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Under the Lights on Friday Nights

North Mecklenburg at Cox Mill

 Join Shaked Bar-Tal, Perry Gabriel and Mark Plemmons as they broadcast the game and keep you up to date on scores from around the area.
The broadcast begins at 7 p.m. with kickoff scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
Other games Friday include:
A.L. Brown at West Rowan
Mt. Pleasant at East Rowan
Jay M. Robinson at Anson County
Christ The King at Southlake Christian

News from one of our sponsors

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Carolina Renaissance Festival Returns – A Great Fall Destination!
 When searching for signs of autumn’s arrival one need look no further than the return of the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.  As sure as the changing color of the leaves, for eight consecutive weekends starting September 30 and through November 19, the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings a big dose of cheer, trumpet fanfare, clashing armor and giant roasted turkey legs.
During the medieval times, fall was the Harvest Season celebrated by festivals and fairs.  This rings true as each Renaissance Festival day is filled with a bounty of attractions appropriate for all age groups.
Village purveyors offer an endless feast of bread bowl stews, premium meats on sticks, sweet treats and confections, and a favorite of all renaissance wanderers: a bag of cinnamon-roasted almonds!  Festival pubs offer variety of Pepsi products, craft beer, wine, champagne, ale, honey mead, lemonade and Medieval Margaritas to compliment the day-long feast of hearty foods fit for royalty! New to the menu this season is Bronn’s Dragon Chop – a giant smoked pork chop that is sure to rival the Festival’s signature Turkey Leg and is named in honor of a popular character on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Twelve stages offer an abundance of costumed performers offering continuous music, dance, comedy, and circus entertainments.
Unbalanced acrobats, the Ancient Art of Falconry, and the popular jousting tournament with horse mounted armored knights are all examples of the continuous entertainment options offered. Many of the shows are spontaneous and you will never know what happens next, on stage or off.
Shop an extensive array of craft vendors offering home décor, jewelry, clothing of renaissance and medieval fashion, blown and torched glass, handmade art and pottery.  There are also activities for children of all ages that include people powered amusement rides and countryside faire games such as the castle climbing wall, archery and tomato tossing at a fool.
In addition to returning favorites like the Tortuga Twins, Hey Nunnie Nunnie, Barely Balanced and Don Juan & Miguel, each year the Carolina Renaissance Festival adds new entertainments for visitor enjoyment. New for 2017 is The CRAIC Show (pronounced CRACK).  A self-proclaimed theatrical “Heavy Medieval” rock group that features roguish vocals, rhythmic mandolin, ancient style violin, huge wooden drums and blaring bagpipes. They play songs from all over the world that date from the 900s to the 1800s.  They are a high energy & wildly entertaining band that performs a sound that is unlike any other!
The 24th Carolina Renaissance Festival – where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life.  A place where adults can feel and act like children while children are treated as royalty.  A magical realm where you will forget about your daily cares and enjoy the magic of a simpler time and place.  A time traveling escape like no other!
WHEN YOU GO:
What: The 24th annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.
Where: North of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville. The Festival is located on Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road (between I-77 and I-85).
When: Eight consecutive weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, from September 30th through November 19th,The Festival runs from 10:00 AM until 5:30 PM, rain or shine.
Advance Discount Tickets: $24 for adults, $14 for kids ages 5-12; available at Harris Teeter Stores region wide. Tickets purchased at the gate are $1 more, or print your own online at carolina.renfestinfo.com. Seniors ages 60 and over and Military personnel (with valid ID) enjoy discount tickets at the gate with adults at $22 and $12 for children ages 5 – 12.  Children under 5 are always free. Parking is free courtesy of Harris Teeter.
Event Sponsors: Harris Teeter, Pepsi, & the Charlotte Observer.  Additional sponsors include: Sunbelt Rentals, Diamond Springs, Carolinas HealthCare System, Visit Lake Norman, Chick-Fil-A, Valpak, AAA of the Carolinas, Autobell Carwash, Jersey Mike’s, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Fluent Language Solutions, Hampton Inn & Suites – Charlotte/Huntersville, Apex Technology, Halloween Express, and Charlotte Playsets.
Information: Online at carolina.renfestinfo.com, or call (704) 896-5544, toll free (877) 896-5544.

