Category Archives: Community events

Carolina Renaissance Festival now hiring

Autumn is around the corner and with it comes the Carolina Renaissance

Festival. Pirates, Nobles, Wenches and Knights – it takes a village of people to

organize the region’s largest costume party.

The Festival hires 350 seasonal employees on an annual basis. Seasonal

employees will have the opportunity hawk turkey legs and ale, sell admission

tickets, greet guests, and more.

Job hunters can apply online at or attend one of several

upcoming Job Fairs to be held at the Renaissance Festival fairgrounds located at

16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. Job fair dates are:

  • Friday, August 24th – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday, August 25th – 10am to 2pm
  • Friday, September 7th – 10am to 2pm
  • Saturday, September 8th – 10am to 2pm

Applicants should be prepared to produce documents showing they are able to

work in the United States, if hired. Resumes are appreciated but not required for

most positions. Questions can be directed to

The Carolina Renaissance Festival celebrates 25 Years of Cheers weekends,

Saturdays and Sundays, September 29th through November 18th. The

interactive event is a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair,

jousting tournament and feast – all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family


This information and more can be found online at

2017 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, tickets on sale


Date: October 19th, 2017

Time: 7:15-10:30 (doors open at 6:30)

Location: Gem Theatre

111 W 1st Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Price: $35 – General; $80 – VIP

Our annual induction ceremonies are a commemorative occasion in which those in the music industry who have made an impact on American Music, are introduced as new members of our Hall of Fame:

Anthony Hamilton

Jim Lauderdale

Steep Canyon Rangers

Etta Baker

Richard Lewis Spencer

Sensational Nightingales

Bucky Covington

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony is an annual event wherein North Carolina’s finest musical talents are honored and recognized with by their home state, a monumental milestone in any artist’s career. It will be a night of elegance and glamour where music fans across the nation come together to celebrate these all time legends.

To Purchase Tickets go to or call (704) 934-2320

County Fair Pageant seeking contestants

The 12th Annual Cabarrus County Fair Pageant will be held in the Cabarrus Rooms at the Cabarrus Arena on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.

This is a natural, sundress pageant and four winners will be crowned out of 1st through 12th grades girls. The four winners will receive a crown, sash, trophy, and four fair tickets.

The four new winners will also get to participate in the Cabarrus County Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that day at 1 p.m.

Queens and runner-ups will have the opportunity to ride on the Cabarrus County Fair Float in the Concord Christmas Parade and make various appearances representing their titles throughout the community. All contestants will receive an item of recognition.

The deadline to enter is Aug. 23rd. For more information and application, go to The pageant is directed by Susan Watkins.

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Pictured left to right are the 2016 Cabarrus County Fair Queens, Alivia Heath, Delana Drye, Sophia Mistry and Ashlyn Loper.

The Fair Is Coming Soon


Advance Discount Tickets

ON SALE NOW until Thursday, Sept.8 ONLINE and at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, while supplies last.

Advance Ticket Prices

*Rate listed includes sales tax
Ages 6-11 are $3.25*
Ages 12 & Over $5.35* ($2.00 Savings)
Ride Wristband Voucher $15.00 ($5.00 Savings)

Call For Entries! 
Interested in showing off at the Fair?

Visit the website under Exhibits 

for all the details and get your entry form in. The entry deadline is Wednesday, August 24th at 4:30 PM.
Fair Hours
Monday – Friday 4PM – 11PM
Saturdays 1PM – 11PM
Sunday 1PM – 10PM
Buildings close 1 hour prior to fairgrounds
Pricing & Tickets: Ride Wristbands are for sale every day during the Fair for $20 and allow you unlimited mechanical ride access for one day at the Fair. The Vortex Ride requires 3 extra tickets with the wristband. During the Fair One Strip of 4 ride tickets can be purchased for $5.00 and a Sheet (22 tickets) for $20.00. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. The Vortex Ride takes 8 tickets.
Young Children: If your child is under 36 inches tall they can ride selected rides for free with a paying adult (16 years of age or older). There are 7-8 of those rides on the grounds and they are listed on the ticket box windows inside the fairgrounds where you purchase your ride tickets. 
Plan ahead, all transactions at the Fair are cash only!
ATM’s are located on the grounds for your convenience but carry a surcharge.
Parking is FREE!

