This Weekend in Stanly CountyBy Bridget Huckabee
Rain or shine, this is a lovely time of the year in Stanly County. A wet spring has given up lush green pastures and hay-making is in full swing. Fields are filled with great rolls of hay ready for the barn and for winter feeding. Winter wheat fields look like green ocean waves in the wind and the corn is sprouting higher almost as you watch. Already, visitors are flocking to Morrow Mountain for camping and hiking, and kayaks, canoes and speed boats ply the waters of the lakes.
There are three outdoor events to enjoy this weekend in Stanly County featuring music, unique cars and trucks, and our very own Farmers’ Market.
Start your weekend with Thursdays at the Station, a free weekly concert put on by the Albemarle Parks and Recreation department. Each week on this day from May through August, Market Station in downtown Albemarle comes alive with music, all types of music from gospel to rock and from pop to bluegrass. The event begins at 7 pm and ends at 9 pm. This week brings us the No1Uno and the genre is bluegrass. Bring a chair, visit the concession stand for a drink and a nibble and settle down in the balmy outdoors for an evening filled with music.
Friday brings that special monthly event, the Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. This is listed 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 5 pm 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. The burnout starts at 9 pm and only takes place from April through October.
Saturday is the time to head to the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. The market has been in operation for over 15 years. Here, a variety of local vendors set up their stalls under a covered, open-sided venue. A heady mix of aromas fills the air, from the sweet doughy smell of homemade baked goods, to the tangy smell of fresh fruit and the earthy smell of newly harvested vegetables. Customers browse, looking, picking, and in some cases tasting before choosing from among the many locally grown products. Treat yourself to this experience. Bring your market basket–or vendors will provide you with a bag–fill it with the bounty from the area’s good rich soil, take it home and prepare to enjoy some fine eating.
Here’s a ‘heads up’ for next week. The Stanly County Museum has invited Dr. Chris Bramlett to present a program entitled, “Who was John Stanly?” Time and place is 6:30 pm, Thursday May 30, at Central United Methodist Church. Here’s a good opportunity to enjoy an entertaining program and find out just who our county was named for.