Annual Farmers’ Day Festival, 3rd Saturday in July
Begun in 1982 to honor the local farmers by inviting them to bring their produce to sell at a farmers market, Farmers Day has become one of the best street festivals in North Carolina with attendance estimated at more than 25,000 visitors. From the opening ceremony at 9 a.m. until the last note of the street dance at 11p.m.,Farmers’ Day offers something for people of all ages. Locally grown produce is still a big hit. FFA students and alumni provide fresh off-the-farm produce for sale. They also sell delicious hand churned ice cream. What a treat on a hot summer day! Many local churches and civic clubs participate with bake sales, drink stands, and hand-crafted items for sale. More than 200 colorful booths line Main Street with a variety of great items for sale, including art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, baby items, and others. Commercial vendors provide interesting displays of their products. Children’s Stage is dedicated to the young and the young-at-heart. Clowns, magicians, and puppets delight children of all ages. A small train runs through the street and is a must for the little ones. Children’s rides and games keep the young ones busy. The ever popular “Little Mr. and Miss Farmer” contest is another hit.. Teenagers enjoy dunking friends, teachers and principals in the “Dunking Booth.” Farmers’ Day is overflowing with free entertainment all day on two stages. On the main stage, a variety of music is played by local bands. Other entertainment includes, dancers and gymnastics and karate demonstrations. And you can enjoy the singing and clogging performed on the Park Stage while sitting in the shade of the trees. They can ramble through the displays of antique farm equipment and cars. They can also drift back to memories of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s with the display of muscle cars, classics, hotrods and racers. The local farm equipment dealers and outdoor power equipment dealers may even entice you with their displays. Food vendors sell funnel cakes, cotton candy, roasted corn on the cob, Gyro sandwiches, meat on a stick, barbecue, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with freshly squeezed lemonade. The street vendors pack up at 4 p.m. and the town gets ready for the street dance at 7 p.m. Performers have included The Embers, The Entertainers, Part Time Party Time Band, The Fantastic Shakers and others. Bring a lawn chair to enjoy the band and be ready to dance . The evening ends with a beautiful fireworks display. Farmers- Day is a joint event of the China Grove Board of Trade and the Town of China Grove.
CruisIn The Grove
April through October, the 3rd Saturday, every other month, Main Street China Grove is filled with all sorts of cars, motorcycles and golf carts. Anything with a motor! Music, Food and lots of family fun! Main Street, China Grove from 3:00 - 7:00 pm.
Each year children from the area are invited to “trick or treat” the downtown merchants. Starting at 4 p.m. “droves” of children appear on sidewalks dressed in every imaginable costume. Some adults accompanying their children dress in costumes to add to the fun. Other adults just come to town to see this amazing event. The merchants hand out candy and other items to the hundreds of children and enjoy seeing children, friends and customers at their doors. Local schools and churches also provide fall festivals, “Trunk or Treat” and other Halloween activities for local children.
Christmas Parade, Tuesday before Thanksgiving
The annual Christmas Parade is held on Main Street. Marching bands, beautiful queens, unique floats, dancers, school and church groups, clowns, fire trucks, funny cars, and many more entries make the parade fun for everyone. And of course, Santa Claus always ends the parade on his sled with reindeers.
Christmas in The Grove
100% chance of snow! The 3rd Saturday in December from 5:00 - 9:30 pm we have sledding on the hill on Swink Street, fire pits, hot chocolate, s'mores and popcorn and don't forget Santa! Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride down Main Street and do a little Christmas shopping or dine in one of our restaurants. Sledding is FREE of charge. No metal sleds allowed.
China Grove Baseball and Softball League
The China Grove Baseball and Softball league is a part of the Cal Ripken organization and the league participates in its tournaments. There are four age levels: 5 to 6 years of age are coach pitch; 7-8 coach pitch; 9-10 junior division; 11-12 senior division. Approximately 360 children play on the four ball fields used by the league. During the season, games are played four nights each week, excluding Wednesdays unless it rains. Parents and teams sponsors are great fans of the teams and all of the games. The league is hosted by the China Grove Parks and Recreation department. The China Grove Civitan Club operates the concession stands and they split the profits with the league. For more information of to sign up for the league, please contact League Commissioner Jim Solomon at 704.857.1439.