This Weekend in Stanly CountyBy Bridget Huckabee
There’s a lot going on in Stanly County this weekend. Begin with a truck and tractor pull out at Big Lick then join in a 5K run through downtown Albemarle. Explore the county’s byways and highways on a bicycle tour then enjoy an outdoor concert in the park. Over at the Agri-Civic Center there’s a day-long celebration of our agricultural heritage. Downtown Albemarle hosts its weekly Farmers’ Market and Locust provides a summer concert. On Sunday head for Dennis Vineyards and a Garden Wedding Gala. Want more? There’s Thursdays at the Station in Albemarle, Pickin’ on the Porch in Badin and canoeing at Morrow Mountain.
Begin on Friday by heading west to Big Lick for a two-day—Friday and Saturday—Truck and Tractor Pull. This exciting event brings crowds of enthusiasts to Stanly County to enjoy the fun. The event is from 5 pm to 11 pm on both days.
Also on Friday, runners in the Tour De Elvis 5K Run will enjoy an evening run through the streets of historic Albemarle. Registration tent will open at 6 pm, with the race beginning at 7:30 pm at Don Montgomery Park, 500 US 52 North in Albemarle. Age group and overall awards will be given to top finishers, with all race proceeds going to the Roger F. Snyder Greenway Fund. All runners will receive a tee shirt and other goodies.
The Tour De Elvis continues on Saturday at 8 am with a bicycle tour. All routes are ride-at-your-own-pace and will explore the back roads and small towns that make Stanly County a great place to live, work, and visit. Rest stops will be set up every 15 to 20 miles, and SAG support will be provided along the route. For safety, all riders must wear an ANSI approved helmet, and are to obey all traffic laws and rules of the road. The check-in tent will open at 7 am, and all riders will depart from City Lake Park, 815 Concord Road in Albemarle at 8:00 am. All riders will also receive a tee shirt as well as other goodies.
The Tour De Elvis 5k and Cycle Tour are only two activities of “Elvis Weekend” in Albemarle.
At 7 pm Saturday head to City Lake Park for the Elvis Tribute Concert featuring The E-ssentials. Other activities include: Elvis Memorabilia and Souvenirs and Elvis Impersonators Contest
Saturday morning from 8 am until noon is the time to head for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Bring a basket to fill with fresh locally grown produce and browse the stalls for more goodies and arts and crafts.
Saturday also brings the annual Stanly Agri-Civic Day at the Agri-Civic Center from 9 am until 3 pm. There’ll be agricultural and arts exhibits, balloon animals, food vendors, prizes, children’s activities and more. There’s a livestock show, a goat show, cloggers, a mule jump, retriever dog demo and plenty of musical entertainment on the main stage. Demonstrations include flint napping, liquor still, pottery, blacksmith and more. Bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Admission is free.
Saturday night at 6 pm on the “back porch” of Locust City hall you can enjoy the Locust Summer Concert Series featuring Wayward Reason.
From 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday drop in on the Dennis Vineyards Garden Wedding Gala. Planning a wedding or know someone who is? Stop by the boutique showcase of some of the area’s very best vendors. Explore this beautiful wedding venue, sample wedding cakes and catered foods, browse wedding invitations and gorgeous bridal photos, listen to the sounds of DJ’s and find your design inspiration so you can truly have a marvelous wedding and reception that is unique to you.
Stanly County is the place to be for fun summer weekends.