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For 85 years, Our State has spotlighted the best creators, makers, designers, and chefs in North Carolina. This summer, Our State and Mast General Store will celebrate the third annual Made in NC Awards.

The Made in NC Awards is a statewide awards program that supports local businesses, highlights craftspeople and entrepreneurs, and celebrates handmade products and creative ideas.

Our State and Mast General Store will honor unique makers and business owners in the categories of Style, Art, Home & Garden, and Food & Drink. All submissions will be judged upon quality, appearance, uniqueness, and authenticity.

Representing the 2018 panel of judges are: Nicole Bogas, retail brand manager for the Our State Store; Lisa Cooper, president of Mast General Store; artist Patrick Dougherty; Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn; Bob Page, founder and owner of Replacements, Ltd.; and Bradley Rhyne, cofounder of Ole Mason Jar.

Judges will select one winner per category. The four category winners will be featured on madeinncawards.com and ourstate.com. The Our State Store and Mast General Store will also carefully review and consider carrying the products of all winners and honorable mentions. The Awards will culminate on October 13 at the Made in NC Awards Celebration, a marketplace event held at the Mast General Store location in Winston-Salem.

“We are excited to be partnering with Mast General Store for the third annual Made in NC Awards as an extension of the Our State brand,” said Bernie Mann, publisher of Our State. “There are so many amazing business owners and entrepreneurs in North Carolina, and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase them.”

The deadline to submit a product is July 18, 2018. Learn more about the Made in NC Awards here.

About Mast General Store

The Original Mast General Store opened in 1883 in the rural community of Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee now offer the same friendly and knowledgeable service that first welcomed customers in Valle Crucis more than 100 years ago.

The experience that its guests have, both in the stores and in their communities, is very important to Mast Store. Its goal is to share with its customers some of the great places to hike, enjoy a meal, or catch live music in their areas, as well as for its employees to have fun at work.

Read more about what makes Mast General Store so special by clicking here.

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