Race Month Is Here

600 Festival brings a month full of activities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2016) – If you have time on your hands in May and are looking for something to do, the 600 Festival Association™ has got it covered.

From some of the top musical acts in the nation to a family-friendly movie to race cars, drivers and big rigs, the 600 Festival offers up many entertainment opportunities in the Charlotte region during May.

“It is going to be an amazing month of May for everyone in this region,” said Jacqueline Gafrarar, executive director of the 600 Festival. “The 600 Festival has so many events again this year that it’s going to be great for locals and for the thousands of fans who come to town for the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.”

For more than 31 consecutive years, the 600 Festival has led the area in celebrating the May racing events at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The 600 Festival kicks off May 6 with Movies on the Campus, a family-friendly, free affair in Kannapolis. The event, in conjunction with Jiggy with the Piggy, is featuring Disney’s “Cars 2” on the big screen starting at 8 p.m.

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Two weeks later on May 19, it’s Haulers on Union Parade & Fan Fest, the annual parade of NASCAR big rigs through downtown Concord on the way to Charlotte Motor Speedway. And like any parade, there is much more, including live music from beach music icons The Tams and country music artists Acoustic South, celebrity appearances, mascots, games and show cars.

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The scene shifts to Mooresville and the GoPro Motorplex on May 24 for the ENEOS Little 600 go-kart extravaganza, featuring topNASCAR drivers going head-to-head in go-karts.  The ENEOS Little 600 will have a similar entry list as years prior that included Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Trevor Bayne and many more. There also will be a race between spotters, the eyes-in-the-sky for drivers, as they take the wheel to race peers.

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola opens its three-day run in Uptown Charlotte May 26 as the streets come alive with NASCAR’s top Sprint Cup drivers such as Joey Logano, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch, show cars, interactive displays, kids’ events, food vendors and much more.

Sol Fusion and the Voltage Brothers will offer up the sounds of rhythm and blues, beach music, soul and funk on the Mello Yello stage Thursday, May 26 for a free concert.

Chris Young, who has seven number-one singles and is currently on the charts in a duet with Cassadee Pope, and country icon Montgomery Gentry will be on the Coca-Cola stage Friday, May 27. Twenty-four hours later, sibling group The Band Perry, owner of a Grammy Award and a multitude of gold and platinum records, will be in the spotlight on the Coca-Cola stage along with North Carolina’s own Kellie Pickler. Tickets for the May 27 and 28 shows are $15 for each night.

Bright and early on Saturday, May 28, runners will hit the streets of Uptown Charlotte for the PNC Speed Street 5K, which begins on Tryon Street and ends at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Remembering Jonathan Thacker

It’s Concord versus Kannapolis in high school baseball from Intimidators Stadium in Kannapolis, N.C.

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The Cabarrus Fair is here!

share the fair

Fairly big deal

CONCORD, N.C.,  – The Cabarrus County Fair will open its gates for the 2015 season on Friday, September 11, and run through Saturday, September 19, at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, off Hwy 49.

This year’s theme is Share the Fair and there’s good reason why:

  • Have some high-flying fun on the more than 40 rides
  • Squeeze in a little family fun by milking a real cow
  • Log some time at the live chainsaw artist
  • Hoof it to the famous racing pigs
  • Gaze your eyes and feed your mouth on ears of delicious locally grown corn
  • Bark up some fun with the K9’s Take Flight team
  • Mindbend with the Magic of Lance Gifford and Company
  • Have a blast watching a live sand sculptor
  • Bee-have with the Cabarrus County Beekeepers Association
  • And eat deep fried everything…but you don’t really have to share those

Once you’ve checked off your list, take some time to hit the classics. Tour the exhibit hall, create some fun with the kids club activities and compete for prizes. The fair also features local and regional musical acts that represent the ties between our home-grown fair and the heart of our community.

Gate admission to the fair is $7.50 for ages 12-64, $5.35 for ages 65+ and those with military ID, $3.25 for ages 6-11 and ages 5 and younger admitted free. Parking is free. All transactions at the Fair are cash only. ATMs are located at the main gate and throughout the midway, but do carry a surcharge.