Come see the Great Lakes Timber Show, the hilarious pups performing in the Skin & Bones Comedy Circus, hundreds of butterflies inside The Butterfly Encounter, the art of Sandcastle Sculpting, the amazing Piano Juggler, those adorable Racing Pigs, Chainsaw Art and 

Can you hear that?
Share the sound of some of the most talented area artists
LIVE on The New 103.7 Outside Stage!

Pancake Day

Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County

Live streaming video by Ustream

March 17, 2016

You are invited to join us on 
Thursday, March 17th from 6:00 am until 7:30 pm for Pancake

Day ~ Concord’s Favorite Day!

Pancake Day has been a tradition in Concord for almost 60 years.  Each year, Board members, staff and volunteers spend the day cooking pancakes and sausage for close to 5,000 people!
Tickets are only $7.00 and include 2 HUGE pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and Sun Drop. You may purchase tickets early at the Club or on the day of the event.  Hope to see you there.

Heavyweight Showdown Concord-Robinson Round Two

The boys game will be for the South Piedmont Conference regular season title. Concord won the first game 101-97 in overtime. A packed house is expected.

West Stanly at Mt. Pleasant


Click on photo above for Independent Tribune preview


Find gifts and goods for home, garden and lifestyle Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6

Charlotte, N.C.: Any project a homeowner ever undertakes begins with an idea. And those are in great supply at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. But to make that idea a reality takes supplies. And guests will also find those in abundance. Plants, pots, gardening tools, yard art, kitchen gadgets, wildflower wreaths, pillows and pottery, gifts and so much more are in store at the 56th annual show.

“The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show is a treasure chest of ideas,” said Mardee Woodward, the show’s manager. “Guests can leave with the inspiration, snapshots and know-how to take on a variety projects. But they can also leave with more than ideas. The show is a shopper’s paradise.”

For home gardeners, there are plants, soil, tools, equipment and more. Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, is a perennially popular part of the Green Market. So are the bonsai trees from the Bonsai Society of the Carolinas.

Even those who lack a green thumb – but want to add interest to their yard or patio – will find something to love … perhaps in the form of whimsical yard art. (No watering needed!)

And in addition to the nearly exhaustive array of home and garden items available, there’s even more – wine, gourmet foods, purses and tote bags, scarves, soap and lotions, artisan jewelry.

More than 350 exhibiting companies will be at the show with products, services and demos designed to inspire a sense of adventure in home and garden design. And of course, the latest accessories, tools and plants are all available for purchase.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit

Feb. 26 – 28 and March 4 – 6, 2016
The Park Expo
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28205

Friday, Feb. 26 and March 4: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 27 and March 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preview Night Gala to Benefit Catawba Lands Conservancy will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.  Tickets are $75 and include access to Freedom Hall, food, beverage and entertainment. To purchase:

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $11
Children under 15: Free with paying adult
Seniors (55+) Day:
Seniors get in for $7 on both Fridays.
Special Days:
$5 admission on Fridays after 5 p.m. (at the door only) and $5 parking after 5pm

Advance tickets
$8.50 (with VIC card) at regional Harris Teeter locations. Advance tickets will be available at beginning Jan. 27.
$9 online at

Group tickets:
$8.50 for group orders of 20 tickets or more when ordered in advance.

All-day parking: $7 (cash only)
FREE parking for coaches, transport vans and buses

Mud bowl times two?

Central Cabarrus at Concord

Also Friday
East Rowan at Hickory Ridge 6:30 p.m.

The A.L. Brown game with Vance has been moved to Monday at Rocky River High School.

