The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

March 26, 2013

This Weekend in Stanly County

By Bridget Huckabe

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 — Yes, it’s spring. The calendar says so. And it won’t be long before we are complaining about the heat. Until then, enjoy a banquet for a good cause, an Easter Egg Hunt and a pleasant hike through some of our beautiful countryside.

On Friday, March 29 The National Wildlife Turkey Federation will host a banquet at the Stanly County Senior Center. Founded in 1973, the NWTF is headquartered in Edgefield, S.C., and has local chapters in every state and Canada.

Who are they? They are sportsmen, women and children who care deeply about our natural resources and the wild places they love to hunt. They cherish the memory of the ridge top gobbler they hunted last spring and fondly remember the cornfield where they saw that big buck at sunset two years ago. Collectively, they come from all walks of life to engage in conservation and preserve the hunting heritage they all hold dear. They’re hunters. Some of them follow bird dogs through waving stands of grass from south Georgia to Montana in pursuit of bobwhite quail and pheasant. And most of them would rather spend a bitterly cold winter morning knee deep in a flooded oak flat or beaver pond than waste that morning in a warm bed.

They are champions of conservation. According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America’s wildlife history. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the NWTF and their members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat.

Start your Easter celebration this Saturday with a special treat when the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt at City Lake Park Amphitheater. Ages 10 and younger will find treats left by Mr. Bunny, who will be on hand for pictures!! There will be prizes for each age group for finding the “Golden Egg”. Don’t be late! The hunt begins at 11 am and the event is FREE.

Need to work off some of that Easter candy? The Uwharrie Hikers is a club for anyone of any age who enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and fellowship. The group conducts monthly FREE guided day hikes the last Sunday afternoon of each month. Hikes are normally 4 to 7 miles and moderate to strenuous in nature. Van transport from Rock Creek Park and back is provided. Hikers meet at Rock Creek Park at 1 pm to depart to the hiking site. Please call 704-984-9560 to pre-register for the hike so we know how many to expect. Further information on the Uwharrie Hikers Club can be found online at

Next weekend is filled with great events from international horse trials to an antique tractor and engine show, and from a Volkswagen Bug Nash to a Beats in Bloom Dance. Stay tuned and in the meantime have a very Happy Easter.