2015 Gate Specials (rides not included):

  • Saturday, September 12 – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., only.
  • Sunday, September 13 – Cooperative Christian Ministries Canned Food Drive
    Free General Gate Admission for all from 1-3 p.m. with any brand of four canned food items per adult and two canned food items per child.
  • Tuesday, September 15 – School Education Night
    Receive $1 off General Gate Admission when you show off your school spirit by wearing your favorite grade school to college attire.
  • Thursday, September 17 – Salute to Seniors Night
    Admission price of $4.30 for seniors ages 65 and older from 4-6 p.m., only. Price includes sales tax.
  • Catch the fair for free on Fridays
    Present your high school football ticket stub at the gate after the game on Friday, September 11 and 18, only, and get free gate admission for the corresponding evening.

The fair is open on weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday 1-10 p.m.

Cabarrus County Transportation Service (CCTS) provides complimentary parking lot shuttle van service for the satellite parking lots during the weekends. Satellite parking lots are only operational on weekends and CCTS vans run at specified hours.

2015 Shuttle Van Service Schedule:

Saturday, September 12, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Sunday, September 13, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday, September 19, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

For more information about the fair, including entertainment, tickets or times, visit www.cabarruscountyfair.com.

Like the fair at www.facebook.com/cabarruscountyfair for fair trivia, prizes and updates. If you’re tweeting from the fair, remember to tag @cabarrusfair.

Cabarrus community news

Here is wetlands along the new section of the Hector Henry Greenway
Here is wetlands along the new section of the Hector Henry Greenway

Food Truck Friday

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday behind the Old Creamery and Cougar Run Winery. Here is the line-up for Aug. 14:

DJ Elementz rocking the party.
All-Star Cafe
Mae’s Creole Kitchen
100 Main Beef and Barbeque
Maryland Crab Co. Llc
The Big Woodie
MarlieQ’s Caribbean Queen
Cremoso Cheesecake Company
Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice

Hall of Fame deadline Saturday

CONCORD, N.C. –The deadline for applications and nominations for the Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame isSaturday.

The hall of fame committee will consider the applications and finalize the 2015 induction class in the new few weeks. Already the committee is considering 39 nominations that have been received. It will be the fifth class of inductees.

This year’s class will be inducted in a 7 p.m. ceremony Oct. 22 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 2011. The committee considers coaches and athletes who were outstanding in their athletic fields and  as well as their communities.

Nomination forms should be sent to: McClamrock Business Forms, Attention: Tony McClamrock, P.O. Box 58092, Raleigh, N.C. 27658-8092. For more information or for nomination forms ,contact McClamrock at 919-876-4387 or email mbforms@nc.rr.com

96 junior golfers at The Club at Irish Creek next week

KANNAPOLIS, NC- Next week, the sixth-annual IZOD AJGA Championship will feature 26 players from the Charlotte area and throughout North Carolina.  The Club at Irish Creek, 1196 Fairway Drive, Kannapolis, NC 28081, will host the American Junior Golf Association tournament for the second year.

The full field of 96 high school golfers represents some of the best in the United States and internationally. Ten of the golfers are already committed to play at the college level, and others will be in full view of college scouts.

The 54-hole stroke play event will tee off Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30 pm and continue through Thursday, August 20. The schedule of events includes:

  • Monday, August 17: 1:30 pm, shotgun practice round
  • Tuesday, August 18: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, first round off No. 1 tee
  • Wednesday, August 19: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, second round off No. 1 tee
  • Thursday, August 20: 7:30 am to 12:40 pm, final round off No. 1 tee
  • Thursday, August 20: 5:30 pm, awards ceremony

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Concord, A.L. Brown high schools stuff the bus for CCM

KANNAPOLIS – Everything about the Battle For the Bell is special – this is the 85th year Concord and A.L. Brown high schools will play for the Victory Bell donated to the schools by Southern Railways in 1950, the rivalry is the longest continuous high school rivalry in North Carolina and 15th longest in the nation.

This year, Cooperative Christian Ministry and both high schools want to make it a little more special for everyone in the community. Each school will have a school bus parked in the horseshoe drive located in front of Bullock Gymnasium at A.L. Brown High School for the duration of the game. Members of the community can pick which school is their favorite and student volunteers will be on-hand to help stuff the buses for CCM.

“These two high schools have never been afraid to leverage their competition to demonstrate the importance of community,” says CCM Executive Director Ed Hosack. “We are extremely proud of how these two schools have responded through their food drives over the years.”

