Home to Higher Learni
Elizabeth City has two major higher learning facilities for those who want to pursue their educational dreams. College of the Albemarle is a community college whose main campus is in Elizabeth City. Students can pursue degrees in such fields as information technology, practical nursing, and culinary arts. Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a public college offering students 37 bachelor’s degree programs and three master’s degree programs. ECSU has an active campus life including fraternities and sororities, a campus television station, and intramural sports. It is one of the University of North Carolina’s constituent universities.
Unique Festival Fun
Elizabeth City brings some unusual fun to the community with the North Carolina Potato Festival. This annual festival celebrates the humble spud, one of the most important crops in the region. The event includes potato sack races, the Little Miss Tater Tot pageant, culinary competitions with potato dishes, and the National Potato Peeling Contest. The town also plays host to the Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, an annual event sponsored by the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild. More than a hundred artisans set up shop here, dressed in renaissance and medieval clothing, to demonstrate glass blowing, woodworking, and more.
Little Local Shops
Elizabeth City is home to a variety of charming little old-fashioned shops, local restaurants, and art galleries. If you love sewing and knitting, stop off at B & P Yarn Hut for your supplies. They have a wide selection, and the staff is very knowledgeable. Page After Page in historic downtown not only carries books, but stationery, cards, art supplies, and even handmade bath products. Danielle’s Boutique is an excellent place to browse for clothing or pick up a new dress for that special date. Kay’s Beauty Supplies can help with all your beauty and skin care needs.