Greensboro 10-year-old brings smiles with balloon animals

GREENSBORO, NC – Step aside clowns, there is a new balloon animal expert in town.

Jaimeson Kirby, otherwise known as ‘Pharrell the Magnificent’, is a 10-year-old who loves to make balloon animals.

He was taught how to make balloon animals, juggle, and do magic in a clown club, but decided to take his skills and turn it into a business.

Now he runs Twist & Turn Events, which has been hired by the Greensboro Police Department.

“They [police] came to check around my neighborhood and I came out and showed them some balloon things and then they wanted me to come to this [CrimeStoppers event],” said Kirby.

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Wingfest returns to Triad Farmer’s Market

The Triad’s premier wings and beer fundraiser returns June 17, to the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market, Wingfest pits seven local restaurants against one another as they vie for the title of Best Wings in the Triad. Wingfest kicks off at 11 a.m. with food and entertainment for the whole family. Admission is free and wing samples and nonalcoholic drinks are $1.00 each. Guests can also stretch their stomachs in the “Lord of the Wings” wing-eating contest, bust a move in the chicken dance competition or browse artwork from the Creative Arts Studio. The local classic rock group, the Fabulous Flashbacks and the Arc of High Point’s own Heart and Soul Singers will provide live music. A pop-up beer garden will dispense microbrews from local breweries, including Natty Greene’s, Gibb’s Hundred and Preyer Brewing Company. This year marks Wingfest’s 10th anniversary and the event has grown steadily since it began; Last year, over 19,000 people came to the festival. “We are really proud to put on this unique fundraiser,” executive director of the Arc of High Point Stephanie Antkowiak, said. “It’s always a lot of fun,” Antkowiak credits Wingfest’s sponsors for making it a success, as well as the Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market for hosting. “There aren’t many venues that will let you set up for no charge, so we’re very fortunate,” Antkowiak said. Wingfest is the Arc of High Point’s most popular fundraiser with all proceeds go to fund the nonprofit’s programs for High Point residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By far the biggest crowd draw of Wingfest is the chance to sample and vote on the best tasting wings. This year’s contenders are: University Grill, Pizza Wing King, Sidelines Grill, Pantry Fried Chicken, Rixter Grill, Backyard Coals, and Wingski’s food truck. Keith Ray, of three-time Wingfest winner George’s Pizza, claims the keys to his popular wings are quality and simplicity. “You have to get the biggest, freshest wing you can, fry it well, and put a good sauce on it,” Ray said. “Just care about what you’re doing.” For last year’s Wingfest champion Stephon Cunningham of Fish N’ Wings food truck, it’s all about the secret sauce. Fish N’ Wings swept the competition at Wingfest 2016, with awards including Best Hot Wings, Best SweetWings and Best Overall. Cunningham, a Washington, D.C. native, created his signature Mumbo sauce to be a taste of home. “Mumbo sauce originates in the Washington, D.C. area, where I’m originally from. At the Chinese carry-outs, they put that sauce on the wings. I grew up on it,” Cunningham said. “When I came down here to North Carolina, they didn’t have it, so I wanted to come up with my own version.” Cunningham revealed that the sweet, tangy flavor of Mumbo sauce comes from a tomato base. The rest is a secret that he hopes will help him keep his edge in next year’s competition. A scheduling conflict kept Fish N’ Wings out of Wingfest this year, but Cunningham says he’ll be back to defend his title. Cunningham advises this year’s Wingfest competitors to bring extra supplies and staff, so as not to get overwhelmed by the crowd. “Be prepared for a lot of people. There were a lot more than I expected,” he said. “But try to enjoy the day, also. Take it all in.” Wingfest will be held from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmer’s Market, 2914 Sandy Ridge Road, in Colfax. Mia Osborn is a Greensboro-based freelance writer who hails from Birmingham, Alabama.
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Supporters strategize end game for Guatemalan woman in sanctuary

Juana Luz Tobar Ortega, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, has taken sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for more than two weeks. What comes next? As Juana Luz Tobar Ortega settled in for her second week of sanctuary at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, her supporters gathered at another church in Greensboro to discuss strategies for […]

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Shalonda Poole’s memorial vandalized

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The ShaLonda Poole Memorial Site sign in Greensboro was found covered in spray paint Tuesday night.

The memorial site is at the corner of South Street and Randleman Road.

ShaLonda’s mother says she contacted police about what she thinks is gang-related spray paint on the sign.

ShaLonda Poole is the little girl who was abducted and murdered not far from her home in 1990.

In 2014, police charged Donald Ferguson with her murder.

He’s currently serving two life sentences.

Related: Shalonda Poole’s Family Hosts Kids Fun Day In Her Memory

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