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10/10/2019 1:11:00 PM
Happening This Weekend

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 (also 18th & 25th)

Ghost Tours (Dallas)
Enjoy a lantern lit stroll around the historic Dallas Courthouse Square as costumed storytellers invoke spirits of gruesome murders and midnight callers. Your guide will spin a spirited, spine-tingling tale of ghost sightings and local folklore and this year, you get to meet some of the ghosts. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. The tour lasts 45 minutes and is limited to 25 guests on each tour.  Tours are scheduled from 7:00 - 7:45 and from 8:00 - 8:45 each Friday October 11th, 18th & 25th beginning at the Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St. in Dallas.  Ticket prices start at $5.  To reserve tickets, visit  The event is recommended for ages 13 and older.  Parking will be available around the Courthouse Square.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY OCT. 11-13, 2019

Cotton Ginning Days (Dallas)
Exhibitors from all over the Southeast will convene at the Gaston County Park, 1303 Dallas-Cherryville Highway in Dallas for the 32nd annual Cotton Ginning Days. They'll 'crank-up' antique steam and gasoline engines and tractors and a 1900 single-stand, Continental Cotton Gin where they will be ginning cotton all weekend long. In addition to the engine show, activities will include a Kids County Fair, Heritage Arts area, handmade craft vendors and music. A variety of food will be available for purchase and admission and parking are free. A free shuttle will run from Gaston College to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The festival runs from 10 AM - 5 PM Friday through Sunday. For more information, call 704-922-2164.

Oktoberfest (Hickory)
There'll be music, food and more as downtown Hickory celebrates its 34th annual Oktoberfest Friday - Sunday. The festival will bring carnival rides, amusement games, music, demonstrations, two beer gardens, vendors and, of course, food to the area in and around the Square. New this year, the festival features a Bourbon Tasting on Saturday from noon until 9 PM. Friday night at 6:00 on the Pavilion Stage, the Foothills Oompah Band kicks off the music with German Polka in celebration of Hickory's German heritage.  At 9:30 Matt Walsh and the Movers will play on the Pavilion Stage. Baby Black headlines Friday night on the Main Stage beginning at 7:00.  Dr. Bacon plays Saturday night at 9:30 on the Pavilion Stage.  For more information about Oktoberfest 2019, visit the website


Asbury UMC Fall Bazaar
Asbury United Methodist Church, 3097 Asbury Church Road, will host a Fall Craft Bazaar Saturday 8 AM - 2 PM.

Boger City UMC Seniors Craft Sale
Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 E. Main St., Lincolnton, will host si the annual Seniors Craft Sale Saturday from 8 AM until 2 PM One of a kind craft items and more will be sold by local senior citizens. Baked goods will also be available. The annual Pumpkin Patch sale of Halloween pumpkins also continues on the church's front lawn.

Our Community, Our Heritage Festival
Learn how to research family with DNA, preserve family heirlooms, use historical maps, decipher old handwriting and much more during this full day genealogy and local history workshop Saturday 9:30 AM - 4 PM at the Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton.

Open House at Betty Ross Park
The Lincolnton Recreation Dept. will host an open house Saturday 10 - 11 AM at Betty Ross Park on S. Madison St. They've been working on these projects for a year; now they want the public to see what's new--including the new River Launch, Fishing Pier, River Nature Trail, Flag Football Fields, Outdoor Pickleball Courts and renovated ball fields.

Antique & Vintage Market Day
It's the 2nd Annual Lincolnton Antique & Vintage Market Day Saturday 10 - 4 in downtown Lincolnton. Stores and vendors will offer antiques, vintage items, recycled & upcycled items and more.

Laps 4 Life
Covenant Church on the Gastonia Highway (US 321-business) will have its 6th annual Laps4Life 10 AM - 12:30 PM Saturday to raise funds for Crisis Pregnancy Center. Call 704-732-3384 to become a walker, a team leader, or a sponsor. They will also have a Kidz Zone with games and a bouncy house. There will be food and a dessert auction.

Benefit BBQ at Alexis Fire Dept.
A benefit BBQ event will be held Saturday beginning at 11 AM at the Alexis Fire Dept. on Highway 27 in Alexis. The event will help raise money for Kelsey Beacham, who is a kidney patient on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant.

Carolina Classic Band Competition
The East Lincoln High School Band will host the 2019 Carolina Classic Saturday 2 - 9 PM. Begun way back in 1985, the competition took a break for several years before being revived in 2012. This year's event will have 14 bands competing including all the Lincoln County bands. Food will be available from food trucks including pizza, burgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, BBQ, ice cream and more. For a schedule, visit

Praise & Pasta for a Purpose
The Hope Chest Breast Cancer Support Group will hold this dinner at Emanuel Reformed Church across from the Post Office in Lincolnton Saturday at 4 PM. In addition to dinner, there will be a concert featuring Imperfect but Forgiven. There is no set charge; donations will be accepted.

Drag Me to the Red Carpet
This female celebrity impersonator review was a sellout in Newton; now it's coming to Lincolnton as a fundraiser for the Lincoln Cultural Center--featuring some of North Carolina's most celebrated female impersonators. The Saturday 7 - 10 PM event will be hosted by Brooklyn Dior impersonating Flip Wilson as Geraldine. After the show, you can meet the impersonators while you enjoy a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. All tickets are $25 general admission and can be purchased at the Cultural Center (704-732-9055) and if any are still available at the door.

Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors (Denver)
It's Lake Norman's most anticipated casual night out for a good cause.   Ross Bulla will host Cigars, Bourbon & Benefactors 6:30 - 9:30 Saturday night at 2173 Smith Harbour Drive, Denver, just off NC 16-business north.  For your $50 general admission, you can enjoy all the evening's activities in the tents, on the lawn, and inside the lodge-inspired building--everything except access to the VIP and Platinum VIP lounges. The open bar menu will include red and white wines, Johnnie Walker Red Scotch, Jim Beam Bourbon, Bacardi Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, Seagram's Gin, mixers, and sodas. Beer will be available from participating breweries. Of course, you must be 21 or older to attend.

Every penny of the nearly $120,000 raised during the past two years, and all proceeds this year, are used for the Lincoln County Coalition Against Child Abuse & Child Advocacy Center ("CAC") to pay therapists, pediatricians, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), and family  advocates, who provide counseling, medical exams, and support as cases move through the justice system. Because of your generosity, the CAC can provide these services free to victims and their families.  


St. Luke's Episcopal Homecoming
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 315 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, will celebrate 178 years Sunday. The public (and especially former members) are invited to the Worship Service at 10:30 with a covered dish luncheon to follow. For more information call the church office at 704-240-3332.

For more things happening in our area, visit our EVENTS CALENDAR at the bottom of our home page and CHURCH NEWS in our RELIGION section.

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