The school with the most food (in weight) will win a prize and CCM will distribute the food collected throughout their network of 10 community food pantries.

“We are extremely grateful and happy that our students are supporting the community with the canned food drive to support CCM,” says A.L. Brown Principal Todd Parker. “It is so important that we teach our students that giving to others is an important part of life and makes it so much more meaningful.”

The Battle For the Bell – traditionally the last game of the regular season for Concord and A.L. Brown high schools – was changed after conference realignment split the schools and the game had to be moved to prior to the first day of school. The game was moved this year from Friday night, Aug. 21, to Thursday night, Aug. 20, and will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable as part of the Great American Rivalry series. North Carolina High School Athletic Association regulations will not allow Friday night high school games to be broadcast live.

Gates open at 5 p.m. at A.L. Brown High School. Students and volunteers will be on-hand beginning at 4:45 p.m. to take donations of nonperishable food items.

ABOUT COOPERATIVE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) provides immediate assistance to residents of Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties of North Carolina that are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter, or finances while engaging them in a series of actions that will empower them to move beyond crisis. For more information, go to www.cooperativeministry.com.

Fun abounds in Cabarrus County

 Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary garage sale

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary is holding a GIANT garage sale on Saturday August 8th from 7:00 am to 12:00 PM at the Salvation Army Headquarters located at 216 Patterson Ave., Concord.

There will be antiques, vintage and family clothing, furniture, games and much, much more.  You don’t want to miss it.

If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to call or write me at:  tinkerbell@ctc.net or 704-88-1859.

OCT Auditions for “The Trip to Bountiful” Sunday & Monday

Auditions for “The Trip to Bountiful“, the second of OCT’s main stage plays, will be held August 9 & 10 at 7 pm. For deeper character descriptions please visit OCT’s audition page.

CarrieWatts – female Age 60+

Ludie Watts – male Age 30-50

Jessie Mae Watts – female Age 30-50 (same range as Ludie)

Thelma – female Age 20-30

Sheriff – male Age 40-50s

Roy – male Age 25-40

2 Ticket Masters – male Age Open

There are also walk-on character roles available for the Houston Bus Scene. They do not have scripted lines. There will be blocked scenes. Rehearsals for these walk-on roles are limited to tech week.

Discount tickets and fair entries to the fair

Visit the Cabarrus County Fair website for information on discount tickets
Visit the Cabarrus County Fair website for information on discount tickets
Interested in showing off at the Fair?
Visit the website under Exhibits for all the details and get your entry forms in today! The entry deadline is Wednesday, August 26th at 4:30 PM.
Showcase your business to close to 90,000 in only 9 days! It’s an affordable way to get your message out to the community. Contact the Fair Office for details.
FAIR HOURS September 11-19th
Monday – Friday 4 PM – 11 PM
Saturdays 1 PM – 11 PM
Sunday 1 PM – 10 PM

 33rd annual Southern Women’s Show offers three days of fun

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  – There’s so much to see at the Southern Women’s Show that some guests return on a second or even third day. More than 400 exhibiting companies and an array of special guests will be at the 33rd annual event at the Charlotte Convention Center.

“There’s so much fun to be had at the show,” said Tish Atkins, executive show manager. “You can do it in a half-day or a day, but many of our guests make it a two- or three-day affair. Some special guest appearances and events are one day only, so you won’t see the same things on Saturday that you saw on Friday.”

The show is not only fun; it’s affordable. It’s a budget-friendly way to get professional advice on everything from hair care to healthcare. Guests can get in the show for as little as $5 with a light rail ticket stub. Ticket prices remain the same this year as last.

A few events that increase the show’s fun factor:

Friday, Aug. 28

  • Free admission after 4 p.m. To celebrate the Carolina Panthers’ pre-season game, the show is inviting guests to “tailgate with us.”
  • Show Us Your Smile Day. The first 200 guests through the door get a free pocket mirror from Dentistry of the Carolinas.
  • Girls Night Out, sponsored by Concord Mills, is from 4 until 8 p.m. – and includes a complimentary glass of wine while supplies last. (Vouchers are available at southernshows.com.)
  • At the Belk Fashion Preview Show, starting at 6 p.m., one guest will win a 3.5-carat diamond tennis bracelet.
  • Michael O’Rourke, a rock star in the beauty industry, created Rock Your Hair, a styling line designed to bring back “big, bold hair.” See O’Rourke on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 29

