The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 11, 2012

This Weekend in Stanly County September 14

By Bridget Huckabee for the SNAP

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — Unless there is an unexpected turn in the weather it looks like a perfect fall weekend for outdoor activities. We have those activities in plenty here in Stanly County this weekend, from a golf and sporting clay tournament to races that include a half marathon and a fun run, and from a festival to a farm tour.

Start your weekend Thursday with the all-day Fourth Annual Shooting for Caine Golf and Sporting Clay Tournament. The event is hosted by Tillery Tradition Country Club and the Fork Farm and Stables and benefits the Shriners Children’s Hospitals throughout the United States. The format for this golf and sporting clay event will be a Captains Choice Scramble in golf combined with a four person best shooter on the sporting clay range. The scoring for the golf and the sporting clays will be combined and use the Stable ford scoring system. The Sporting Clay Shoot is at 8:30 am at the Fork Farm in Norwood; lunch is at noon at Tillery Tradition; the golf shotgun start is at 1:30 pm: dinner is at 6 pm.

Friday brings the two-day 18th Annual Best of Badin Festival. This year the festival adds several new and exciting events to its roster of food, rides, music, tours of the Narrows Dam, Run the Valley races and the Friday night street dance. Next to the museum there’ll be a preview of next year’s centennial celebration Pow Wow with demonstrations of Native American music and dance. There’ll be a 30-foot replica of the C-130 cargo plane from the Badin Air National Guard to explore and there’ll be Little River Vineyards million dollar mobile wine-tasting tractor trailer unit where you can taste their products. On Saturday at dark a spectacular firework display over Badin Lake is the grand culmination of this ever-popular event.

The Saturday Stanly County Farmers’ Market is still going strong with lots of good fresh fall veggies, homemade goodies, plants and crafts. The Market runs from 8 am until noon at Market Station in downtown Albemarle. Everything sold at the market comes from within 100 miles. Do yourself a favor by shopping locally where you can be sure the produce is straight from the field and where your dollars benefit the local economy.

The Best of Badin Festival continues on Saturday and starts off with the Run the Valley races. Started as a small 10K race in 1998, this small town race has grown into one of the region’s top events. It’s a great family event with runners having a Fun Run, 5K, 10K & 1/2 Marathon to choose from. Plus, it’s part of the Best of Badin Festivities. The half marathon starts at 7:30 am, the 10K and 5K at 8:15 am and the fun run at 9:30 am. The event is organized by Vac and Dash.

Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm the Fourth Annual Charlotte Area Know Your Farms Tour celebrates the agricultural wealth of the Charlotte Region. This self-guided tour brings together thousands of people to celebrate local farms and farmers. During September 15 & 16, 2012, over 40 working farms will open their doors to the public to showcase what they do. Farms include regional fruit and vegetable growers, livestock producers, and dairy and alpaca farms. Many of the farms will offer food during the tour. Windy Hill Farm, 20735 Bear Creek Church Road, New London is new to the farm tour this year. This small, family-owned and operated farm focuses on producing quality, chemical-free products using sustainable farming practices. Their critters enjoy life outdoors on pasture and are allowed to behave naturally. Don’t forget a cooler! Products: chicken, pork, duck, lamb, beef, eggs.

Head for the outdoors and enjoy the fall weather and the many activities our county has to offer.