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40th annual Autumn Jubilee on tap this weekend

SALISBURY – The 40th annual Autumn Jubilee will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dan Nicholas Park, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road.

The jubilee is held the first weekend in October and offers live music, food and crafts vendors. According to Rowan County Parks and Recreation, the annual festival attracts more than 50,000 visitors from across Rowan County and the state.

“Visitors this year will be able to look forward to good food, great entertainment, a children’s area, all kinds of crafts and more,” said Andrea Baucom, special events coordinator for Dan Nicholas Park.

Baucom said some new things are in store this year, too.

“We’ll have a children’s area, Jurassic Park inflatable, bungee jump, a rock wall, pumpkin painting, face painting, a ‘bubbleologist,’ and a number of musical artists,” she said. “I’m always excited about the different food, crafts and just the variety of handmade items. … It will be gorgeous weather, and I hope everyone has a really good time.”

Ashley Duncan, administrative assistant with Parks and Recreation, said Autumn Jubilee is nostalgic.

“I just love this event in general. Before I worked the event, I attended for many years,” Duncan said.

She said autumn is her favorite season and seeing pumpkins and fall crafts during Autumn Jubilee brings back fond memories.

The music schedule for the 40th annual Autumn Jubilee is:

Saturday

• 11:30 a.m.-noon: Mailvis

• Noon-2 p.m.: 20 Ride (Zac Brown tribute band)

• 2-2:45 p.m.: Mailvis

• 3-5 p.m.: Too Much Sylvia

Sunday

• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Praise Grass Band

• 11:30 a.m.-noon: Mailvis

• Noon-2 p.m.: Motel Soap (classic rock/pop)

• 2-2:45 p.m.: Mailvis

• 3-5 p.m.: Kameron Marlowe, who was among the top 24 on NBC’s “The Voice”

The Kids Zone will feature a magician; pumpkin and face painting; a rock wall and bungee jump; soap bubble circus; interactive theater by Jef; Jurassic-themed inflatable obstacle course; Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux; and the Dakota and Friends “live” dinosaur show.

Admission and parking are free. Handicapped parking and rides will be available. No tobacco or alcohol products are allowed. Bikes, rollerblades, skates, skateboards and pets also are prohibited.

A shuttle pick-up will be located in the front parking lot. Shuttle hayrides will run both Saturday and Sunday.

Cash is recommended in case card readers are unavailable or out of order.

For more information, call 704-216-7803 or go to dannicholas.net.

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