Weekend Fun in Stanly County, NC


This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee


Here in Stanly County the pumpkins are fat, leaves glow with color and lakes gleam like blue silk. October is a grand month in our neck of the woods and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. From the challenge of sporting clays to a quiet walk through an art gallery and from the nostalgia of Gershwin’s music to a Fright Night in a haunted wood there’s a variety of activity and entertainment to be found throughout the county.

Start on Thursday in downtown Albemarle where the Falling Rivers Gallery (next door to Starnes Jewelers) presents the Stanly Arts Guild Member Show. Drop in to see the work of local artists and stay to browse in the Gallery. This charming venue is open 5 days a week and offers for sale a wide variety of wall art, jewelry, pottery and more.

On Friday take a ride down to Norwood to the beautiful Fork Farm and Stables to watch the CAGC Sporting Clays Championship. There will be food, drinks, tournament awards and raffle prizes at the conclusion of the event. Sporting Clay shooting is a shotgun sport suitable for the whole family. With minimal coaching, even someone who has never shot before can participate in a round of Sporting Clays while also enjoying the pristine natural surroundings of the Fork Farm. Come and watch the experts and see if this is the sport for you.

During the month of October head out to the Get Lost Corn Maze on Highway 73 and stay for the Maze of Terror, a guided walk on a haunted trail through a separate maze. Bring your courage with you.

On Friday evening the Pfeiffer Women’s Volleyball team takes on Belmont Abbey on the Pfeiffer campus at Misenheimer. Let’s hear that cheer for the home team.

On Friday night the place to be is on the porch at the Badin Inn. The live music of Taylor Chandler & the CRS Band entertains from 7 pm to 10 pm in this inviting venue overlooking the lush green fairways of the Badin golf course. This regularly scheduled Friday night event, Pickin’ on the Porch, is free and open to the public. Food and drink is available.

Saturday morning is the time to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at downtown Albemarle’s Market Station. The market has been in operation for 12 years. Join the many satisfied regular customers who return again and again for good local produce, homemade goodies and local crafts.

On Saturday afternoon ride up to Misenheimer to watch the Pfeiffer Women’s Volleyball team take on Lees McRae at 2 pm on the Pfeiffer campus.

Later in the afternoon, Big Lick Festival Park hosts the ATV Drag Races from 4 pm to 10 pm. All riders are required to wear a helmet and riders under 18 must have a parents’ signature to race. There’ll be first place trophies awarded to the winners of each class. There’ll also be plenty of food and drink available, and don’t forget to bring your own chair. The park is located on Highway 205 in Oakboro.

Sunday night is a special night at the Get Lost Corn Maze on Highway 73. It’s Youth Fright Night. Local church youth groups are invited to attend this scary event.

While the youth of the county are being scared, the rest of us can attend a more calming event on this autumn Sunday evening. Ride out to the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center where the Stanly County Concert Association presents the Spectrum Brass Quintet. Imagine a performance where a brass quintet commands the stage with power and grace, a concert pianist displays dazzling virtuosity (Rhapsody in Blue) and a soprano quietly sings heartfelt Gershwin favorites. The Spectrum Brass Quintet delivers a Gershwin tribute with the first half suited for a symphony hall (think Porgy and Bess) and the second half a night on the town.

Who could ask for anything more?

Weekend fun in Stanly County, NC

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabee

If, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, then Stanly County is a pretty spicy place this weekend. The choice of activities ranges from moonlight paddles to tractor pulls, from a party in a park to a grape stomp, and all in the welcome cool of autumn under trees showing their first fall colors.

On Friday, Big Lick Truck and Tractor Pull gets underway at 5 pm. Sponsored by the National Tractor Pullers Association, the two day event is big in every way. The crowds are big, the concessions are big and the trucks and tractors are huge. Go early, visit the race teams and get ready for some unique entertainment. There are bleachers, but better bring a lawn chair.

On this Friday night of the full moon, God’s Country Outfitters hosts a Moonlight Paddle Tour on the Falls Reservoir at Badin. Come out and enjoy an easy, guided kayak or canoe paddle under the moon. The event includes a campfire, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Paddle out at sunset, paddle back by moonlight. It doesn’t get any more romantic than this.

Saturday already and for you early rising fishermen the Adam and Eve Bass Fishing Tournament gets underway on Badin Lake at 8 am. On Lake Tillery, Russell’s Bass Fishing Tournament Series gets underway at the Swift Island Boat Landing.

Now it’s time to visit the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. As always the market features fresh produce from local vendors, homemade goodies and local crafts.

Pack those fruits and veggies away and if you hurry you can catch the Pfeiffer Swimming team as they take on Carolina Meet on the Pfeiffer campus at 11 am.

Just down the road, Richfield hosts a Party in the Park. There’ll be food, games, entertainment, exhibits, a photography contest, a car show, a tractor show, a silent auction, a live auction and the list goes on. Monk’s Band plays at 10 am, the Clay Pigeons at 11 am and the 3 generations at Noon.

On Endy Road, Dennis Vineyards holds their Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp from 11 am to 5 pm at their events facility, A Place in the Vineyard. Yes, you can actually stomp grapes just like Lucy, take a hay ride around the grounds, shop local artisans, eat food from local vendors and listen to Right Turn Clyde Band play southern rock and roll. Admission is free.

The Get Lost Corn Maze is a refreshing walk off the beaten path, but during the month of October, in a separate maze after the daytime schedule ends, you can get lost in the Maze of Terror. Scares will be stalking you in the Woods of Fear as you take a guided walk on a “haunted” trail. After you’ve navigated this life-sized puzzle of paths, you can pick a pumpkin to take home to carve. The maze is located 6 miles from Albemarle on Highway 73 West and is locally owned and operated by Kent and Amy Lowder.

Now calm your nerves with a moonlight paddle, the second night to enjoy the full moon on one of our beautiful lakes. God’s Country Outfitters is the host. Come out and enjoy an easy, guided kayak or canoe paddle under the moon. The event includes a campfire, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Paddle out at sunset, paddle back by moonlight.

The Big Lick Truck and Tractor Pull brings a second day of big crowds and big excitement. The event is located in Big Lick Festival Park on South Oak Ridge Road (Highway 205) in Oakboro.

On Sunday the Pfeiffer Women’s Soccer team takes on Florida Southern at 1 pm. The game takes place on the Pfeiffer campus. Come and cheer the home team.

The ghosts and goblins are still waiting for you among the corn stalks on this Sunday afternoon out at the Get Lost Corn Maze. And don’t forget to pick out that special pumpkin to carve in time for Halloween.