Nurtured on a 3,000-acre farm in Southampton County, Royal Oak’s jumbo Virginia peanuts boast smooth flavor and a notably hefty size. Enhance dishes and make fantasy-baseball drafts more authentic with three 10 oz. tins ($14.95) or a jumbo 40 oz. tin ($13.95) brimming with salty goodness. Gargantuan appetites can opt for The Royal Feast—a quartet of 10 oz. tins stuffed with salted, choca-nut, spicy Cajun, and honey-roasted tidbits ($24.95). A 20 oz. tin of peanut squares ($9.95) or an 18 oz. tin of cashew brittle ($16.95) provides a pleasantly saccharine treat for movie night, as well as potent bird-shot fodder during hunting season.
No two cities ever host the same Critical Mud 5K event. Though the race distance stays the same, the event planners litter each race with an ever-changing number of obstacles pulled from a pool of more than 150, giving runners in each city a completely different experience. Some courses might threaten competitors with slippery hills and murky rivers, while others might challenge them to traverse sticky mud bogs and climb up ropes, validating their many years of never skipping gym class. Each event is open to racers as young as 14, but the Little Mudder’s fun run give kids ages 4–13 a chance to get dirty as well. In the spectator areas, family, friends, and supporters can cheer on runners while staying clean.
In a 2011 interview with the Rocky Mount Telegram, George Millar reveals he has been a facilitating fun for a long time. "Soccer wasn't in existence when we started," he points out, and neither were home video games. Noticing a dearth of places in his hometown where kids and families could safely enjoy themselves, he put his skills as a professional contractor to work. In 10 outdoor batting cages, he installed pitching machines that sling baseballs and softballs from T-ball speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Next, he and his crew of five guys—all of whom are still operating the business today—built an 18-hole mini-golf course modeled after those in Myrtle Beach, designing a path that winds past waterfalls, natural plantings, and tricky bunkers filled with saltwater taffy. An arcade blares with games and the crack of pool balls ricocheting inside, and an elephant-shaped inflatable bounce house bobs with jumpers inside until they come zipping out down its slide.
Nine holes fill the par 35 course at Peachtree Hills Country Club, their undulating fairways and bunkers surrounded by natural pine. From the back tees, the holes total 2,718 yards in length, challenging golfers to master the timeless art of racing a cart to the end in under two minutes.