The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 4, 2013

This Weekend In Stanly County January 4

By Bridget Huckabee for the SNAP

Friday, January 3, 2013 — It’s time to get off the couch and get out into the fresh air and sunshine. No groans allowed. Start this Sunday at Locust with the Rotary Resolution 5K run/walk – yes, you can walk all the way if you choose. You can still sleep late because the race doesn’t start until 2 p.m. Gather at the Locust Community Building at Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park and walk/run the just-over-three-miles to Stanly Community College Crutchfield Center.

Bring a non-perishable food donation to be entered for a drawing to win a free pair of running shoes sponsored by Vac & Dash. This year the 5K has a new venue and a new route. It should be fun.

Stanly County is pretty quiet this weekend, but another year has begun and there is another round of events to look forward to throughout the year.

This variety of activities includes the International Horse Trials this spring at the beautiful Fork Farm and Stables in Norwood.

There are wine festivals and grape stomping in the fall at the county’s charming vineyards.

During the summer months there are always several hugely popular two-day truck and tractor pulls at Big Lick Festival Park. If you’re looking for something a little quieter you can probably find a guided moonlight paddle along the Pee Dee River.

Theatrical events? Stanly County provides them at the Stanly County Agri-Civic Center with plays, musicals and dance groups. Into old cars? Oakboro has one of the largest cruise-ins in the state, and the unique burn-out put on during the warm months is the icing on the cake.

Do you like movies? Try the Badin Road Drive-in for a truly unique experience. It’s one of the few drive-in theatres left in the country and now boasts a children’s playground, concession stands and not one but two screens.

With four high schools, a community college and a university there are a variety of sports and plenty of sporting events to choose from. Pick your favorite team and turn out to cheer them on.

Summer brings swimming, hiking and camping at Morrow Mountain and a variety of water sports on our beautiful lakes and rivers.

Stanly County is proud of its history and every little community, no matter how small, has a history to share. They give us a peek into our past to show us where we came from and how we got to where we are today.

To their credit, many of Stanly County’s towns have kept good historical records that include artifacts from the Native American era and photos and other memorabilia from the founding of the county until the present day. These winter weekends might be a good time to visit some of these museums and browse through the exhibits.

Stanly County is the place where you can slip away and create your own pace.

We’ll make it easy for you by keeping you posted throughout the year on all the things to do and places to be.