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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 9, 2007

Local angle: Sims and Kenly; in Wilson County, there are 896 UNC alumni, 107 current UNC students.

Media invited to Tar Heel Bus Tour stops in Wilson County

Media representatives are invited to join the 2007 Tar Heel Bus Tour for stops next week in Wilson County. The privately funded tour will take 34 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members on a weeklong trip Monday (May 14) through Friday (May 18) across the state to learn about its people, economy, environment, culture and history. This year marks the tour’s 10th anniversary.  

Monday (May 14)
8:15 a.m.
Pender Sharp’s Tobacco Farm
5171 N.C. Hwy. 581
Pender Sharp will lead a tour of his family farm, where tobacco is a main crop. He will talk about the history of the farm, the process of curing tobacco and the effect the 2004 tobacco buyout is having on his farm and Wilson County.
Tobacco farm contact: Pender Sharp, (252) 235-4106

Monday, (May 14)
9:45 a.m.
Dean’s Farm Market
7802 Sadie Road
James Sharp, the youngest son of Pender Sharp, started Fresh-Pik Produce about 14 years ago. About five years ago, he bought Dean’s Farm Market. He will talk about this produce stand and strawberry-picking patch, as well as his commercial produce farm.
Produce farm contact: James Sharp, (252) 237-1260 or

The Tar Heel Bus Tours have covered about 1,100 miles each year from the coast to the mountains. For the full 2007 itinerary, visit

Background information: To read a release about the 10th anniversary of the Tar Heel Bus Tour, go to To watch a special anniversary video, go to

Tar Heel Bus Tour Web site:

News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­