Matt and Chris take in the lights as they drive through Gaston County. Chris considers a CountyBoysPodcast.com kickstarter to acquire… countyboys dot com. Matt notes that Gaston County is hosting a free public showing of Beauty and Beast one week in the future- in the past.

Matt notes the legal bullying that got the county seat moved from Dallas to Gastonia.  (Not really).  Chris wonders about the government and business structures necessary to curtail the scourge of… stray dogs. Matt notes how great Alpaca looks when you are hungry.  Chris distinguishes between Kings Pinnacle of Gaston County, the city of Kings Mountain in Cleveland County, and Kings Mountain in South Carolina, site of the famous 1780 Revolutionary war battle.

Courtesy of Tazz250Matt imagines war as a video game (fancy that). Chris discusses the county’s namesake William Gaston, kind of a big deal in 19th century North Carolina- and also Georgetown’s first enrollee (yay!) and first dropout (boo). Meanwhile Matt and Chris compare early admittances against Billy G’s election to the North Carolina State Senate at 22 years old and US Congress at 35 years old.

Matt reminisces about the peaches of youth and wonders about former giant inhabitants of North Carolina. Chris embraces terrible foods. Matt discusses his sleeping arrangements which may or may not be the most amazing thing ever.

Matt and Chris discuss the Mill town politics and the textile strike of the 1920s that happened in Gaston County.

Matt and Chris toast Gaston county with a Mountain Candy beer from Sycamore Brewing located in neighboring Mecklenburg County. (Chris is a big fan of Mountain Candy and you can add him on Untappd).

McAdenville aka Christmas Town USA is home to an annual town-wide Christmas light show that Chris visited in his childhood.  You can see some of the lights on youtube:

You can listen to us yammer about the lights and more on Gaston County at:

 

Matt and Chris attempt to toast Duplin County with a glass of Hatteras Red from Duplin Winery.  Chris questions the tasting notes of Hatteras Red and has his faith in Amazon ratings shaken.


Matt notes one specific utility of Duplin County’s location proximate the highway to the beach.  Chris discusses the namesake of Duplin County, Thomas Hay, Lord Duplin.  Unfortunately a Lord, but not an LP. Chris also notes that Duplin County is spelled slightly differently than Thomas Hay’s title, Viscount Dupplin.  Matt imagines the County Boys podcast souped up with radio show sound effects.  Chris notes that there used to be another Duplin in the United States- in New Hampshire- but the Hampshirites decided Lempster was a better name.

Duplin County has lots of hogs, and for that Chris gives thanks since he loves bbq. Matt compares the human population of Houston (2.2 million people) to the hog population of Duplin County (2.2 million pigs), and attempts to annoint the giant pig city in Duplin County as “Pigtropolis” or better yet “Pigtropholis”. Chris is somewhat dismayed that Duplin County doesn’t have a bigger bbq presence based on its hog population.

Duplin County plays a part in North Carolina Giant Husbandry, as it is home to a gigantic frying pan, (purportedly the world’s largest frying pan).  Despite the hog population in Duplin the frying pan is actually used for frying lots of chickens.  Or one gigantic chicken.  Either way.  Rose Hill is home to said largest frying pan and the North Carolina Poultry Jubilee, which as far as I can tell is the only day of the year when the frying pan is put to use.  Duplin County is also home to the Carolina Strawberry Festival and the North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival.  (Correction to the podcast: Duplin County does not host the NC Pickle Festival).

The biggest city of Duplin County is Kenansville, its County Seat.  The County Boys do not advise searching for pickle husbandry.

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Its raining at least one Benjamin on the County Boys. Chris really gets into the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Kings Mountain which probably occurred… on Browns Mountain in South Carolina.  Matt praises the historical society and preservation folks of Shelby and Cleveland County.  Chris talks about Oliver Max and the Cleveland County Dynasty (which does not involve the Cavaliers or Indians).  Matt talks about the livermush festival.

Matt and Chris talk with a Cleveland County native Sean.  Sean describes the world’s most delicious rivalry.

The Battle of Kings Mountain by Don Troiani.

You can watch a piece on the Revolutionary War drama Liberty Mountain:

Matt and Chris listen to Frank Ocean’s nostalgia, ULTRA.

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