odom. “I am not going to be happy unless we exceed the bar currently set for tiny house celebrations. I want to bring the dynamic and excitement North Carolina has to offer to the fairgrounds and show other Carolinians that we are every bit a part of the modern tiny house movement as the next guy!”