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Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade & Safety Festival Saturday

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 28

KANNAPOLIS — The Kannapolis Fire Department will host a Fire Truck Parade as part of the Fire Prevention Festival on Saturday.
The parade begins at 11 a.m. and proceed along Laureate Way and N. Research Campus Drive, between City Hall and the North Carolina Research Campus.
This year’s theme is “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape – Plan and Practice Your Escape,” focusing on fire prevention, having working smoke alarms, and planning your home escape route.
There will be music, emergency vehicles, helicopters, a kids’ firefighter challenge course, inflatable games, and vendors near Kannapolis City Hall. Food will be available for purchase. We will host a OneBlood blood drive, a Cabarrus Safe Kids child passenger safety seat check.
We will also have a special guest, the U.S. Forest Service’s mascot Smokey Bear who will be here to celebrate his 75th birthday.
To register to give blood, visit oneblood.org/donate-now.
For more information on the parade/festival visit kannapolisnc.gov


China Grove farm celebrates National Alpaca Farm Days
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 28
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 29

CHINA GROVE — Happy Tails Alpaca Farm, 9855 Old Concord Road, offers a fun opportunity for the public to come meet alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals and the luxury fiber they produce.
• Experience alpaca close up
• Fell the alpaca fleece
• Tour the farm
• View live Weaving and spinning demonstrations
• Learn about breeding and raising alpacas
• Fun activities for kids
• Shop the Barntique for alpaca products and gifts
• Hear a 1951 John Deere tractor run
• Visit vendors for more fun and shopping
• Enjoy a fun filled day for the entire family
For more information, contact Char Johnson, 704 855-5434, HappyTailsAlpacaFarm@yahoo.com
The farm is located just minuets off of I-85 between Exit 63 (Lane Street) and Exit 68 (Hwy 152/Rockwell)


30th annual Gold Hill Founders’ Day Set for Saturday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28

GOLD HILL — Gold Hill Founders’ Day will celebrate its 30th Anniversary Saturday at Gold Hill Mines Historic Park.
The event celebrates the history and culture of the once famous 19th century gold mining boom town and is hosted by the Historic Gold Hill and Mines Foundation Inc.
Events begin at 9 a.m. with the day officially kicking off with the annual Founders’ Day Parade at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s events will include arts, crafts, heritage living exhibits, entertainment, food, fire safety activities by the Gold Hill Fire Department and

Auxiliary and gold panning.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the North Carolina Bluegrass Associationbeginning at the amphitheater stage at 11 a.m. and continuing until 5 p.m.

Entertainment includes Mountain Fever Recording Artists, The Gospel Plowboys, along with The Furr Family, Movin’ On Bluegrass, Quarterhouse, and The Helms Family.

Internationally known French singer/songwriter Jean-Luc Leroux from the South Pacific Island of New Caledonia will return again to perform along with Amy Ames of Mission Texas and Vivian Hopkins of Gold Hill.

Other Saturday events include the popular History Hayrides to the Gold Hill Pond and Powder HousE and the shops in the historic Gold Hill village will also be open.

Gold Hill Mines Historic Park is located in eastern Rowan County at 735 St. Stephens Church Road, 704-267-9439.
www.historicgoldhill.com or Facebook at Historic Gold Hill, North Carolina


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