  • Mother/Daughter Day features a Mother/Daughter Look-Alike Contest Sponsored by 107.9 The Link. Ramona Holloway and her mom, Wheezy, will host the event at 11:30 a.m. In honor of 33 years of the Southern Women’s Show, up to 33 mom/daughter duos, chosen at random, will have the opportunity to walk the runway. Judges will decide which mother/daughter pair looks the most alike, and the winning duo will get $500 in cash.
  • Gospel singer Cynthia Jones is a Billboard-charting singer, songwriter and producer. The Grammy-nominated vocalist known as Gospel’s Queen of Neo-Soul will perform on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage at 2 p.m.
  • Comedienne JOY, the “Queen of Clean,” manages to be funny without being vulgar. In fact, she rates her show “F” for Family Fun. She’s the co-host of The Joe Lockett radio show and travels the world as she pokes fun at being a wife, mother and Christian. She will be on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage at 4:30 p.m. (She’ll also appear Friday at 5 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug. 30

  • Teacher Appreciation Day. Southern Shows is thanking teachers for all they do with free admission all day. A valid school ID is all that’s needed. Classroom Central will be at the show with barrels for school supply donations to benefit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
  • The Ice Sisters will appear at 11 a.m. on the Spotlight Stage and give tiaras to the first 330 guests in celebration of the show’s 33rdyear. They’ll also lead guests in a sing-along that will include favorite tunes from “Frozen.”


The Southern Women’s Show has been one of the Charlotte area’s signature events for more than three decades. Thousands of mothers and daughters, sisters, co-workers and friends make it an annual tradition. The 33rd annual show happens Aug. 28 through 30 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Southern Shows pulls out all the stops for this mega-show. Favorite vendors return each time, but every year sees new exhibiting companies and new product launches. Food and fitness. Drink and décor. Health and beauty. Home and lifestyle. Caring for children and caring for the self. It’s everything you love, all under one roof.

When?  Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30. Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where?  Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Charlotte, N.C.

Paper Towns – anything familiar?

Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday tonight

Food Truck Friday is tonight (July 24) from 5-9 behind Cougar Run Winery 363 N Church St Concord. Here is tonight’s line-up:

DJ Big Pop Rocking the party!
Here’s the lineup!
All-Star Cafe
Taco Green-Go
Mae’s Creole Kitchen
The Big Woodie
Wingz on Wheelz
The Cool Zone
Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice
The Art of Baking Inc

Bring a lawn chair, enjoy the music and good food and drink.

Here is the Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday Facebook page

Central Cabarrus is the Paper Towns high school

Renee White Burgesser captured this shot during the filming
Renee White Burgesser captured this shot during the filming

If you see anything familiar in the movie Paper Towns, that opens this weekend, it may be because the high school scenes were shot at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord last December.

Check out Sunday’s Independent Tribune for a story and more photos from the filming.

33rd Annual Southern Women’s Show Aug. 28-30

Make-up, fashion and  of course fun!
Make-up, fashion and of course fun!

CHARLOTTE – One of the Charlotte area’s signature annual events returns for three days this August. For the third consecutive year, the Charlotte Southern Women’s Show, now in its 33rd big year, will be held at the centrally located Charlotte Convention Center Aug. 28-30.

 As always, guests can expect the best in lifestyle, health, beauty, family, food and fashion. And this year, the featured celebrities represent a wide range of backgrounds – from pop culture to politics. (A White House insider will offer behind-the-scenes scoop on the history of the executive mansion and what it’s like to entertain there.)

“This show is a tradition for so many women,” said Tish Atkins, executive show manager. “We have mothers and daughters (or mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law) who come each year. Groups of friends come, as well as groups of coworkers. It’s always inspiring – and the location is so convenient. We hope people will want to come, enjoy and explore all that uptown offers.”

The show remains an affordable way to get professional advice on everything from hair care to healthcare. Guests can get in the show for as little as $5 with a light rail ticket stub. Ticket prices remain the same this year as last.

More than 400 exhibiting companies are preparing to showcase their best at this year’s show. A few highlights include:

Fashion. The Boulevard will present “Fashion Forward Without Breaking the Bank” on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. on the Fashion and Entertainment stage.

