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There’s a ton of great reasons Benson is called “The Center of Attention.” Between the lifestyle, outdoor recreation options, food, music and arts, there’s a lot to grab your attention. And when you combine all that with the fact that Benson is at the crossroads of two major interstates, it’s no surprise that manufacturing and biotechnology companies have chosen this prime location. Incorporated in 1887 and nestled between the Neuse and Cape Fear River basins, the community quickly attracted entrepreneurs because of its robust economy and family-centered lifestyle. And if you love festivals, you’ll love Benson Mule Days, a harvest festival that’s attended by more than 50,000 people over the three-day celebration. Now, that’s what we call “attention.”

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  • Benson Mule Days, September 24-27
    Who’d have thought that a festival revolving around mules could draw 30,000 people? Well, Benson’s Mule Days does exactly that. Over four days, you can experience rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass show, and more. Visitors come from as far away as California, Alaska, and Germany!
  • Trunk or Treat in Downtown Benson – October 31
    A Town favorite, the annual trunk or treat takes place on Halloween, October 31, in downtown Benson.
  • Run for the Brave 5K and Veteran’s Day Celebration – November 7
    Featuring a 5K, Veteran’s Day parade, food vendors, and more!

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