Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July! (Stanly County Style)

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By Bridget Huckabee

In Stanly County the big Fourth of July event takes place in the small town of Oakboro. And this year the town celebrates its centennial with extra fireworks on Friday July 3 as well as on Saturday July 4. There will be special centennial honors in the July 4 parade as well as the traditional floats featuring veterans, beauty contestants, bands, church groups and much more. The rides open at 6 pm on the midway starting on Tuesday and continuing through the Fourth. There will be entertainment every night throughout the week on the Union Power stage featuring a variety of music. And of course there will be fun activities all day on Saturday the Fourth starting at 9 am with the big parade followed by the opening ceremonies, BBQ lunch at the Fire Department, Miss Stanly County Fire Queen Pageant and more. The celebration ends at dusk with fireworks. This is a traditional small town celebration of the nation’s birthday in its purest form, an event not to be missed.

You can never have too many fireworks to celebrate the Fourth and Woodrun in Montgomery County across the Pee Dee River will have its own display on Friday July 3 at dusk. Morrow Mountain State Park is open until 10 pm and what better place to view the fun than from the summit. Go a little early, pack a picnic and enjoy the view as the lights come on across the county.

Talking of picnics, this is the time of year to enjoy picnics in our many beautiful parks and along our lakes and rivers. Visit our county’s Farmers Markets for your picnic supplies. You’ll find fresh locally grown fruit and veggies, and plenty of homemade goodies to pack into that picnic basket. Stanly County Farmers Market opens twice a week: on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Locust Farmers Market is on Thursdays from noon until 6 pm in front of Locust school. Oakboro Farmers Market is open from 8 am until noon on Saturdays at the Oakboro Train depot. And Stanly Commons Farmers Market is on Mondays from 8 am until noon.

On Saturday, begin America’s birthday celebration by joining in the Watermelon Run at Morrow Mountain. The event begins at 7 am and is organized by Vac and Dash.

Enjoy this holiday weekend in Stanly County whether it’s taking part in the traditional fun events or creating your own with a picnic in the park, fishing on the lake or grilling hot dogs in the back yard. This is a place where you set your own pace away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Happy Fourth!

A Festive Weekend in Stanly County!

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This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

There’s lots of fun to be had in Stanly County this weekend from races in the cool of the morning to concerts in the cool of the evening. There is a cruise-in for vintage car buffs, a competition for muscle builders, a tractor pull for those who love outdoor fun, and farmers markets for everyone who loves fresh locally grown food. And to add to the excitement, on Sunday Oakboro begins its annual week long July Fourth celebrations.

On Thursday from noon until 6 pm visit the Locust Farmers Market located in front of Locust school. Everything is home grown and handmade so bring your basket and fill it to the brim.

On Thursday evening from 6 pm until 7:30 pm head to Norwood for the Memorial Baptist Church Youth Dash and Splash 5K/Fun Run. Run a race and then take a dip in the pool.  This unique run will be held at Edgewater on Randall’s Church Road just outside of Norwood. It’s a pretty flat course for this area, with a scenic view of Lake Tillery. Awards go to the top ten male and female finishers. All proceeds to benefit the Memorial Baptist Church Youth.

Thursday evening is also the time to enjoy a free outdoor concert courtesy of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department. Market Station in downtown Albemarle is the place and 8 pm is show time. This week the Scott Family provides folk music for your enjoyment. The concert goes on come rain or come shine in this covered venue. Bring a lawn chair, visit the concession stand and get set to relax in the cool of the evening while you listen to some good music.

Friday and Saturday from 5 pm until 10 pm is the time to head for Big Lick Festival Park where the Big Lick Truck and Tractor Pull takes place in a fun-filled fairground atmosphere. There are always lots of folks, lots of concession stands with a variety of food and drink, and lots of excitement. Join in with the crowd as they cheer on their favorite machine as it pulls its load down the runway. There’s plenty of shade under the trees and bleachers to sit on, but bring a lawn chair for added comfort.

