Stanly County is warming up and we don’t just mean the weather. There are lots of activities in the works for the coming months. Watch for those popular regular events like Thursdays at the Station, the Oakboro and Locust Cruise-ins, Summer Concert Series and of course our own weekly Farmers’ Market. There’ll also be plenty of one-time-only not-to-be-missed activities.
Friday we begin the weekend with a 3 day event: the Platinum National Dance Competition at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center. With input from students, parents and studio owners alike, the promoters are bringing a new kind of competition. Each dancer is center-stage. Numbers are showcased in a poppin’ production. Parents participate and enjoy the entertainment. Studio owners are paramount and the promoters promise to give them and their students and parents an experience to come back to. The event is from 8 am until 5 pm each day, Friday through Sunday.
If you’re feeling the need for some good exercise on Saturday morning, head to the YMCA in Albemarle and join the runners for the Beach Blast 5K. The race takes you through the streets of downtown Albemarle and the top 3 male and female finishers receive awards hand-carved by a local artist. Post-race showers are available at the Stanly County YMCA and then you can enjoy a world famous 5K sugar cookie from Albemarle’s very own Sweet Shop. The race is sponsored by Vac and Dash.
For you non-runners, start your day on Saturday with a visit to the Stanly County Farmers’ Market at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. From 8 am until noon, local vendors offer local produce, plants, crafts, homemade goodies and more. Come browse the venue and enjoy some of our local bounty.
After you’ve filled your basket with good things to eat you can head over to the YMCA Park in Albemarle for a Fun Day Celebration. The event is from 10 am until 2 pm and features a bake sale, a bounce house, a play package, a $3 Combo Lunch of pizza and a drink and much more. There’ll be raffle tickets to take a chance on with prizes being drawn all through the celebration. The event is sponsored by Alliance Medical and Home Care of the Carolinas. All proceeds go to benefit the Stanly County Relay for Life.
Next week, the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department begins its weekly summer concert series, Thursdays at the Station. Locust Summer Concert Series and Cruise-in also begins next week on Friday. The concerts are free. Make a note to come and enjoy some good music under the stars.