Category Archives: Community events

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

4 ways to celebrate Independence Day

1. Kick off the celebration Saturday in Mount Pleasant

A day of fun and celebration in Mount Pleasant
A day of fun and celebration in Mount Pleasant










Sound Barrier plays at 6 p.m. The Kannapolis-based group features party favorits.

They will be followed by Too Much Sylvia at 8 p.m. The Charlotte-based group, which has Cabarrus County members, play oldies, current hits and her own hit beach music.

2. Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

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Saturday’s festivities in Downtown Kannapolis is from noon to 4 p.m.

3. Symphony in the Park with fireworks

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra plays at Village Park in Kannapolis Thursday, July 2. The annual concert of patriotic music is followed by one of the best fireworks show in the area. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

It is part of the Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series.

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Click Summer Pops above to get the rest of the Charlotte Symphony’s summer schedule.

4. A Harrisburg 4th of July

The Town of Harrisburg has possibly the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the region. With activities and fireworks spreading over three days from Thursday, July 2, through Saturday, July 4.

The Catalinas highlight the musical groups. For the details click the flyer below.

harrisburg fourth flyer 2015

County Fair is coming, mark your calendars

cabarrus county fair header 2015

This year’s Cabarrus County Fair is set for Sept. 11 through Sept. 19 at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. Mark your calendars for all the fun.

The theme is “Share the Fair” and as always you have an opportunity to share some of your projects, produce and livestock. Check out this year’s Fair Catalog to find out if there is something you might want to enter.

The Cabarrus County Fair is always one of the top fairs in North Carolina and has been internationally-recognized.

From the rides on the Midway to the entertainment, there’s always a lot of fun and food for the whole family.

cabarrus county fair share the dates 2015

A peek at the 2014 Cabarrus County Fair

Weekend fun: Little River Band, Ducktona Dash, movies and more

ducktona_flyerThe Ducktona Dash benefits Cabarrus Meals on Wheels.

The Little River Band will perform a free concert at Village Park in Kannapolis with festivities beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 6. The evening will be capped for fireworks.

harrisburg movies in the park june 5


Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday is every Friday 5 to 9 p.m. at the Old Creamery on Church Street in Concord. The trucks are set up in the field behind the Old Creamery off Peachtree Avenue

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The Kannapolis Intimidators are at home at CMC-NorthEast Stadium for a week-long homestand. It begins with a four-game series with the Delmarva Shorebirds today through Sunday (June 4-7).


kannapolis intimidators

Kannapolis has a busy summer of events planned. Here is the June schedule:

kannapolis events for june 2015


If you have an event coming up, let us know. Email

An interview with Concord Spiders new Coach Jason Stowe

Coming up this Saturday
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This Saturday’s Kaleidoscope Festival includes plenty of artists and a Food Truck Rally in downtown Kannapolis. It’s happening from noon to 4 p.m.

Jiggy with the Piggy tops weekend activities

Barbecue, music and more Friday and Saturday in Kannapolis

Barbecue and lots of fun in downtown Kannapolis Friday and Saturday
Barbecue and lots of fun in downtown Kannapolis Friday and Saturday


2News Summer 05 Catalog

See a huge hall filled with custom LEGO creations, build with thousands of bricks in the Free Build Room, meet Hollywood visual effects artist and podcaster and builder Tommy Williamson, learn new building techniques and get hands-on experience with Mindstorms robots, see professional customizer Jared K. Burks’ custom minifigure display, view animated LEGO films non-stop in our Theat…

Old Courthouse Theater

The Old Courthouse Theater opens this weekend with this new production
The Old Courthouse Theater opens this weekend with this new production

Gold Rush days

Stamp Out Hunger

Help by leaving non-perishable food items at your mailbox Saturday
Help by leaving non-perishable food items at your mailbox Saturday

Help Stamp Out Hunger drive this weekend

Help by leaving non-perishable food items at your mailbox Saturday
Help by leaving non-perishable food items at your mailbox Saturday

One of the neat vendors at Saturday’s Spring Into Arts Festival