Thursday scores

Mount Pleasant 42 Northwest Cabarrus 0

Cox Mill 24 South Rowan 10

West Rowan 28 Jesse Carson 7

Other changes

The 8th Annual Hickory Ridge Festival of Bands for Saturday was cancelled.

The opening of the Carolina Renaissance Festival has been moved to Sunday.

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Cabarrus Fair entry deadline Wednesday

Cabarrus County Fair Facts

Dates: September 11-19, 2015

Location: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center (4751 NC-49, Concord)

2015 Fair hours: Weekdays from 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays from 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday from 1-10 p.m.

2015 Fair theme: Share the Fair

Fair website:

Fair Facebook:

Fair Twitter: @cabarrusfair

Video from 2014 Fair

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.

Advanced online ticket purchases (now -September 10): The public can purchase discounted tickets and ride wristband vouchers online at a reduced rate through September 10. The tickets are available online or at the Arena Box office (704-920-3976, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.5 p.m.). Click on the Tickets tab. Advance adults admission tickets for ages 12-64 are $5.35—a $2 savings off the gate price, kids ages 6-11 are $3.25. (Prices include tax.) Purchase advance ride wristband vouchers for $15—a $5 savings.

IMPORTANT information about 2015 Contest entries:  The Cabarrus County Fair has published its 2015 Fair Catalog. Contests include photos, scrapbooks, fruits and veggies, cakes, pies, quilts, Lego creations, kids craft projects, jewelry, painting, flowers and more. One adult and one youth will walk away with the Best of Show award and will compete in the North Carolina State Fair Best of Show contest, which comes with a $500 prize. Other contests and livestock shows include the Fair Pageant; Make it with Wool Contest; and mini horse, horse, mule and donkey, sheep, goat, dairy and beef shows. Access the 2015 Fair Catalog online Click on the Exhibits tab to view a drop-down menu for the various forms, contests, programs and other entry opportunities. All 2015 Fair contest entries are due to the Fair Office by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 26.

Onsite ticket prices: General Gate admission to the fair are $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 are 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.

Shuttle service: 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.

Entertainment: There’s plenty of Fair just beyond the midway. The Cabarrus County Fair features a petting zoo, livestock displays, sand castle carving, milking booth and educational exhibits. Live performances include local bands, Master of the Chainsaw, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, K9’s in Flight and The Magic of Lance Gifford & Company. Watch live demonstrations from local beekeepers, Master Gardeners, wood turners, and stop by the open forge fire for sustainable living demonstrations and view local farm equipment on display. for entertainment details.

The New 103.7 Stage performances:

Monday-Friday, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 12, 1:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 13, 1:45 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 19, 8:30 p.m.

State ban on bird shows: The Cabarrus County Fair is following the State ban of live bird shows due to the highly pathogenic avian flu. The Fair’s livestock displays and shows will not include poultry. For more information on the ban, visit

Background: The Cabarrus County Agricultural Fair began in 1953. The 2014 Cabarrus County Fair received 20 awards form the International Association of Agricultural Fairs and Expos (IAFE) and three awards from the North Carolina Association of Agricultural Fairs. The Cabarrus County Fair also received recognition with two Best of Division awards from the IAFE for marketing and youth programming and Supreme Champion award for youth programming efforts. In 2014, the Cabarrus County Fair Annual Food Drive collected 16,907 pounds of food for Cabarrus County food pantries.

It’s a block party & more

Ken Knox & Company, Nerve Cannon Thursday

Free concert in Downtown Concord
Free concert in Downtown Concord

Union Street Live in Downtown Concord is set for Thursday, July 16. It is part of the summer concert series held the third Thursday of each summer month.

Ken Knox & Company will be on the Main Stage is on Means Avenue next to the Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse, 65 Union Street, South. The free concert begins at 6 p.m.

Nerve Cannon plays on the North Stage is on Union Street in front of the public library at 27 Union Street, North. That concert begins at 7 p.m.

For more information about this event, call Concord Downtown Development Corporation at (704) 784-4208.