Back to Friday night football

Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge

John Voncannon and Chris Hudson call the action from Harrisburg. The Ragin’ Bulls come in with a 2-0, while the Bulldogs are 1-1. The game has been moved back to Friday at 7:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Central Cabarrus at Mt. Pleasant and Parkwood at Cox Mill have been moved to Monday night.

Thursday scores
A.L. Brown 50 Jesse Carson 0
Hough 28 Concord 14
Below are some Todd Maulden’s  photos from Week 1.

Thank you Monty, you will be missed

Mount Pleasant and Cabarrus County lost a friend and great supporter of high school athletics. Monty’s words of encouragement and willingness to help will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Plans for 2017 football season

A few years ago Dr. Spencer Johnson wrote a book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” It’s good reading for anyone in business. Our cheese keeps moving and we must move to keep up with the changes.

Bob Brown and I started Radio Free Cabarrus in 2009 after the owner of the local radio station abandoned our community. Since then we have expanded our coverage and included video.

In the past year or so, the local AM station WTIX 1410 was purchased by people who see the value of local radio. They’ve expanded their operation to include Memories 98.3 FM. They will be broadcasting a game of this week this football season. That’s great news and we certainly support their efforts.

Another change has been at the N.C. High School Athletic Association, which is now requiring rights fees for regular season games. I don’t think they completely understand the impact of their fees. For companies like Radio Free Cabarrus it will mean less games will be broadcast.

RFC will continue to broadcast games live, but not every week and not as many. We will however continue to cover and report on games. Here is our basic plan for the 2017 football season:

  • A live scoreboard show (we haven’t come up with a name yet) will be broadcast each Friday night with live reports from games involving Cabarrus teams and others. This will be a work in progress and we will adjust as we go. There are a lot of exciting possibilities.
  • Select live video broadcasts of big games will be broadcast. We plan to ramp up our live broadcasts as the season heats up and as we get near the playoffs.
  • We will be open to suggestions. If you have ideas or comments I would love to hear them. Email me at plemmons.mark@gmail.com

Thanks for all the support you have provided. We pledge to continue our efforts to promote Cabarrus County sports including the schools, athletes and community organizations to the best of our abilities.

Mark Plemmons

Owner/General Manager

Radio Free Cabarrus

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

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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 www.2017induction.eventbrite.com 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 www.cabarruscountyfairpageant.weebly.com. 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.

Davidson baseball on a roll

The Davidson Wildcats, Atlantic 10 champions, have beaten #2 North Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast to advance to the Chapel Hill Regional championship round.

You can hear tonight’s broadcast on WHIP-AM 1350, on the TuneIn Radio app, on  WGNC 101.1 FM / 1450 AM or on-line here Davidson Baseball from Learfield The Wildcats face the winner of UNC and Florida Gulf Coast.

This is a double elimination tournament. UNC and Florida Gulf Coast both have a loss entering Sunday afternoon’s game.

Here are some highlights on the #roadtoomaha

Pancake Day!

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The 60th Annual Pancake Day is today, Thursday, March 16, at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County. They will be serving until 7:30 p.m. Come out and help a great community organization.

Pancake Day 2017 at the Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County in Concord.

Problems with Tuesday’s broadcasts

My apologies for issues we had with games Tuesday. I know it is frustrating when you can hear your games. Our broadcasters work hard to get it on the air. Unfortunately sometimes the Internet and/or equipment fails us and sometimes I make mistakes – Mark Plemmons

Playoffs Round 3

Kings Mountain at Cox Mill

Pisgah at Hickory Ridge