2021 Carthage Buggy Festival

It is our most sincere hope that we will be able to hold the 2021 Carthage Buggy Festival, as scheduled on May 8, 2021. The Carthage Board of Commissioners would like for the Committee and Staff to start scheduling and planning the event, but of course, there is always a possibility that the festival will have to be cancelled, depending on the status of the Coronavirus pandemic.

At this time, we are excited to invite vendors of all types to participate. There will be different guidelines and possibly even a different layout, to allow for better distancing and safety. We are asking vendors to wait and send payment around April 15th; in the event that we have to cancel, refunds may not be required.

While we are all in a hurry for things to “get back to normal,” we must consider the Governor’s Executive Orders and we ask that everyone please wear your face masks, wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer and also stand at least six feet from others.

All of our new applications are posted. We are asking for vendors, as well as sponsors to contact the Carthage Buggy Festival coordinators (Dorrie and Kim) at (910) 947-2331, if you have any questions.

Thank you and we hope that this year’s festival is a HUGE success!



 Carthage Buggy Festival

Started in 1989, the Carthage Buggy Festival is a celebration of the rich history of Carthage, North Carolina. The Buggy Festival is held each year to commemorate the famous Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory that, from the mid-1800's to the 1920's, produced the carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. On Saturday, May 9, 2020, the 32nd Annual Carthage Buggy Festival will be held in Carthage, located eight miles north of Pinehurst in the Sandhills region of North Carolina, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet. With an annual attendance of approximately 20,000, the Buggy Festival has grown into one of the biggest and best known festivals in the region.

Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend. They must remain on a leash. 

The Buggy Festival was selected as one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast Region for the month of May. Our festival was selected out of festivals from AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV. We are so proud of this honor and look forward to growing our festival in the upcoming years!