Town of Troutman has full calendar of special events planned for 2019
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Mark your calendars for a full agenda of special events in Troutman this year. Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson, the Parks and Recreation Committee, and the newly forming Friends of ESC Park group are planning fun events for the community to enjoy the town’s amenities and to get to know their neighbors.
Several big events are also on tap at the Iredell County Fairgrounds located just outside of Troutman.
The first event on the 2019 calendar, approved by Troutman Town Council in January, is the 7th Annual Sprint Into Spring 5K, 10K & Fun Run on Saturday, March 2. Net proceeds of the run will benefit the construction and development of Phase 2 of Troutman ESC Park.
The Dixie Horse auction is held twice a year at the Iredell County Fairgrounds (630 North Main Street; Troutman) by Dixie Auction LTD. The spring auction is March 22-23. Visit http://dixiehorseauction.com online for more information.
The 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Sunday, April 14, at Troutman ESC Park. Watson has already ordered thousands of eggs to fill for area kids.
The Troutman Farmers Market will begin on Tuesday, May 7, and will run each Tuesday through September 24 at the ESC Park John Larew Pavilion from 4 to 7 p.m. Those interested in being a vendor or a customer can follow the market on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TroutmanFarmersMarket).
The market welcomes local farmers, and artisans to buy and sell domestic fruits, vegetables, plants, meats, honey, and natural homemade goods. This is not a flea market, and the town takes great pride in limiting items for sale to those that help support and sustain the local farm and artisan community.
The annual Front Porch Fest will be at a new location this May, moving from downtown to the Iredell County Fairgrounds, on May 18. The event will feature expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This free event offers a kids zone, great food trucks and vendors, arts and crafts, and music. For questions or additional information contact Watson at 704-528-7600 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit https://www.troutmannc.gov/ and click on the “Events” section to find sponsor and vendor rules registration information for Front Porch Fest.
The Party in the Park events, sponsored by Piedmont Healthcare, are scheduled for June 14, August 16, and October 5. These events feature live music, food, and beer and wine sales at ESC Park.
The 2019 Independence Day Parade, which proudly honors all veterans, is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Folks can enjoy an old fashioned, small town parade with entries from throughout the county and beyond.
The 100-plus entries include floats, music, marching units, church groups, civic organizations, scout troops, motorcycles, military units, horses, submarines, classic and antique cars, fire engines, beauty queens, re-enactment groups, politicians, WWII vehicles, trains, planes, and many more surprises.
The Independence Festival, sponsored by the Troutman Rotary Club, will follow at the Iredell County Fairgrounds from 5 p.m. until dark and will feature music, food, arts and crafts, and kids games.
Visit https://www.troutmannc.gov/ and click on the “Events” section to find sponsor and vendor rules and registration information for the festival. For questions, contact Town Manager Justin Longino at 704-528-7600.
The festival is followed by Independence Day Fireworks, sponsored by the Town of Troutman, which will blast off from the fairgrounds at about 9:30 p.m. or full dark.
The National Night Out, sponsored by the Troutman Police Department, will be on Tuesday, August 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join Troutman town officials, public safety agencies from throughout the county, and school, community and business groups at this community celebration.
National Night Out is a partnership between law enforcement and neighborhoods to promote safe and healthy communities throughout the country.
The event features free hot dogs and refreshments from local eateries, entertainment, and lots of valuable information. Services offered include automated personal document shredding and a safe disposal prescription and over the counter medicine drop. The Troutman Fire and Rescue Smoke House will also be on display.
Animals from Zootastic Park and creatures from the Reptile Center will be on hand to entertain kids.
The 84th Annual Iredell County Agricultural Fair will be Friday, August 30, through Saturday, September 7. Registration forms and other information is available at http://www.iredellcountyfair.org.
The Wicked Fast 5K will be on Saturday, October 19, at 6 p.m. at the Troutman Depot. For this community run for all ages, runners are encouraged to wear their wackiest costumes, bring friends and family, and enjoy sweet treats from Southern Treats afterwards.
There is no official timing company and no pressure -- just FUN! The first 100 finishers receive a pumpkin medal! Register at Troutman Town Hall or at racesonline.com.
The annual Trails & Treats celebration will be on Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the paved Fit Trail near the entrance of Troutman ESC Park. Businesses and non-profit organizations are needed to provide and hand out treats to create this safe, family friendly environment for trick or treating.
The 4th annual Holiday Market Craft Show will be Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Iredell County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. This free rain or shine event features handmade crafts, food, music and more. Vendor applications are already being accepted. The application deadline is November 6.
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m. at the John Larew Pavilion at ESC Park. Come enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa for girls and boys of all ages.
The Troutman Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7. The town extends an invitation for citizens, groups, nonprofits, and businesses to participate in the parade. There is no cost to participate, but applications must be received by Wednesday, November 29.
In lieu of an application fee, the town will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. They are in need of toys for all ages of children and usually have more difficulty getting toys for children 12 years and up.
Staff will also collect toys from parade spectators for the toy trailer traveling behind Santa in the parade, or folks can bring them to Town Hall during office hours from November 25 through December 6.
Application and rules for this year's Christmas parade are on the town website in the “Events” section.
The Jingle Run 5K & Fun Run is a festive and family-friendly run that takes place on Sunday, December 8, at 3 p.m. and will begin on the greenway in front of the Iredell County Recreation Center (122 Grannis Lane) and run a course through the greenways through the Town of Troutman.
Participants are asked to consider donating a gently used coat or personal care item for the Children's Hope Alliance, formerly known as Barium Springs Home for Children.
The free Drive-thru Live Nativity, organized by Troutman Baptist Church with participation of other area churches, will be Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7, at the Iredell County Fairgrounds from 6 to 8 p.m.
The huge display features hundreds of volunteer re-enactors throughout the facility and follows the life of Jesus from birth to resurrection. The event takes about 30 minutes to drive through.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For questions or additional information on town sponsored events, contact Emily Watson, Event Coordinator, by phone 704-528-7600 or email@example.com.