Friday evening also brings the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in and Burnout. The event starts at 5 pm and the Burnout is at 9 pm. Stroll the main street and chat with the proud owners of these unique cars and trucks and then enjoy the Burnout’s one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Saturday morning brings us the weekly Stanly County Farmers Market from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Here you will find all the fresh locally grown produce you’re looking for plus homemade goodies, plants and more. And you’ll also find all of this from 8 am until noon at the Oakboro Farmers Market located at the Oakboro Train Depot.

Also on Saturday morning you can catch the Oakboro Freedom Run. This 5K event benefits the Oakboro Fire Department and is sponsored by Stanly Community College & Stanly Regional Hospital. Awards will be given for top finishers as well as age group awards. The race starts at 8 am in Oakboro next to the Post Office.

Down in Norwood, it’s Fork Ladies Day at the Fork Farm and Stables. This sporting clays event is from 9 am until 5 pm and includes a light breakfast, lunch, a wine and cheese social from 4 pm to 5 pm and complimentary group instruction. The sporting Clays Courses will be open to the public during the event and husbands and guests are welcome to attend and shoot on their own.

Saturday evening the NPC Victory Classic will take place at the Agri-Civic Center. Pre-judging for this Bodybuilding, Figure, Physique and Bikini Competition takes place at 10 am. The night show begins at 6 pm.

Sunday begins the week long 57th Annual Oakboro 4th of July Celebration. Rides, pageants and music event begin on Tuesday and continue all week. Check out the schedule of events at www.oakboro4th.com. We’ll have more details in this space next week.

Enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A great weekend in ahead in Stanly County!!!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Planning to cook a good healthy feast this weekend? You can now shop for it early here in Stanly County. The Stanly County Farmers Market opens on Wednesday at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. On Thursday you can shop at the Locust Farmers Market in front of Locust school from noon until 6 pm. And if you miss all these opportunities to fill your basket full of goodies for the weekend, there is the regular Stanly County Farmers Market at Market Station on Saturday morning from 8 am until noon. All these markets serve a variety of fresh locally grown produce and home baked goodies, and you may find eggs, meat, honey and more. You’ll also find a variety of crafts and plants for sale. Enjoy the summer bounty of Stanly County farms and gardens.

Thursday evening brings us the weekly Thursdays at the Station, a free open air concert at Market Station courtesy of the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department. This week features Knee High playing some delightful bluegrass music. Showtime is 8 pm come rain or shine (the venue is covered), the concession stand is open and bring a lawn chair. Donations go to the performers and are very welcome. Come and enjoy the music.

Head to Badin on Saturday morning to watch…or take part in…the Tri to Make a Difference Badin Lake Triathlon. Presented by Alcoa and organized by the YMCA, the event takes place at 8 am at Badin Lake. This is a fun event to watch as dozens of swimmers hit the waters of Badin Lake, dry off and hit the road on their racing bikes, and finish with a running race ending in downtown Badin. Come and cheer on these athletes as they race to the finish.

On Saturday morning you can Fish for Fun at City Lake Park from 10 am until noon. Organized by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department and cosponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the event is free to participants. Loaner rods are available and a door prize drawing will be conducted. Bring the whole family to enjoy this unique experience in the calm waters and beautiful setting of the lake.

Take a ride up Morrow Mountain over the weekend. The view from the summit is spectacular. The pool is open with a concession stand in business. The boathouse also has a concession stand and a variety of watercraft for rent. The museum is well worth a visit with its exhibits on natural and cultural resources. The Kron House is an historical recreation of the home place of Dr. Francis Kron. Bring your horse or step into your hiking boots to enjoy the 30 miles of hiking and bridle trails. Or pack your tent and settle in to one of the 106 family campsites. There are also 6 family vacation cabins available for rent. The Lodge, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s is available for weddings, family gatherings, meetings and educational events. In 2014, 457,160 visitors from a wide area came to the park to enjoy its many facilities. Come and enjoy this jewel in the crown of Stanly County.

A Wonderful Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Memorial Day has come and gone. Now begins the season to enjoy summer fun and the many outdoor activities available in and around our beautiful county.

