This Weekend in Stanly County
This weekend from Friday through Sunday the Big Lick Antique Show plans to give the Carolina’s the very best Antique Festival that it has ever seen. They aim to please both customers and dealers by presenting this semi-annual show on a 45 acre farm with a beautiful farm setting at Big Lick Festival Park. The show will feature quality antiques and collectibles from local, regional, national and international dealers. There will be 300 plus dealers from Maine to Florida selling a wide variety of articles that include 18th to 20th century furniture, primitives, vintage tools, toys, clothing, linens, quilts, gas pumps, signs, fishing collectibles, decoys, clocks, pottery and glass, jewelry, advertising and military items. In other words there’ll be antiques and collectibles by the truckloads.
Stanly County Farmers Market is a must for Saturday morning from 8 am until noon. Located in Market Station in downtown Albemarle, the market features stalls filled with produce from vendors selling locally grown fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts. Bring your market basket and fill it to the brim.
Also on Saturday The Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood presents a North Carolina Shoot from 8:30 am to 3 pm.
Saturday afternoon and evening is the time to be in Locust when, from 4 pm onwards the City of Locust presents a Taste of Locust in the Locust Town Center. Kicking off their summer concert series, the town brings local restaurants and businesses together to offer samples or purchases of food. There’ll be bounce houses for the kiddies, a chili cook-off and live performances featuring Valhalla Band, Momentum Academy of Dance, Fireball Taekwondo, and at 6 pm a summer concert with Right Turn Clyde.
Want to run in one of the most unique night running events in the South? The 4th Annual Vac & Dash Moonlight 1/2 Marathon, 5K and Movie starts and finishes at the Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle, NC on Saturday from 7 pm to 10 pm. The United Way of Stanly County Benefit is one of the most unique runs in North Carolina. The 5K starts at 7:00 pm and is a relatively flat course for the area. The 1/2 Marathon starts at 9:00 pm. You can participate in the Double Feature Run by running in both events. Your support crew of family and friends can watch the movie while you run. The 5K & 1/2 Marathon are both limited to 125 participants in each race. Runners that participate in both events earn a Double Feature Runner Long-Sleeve shirt. Runners in the 5K and 1/2 Marathon get a Gildan Soft-Style Cotton Shirt. There are age group awards for both races and finisher medals for all 1/2 Marathoners. Entry fee includes entry to the movie. Family and friends not running will pay the normal price to get into the movie. At this time, it’s $6.00 per person to get into the drive-in. Runners in the 1/2 Marathon must wear reflective lights, light colored shorts and have as much reflective wear as possible.
On Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center, the Stanly County Concert Association presents Grits: Girls Raised in the South…The Musical. Based on the book “Friends are Forevah”, by Deborah Ford, this is a show you won’t want to miss whether you’re a dyed in the wool southerner or from more northern climes.
On Sunday at 3 pm, head out to Dennis Vineyards to participate in the Twisted Palette, a wine and painting party. With a glass of wine in hand, your inhibitions disappear and your inner artist takes over. With the help of an instructor, you will go home with a masterpiece! This month’s class will be painting big, beautiful sunflowers on the background color of your choice.
Whether it’s running, painting, enjoying music, browsing antiques or buying farm-fresh produce, there’s something for everyone here in Stanly County this weekend. .