Music, food and people filled Gibsonville this weekend for the second annual Fall Festival. While some community members were there for the pumpkins and face paint, others were pounding the pavement: campaigning for the midterm elections in Alamance County

The midterm election is just 28 days away, and early voting in Alamance County starts Oct. 20. Alamance County School Board candidate Seneca Rogers and North Carolina House of Representatives candidate Ron Osborne were just two of many at the festival vying for votes.

“Being out at a great festival like this gives you plenty of opportunity to see multiple people and have multiple conversations,” Rogers said. 

Candidates like Sean Ewing, who is running for North Carolina state senate, is at events like Gibsonville’s fall festival nearly every day.

“It is not uncommon to be triple booked,” Ewing said. “We’re doing what we can to get out there and genuinely hearing what’s going on, because everything is regional around here, we need to understand what’s going on in the different areas in the district.”

Anthony Pierce, candidate for the Alamance County Commissioners, said he came to the fall festival to meet people where they are, which is a key part of his platform. 

“If you’re going to represent all of Alamance County, which I aim to do, then you have to go all over Alamance County where the residents are,” Pierce said.

Candidates like Kelly White, who is campaigning for sheriff of Alamance County, not only spoke to community members about his platform, but the importance of voting in this election. 

“Your vote matters, that’s the key. Your vote matters,” White said. “Take time out to go vote. Vote for the person you feel is going to bring great change to Alamance County.” 

Early voting in Alamance County starts Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 8, election day.