It’s also the season for farmers markets to fill their stalls with fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stanly County boasts three farmers markets: Stanly Commons on Mondays from 9am until 1 pm, Locust on Thursdays at the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27 in front of Locust school from noon until 6 pm, and Saturdays at Market Station in downtown Albemarle from 8 am until noon. These markets also often sell meats, eggs, honey, homemade goodies, crafts and garden plants. And on a drive around the scenic highways and byways that bisect our local farms, you’ll often discover small roadside stalls filled with freshly harvested produce.

For a change of pace, drop in at the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. The gallery is currently showing the paintings of Patti Duncan featuring work in acrylics, oil, pastel, and alcohol ink. On Saturday a reception for the artist is from noon until 3 pm. The public is welcome. While you’re in the gallery, check out the work of the 25 plus regional artists whose work is on permanent display. The gallery is open weekly from Tuesday through Saturday.

Thursdays at the Station is a weekly outdoor concert at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Organized by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department the show begins at 8 pm come rain or come shine (the venue is covered). Music ranges from bluegrass to gospel and from folk to rock. The concert is free but donations are welcome and go to the performers. A concession stand is open so bring a lawn chair and come and enjoy the music.

On Friday for more music and fun outdoors head to Dennis Vineyards. From 6pm to 10 pm you can enjoy Music at the Vineyard with a performance by DJ Dean Scott. Here you’ll find music, wine and dancing to a mix of danceable tunes. Bring a lawn chair to rest between dances and enjoy an early summer evening under the stars.

Head to Badin Lake early enough on Saturday morning and you can catch sight of those bass boats racing down Badin Lake to their favorite fishing spot. It’s the Second Annual Historic Badin Bass Tournament and gets under way at the Alcoa boat landing at 6 am. First place guaranteed prize is $1,500. The event is sponsored by Gill’s Tackle Shop at 38 Falls Road Badin and Better Badin, Inc.

Saturday evening brings more outdoor entertainment. Locust Movie Night takes place at Locust Town Center beginning at sunset. Saturday’s movie is Frozen, one you won’t want to miss. The movie is shown on a large inflatable screen at the back of the Locust Town Hall. The movie is free and family friendly and is open to the public. There will be food and concessions so bring the whole family and come and enjoy entertainment in the open air.

There are lots more summer events for Stanly County weekends lined up for your enjoyment so stay tuned.

This Weekend in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

The weather is heating up and so are weekend events in Stanly County. There are a lot of fun things to do in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

On Thursday shop for your weekend feast in Locust at the Farmers Market. Located on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27 in front of Locust School, the market is open from noon until 6 pm. Organized by the City of Locust, everything here is homegrown and handmade.

From now until Saturday May 30, Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle presents a show of paintings by Patti Duncan. Patti embraces and invents new techniques to create depth of texture. Subject matter in her portfolio ranges from fully representational to non-representational art. Although acrylics are her favorite medium, she is comfortable with oils, pastels, alcohol inks, encaustics and digital artwork. This mix of mediums and subject matter provides a wide range of artwork for the viewer’s enjoyment. There is a reception at the Gallery on May 30 from noon to 3 pm and the public is invited.

While you’re in the Gallery browse the work of 25 other regional artists whose work is on permanent display. All work is original one-of-a-kind and includes pottery, painting, jewelry, fiber art, and many other beautiful works of art, all for sale at very reasonable prices.

Thursdays at the Station is back at Market Station in downtown Albemarle weekly from now until August. This week features the gospel music of 4Ever4Given. Now in its fourteenth year, the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Departments concert series continues this year with music that ranges from bluegrass to gospel and from folk to rock and pop. Showtime is 8 pm and shows are held come rain or come shine. A concession stand is open and donations which go the performers are gratefully accepted. Bring your own yard chair and come and enjoy the music.

Friday is going to be an amazing day at Tillery Tradition Country Club as they host the Second Annual Bull’s Classic (powered by Carolina CAT) Long Drive and Pro-Am Invitational. The public is welcome to come out and watch 28 of the longest hitters in the world compete against each other!