Belk will showcase fall’s fashion trends at a Fall Fashion Preview during Girls’ Night Out on Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Front-row seats will be given away through a Facebook contest at facebook.com/swscharlotte. Those front-row VIPs will also receive a special gift bag from Belk. The first 300 people who come to the Fashion and Entertainment Stage that evening will receive a Belk gift bag.

Also during Girls’ Night Out, guests can register to win a 3.5-carat diamond tennis bracelet. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fashion and Entertainment Stage.

Canvas, a Boutique, a shop that opened last December in Latta Arcade, will have a “Fall for Me” fashion show on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. Sisters Julie Brewer and Jackie Sherard own the upscale boutique specializing in pieces – from women’s clothing to accessories like jewelry and purses – not available elsewhere in the uptown area.

The Charlotte Fire Department will feature firefighters in the 15th Annual Firefighter Fashion Show on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. See some of CFD’s finest show off the latest in men’s fashion.

Celebrity. Melinda Bates is the only person in history to run the White House Visitor Office for all eight years of an administration. She arranged state dinners and the annual Easter egg roll on the lawn and escorted dignitaries including the Queen of Sweden and the Grateful Dead.

Bates is the author of White House Story: A Democratic Memoir, a look at life and work behind the scenes with President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Bates’ surprising, funny and candid backstage stories invite readers in for a glimpse inside the inner workings of the White House. Join Melinda Bates, the ultimate White House Insider at the Spotlight Stage for:

  • Melinda Bates’ Private VIP Tour of the White House: This is the talking tour she gave to Oprah, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and hundreds of other personal guests of the President and First Lady. Friday, Aug. 28 at 2:30
  • Entertaining at the White House from George Washington to Barack Obama: Dress swords to gate crashers! Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Back Stage With First Families: Presidents, First Ladies and their frequently misbehaving children through the 215 years of this family home. Saturday, Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m.

Jessa Duggar Seewald of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting will appear Saturday, Aug. 29 on the Fashion and Entertainment Stage. Seewald recently wrote Growing Up Duggar: It’s All about Relationships with three of her sisters. She and her husband are expecting their first child.

World Vision is bringing Britt Nilsson from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to the Fashion and Entertainment Stage on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m.

A few things coming up

Garden Tour Photo

Garden tour to benefit CCM

CONCORD – Stroll down moss-lined pathways. Admire fountains, waterfalls and amazing flowers everywhere. Visit the Conservatory, Lover’s Garden or the Hermit House. Visit the cypress arbor, where stones from Isreal are cemented into the wall.

Do all of this and more in Concord on Saturday, July 18, as you take a tour of the Bob and Carolyn Tucker gardens located at 621 Hermitage Dr. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit Cooperative Christian Ministry. Self-guided tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.

“It’s a peaceful place to spend a few hours,” says Carolyn Tucker. “Many who attend do just that. They sit and swing and relax and enjoy God’s creation.”

The tour will begin off Hermitage Drive on the Aurora Pathway, and continue through the garden features to the newest feature in Carolyn’s land of fantasy – the Hermit House. Made of handmade brick molded to look 500 years old, the round hut features a wood shingle roof and sits among nature at its finest. The imaginary hermit looks out his front door to see annuals planted into the shape of a large butterfly – a symbol of the resurrection. Just outside the hermit’s door is a huge stone, indented with the shape of a cross, that Bob discovered on his land in Stanly County.

“Bob and I help many worthy causes that enhance the lives of people in so many ways,” Carolyn says. Being able to partner with CCM through the years to ensure the basic needs of a person are met has been very fulfilling. Everyone needs food and shelter, but in addition to that, CCM strives to restore individuals back into living, not just existing. It’s an organization that is innovative and a good steward of the funds entrusted to it.

For more information about the tour, and a sneak peak video of the gardens, visit www.facebook.com/cooperativeminstry. Tickets are available at Carm’s Café and True Value Hardware, both located in Concord.


Concord Library upcoming events

Storyteller Sharon Clarke will be performing on Wednesday, July 22 @ 3pm in the Auditorium of the Concord Library. Stories and songs will abound as storyteller Sharon Clarke captivates audiences with her imaginative performance! For more information, call the Children’s Room @ 704.920.2058.

Every Hero Has a Story: Heroes in the Stars for ages 5-12 takes place on Thursday, July 23 @ 3pm in the Children’s Program Room of the Concord Library. Learn about constellations and the legends associated with them in this program that explores how different cultures view the night sky through books, songs, activities and a very starry craft. For more information, call the Children’s Room @ 704.920.2058.

