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Friday, September 7

Preschool Story Time will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Oakboro Library.

The 84th annual Stanly County Fair will be held Tuesday, September 4 through Saturday, September 8. The fair features children’s activities, competitions, entertainment, music, rides, vendors, agricultural exhibits, food and attractions. Fair admission is $7 per person (ages 6 and under free). Gates are open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit

The Cabarrus County Fair will be held September 7-15. Attendees will enjoy food, rides, games, entertainment and competitions. Fair hours are Monday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. General gate admission prices are $7.50 for ages 12-54, $3.25 for ages 6-11, free for ages 5 and under or $5.35 with military ID or for ages 55 and over. Advance ticket discounts are available. For more information, visit

Saturday, September 8

On the first Saturday of every month from 10-11 a.m., the Stanly County Museum will offer a free STEM program for K-5th grade students. Today’s program will focus on the history of Lake Tillery, the bridge that was bombed by our own military and a boat that serves ice cream. Participants will get to try creating their own ice cream in a bag. Call or email to reserve your spot: 704-986-3777 or

Reed Gold Mine in Midland will hold the 29th annual Pan-O-Lympics, also known as the North Carolina Open Gold Panning Competition. There will be prizes and activities for all ages. Experienced gold panners and novices can compete in the panning competition. Entry fees are $15 for adults and $10 for juniors (14 and under) in the pro division. Entry fees for the amateur division are $5 for adults and juniors. The pro division will compete at 11 a.m. and the amateur division will compete at 1 p.m. Proceeds from the Pan-O-Lympics benefit the Reed Expansion Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site and North Carolina’s gold mining history. In addition to the panning competition, visitors will enjoy guided underground tours, demonstrations of the 1895 stamp mill, an orientation film and visitor center exhibits. Panning will be available for $3.21 (tax included) for all 8 and older.

Stanly County Dancing with the Stars will be held at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center in Albemarle at 7 p.m. This year’s event will be “Trios vs. Duos.” Ticket prices are $20 balcony and $30 mezzanine. Tickets are available for purchase at Starnes Jewelers in Albemarle or by calling 980-323-4103. Visit for more information or to vote for your favorite dancers prior to the event. All proceeds benefit the Butterfly House Children’s Advocacy Center.

Sunday, September 9

Happy Grandparents Day!

Tuesday, September 11

Children can strengthen reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog during the Read to the Dogs program at the Locust Library. Registration is required. Time slots are available from 4-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12

Children’s Story Time will be held at 10 a.m. at the Albemarle Main Library.

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. children can learn about history through games, stories, crafts and activities during the History Hunters program at the Stanly County Museum. The program is designed for children ages 3-6. Call 704-986-3777 or email for more information.

Thursday, September 13

Bouncing Babies Story Time will be held at 11 a.m. at the Albemarle Main Library. The 20 minute program features stories, songs and rhymes for babies birth through 24 months.

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