CCM benefit garden tour and more events coming up

summer reading program

10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading

…and heat is just one of them

CONCORD, N.C. – It’s easy to get lost in these dog days of summer, when the school year is just as far in the horizon as it is in the rear view mirror. Now that it’s mid-July, the Cabarrus County Public Library’s 2015 Summer Reading Program is in full swing with a superhero-sized calendar of free events and programs for the entire family.

So far, more than 5,500 people have signed up for the program, which encourages summer reading and education through courses and events around a centralized theme. This year’s theme is superheroes.

Need a little motivation to get you through? Cabarrus County’s library staff sent in their top 10 reasons to stay engaged in summer reading. Here’s what they had to say.

It’s hot outside. A good book reads well in the air conditioning or poolside.

Chocolate. Yes, there is a program for adults on the health benefits of chocolate. There are several other classes that will help you escape the ordinary, like introductions to belly dancing and yoga.

No time? No problem. You don’t have to stop by the library—pick up your favorite titles as eBooks and eAudio. It all counts toward the summer reading challenge.

Order off the lite menu. Between your traditional books, the library can fill your need for lite titles, such as print and digital magazines, a selection from their NEW collection of digital graphic novels or even comic books.

Meet your personal heroes. Whether they are comic book artists, filmmakers, therapy dogs or our hometown heroes, special guests are a big part of the Summer Reading Program.

Fill your feed. Does your summer Facebook feed need a little boost? “Like” your way to coolest parent ever with tons of free events the family will love. Share pics from a “Peter Pan” performance at Stories under the Stars, the birds of prey event with the Raptor Center and the apocalyptic zombie game—your feed will not disappoint.

Become a little more interesting. Use the Summer Reading Program to pick up a new skill, like creating a podcast, upcycling books and magazines to create art and reviving the throwback craft of Perler Beads.

Avoid starting a school year trying to catch up. Reading, even just a little and just stuff you like, can keep your brain active and imagination in high gear. Students who don’t read over the summer spend about two months of the next school year trying to remember skills they forgot over the break.

Say it’s for the kids…but really use it as an excuse to check out the library for the first time in a decade—or maybe longer. The library’s staff can make personalized recommendations and show you the ropes, including how to navigate eResources so you can go another decade without visiting a building and still get free books.

Prizes, prizes, prizes! Everyone who participates in summer reading will walk away with a trinket and everyone who completes a reading log earns a free book. If you can’t wait that long, participate in one of the puzzle/brain teaser games, submit a book review or take a crack at the guessing jar—you could walk away with some great swag.

Participate in the Cabarrus County Summer Reading Program through August 15 at any branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library. The program is open to any Cabarrus County resident and divides participants into age groups with age-appropriate activities.

For more information on the Cabarrus County 2015 Summer Reading Program, including a downloadable calendar of free events, visit

Congratulations Daniel Wallace, Jill Moore

Lt. Daniel Wallace, Kannapolis' newest school board member
Lt. Daniel Wallace, Kannapolis’ newest school board member

Former coach and resource office named to school board

Some of you know him as coach, others as Officer Wallace, but everyone knows him as a friend to students in Kannapolis City Schools. You can add school board member to Lt. Daniel Wallace’s associations. He was appointed to fill the seat of a school board legend Millie Hall, who resigned in June.

Here is the Independent Tribune’s story about his appointment

Former Northwest Cabarrus Trojan makes Team USA

Jill Moore at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, photo from Illinois Wheelchair Athletics
Jill Moore at IUPUI Carroll Stadium, photo from Illinois Wheelchair Athletics
 Congratulations to Jill Moore, a former Northwest Cabarrus Trojan, who has made the  U.S. Track and Field Team for the 2015 Parapan American Games. Here is the team announcement

Round 2 of the Area III American Legion playoffs

Both Kannapolis Post 115 and Concord Post 51 were eliminated in the first round of the American Legion playoffs last weekend.
The second round is now underway. The second round pairings are posted on Greater Cabarrus County Sports