Bluegrass festival announced for the Park on Fairview

The Armed Forces Museum and Archives of the Carolinas is hosting a Bluegrass Festival at the Park on Fairview on May 21. The event is called, “Salute to Our Armed Forces and the 1st Annual Bluegrass Festival. It’s being touted as a national day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. The hours for the festival are  10 am to 4 pm. Parking is a  $2 donation per vehicle.  The organizers will honor tradition and music, offer arts and crafts, family activities and of course food. Acts include George Hamilton IV, The Moody Brothers, Pinetuckett, Caitlin Gilliland, Southern Express Cloggers, The Independence High School Marching Band. Special guests include Doug Mayes, Former Newscaster for WBT Radio-TV and WSOC Radio-TV.

Here is Mint Hill’s The Moody Brothers performing their most popular song at a recent festival in Hickory.



Oakboro Cruise-In and Burnout this weekend

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout will be held on Friday, April 22. If the weather is nice, volunteer organizers expect up to 6,000 people to attend. The event offers cars and music in an historic downtown setting and a friendly atmosphere. 

The Oakboro Cruise-In & Burnout is in its eighth season.

If weather is holds up, cars start arriving after lunch. However, the official hours are 5-9:30 pm. The burnout will starts at 9 pm.

Food vendors and souvenir concessions will be set up. Restaurants and retail stores will be open. The public is encouraged to purchase 50/50 tickets. Proceeds go towards the operation and promotion of the event and help provide scholarships for local high school students.

The Cruise-In is held in downtown Oakboro on NC Hwy. 205 between Albemarle and Charlotte. It is one of the largest cruise-ins held in a small North Carolina downtown.

For information, visit the Oakboro Cruise-In on Facebook, email, log onto or call Jerry Crayton at 704-467-4992.



Mint Hill American Legion will field two teams this season

Mint Hill, a town with one of the richest American Legion baseball histories in the area, will have two teams this season. One team will be called Mint Hill Army and the other Mint Hill Marines. Mint Hill was called Newell until last season when home base of operations were moved to the Mint Hill VFW. The team has been playing for more than 40 years and has the second most all time wins among area teams with 1,162.