A Festive Weekend in Stanly County

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By Bridget Huckabee

Santa has a busy schedule this weekend visiting the small communities of our county. You’ll catch him riding in parades, posing for photos with the children and accepting letters with lists of Christmas wishes.

Wednesday may be a little early for your weekend to start, but it’s never too early for Santa. At 5 pm he’ll be in Norwood for the parade. Later there’ll be the tree lighting and he and Mrs. Claus will be handing out small gifts to the children. Don’t forget to stop by after the parade and get a bag of popcorn courtesy of the Norwood Business Association.

On Thursday, catch Santa in Oakboro at 7 pm Christmas Parade after the 6:15 pm tree lighting ceremony at Oakboro Memorial Park. There’ll be food, train rides and a chance to visit with him and Mrs. Claus.

On Friday, Santa will be at the Stanly News and Press from 1 pm to 6 pm, so bring your camera and the children, drop off your letters to Santa and have a chat with the big man himself. The local newspaper staff will look forward to seeing you.

On Saturday, Santa will be in downtown Albemarle for a Charles Dickens Christmas, an evening of Christmas delight. From 4 pm to 9 pm there’ll be entertainment and music, face painting, carriage rides, a food court, children’s crafts and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Sunday will see Santa in Palestine for the parade at 2 pm riding behind floats and marching bands, elves and reindeer.

Santa never minds stretching his weekend to help everyone celebrate the spirit of the holidays so on Monday he’ll be in downtown Albemarle for the annual Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm. There’ll be floats, bands, marchers and more for the children to enjoy as the parade winds its way through the beautifully lighted downtown streets.

From now until Christmas Eve between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm each day you can enjoy a spectacular sight at Stanly County Commons. This is the annual Festival of Trees sponsored by area businesses, churches and schools throughout Stanly County. Be sure to look at the Hospice Angels and to vote for your favorite tree.

From now until December 31, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers) presents its annual holiday craft show, “From our Hands”. Here you’ll find one-of-a-kind locally made arts and craft items perfect for gifts. The Gallery is open from Tuesday through Saturday every week.

The holiday is never complete without a performance of the Nutcracker ballet. On Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 at 7 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm the City Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Agri-Civic Center. This local company strives to encourage, educate and entertain through the City Youth Ballet and the Playtime Children’s Theater. They believe everyone should be given the opportunity to enjoy the ballet; therefore, all Stanly County School Children in grades K-8 will receive a free ticket to the Nutcracker public performances.

On Saturday, Rocky River Vineyards present their Christmas Open House from 1 pm to 6 pm. Bring your camera and take pictures with Santa. There’ll be face painting, food and refreshments from Liberettos’ Pizzeria, cookies and juice for children and wine and mulled wine for adults. There’ll be gift baskets and unique gifts from local artists and vendors. Don’t miss this holiday treat.

Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm enjoy an Albemarle Downtown Development Holiday Tour of Homes. Maps and tickets are available on site or in advance from the ADDC office, Glory Beans, Lah T Dah and Starnes Jewelers and online at www.albemarledowntown.com. You may begin the tour at any site.

This weekend Stanly County is in full swing with the spirit of the holidays. Come join us.

This Wonderful Weekend in Stanly County, NC!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County is ablaze with fall color. Take a ride up Morrow Mountain and along the park’s byways for a fall foliage getaway. Get out of the car and take a hike. There are short trails and long trails and plenty of trails in between. This is a great time of the year to get outside and enjoy our county’s beauty.

There’s also plenty of indoor fun to be had and Friday evening is a good time to begin with a trip to the theater. Stanly County’s own excellent community theater group, the Uwharrie Players, presents Pump Boys and Dinettes. The play takes place at the Agri-Civic Center at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8 and again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November, 13 to 15, also at 7:30 pm. There is a Sunday matinee on November 9th only at 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Starnes Jewelers or B and D Bookstore in Albemarle.

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 8:45am to 3pm The Upper Pee Dee Farm and Food Council is sponsoring the UPFFC Farm and Food Fest at the renowned Lucky Clays Farm located near Norwood, in southern Stanly County. UPFFC serves Anson, Montgomery, and Stanly counties and anticipates that this event will draw people interested in local farms, local food and local economies from its representative counties. The schedule is as follows:

8:45am -9:15am Parking, check-in, and coffee

9:15am -12:30pm Workshops*

12:30-1:30 Local food fest

1:30- 3:00 Plenary session, speakers and networking

*Choice of two of these workshops, NOTE: Once you have purchased your event pass online, under “PASS MANAGEMENT” you will have the option to select one of the three workshops listed below for the 9:15-10:45am session and select a second workshop for the 11:00am-12:30pm session. Each session workshop is limited to 50 registrants.

