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Festivals spring up
By Joyce Lavene
Senior Staff Writer
With the warm weather, local festivals are beginning to blossom throughout the area. While the fall festivals may be a last goodbye to summer, spring festivals welcome in the light and warmth that have been absent over the winter months. Especially after the challenging weather this area has made it through this year, spring festivals will be a good time to go out and enjoy the day.
Like their fall counterparts, spring festivals can be rainy or in areas where there’s mud or that have difficult walking areas. Whatever festival you plan to visit, dress accordingly, bring cash, as many vendors (especially food and drink vendors) don’t take debit cards, and enjoy the colors and sights of spring.
Live it up Cabarrus
Bring the whole family to the Live It Up Cabarrus kickoff celebration at Frank Liske Park from 2-5 pm Saturday, March 20. Admission is free. This festival will offer hands–on exhibits to demonstrate practical ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle, such as backyard gardening, healthy cooking, composting, kids activities, a viewing of the short film “Fresh,” selections of local food, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more at www.cabarruscounty.us/liveitup. This is actually the beginning of a series of programs which will provide easy–to–implement tips to begin living a more balanced life.
Uwharrie Books Spring Fling
Please join us to celebrate the season on March 20 from 10 am to 2 pm, the first day of spring! Admission is free. Register to win a gift card. Book signings by local authors, free samples of delicious baked goodies. Spring crafts for kids…and more. Contact Uwharrie Books for details or to register 212-2 E Main St, Locust, NC 704-888-2244 email@example.com www.uwharriebooks.com
Locust Spring Kick-Off Festival
The City of Locust will hold a spring festival on Saturday, March 27 from 9:30 am to 3 pm in Shelton Memorial Park on Hwy. 24/27 next to Locust Elementary. Admission is free. This includes Opening Day Ceremonies for youth baseball and softball. there will be a car show, lots of food and craft vendors. Prizes from the Stanly County Golden Tennis Shoe hunt will be awarded during the festival. All proceeds will go to fundraiser for West Stanly Baseball and Softball Association as well as Parks and Recreation. Car Show proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. For more information, contact Dan Sullivan 704-781-0028 ext. 106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Gold Hill Spring Fest
Spring Fest in the Village is the annual festival in Historic Gold Hill held on March 27. The event is from 10 am to 4 pm featuring an Easter bonnet contest, egg hunts, raffle and a new year of shopping in the village for unique ideas for home and garden. For more information – 704-723-2351. Admission is free.
Reed Mine Spring Festival
The Reed Expansion Committee (REC) will hold a Spring Festival on April 8 through 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. REC is a tax-exempt nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site. Children and families can come out to the gold mine and learn about the history of the site in a fun and engaging way. Reed Gold Mine is the site of the first documented discovery of gold in the U.S. This festival hopes to bring families out so that children can experience learning with their parents. There will be live music, festival games, special exhibits, vendor booths, panning for gold, and guided underground tours. Admission is free, but each of the eight games will cost $1 per play. Wristbands are available for $10 ($5 if you come back another day and bring your old wristband with you). Panning for gold is $2 and tours are free like normal. There is also a picture drawing contest and an essay contest. Picture drawing is from grades K-2 and 3-5. Students may either drop by the gold mine (9621 Reed Mine Rd. Midland) during March to draw, or their teachers may send an e-mail to ReedExpansionCommittee@gmail.com if they wish an entire class to submit. The essay contest is open to 8th graders in Cabarrus, Stanly, Mecklenburg, and Union Counties. All essays and pictures must be submitted by April 1 to be eligible. All submissions will be displayed at the festival, and winners will be presented with prizes in a ceremony April 10. Prizes TBA.
Spring Festival at Rocky River Vineyards
There will be live music, food vendors and wine tastings as the Rocky River Vineyards’ annual spring festival returns on April 17 from 11 – 6 pm. Admission is free. Music by the Hip Cats. Contact Kim at email@example.com for more information.
Spring Herb and Plant Festival – Concord
Saturday, April 17 from 8 am to 5 pm at Piedmont Farmers Market, Concord is the fifth annual Cabarrus County Herb and Plant Festival. The project is part of the Cabarrus County Master Gardener Volunteer Association. There will be over 75 vendor in attendance offering: common and unusual herbs; annuals; perennials; day lilies; roses; garden art; pottery and planters; vegetable plants; teas; soaps; lotions; essential oils; food vendors and much much more. it will be held at the Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road. For more information, call 704-920-3310.
Spring and Herb Festival – Mint Hill
April 17, from 9 am to 3 pm, is also the day for potters, painters, vendors, food and flowers mingling with music and fun at the Mint Hill Spring and Herb Festival. Admission is free. The event is held every year at the Mint Hill Historical Society, 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road. For more information, call 704-573-0726 or info@MintHillHistory.com.
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Cabarrus County area historical attractions
By Joyce Lavene
Senior Staff Writer
In the Cabarrus County area, there are no prehistoric mountains like the Uwharries in Stanly County. In fact, the county is so well known for racing at Lowe’s Motor Speedway and shopping at Concord Mills Mall that most visitors miss the quiet history. There are spots that are off the beaten path that beckon visitors to run through the grass, kick their shoes off, and take some time to enjoy the past.