This Weekend in Stanly County
By Bridget Huckabee
Spring is trying its best to ‘bust out all over’ in Stanly County this weekend. This is a great time for a hike in Morrow Mountain State Park, a bicycle ride along some of our beautiful scenic byways or a walk around our quiet neighborhoods to admire the daffodils and forsythia. There are lots of sports events to stir the blood, a fundraiser for a worthy cause, a cruise-in for fun and a look back at 60’s music.
Start your weekend on Thursday with the Habitat for Humanity Barbeque Chicken Fundraiser. Half a barbeque chicken, slaw, chips, roll and homemade dessert are on the menu at this event for a worthy cause that takes places from 11 am to 7 pm at the Army National Guard Building on College Drive, Albemarle. You may dine-in or drive-thru.
TGIF and time to head to Oakboro for the monthly Cruise-in. A wide array of unique cars and trucks line the main street of this small town event billed as the largest Downtown Cruise-in in North Carolina. The fun starts at 5 pm, but people often show up around 3 pm to socialize before and during the event. The famous Burn-out only takes place from April to October. We’ll keep you posted on that one.
Saturday brings a truly unique event to Stanly County. The grape harvest is long since in, the wine is bottled and Stanly County is giving winter a final fling with its third annual Winter Wine Festival. Stanly County’s three local vineyards are joined by nine other area vineyards in this popular event. It takes place from noon until 6 pm at Market Station, 100 Railroad Street, Albemarle. The wineries, food and retail vendors offer unique opportunities for sipping, nibbling and shopping. Each vineyard will pour a “standard” taste sample and food vendors will have a bite size sample of their different foods. Presented by the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation and the Fork Farm and Stables, the Winter Wine Festival promises to be one of the biggest and best.
And for another unique event, ride down to Norwood to the Fork Farm and Stables where a 200 Bird Registered and Fun Shoot takes place. The shoot starts at 8:30 am with the last shooter on the course at 2:30 pm. Targets are set by instructors Charlie Cooper and Zeb Blake.
For the grand finale of your weekend, head to the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center for “Let’s Hang On,” a tribute to the 60’s icon Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like the Broadway hit, The Jersey Boys, the show features a band and four talented professional performers who duplicate the heartthrobs and have the trademark moves of the legendary artists.
Pfeiffer University and Stanly Community College feature a variety of sports team events from Thursday through Sunday that include tennis, lacrosse, baseball, softball and basketball. Check their schedules through the Convention and Visitors Bureau calendar or the school’s websites.