Salisbury

Jayden Starr performs at the 2018 Salisbury Pride.
Brennan Lewis / For WUNC

It’s was a humid, overcast afternoon on the day of Salisbury Pride. Thousands of excited visitors crowded the city’s historic downtown. This summer marked Salisbury’s eighth annual LGBTQ pride festival. That’s unprecedented for a city of 34,000 in North Carolina.

A photo of a vintage Cheerwine delivery truck.
Courtesy of Cheerwine

It’s a big year for Cheerwine, the cherry-flavored soda with a cult-like following that has been run by the same family for 100 years.