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Airbrush artist Michael Thigpen had never been a vendor at the annual N.C. Potato Festival, but after looking on the Internet for locations to do business, he decided to come to this year’s version of Elizabeth City’s big event.

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Airbrush artist Michael Thigpen had never been a vendor at the annual N.C. Potato Festival, but after looking on the Internet for locations to do business, he decided to come to this year’s version of Elizabeth City’s big event.

Festival welcomes first-time vendor

By William F. West

The Daily Advance

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Michael Thigpen had never been a vendor at the annual N.C. Potato Festival, but after looking on the Internet for locations to do business, he decided to come to this year’s version of Elizabeth City’s big event.

Thigpen was easy to see Sunday afternoon because he airbrushes designs on hats and T-shirts.

“I just want to travel different places,” said Thigpen, of Salisbury and who had never been to the northeastern part of the Tar Heel State. “I just decided to come this way.”

Thigpen, who arrived Saturday evening, said business has been quite good. A religious man, Thigpen said that, God willing, he will return to Elizabeth City next year.

Asked what he enjoys about his work, Thigpen said, “The people.”

“When they see you doing it, their eyes light up,” he said.

The event, which was scheduled for three days for the first time, began Friday evening and concluded late Sunday afternoon.

The event was boosted by having mechanical amusement rides and was also helped by pleasant weather.