Around these parts, folks use just about any excuse to come together for a good time. This September is no exception with several unique festivals and events scheduled to help us transition into the cooler months without giving up that summer state of mind.
First up is Big Toy Day, a fun-filled event now in its second year designed to give kids (and their families!) one last hurrah before the school year gets back into full swing. A fundraiser for Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County, Big Toy Day features life-sized versions of the toys one might find in a child’s toy box, such as fire trucks, planes, antique cars and boats. This year, kids between the ages of 8 and 17 will have the chance to win a free 15 – 20 minute flight over Davidson County with a professional pilot. There will also be plenty of food and drinks and lots of other extras, including a bicycle raffle and a science van from Discovery Place in Charlotte. Admission is free for kids under the age of 10 and just $5 for everyone else.
Davidson County Fair – Sept. 19 – 24 at the Davidson County Fairgrounds
If you’ve lived in the area long enough, you know that fall is not official until the fair comes to town. Sponsored by the Lexington Kiwanis Club, the Davidson County Fair is six days’ worth of classic fair games and rides like the Ring of Fire and The Scrambler (my personal favorite), great agricultural and craft exhibits and, of course, food. Be sure to come hungry so you can load up on fair favorites like hotdogs, funnel cakes and candy apples – you’ll find me in line for a hand-dipped corndog. With a full lineup of live music, fireworks shows, raffles and more, this is a Davidson County staple you don’t want to miss.
Farm Park Bluegrass Festival – Sept. 22 – 24 at Denton Farm Park
Gearing up for its sixth run, the Denton Farm Park Bluegrass Festival features an impressive three-day lineup of 15 local and regional pickers including The Bartley Brothers, Bill Yates & Friends and The Snyder Family. The atmosphere is always laid back with plenty of vendors and on-site camping. But prospective campers beware: “campground jammin’ may go on all night.”
Everybody’s Day Festival—Sept. 24, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Downtown Thomasville
Billed as North Carolina’s oldest festival, Everybody’s Day is exactly what it sounds like – a day full of fun and excitement guaranteed to bring out the best in, well, everyone. From live performances on multiple stages and plenty of room for dancing to dozens of arts and crafts vendors, children’s carnival rides and food options, this free festival has it all. In past year’s, Everybody’s Day has drawn crowds as high as 70,000 into downtown Thomasville.