Homegrown premiers June 11

By on June 7, 2021

UPDATE: We’re going for it! Put on your Wanchese disco slippers- The Homegrown Fashion Event is HAPPENING today!! Dress your best and head over to the Dare County Head Start Center in Manteo at 6pm. You can shop local art and fashion vendors and enjoy food from the Fork’et Me Not food truck before the runway fashion show begins. Zack Mexico, Holden McOwen and Tshombe Selby will be performing at Homegrown and there will be special speakers too. We are looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating the Outer Banks’ fashion and culture!

We are expecting a healthy turnout at the @homegrown_fashion_show this evening! With that in mind, street parking will be limited at the venue. We are asking all guests to park at Manteo Elementary School. We will have a shuttle bus there at 5:30pm to take you to and from. Make sure you come draped up and dropped out in your best outfits!

Local As It Gets designers Riley and Kelly Shelton wearing some of their new apparel. (Photo courtesy of Local As It Gets.)

The inaugural collaborative fashion event Homegrown, presented by PNC Bank, will be held at the Dare County Head Start Center in Manteo at 6 p.m. on Fri., June 11. The event is co-hosted by Dare County Arts Council and Long Way Home. Inspired by some of Dare County’s most unique creatives, Homegrown will feature a runway fashion show; an artisan market; and live music by Zack Mexico, Holden McOwen and Tshombe Selby.

“The Outer Banks is home to a vibrant, diverse community of artists who bring their unique perspectives to create output that is distinctively local for all to enjoy,” said Jim Hansen, PNC regional president for Eastern Carolinas. “Celebrating community talent and pride is central to who we are at PNC, and we look forward to helping bring this showcase event to Dare County.”

Mom’s Sweet Shop, KIIIND, Ruckus, CCM Workshop, Wescott, Made by Jinx, Amiligoisili, Indecent Supply Company, and Local As It Gets will be debuting new fashion and designs that embody the Outer Banks’ culture at the runway show.

“Homegrown is bringing together a group of individuals who love what they do, locally,” said Local As It Gets designers Riley and Kelly Shelton. “Local As It Gets is a diverse mix of rich heritage, lifestyles, and livelihoods. We blend style and comfort with sustainability, creating a fashionable brand anyone can wear. Supporting local is what we do, loving local is who we are.’

The family-friendly event is free, but guests can purchase VIP tickets, which include front-row seating for the runway show, online at https://www.facebook.com/events/133039105462677. VIP tickets are limited.

Homegrown also will include live art, a bike and car show by Garage Boys Racing, the Fork’et Me Not food truck, and the team from Breaking Through Task Force. Donations collected at the event support the Breaking Through Task Force, Dare County’s coalition to address stigma and other barriers for those who seek help for mental health or substance use issues.

Homegrown is presented by PNC Bank, with additional sponsorship support from Manteo Furniture & Appliance, Hatchell Concrete Inc., Stan White Realty, Pea Island Preservation Society Inc., Outer Banks This Week, The Town of Manteo and the North Carolina Arts Council.

This project is sponsored by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, and supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

For more information about Homegrown, visit LongWayHome.blue. You can contribute to the grassroots event online at gofund.me/e7ca2444.

Dare County Head Start Center is located at 723 Sir Walter Raleigh St, Manteo.

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