  1. “Aquaponics/Hydroponics” Led by Bradley Todd, Greenhouse Manager and staff, learn how they are producing tilapia, prawns, lettuces, herbs and edible flowers for the Charlotte market.
  2. “Alternative Energy for Farm and Home” Joel Olsen, o2 Energies; Sean Hackett, Entropy Solar Integrators; and a representative from USDA Renewable Energy for America will share the newest options and benefits of solar and wind.
  3. “Marketing for the Small Farm: Connecting Producers with Consumers,”

Smithson Mills, Asheville businessman; Rebecca Dunning, NCSU’s “NC Growing Together;” and Debbie Hamrick, NC Farm Bureau, will discuss the latest on how connecting producers and consumers of healthy local food can build our farm and food system

On Saturday morning, Trinity Place in Albemarle will be hosting its Second Annual Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk. Come out and enjoy a run through the streets of beautiful downtown Albemarle to benefit a local non-profit organization, the Community Adult Respite Experience (CARE) Café. The CARE Café provides short-term, scheduled relief to those who are caring for a family member at home. Race day registration and bib pick-up will begin at 7:00 am with the race beginning at 8:00 am. There will be an early packet pick-up on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 from 10 am until 6 pm at Trinity Place at 24724 S. Business 52. Prizes and awards will be given to those that place in the race, and all race proceeds will go to the CARE Café.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Historic Kron House at Morrow Mountain State Park

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Historic Kron House!

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What a Weekend Stanly County has in store!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County is a busy place this weekend with a variety of events to choose from. But don’t worry. You can create your own pace and simply enjoy the peace and quiet of our beautiful lakes and parks and our glorious fall weather. The choice is yours.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Esther House is sponsoring two programs for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday. On Wednesday shoes will be displayed on the Stanly County Courthouse steps from 8:30 am until 5 pm to represent domestic violence victims. On Thursday, a Candlelight Remembrance Service will be held at First Street Methodist Church from 6 pm to 7 pm.

On Thursday the Stanly County Concert Band presents its Fall Concert at 7:30 pm at the Agri-Civic Center. The concert, sponsored by Uwharrie Bank, is free. The Band is a volunteer community band of dedicated adult musicians.

Friday brings us Oktoberfest at Pfeiffer University sponsored by the Student Accounting Society. From 4:30 pm to 9 pm at the Gibson Lake House, there’ll be food, drink and music. Come and network with Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Business Professionals.

Friday evening is the time for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in. From 5 pm until 11 pm you can enjoy food, music and beautifully restored old cars and trucks on show along Oakboro’s main streets.

On Saturday join in the Tutu Trot 5K at the YMCA starting at 7:30 am. Participants are encouraged to wear their most fun & creative tutu or dance attire. The race will start across the street from the Albemarle YMCA at the YMCA Park. Awards will be given for top runners in each age group and for best costume.

Saturday is the last day of the Stanly County Farmers’ Market for this season. To celebrate, they are putting on an Arts and Crafts Fair at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. A variety of vendors join with the regular stalls to present a host of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more.

On Saturday from 10 am until 1 pm you can journey to Oakboro to meet the Naked Pig. At the Cambridgeshire Farm on Williams Drive in Oakboro, you can climb on a tractor, feed the pigs, see the cows, take a hay ride, pin the wheel on the tractor, get coupons for yummy meat and have fun. This business recently won the Small Business of the Year Award for Stanly County.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Be sure to check out other fun things to do and don’t miss the scary Maze of Terror.

On Saturday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm you can enjoy dinner and entertainment to benefit Esther House. The event takes place at Prospect Baptist Church on Prospect Church Road.

Also on Saturday evening The Talent Company presents “A Year with Frog and Toad.” The event takes place from 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm at Albemarle High School and again at a matinee on Sunday from 3 pm to 5 pm. The Talent Company is a non-profit musical theater organization with casts composed of elementary, middle and high school students of Stanly County.

Saturday evening also brings Locust’s Movies in the Park event when from 8 pm to 10 pm you can watch the movie Monsters, Inc. Locust’s Movies in Town Center are free, family friendly events open to the public. Movies are scheduled for the last Saturday in April, May, September, and October.

Sunday brings a very special event. The Run For Their K-9 Lives 5K takes participants through downtown Albemarle. The purpose of the race is to raise funds to provide Albemarle Police Department’s new K-9 police dog with a protective vest. All proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of the vest which will be donated to the new K-9 unit. Organized by Vac and Dash, the event is at 3 pm to 5 pm and starts at the YMCA.