Friday is the time to head to Oakboro for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. Billed as the largest Downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina, this Stanly County event brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5pm but people normally show up around 3 pm to socialize before and during the event. It’s a great time to see some very unique cars and trucks. The Cruise-In is always on the 4th Friday of every month and the burnout starts at 9 pm. Don’t miss this unique event.

Saturday brings another chance to stock up on fresh locally grown produce for your good healthy summer feasting. The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is open from 8am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The market has been in operation for over 15 years. Here you will find many local vendors selling their produce, homemade goodies, and crafts to the citizens of Stanly County and surrounding areas.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.

A Duck Derby and much more this Weekend!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Start your weekend Thursday afternoon at the Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin where the Better Badin Golf Tournament takes place. Proceeds benefit this local non-profit organization as it raises funds to enhance this unique historic town. Whether you are a golfer or a spectator, the venue is a great place to spend a late spring afternoon. Enjoy the views of rolling fairways and manicured greens as you ride a cart, walk the course or relax on the fan-cooled porch overlooking the putting green.

Also on Thursday afternoon, the Locust Farmers Market takes place from noon to 6 pm on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27. Organized by the City of Locust, the market’s slogan is ‘homegrown and handmade’.

Saturday morning brings us the Stanly County Farmers Market from8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Stalls are filled with fresh locally grown produce, homemade goodies and a variety of plants and crafts. The market has been in operation for 15 years, with many local vendors selling their produce to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding area.

Saturday morning at 10 am is the time for kids to be at Morrow Mountain for the Kids Habitrax. Organized by Friends of Morrow Mountain, this is a way to celebrate KIDS TO PARKS DAY. Bring your children age K-4 and discover how animals share some basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and space by using a map and exploring their surroundings. Meet at the Morrow Mountain State Park, Lower Picnic Area. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, hiking shoes, and use bug spray. Please call 704-982-4402 if you have more questions.

At 11 am on Saturday you are invited to the 7th Annual Rubber Duck Derby at the Stanly County YMCA Park in Albemarle. Organized by Group Homes of Albemarle, this is a great way to support a worthy cause by backing your duck—or ducks—to win. Come join the fun. Everybody loves a rubber duck.

On Saturday afternoon head to Dennis Vineyards to take part in the Dennis Vineyard Twisted Palette event. Everyone knows that wine loosens insecurities and inhibitions… but did you know it makes you an incredibly talented painter? Join a group as they sip and paint their way through the afternoon on Saturday, May 16th. Every painting class comes with guided instruction on various painting techniques, all the necessary painting supplies, light appetizers and a glass of wine of your choice.

Locust Concert Series takes place on Saturday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm on the back porch of the Locust City Hall. On this evening the Hinson Girls open for A Deeper Shade of Blue. Come and enjoy some good music in the friendly setting of the Locust town center.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.

This Weekend in Stanly County, NC!

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By Bridget Huckabee

Get ready for your weekend by visiting the Locust Farmers Market on Thursday between noon and 6 pm. The market is located on the corner of Vella Drive and Highway 24/27. Organized by the City of Locust, the market runs from May through September and the market’s slogan is Homegrown and Handmade.

On Friday through Sunday, the Platinum National Dance Competition takes place at the Agri-Civic Center from 6 pm to 9 pm each night. Dancers will be competing in ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance.

Saturday’s events get off to an early start with the 11th Annual Hospice of Stanly County’s Charity Bass Tournament. The start is 5 am, or safe light, and begins at the Alcoa boat landing on Badin Lake. 1st place is $1,000 guaranteed. All proceeds benefit Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharrie, a non-profit hospice providing comforting care since 1981.

