Stanly County is made up of small active communities. Not a weekend goes by without one, two or more of these communities putting on a festival, a cruise-in or an open air concert. The fun varies from burn-outs to tractor pulls. We have theatrical events at the Agri-Civic Center, movies, restaurants, art galleries and museums, but the true spirit of our county shines through in these local festivals run by the residents themselves. Usually non-profit or for a worthy cause, it’s here you’ll find the heart and soul of Stanly County.
Talking of community spirit, come out and support the Eagles on Friday when the Stanly Community College’s Men’s Baseball Team will take on Catawba Valley at 1pm. This game will be played at home at Don Montgomery Park.
After the ballgame, head to Oakboro for the monthly Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout. This is a great example of what a small community can do when it sets its mind to it. This event has become the largest Downtown Cruise-In in North Carolina! It brings in around 6,000 or so people and over 500 cars depending on the weather. The event technically starts at 5:00pm but people normally show up around 3:00pm 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 9:00pm and only takes place from April – October. If you’re not familiar with burn-outs, now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about.
Saturday morning is the time to pick up your basket and hurry on down to the Stanly County Farmers’ Market. Here from 8 am until noon you’ll find farmers and growers from throughout the county gathered in the delightful venue of Market Station in downtown Albemarle. For 15 years local vendors have been selling their produce, homemade goodies, and crafts to the citizens of Stanly County and surrounding areas. The Stanly County Farmers’ Market is located at Market Station 100 Railroad Street, Albemarle, NC 2800.
On Saturday afternoon ride out to Stanfield to take in another of our small community events. The Stanfield Motor Cycle Cruise-in is on the last Saturday of every month from April to September. From 4 pm to 9 pm there’ll be fun, food and more to enjoy as you walk down the center of town and reminisce about the time you owned or almost owned one of those classic bikes. Meet old friends, make new friends, kick tires and tell stories of the days when…. One of the big attractions this month will be the Antique Motorcycle Club of America’s Blueridge Chapter. The Greater Stanfield Business Association puts on the event. They are a group of Stanfield and surrounding business owners, ready and willing to create an active community of family oriented events, while developing commerce and supporting the greater good of their town.
Come join the fun this weekend in Stanly County.