According to information on the American Folklife Center's 'Local Legacies' web site (https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/legacies/loc.afc.afc-legacies.200003238/), the Cleveland County Fair began as, "...the brainchild of the Shelby Kiwanis Club in 1924," and "...has grown every year since then in size, number of activities, and attendance." The Fair's official info states the Fair was started in 1924. That puts this long-running, fun-filled local event at
almost a century old and counting!
Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama opens for its eighth season this Friday, September 15 at the Joy Performance Theatre in downtown Kings Mountain.
The play shares the personal trials many families faced during the period of the Battle of Kings Mountain in the South during Cornwallis' Southern Campaign.
The Earl Scruggs Music Festival (ESMF) was hosted at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring from Friday, September 1 through Sunday, September 3.
Coinhole creator and game-maker Jackson Martin proudly points out on his web site and Facebook page the game he created in 2008 is a "Made in the USA" story. It is... and a fun one at that.
Due to the forecast, the event is moved from August 28, 2023 to September 11, 2023
It is time for fun in the sun and water for those who may not typically have the opportunity to participate in traditional water sports.
Wake the World, a non-profit organization that offers recreational water sports events for disabled or disadvantaged children or adults, will once again hold an open day of skiing and water tubing at Moss Lake at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023.
On Saturday, August 12, The United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team greeted guests at Shelby Airport from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Team members arrived promptly at 9 a.m., as posters, booklets, and stickers were placed on the table, and people poured in to meet these soldiers and get their autographs.
The 31st annual Hot Nights Cool Rides in Forest City begins Friday, August 18 with a free cruise-in at the Park on Pavilion Square (POPS) beginning at 6pm with music by Ocean Blvd Band.
Saturday, August 19, car registrations begin at 9am and continue until noon. Cost is $30 per vehicle.There will be plenty of food vendors, restaurants are open and stores are also open for shopping.
An awards ceremony begins at 7pm for the more than 400 cars competing in one of the largest car shows in the Southeast. Plenty of parking off Main Street. Bring a chair. Stay all day.
The City of Kings Mountain brings the Beach back to downtown as the NC Beach Blast Festival comes to Patriots Park Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19!
7th Inning Stretch Festival begins and ends with music
Music lovers can find something to sing about from the time the 9th Annual 7th Inning Stretch Festival opens at 3:00 PM until it closes at 10:00 PM.
On Saturday, Aug. 5, the festival, with two music stages and plenty of food, trinkets, and games, will fill the streets on three sides of Shelby's uptown Court Square and spill over onto South Lafayette Street to the Graham Street intersection.
Six Crest HS FFA members receive State FFA Degrees in special degree ceremony.
Sergeants Les and Mary Ashby have spent a great portion of their lives working for the Lord through their ministry with the Salvation Army. The couple recently retired (June 30) and have moved to Tennessee, but, like many believers, they never really retire from working for the Lord.
A very dedicated group of fishermen took part on Saturday, May 3, 2023 in the Cleveland Masonic Lodge's 3rd Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament at Moss Lake's Main Landing. The money raised - which later amounted to over $16,000 - will benefit, according to the flier, the Life Enrichment Center Adult Day Care & Health Services.
Music aficionado Phil Weathers said the Cleveland County Music Hall of Fame (CCMHOF) is undergoing some rehab work and its new home will soon be at 1511 West Dixon Blvd., Shelby.
Burns High School Bulldogs head baseball coach Alex Leonhardt knew the obvious question - "How did it feel winning the 2A state championship?" - was going to come up eventually so he had his answer ready; it was a short, sweet, and got to the point, "It was a surreal feeling."
The City of Shelby and the Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport will host its annual Fly-In and Open House on June 10, 2023, from 10 a.m., until 2 p.m.
The American Legion family of organizations will flag the graves of veterans for the fourth year in a row at Shelby City cemeteries on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 6 p.m., at Sunset and Webb Memorial Cemeteries.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Cleveland County invites the community to join the movement to honor and remember loved ones and fight back for lifesaving change on Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m., at Dover Foundation YMCA, located at 411 Cherryville Rd., Shelby.
The Cleveland County Rescue Mission (CCRM) is still in the business of helping people and that isn't going to change any time soon, if ever, according to Mr. Micheal A. Woods, CEO/President of Western Carolina Rescue Ministries and Cleveland County Rescue Mission.
Walmart customers in Shelby were welcomed inside the newly transformed Supercenter at 705 E. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, on Friday, April 21, as their much-anticipated project is now complete. The store's associates marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony, community celebration, and a community inspired mural unveiling by local artist, Sherri Hager.
Shelby minister Dr. Jim Wooten has penned a very personal book he feels will help many people who have been touched in some way or fashion by suicide. He knows about the issue as he has been touched by it; his father was a suicide.
An important Cleveland County crime deterrent, dormant since 2017, is set to start back up, according to Cleveland County Crime Stoppers, Inc. Chairman Jeff Yates.
The 2023 Don Gibson Singer/Songwriter Symposium begins Friday, March 31 with a "Writers in the Round" night with Cherryville, N.C.'s "Sweethearts of Bluegrass", Darin & Brooke Aldridge, who are also a couple of the judges for the Saturday, April 1, songwriter competition, said Stan Lowery, Executive Director for the theatre.
Huge rock can be rented for painting birthday signs; commemorating special events.
Township #3 Elementary PTO member and a parent of a student at the school, Halie Ruppe, recently noted that on Feb. 17, the school received what she termed, "...an exciting addition to the school grounds in the form of a large, hefty boulder."
Cherryville Golf and Country Club owner and operator, Dan Arthurs, is a boxing practitioner of the "Sweet Science" and has been for most of his life. As a matter of fact, according to Arthurs, he has been fighting for most of his life, though many times it was not really for any sort of fame or fortune, and sometimes it had to do with... well, keeping someone from hurting him or his loved ones and friends; basically just staying safe.
Another view of the Crest FFA student-members and volunteers preparing food for the 50,000-plus Meals of Hope plates. (Photo provided)
Crest High School Agriculture Teacher Matt Harris said recently the school's FFA Chapter coordinated a project with "Meals of Hope" on Feb. 25 that packaged 51,840 meals for those in need in Cleveland County.