Also on Saturday but not quite as early, the Uwharrie Running Club is going big for the Beach Blast 5K. The race starts at 8 am and the goal is to have 1,000 runners. This year, cool max shirts will be given to all participants in your choice of female or male cut shirts. The Beach Blast 5k takes participants through beautiful downtown Albemarle which is less than 45 minutes from Charlotte, Salisbury, Concord and Rockingham. Post-race showers are available at Stanly County YMCA. Top 3 Male & Female finishers receive awards of hand-carved gourds by a local artist. After the race, enjoy a world famous 5K Sugar Cookie from Albemarle’s very own Sweet Shop.

On Saturday from 8 am until noon the place to be is Market Station in downtown Albemarle for the Stanly County Farmers Market. The market has been in operation for 15 years with local vendors selling fresh produce, homemade goodies and crafts to the people of Stanly County and the surrounding area.

Another Saturday event is the Southern Piedmont Delta Waterfowl Youth Day. The event is from 10 am until 2 pm at Long Creek Farms on Kendalls Church Road in New London. Children 15 years and under are welcome.

Saturday at 2 pm is the time and Morrow Mountain is the place of an event entitled “The First Peoples of Morrow Mountain.” The Uwharrie Mountains and Yadkin/Pee Dee River System have attracted people to settle here for thousands of years. This area has been referred to as “North Carolina’s Cradle of Civilization” because of its many pre-historic archaeological sites. Morrow Mountain State Park will be offering a Powerpoint presentation on the area’s first peoples and archaeological significance. It will be followed by demonstrations of Native American skills including flint-knapping, fire-making, and the use of an atlatl. Meet at the Park Office. The event is organized by the Friends of Butterfly House.

Talking of Morrow Mountain, canoes and paddle boats are now available at the weekends for very reasonable rental at the Morrow Mountain boat landing. These will be available during the week as well as weekends after Memorial Day. Treat yourself to a gentle float down the Pee Dee River in the company of herons, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife.

Whichever event you take part in, you will be sure to enjoy your weekend here in Stanly County.

A full weekend of events in Stanly County!

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By Bridget Huckabee

There’s a full slate of events to enjoy in Stanly County this weekend. Begin on Thursday when the Stanly County Chorale presents An Evening on Broadway. The event takes place at the Agri-Civic Center at 7 pm. Here’s your chance to hear all those wonderful songs from the Broadway shows you love. Admission is free.

On Friday morning treat yourself to breakfast at the Homes of Hope Spring Hearty Breakfast Fundraiser. Food will be served from 6:30 am to 9:30 am at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Albemarle. Good food for a good cause.

Ready for golf? On Friday the Live Again Ministries puts on its 5th annual golf tournament at Red Bridge Golf Club in Locust. Lunch is at noon and the shot gun start is at 12:45 pm.

On Friday and Saturday the place to be is in Big Lick for the truck and tractor pull. The event takes place at Big Lick Festival Park and there’ll be lots of food and lots of fun. Bring a chair to insure comfortable seating.

On Saturday morning you can Run with the Law in their Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. The 2 mile fun run begins and ends in front of the Stanly County Courthouse. Starting time is 8:30 am. The event is organized by the Stanly County Sheriff’s Department.

Also on Saturday morning the Stanly County Humane Society invites you to join them for the 8th Annual Wagfest. The event takes place at Cannon Park across from the YMCA in Albemarle from 9am to 1 pm. Wagfest is a walk-a-thon, where participants are encouraged to raise money for SCHS. It’s a family-oriented event, with lots of activities throughout the morning which include face painting, bounce houses, dog grooming, pony rides, food, bake sale, a variety of vendors and more. Bring your family, your leashed pets, and enjoy the fun.

Come and enjoy First Saturday events in downtown Albemarle, and with the Beach Blast in full swing from 2 pm to 9 pm there’ll be a lot going on. The Kids Zone is from 3pm to 7 pm with games, food, face painting and inflatables. The Sidewalk Chalk Art contest starts at 2pm and judging is at 6 pm The Team Cornhole Tournament starts at 3 pm, Shagging 0n Second is from 5 pm to 9 pm, there’s a rummage sale at 3 pm, Vac and Dash presents Kids Yoga at 4 pm, a Kids Fun Run at 4:30 pm, and the Downtown Mile at 5pm.

