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Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival

  • 668 U.S. Hwy 1 South Ridgeway, NC 27570

Ridgeway Cantaloupe Festival 668 U.S. Highway 1 South, Ridgeway, N.C. 27570 phone: (252) 456-2601 Lucy Holtzman, a local Warren County historian, says German farmers settled in the Ridgeway area in the 1880s and began growing exceptional cantaloupes and other produce. They used one of the state’s first railroads, The Raleigh & Gaston, to share their bounty, she says.Until a run of rainy summers in the 1950s hurt their reputation, Ridgeway’s cantaloupes ended up on the tables of some of America’s finest restaurants up and down the East Coast, including the Waldorf Astoria, Holtzman confirms. RIDGEWAY, is a village of a few small homes in the center of a settlement of prosperous colonists of German descent who intensively farm small plots and raise fine vegetables, berries, fruits, and a variety of cantaloup that takes its name from the community. The Ridgeway cantaloup, developed here by W. L. Baxter and Charles Peter from England, and the Scott brothers from Pennsylvania, has become widely known for its flavor.