Stretch your weekend to Monday for the History and Ghost Walk starting at Central Methodist Church in downtown Albemarle. Hot dog supper begins at 5:30 pm and the Ghost Walk with Uwharrie Storytellers begins at 6:30 pm. Make your reservations now at 704-986-3755 or online at historicstanly.org.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

Weekend Fun in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Fall weekend activities are cranking up in Stanly County and there’ll be lots of fun events scheduled for Halloween. Stay tuned. Meanwhile there are art events to enjoy, antiques to look for, a farmers’ market to browse, BBQ to savor, movies in the park to watch, a delightful orchestra to listen to and a chance to get lost in a corn maze.

Begin your weekend on Thursday with “Art of the Vine”, a monthly event hosted by the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers). The event takes place on the third Thursday evening each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Targeted for adults, it is intended to provide creative fun and a way to kick back, relax and let your inner artist out to play. No self-proclaimed artistic ability is required. There is no good or bad, pass or fail. Just come out and have a great time! And visit the Gallery or check the Falling Rivers Gallery website, www.fallingriversgallery.com for information on the Children’s Art Classes being offered by the Stanly County Art Guild.

Friday brings the Big Lick Farm Days Festival Antiques and Gun Show. This will include antique dealers from around the area plus gun and knife dealers. Hours are 8:00 am to 6 pm on Friday through Sunday. Come and browse through Antiques, Antique tractors, Home & Garden items, Yard Sale & Flea market items, Plants, Tools, Glassware & Collectibles, Yard art, and Arts & Crafts. Admission is $2.00. Parking is free and there is great food available.

Saturday is the day for the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8 am until noon you can browse stalls filled with end of summer veggies, home-made baked goods and more. And mark your calendar for next Saturday, October 25th when the Stanly County Farmers’ Market Arts and Craft Fair joins the regular stalls to present a variety of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more.

Saturday is also the time for the Booger Hollar 5K Run. This event is part of the Saint Martin’s Hot Off The Grill BBQ. The run, organized by Vac and Dash will start at 9:00 am. The race and BBQ festival will be held at Saint Martin’s Lutheran Church, 16595 St. Martin Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001.

On Saturday evening you and the whole family can enjoy the Oakboro Parks and Recreation Movies at the Park. Located at the Oakboro District Park Amphitheater, the 7 pm movie is the baseball classic, Angels in the Outfield. The event is presented by Oakboro Tractor and Equipment.

Also on Saturday evening, the Moondance Orchestra presented by the Stanly County Concert Association will perform at the Agri-Civic Center at 7:30 pm. The Moondance Orchestra was established in 2012 and performs a mix of popular favorites. The band is comprised of accomplished musicians that have spent decades honing their craft. The versatile vocals, razor sharp rhythm and powerful horn sections allow the band to play an extremely varied selection of arrangements.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

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This Weekend in Stanly County, NC!!!!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There’s a nip in the morning air now, but welcome warmth in the afternoon. Here in Stanly County the pumpkins are fattening and leaves are beginning to show their fall colors. Children are dreaming up their costumes for Halloween and local ghosts are warming up their acts for the big night. There will be a lot of weird and wonderful activity here at the end of the month, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, take time this Saturday to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8 am until noon you can browse stalls filled with end of summer veggies, home-made baked goods and more. And mark your calendar for October 25th when the Stanly County Farmers’ Market Arts and Craft Fair joins the regular stalls to present a variety of unique items for sale at affordable prices. There’ll be gifts, clothing accessories, jewelry, home décor, pottery, and more. This could be the start of your Christmas shopping, so get busy, make a list and check it twice. The holiday season is right around the corner.

The Stanly Arts Guild will hold its Annual Members Show from October 7 through November 6 at Falling Rivers Gallery located on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle (next door to Starnes Jewelers). The show is expected to bring out the best work from the Stanly Arts Guild’s creative and diverse artists. Categories will include paintings, photography, sculpture, wood, metal, pottery and other approved dimensional pieces. Check out the rest of the Gallery after you visit the show. There are 30+ artists exhibited in this unique downtown facility. All items are by local artists, are one-of-a-kind and are for sale at reasonable prices. Another stop with that Christmas shopping list in hand?

On Saturday morning, Stanly Regional Medical Center, now part of the Carolinas Healthcare System is sponsoring a 5K and a Fun Run Health Wave. The Fun Run starts at 7:45 am and the 5K starts at 8 am. These runs are to encourage individuals to embrace their own health and wellness and work towards becoming healthier through physical activity. Each participant’s entry will be donated to the local charity of their choice in Stanly County. So lace up those running shoes and enjoy a run in the cool morning air.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A Message from Stanly Regional Medical Center

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Early Prevention – Stanly Regional

October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with over 220,000 new cases of breast cancer occurring in women in the United States every year, there’s no better time than now for people to know about the signs and importance of early detection of this disease.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Treatment often works best when it is started early. That’s why it’s important to get screening tests regularly. These tests are designed to spot small cancers before they cause symptoms, which is when treatment may be most effective. Although advances in science and technology have significantly improved the ability to care for and treat breast cancer patients, early detection through regular screenings remains essential. Diagnosis and treating the disease early on is often the key to survival.