The Stanly County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April through October and every Wednesday and Saturday from June through August from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle.

On Saturday the Stanly Arts Guild is proud to present Glenda (Glenny) Nelson’s pastel paintings at the Falling Rivers Gallery on West Main Street in downtown Albemarle. Named “Forgotten”, the series is a story of forgotten values, dreams, and dedication learned from hardships faced by small town America. The show opens on May 2 and runs through May 15. There is a reception on May 2 at 2pm. The public is welcome.

There’s more golf to enjoy on Saturday at our neighbor across the river, Tillery Tradition Golf Club. The Play for the Cause tournament is a community service project hosted by Gray Stone Day students and golfer Micah Mason to benefit the Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharries. Shot gun start is at 1pm.

There’s also more fun on Saturday for the canine in the family. Bark in the Park takes place at Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park in Locust from noon until 3pm. There’ll be food, vendors, music, contests and more.

And there’s more fun for the golfers on Saturday. Badin Derby Day Golf Tournament and Hat Party takes place at Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin between 2 pm and 7 pm. Pick your own tee time, pick a horse and receive an extra shot off your score based on the odds on the horse. The hat party and contest is on the veranda at 4 pm. There’ll be southern hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps, sweet tea, beer and wine.

Enjoy your weekend in Stanly County.  

Arbor Day and much more!!!!

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

Norwood’s 22nd Annual Arbor Day Festival runs from Thursday through Saturday. The main stage will be set up behind the Norwood Town Hall and the three-day event will begin Thursday at 7 pm with a performance by the LeFevre Quartet. Friday’s performance will feature the North Tower Band, also at 7 pm, and Saturday will feature music for all ages all day long, ending with a performance by the Swash Tones at 7 pm. A variety of food, craft, and service vendors will be there during the festival.

On Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, the Stanly County Concert Band presents A Disney Extravaganza. The venue is the Agri-Civic Center and the concert is free. This is a volunteer community band of dedicated adult musicians. Their mission is to provide lifelong participation in music and enhance the cultural life of Stanly County and the region through free or low cost performances.

On Friday the monthly Oakboro Cruise-in in downtown Oakboro begins at 5 pm. Come and stroll along Oakboro’s main street and admire the beautifully restored cars and trucks, chat with the owners and enjoy food and music. At 9pm you can experience the first Burn-out of the season.

On Friday evening at 7:30 pm the Uwharrie Players present Almost, Maine. Billed as truly sweet and charming, the play will be performed in Albemarle High School Auditorium on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday morning is the time to grab your market basket and head for the Stanly County Farmer’s Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8am until noon you can browse a variety of stalls and take your pick of fresh locally grown produce, home baked goodies and crafts.

On Saturday Vac and Dash presents yet another of its unique races. This one, called the Running of the Bulls takes place in Norwood at 9 am. Join the fun.

Also on Saturday morning the 17th Annual Kerri D. Efird Memorial Scholarship Bike Run begins at 11 am at West Stanly High School. Registration is at 10 am. Support for the scholarship comes 100% from this event. All scholarships will be awarded to West Stanly High School seniors.

On Saturday from 6pm to 9 pm the On Point regional dance competitions take place at the Agri-Civic Center. Come and watch these budding ballerinas show off their talents.

Saturday evening at 8 pm is the time for the Locust Summer Movie Series. The movie is Up, and is sponsored by Stanly Parents of Twins and Triplets. The venue is the Locust Town Center and the event is free. There will be food and concessions and fun for the whole family.

Sunday morning Vac and Dash presents a Beach Blast practice run. Get a head start with a preview of the Beach Blast course. Runners will be meeting at 7am at the Stanly County Courthouse in Albemarle. The Beach Blast event is on Saturday, May 9 and the aim is to have 1,000 runners pouring through downtown Albemarle.

There are lots of events to choose from in Stanly County this weekend and in the coming weekends as well, so stay tuned. And whatever events you decide to participate in, enjoy your Stanly County weekend.

A full weekend of events!

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabeegrits

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. .