Want to make your voice heard voice heard in the community, develop leadership skills, & have fun making new friends? The Concord Library will be holding an interest meeting about creating a Teen Advisory Board on Thursday, July 23 @ 5:30pm in the Meeting Room. For more information, call the library @ 704.920.2066.

Enjoy discussing comic books, manga or graphic novels? Then the Comic Collective wants you! Come join this teen book club on Saturday, July 25 @ 4pm in the Meeting Room of the Concord Library. This month is the Superhero Tournament of Champions-we’ll debate who’s the best. For more information, call Brandon @ 704.920.2052.

Farmers Day in China Grove Saturday

Darrell Harwood will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Farmers Day
Darrell Harwood will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Farmers Day

This special event was organized to honor the local farmers by inviting them to bring their produce to sell at a farmers market. Farmers Day has grown to become one of the best street festivals in North Carolina with attendance estimated at over 25,000 visitors. Farmers Day is held the third Saturday in July.

From the opening ceremony at 9:00 a.m. until the last note of the street dance at 11:00 p.m. Farmers Day offers something for people of all ages.

Locally grown produce is a huge hit at Farmers Day. The market continues to grow as the event gets back to its roots of the festival centered around the Farmers Market.

FFA Students and the FFA Alumni provide fresh off the farm produce for sale. They also sell delicious hand churned ice cream. What a treat on a hot summer day! Many local churches and civic clubs participate with bake sales, drink stands, and hand crafted items for sale.

Over 200 colorful booths line Main Street with a variety of great items for sale. Visitors purchase gifts for special occasions from the many art, craft, jewelry, clothing, baby items, and many more great booths. Commercial vendors provide interesting displays of their products.

The Children’s Stage is dedicated to the young and the young at heart. Clowns, magicians, and puppets will delight children of all ages. Children’s rides and games keep the young ones busy. The ever popular “Little Mr. and Miss Farmer” contest is another hit of the day.

The teenagers enjoy dunking friends, teachers and principals in the “Dunking Booth”.

Farmers Day is overflowing with free entertainment all day on two stages. On the main stage a variety of music is played by local bands. Other entertainment includes, dancers and gymnastics and karate demonstrations.. And you can enjoy the singing and clogging performed on the Park Stage while sitting in the shade of the trees.

While the children are entertained and the ladies shop, the men can do a little browsing too. They can ramble through the displays of antique farm equipment and cars. They can also drift back to memories of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s with the display of muscle cars, classics, hot-rods and racers. The local farm equipment dealers and outdoor power equipment dealers may even entice you with their displays.

A great variety of food is always present on the streets. Stands selling funnel cakes, cotton candy, roasted corn on the cob, Gyro sandwiches, meat on a stick, Bar-B-Que, and of course hot dogs and hamburgers are plentiful. And don’t forget to get a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade!

The street vendors pack up at 4:00 p.m. and the town gets ready for the street dance at 7:00 p.m. Some of the performers have been The Embers, The Entertainers, Part Time Party Time Band, The Fantastic Shakers and many others over the years. So, bring a lawn chair to enjoy the band and be ready to dance to their music. The evening ends with a beautiful fireworks display.

Farmers Day is hosted by the Town of China Grove.

Impressive lightning in Concord


Nathan Smith captured some of the lightning from last night’s storm in Concord, N.C. If you have photos or video that from the storm we would love to see it.

Cabarrus Avenue closures for historic building project

CONCORD – Motorists and pedestrians traveling through Downtown Concord will encounter a detour on Cabarrus Avenue this week. From Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10, Cabarrus Avenue E will be completely closed to vehicles between Union Street and Church Street.

As part of the ongoing renovation of the historic Bell and Harris-Maxwell Brothers Furniture Store building at 29 Cabarrus Avenue E, the entire roadway will be closed while crews connect utilities to the building. In the evening, crews will be working to remove bricks from the Cabarrus Avenue side of the building, similar to completed work on the other sides.

A detour will be established using Spring Street SW, Corban Avenue, and Church Street S back to Cabarrus Avenue. The main entrance to the Cabarrus Avenue Parking Deck will remain open. Pedestrians will be able to continue on Cabarrus Avenue through the street closure, but must use the sidewalk across the street from the work site as the adjacent sidewalk will be closed.

