This Weekend in Stanly County


by WCCB Charlotte
by Bridget Huckabee

Stanly County is ‘bustin’ out all over’ with spring events this weekend. You’ll need outdoor boots and dancing shoes to cover the range of fun.

Start your weekend on Thursday at one of the most beautiful venues Stanly County has to offer: The Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood. The 2013 Bank of Stanly Outdoor Heritage Days International Horse Trials runs from April 4 through April 7. The event is free and open to the public and visitors are encouraged to wander at will around the farm and the spectacular barn. There are concession stands or you can bring your own picnic and folding chair and settle down to watch these extraordinary events on the hillside by the water jump, or by the arena where the dressage and jumping events take place. The Horse Trials is essentially an “equestrian triathlon” of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping and a spectacular event to attend with the entire family. Fork Farm will host approximately 350 competitors from across this country and around the world. There will be young riders competing in the lower divisions and International medalists. This is a wonderful opportunity to see these incredible athletes, human and animal, up close and in person.

On Friday, for one day only the Big Lick Festival Park hosts the Mud Race and Mega Truck Grudge Pull and Shootout. The event is starts at 7 pm and should be an exciting evening for all.
On Friday and Saturday the Stanly County Antique Power Festival Tractor and Engine Show takes place at the Stanly County Saddle Club on Stony Gap Road. Here you’ll find many fun events that include kids’ games, a Cake Walk and a Bouncy House as well as Lawn Mower Pulls, exhibits and food concession stands. There’s music and a daily Parade of Power.

Saturday brings another fun event celebrating Badin’s Centennial. The Badin Volkswagen Bug Bash is a day-long show beginning at 9 am that takes place at the Badin Volunteer Fire Department. Love those little bugs? Here’s your chance to see them at their best, all polished up and ready for inspection. Own a Volkswagen? For just $5.00 you can show it off at the Bug Bash.  Awards will be given for the top 3 best of show and there will be one mayor’s choice award. The show is free.
And last but certainly not least, on Saturday from 6 pm until 9 pm you are invited to put on those dancing shoes and celebrate the beginning of spring at Beats in Bloom to benefit the Stanly Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. This inaugural event is designed to help raise funds for the Auxiliary’s scholarship fund that awards scholarships to deserving high school students each year pursuing degrees in the field of healthcare.

Next weekend brings more exciting events that include a bluegrass festival, theatrical performances, a grand parade and an internationally celebrated jazz group. Stay tuned.

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