LOCUST NEWS: Hands-on event to be hands-off this year

Published 8:47 am Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Farmers Market

The Locust Farmers Market is open each Thursday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. across from Locust Elementary School. You can find craft items, fresh vegetables and sometimes there are flowers and plants.

Sarah White

Hands on Locust

Hands on Locust is an event that gives kids a chance to see the variety of service vehicles in the Locust area. The event is free and open to the public. All the fun gets started at 10 a.m. Saturday. Come see a parade of dump trucks, tractors and more.

Vehicles will start the parade in front of Locust City Hall, then head up Ray Kennedy Drive towards Subway, turn right onto Town Center Drive to go past Ace Hardware and towards Sassy Cakes Bakery, before turning right again to head back towards the Veterans Memorial.

Guests are welcome to sit along the sidewalk or grassy areas alongside these streets. Guests are expected to follow guidelines as recommended by NCDHHS and remain at least six feet apart from other household units and with no more than 25 in one area. Guests will not be allowed to climb in or on vehicles this year.


Subway will host a craft for kids to decorate hard hats. Craft materials will be distributed to families alongside the parade route between 9:45-10:15 a.m. Park staff will make rounds along the route during this time, delivering the materials to the kids as they are setting up to view the parade.

Family Movie Night

Join in the fun for a free family movie night. Due to heavy storms, the movie night had to be rescheduled to Saturday. The featured movie is “Toy Story 4.”

This is a family-friendly event open to the public.

Movies are shown on a large inflatable screen in the backyard of Locust’s City Hall. All movies start at sundown, so not all start times are the same.

Community Church will provide popcorn and water. Other vendors with items for purchase will be present.

Bring a chair or blanket.

Locust News is by Sarah White. Call 704-888-5359.