The Lofts 29 project is transforming the three-story, 1920’s commercial structure into 26 market-rate apartments. Construction will be completed late summer. To learn more about this project, visit rehab-development.com or call 339-215-7849.

Click here to read about Concord's role in the project and other city news
Click here to read about Concord’s role in the project and other city news

Coming up at the Concord library

A class on Zinio for Libraries will be given on Tuesday, July 14 @ 6pm in the Meeting Room of the Concord Library. Do you want easy access to our online magazine collection? Learn how to easily download the newest magazines issues we offer for free! Spaces are limited & registration is required; to register & for more information, call the Information Desk @ 704.920.2053.

An orientation meeting on Volunteer Opportunities at the Concord Library will be held on Tuesday, July 14 @ 6:30pm in the Auditorium of the Concord Library. General duties include shelving, collection management & administrative tasks. You must complete a volunteer application & attend an orientation session. You must be 13 or older to volunteer. Contact Kyle White @ 704.920.2066 orkbwhite@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

Lee Street Theatre will perform on Wednesday, July 15 @ 3pm in the Auditorium of the Concord Library.Watch as Lee Street Theatre brings the theatre to the library with a brand new play, specially written for this year’s “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program theme. For more information, call theChildren’s Room @ 704.920.2058.

Minecraft Mania for rising 5-9 graders will take place on Wednesday, July 15 @ 5-7pm in the Auditorium of the Concord Library. Test your creative and survival skills with others within the world of Minecraft! Registration is required; to register and for more information, call Derrick @ 704.920.2053.

Escape the Ordinary: Genealogy on the Internet will take place on Wednesday, July 15 @ 6pm in the Meeting Room of the Concord Library. Beginners in genealogy can learn how to utilize the Internet to do genealogy research to find family surnames & ancestors using free genealogy resources and subscription sites like Ancestry. Attendees are welcome to bring personal laptops to follow along. Registration is required; to register and for more information, call the Local History Room @ 704.920.2061 or email pschandler@cabarruscounty.us

Every Hero Has a Story: Wild West for ages 5-12 takes place on Thursday, July 16 @ 3pm in the Children’s Program Room of the Concord Library. Give a big yee-haw for the heroes of the Old West! Hear tales of cowpokes, lawmen, and sharp-shooters, have some rootin’-tootin’ fun, and make yourself a cowboy vest.For more information, call the Children’s Room @ 704.920.2058.

Take a break from the heat & cool off with a free film from the Summer Film Series on Thursday, July 16 @ 4pm in the Auditorium at the Concord Library. We will be showing a 2006 film (rated PG) about a monastery cook who dons a mask to moonlight as a luchador (Mexican wrestler) & stars Jack Black & Ana de la Reguera. For more information, call the Information Desk @ 704.920.2054.

Minecraft Mania for rising 5-9 graders will take place on Saturday, July 18 @ 2-5pm in the Auditorium of the Concord Library. Test your creative and survival skills with others within the world of Minecraft! Registration is required; to register and for more information, call Derrick @ 704.920.2053.

An orientation meeting on Volunteer Opportunities at the Concord Library will be held on Saturday, July 18 @ 4pm in the Meeting Room of the Concord Library. General duties include shelving, collection management & administrative tasks. You must complete a volunteer application & attend an orientation session. You must be 13 or older to volunteer. Contact Kyle White @ 704.920.2066 or kbwhite@cabarruscounty.us for more information.

The 40th Season for Old Courthouse Theatre

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Old Courthouse Theatre is getting set for its 40th Season of shows, the 2015-2016 season. This is a season of shows all new to the OCT mainstage and includes 2 regional premieres.

“The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard – Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

August 27 – Sept 13, 2015

“The Trip to Bountiful” by Horton Foote

October 8 – 25, 2015

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Charles M. Schulz

Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

December 3 – 20, 2015 *REGIONAL PREMIERE*

“A TIME TO KILL” by Rupert Holmes based on the novel by John Grisham

February 11 – 28, 2016 *REGIONAL PREMIERE*

“THE 39 STEPS” by Patrick Barlow & John Buchan

April 21 – May 1, 2016




A lot of fun in Kannapolis

A Glimpse at the Symphony, fireworks at Village Park

Closing minutes of the fireworks

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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