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Kings Mountain’s Gateway Festival
The City of Kings Mountain will host the annual “Gateway Festival” on Saturday, October 8 from 10:00AM until 6:00PM throughout the downtown area.  This community event is a celebration of Kings Mountain, being designated in 2000, as “The Gateway City” by the Department of Interior and the National Park Service to all three area parks - Crowder’s Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. 
This annual Kings Mountain fall festival will highlight the history of the nearby victorious battle site (which Thomas Jefferson declared, “... the turning point of the Revolutionary War”) with a reenactment of  British and Patriot militias mock cannon battle and a living history encampment showcasing the Colonial period. 
There will be two stages at Patriots Park, in downtown Kings Mountain, one at the Gazebo and the other at the South Meadow stage, a temporary stage for the musical entertainment.  Headlining the music portion of the festival will be the Overmountain Men, with a concert from 1:00-3:00.  “It’s rather unique that the Overmountain Men were instrumental in the defeat of the loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain and now, we have this first rate band, with the same name, coming to entertain at the Gateway Festival” stated Ellis Noell, Event Director for the City of Kings Mountain.
The Over-mountain Men features Bob Crawford, who also plays bass with the Avett Brothers and David Childers, who played with the Modern Don Juans, Robert Childers, also with 2013 Wolves, on drums and Randy Saxon on guitar.
The festival will also include Jeff Luckadoo & Jack Lawrence (who plays with Doc Watson), Timberidge, Harvest, Green Star and the Traffic Jam All Stars.  “The music at this years’ Gateway Festival is steeped in the Southern tradition, showcasing roots, folk, bluegrass, Americana, country and blues music”, added Noell. 
Art and craft vendors will be located in Patriots Park, close to a variety of food vendors.  The perennial favorite “Cute Critters”, a pet beauty contest (sponsored by Roll Over Pets) will take place at the Gazebo.  The Cross Roads Classic car show will be lined up on Gold Street.  With a theme of “Your Town-Your Energy”, the City’s gas and electric departments will celebrate the culmination of Public Energy Services Week.  Mayor Rick Murphrey will be competing against the clock in a simulated emergency rescue power operation.  A $100. prize will be awarded to the person who comes closest to guessing the time. An American Cornhole Association (ACA) sanctioned championship tournament will begin at 11:00 am with $1000. in prize money.
The “Mountaineer Trolley”, with on-board community tour guides, will run continuously during the festival between the Gazebo at Patriots Park, the Kings Mountain Historical Museum and Commons, Many Memorial Library (1-5 pm) and cruise through the Central School Historic District to the Kings Mountain Art Depot and back to the Gazebo.  Free parking is available at all trolley stop venues and downtown parking lots. 
At the Kings Mountain Historical Museum and Patriots Park, Revolutionary War re-enactors with the South Fork Militia, the Fort Davidson Militia, the Charleston and 4th S.C. Artilleries  will encamp and share living history through demonstrations and conduct tours of the Barber Log House and the Cornwell Home at  the Commons behind the Museum.  Inside at the Museum will be “Honor Our Veterans – Remembering World War I” free exhibit. 
The Southern Arts Society, located at the Old Train Depot, will host the annual art competition, “Gateways to the South”, relating to southern history and culture with this exhibit.  Join the Southern Arts Society for free Moon Pies and RC Cola’s.  Ken Hagans will demonstrate wood carving from 2 pm-4 pm, then Lorene Lovell will demo watercolor.  Artist, Gypsy Hundley will be on hand to speak about her work in the Fireside Gallery.  Kids can create a “Make and Take” art project.  The Log Cabin Band will play bluegrass and folk music from 1 pm-3 pm.  Come park at the Depot and catch the Trolley!
Mauney Memorial Library will host a special event to document and preserve the State’s vanishing rural culture, Bernie Harberts spent four months with a camera and a mule traveling 600 miles from the NC coast to the Great Smokey Mountains.  Hosted extensively by families he and his mule, Woody, met along the way, Harberts produced an extraordinary collection of local photos and recollections that could only be acquired by traveling at the speed of conversation.  Harberts’ program consists of slides, recipes and lively stories that let audience members experience the vanishing web of rural NC life.  Join him and discover why Pin Hook was named for the way early residents fished, Hell Town has nothing to do with the devil and flour burgers face extinction.  Co-sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council (1pm-5 pm).
 At 7:30 pm, the Joy Performance Center will feature a concert with Vermont’s famous folk group, “The Woods Tea Company” performing fiery Celtic, Sea Shanties, Blue Grass and Americana music served up with dry New England humor.  Tickets are available at the door or at Alliance Bank.           
 Information booths will be located at the corners of Railroad & Gold Streets and also at Gold & Cansler Streets.
For a complete schedule of events and additional information visit www.cityofkm.com or call 704-734-0333.

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