The radiologists, surgeons, technologists and navigators at The Breast Center at Stanly Regional Medical Center understand the importance of early detection and provide patients with the healthcare resources needed.

A mammogram is the best tool to detect breast cancer early. Many people may not realize that when detected early, the 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is more than 80 percent. A mammogram is an x-ray that examines the breast for any suspicious areas and helps find lumps in the breast before they can be felt. They also can help spot calcium deposits called micro-calcifications, which can indicate cancer. A mammogram, combined with a clinical breast exam done by a medical provider and monthly breast self-exams, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early.

Starting at age 40, it is recommended that all women have a mammogram every year. For women at higher-than-normal risk for breast cancer, it may be best to start at a younger age. Early diagnosis of breast cancer gives patients more treatment options, including reducing the need for surgery.

Stanly Regional Medical Center, through its affiliation with Carolinas HealthCare System, is now a charter member of Levine Cancer Institute, which brings additional expertise and research offerings close to home for our patients, while delivering world-class, compassionate and innovative cancer care. The development of the Institute means more communities can benefit from the expertise of cancer specialists at Stanly and across the system. Patients in Stanly County are able to benefit from possible life-saving services and support thanks to the many access points for cancer care throughout the Carolinas.

For more information, visit StanlyBreastCenter.org.

It’s Fall in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

It’s official. Fall is here and fall weekends in Stanly County are made for fun and relaxation. This weekend you can choose from a list of events that include something for everyone, including the family dog.

Begin on Thursday at the Agri-Civic Center where from 1pm to 5 pm you can learn about and participate in craft workshops that include soap making, crochet, holiday ornaments, paper box cards, 3D paper teapot and pillowcases. Space is limited so registration is required.

On Friday, the ever-popular monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burn-out takes place in downtown Oakboro. The event starts at 5 pm and the Burn-out begins at 9 pm. Come and see these impressive cars and trucks and enjoy the unique entertainment of the Burn-out.

On Saturday the Stanly County Farmers’ Market takes place at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. Fresh produce locally grown is piled high on rows of stalls. Baked goods, plants, arts and crafts are also on sale. Come and browse, chat with the local farmers and fill your basket with good healthy food for your weekend feasting.

On Saturday at 10 am in West Badin, Teens Making a Difference are honoring veterans. There will be a parade followed by a ceremony. The Teens are asking all veterans to please come and participate in this special event.

From 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday, Cottonville Baptist Church presents the first annual “The Masters Wheels”. Admission is free for this car, truck, tractor and bike show.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is open on Saturday from 11 am until 7 pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6 pm. The Maze is located at Muddy Boots Farm on Highway 73 in Millingport between Albemarle and Mount Pleasant. The whole family will enjoy this unique adventure as they find their way through over 4 miles of trails in over 10 acres of corn. Also included in the fun are Jumpy Pillow, sunflower patch, corn hole game, pumpkin patch, straw maze, sling shot, picnic shelter, playground area, corn pit, and farm animals. Watch for the Maze of Terror coming soon.

We promised something for the family dog and here it is: On Saturday Locust Presbyterian Church will host a 5K race and 1-mile Dog Walk to help animal rescue groups. After the race, visit the Locust Town Center to watch the movie, All Dogs Go To Heaven. The 5K race starts at 5 pm and the dog walk starts at 5:15 pm. The movie starts at dusk.

As we noted above, this week’s Locust Movies in the Park features All Dogs Go to Heaven (Dog Days, owners can bring their dogs). The event is sponsored by Morton & Griffin. Locust’s Movies in the Town Center are free, family friendly events open to the public. Movies are scheduled for the last Saturday in April, May, September, and October.

Sunday at the Agri-Civic Center from 3 pm to 5 pm the Stanly County Concert Association features The Annie Moses Band. This multi-talented family group weaves a fusion of bluegrass, jazz, Christian, classical, original and pop tunes. Critics and audiences acclaim their electrifying instrumental virtuosity on cello, violin, harp, keyboard, mandolin, banjo, base and shimmering layered vocals.

Fall brings hiking weather to Stanly County. Come and enjoy the miles of hiking trails at Morrow Mountain State Park. Bring a picnic and settle down on one of the park’s many picnic tables and enjoy the view from the summit or the beautiful river scenery at the boat landing. Whatever your pleasure, there’s activity and relaxation to be found here on a Stanly County weekend.

An eventful Weekend in Stanly County!

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By 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.