Annual Oaks Festival – A Full Day of Free Family Fun Coming to Mocksville Saturday, October 14th!

Fall festival season is fast approaching and Historic Downtown Mocksville’s charming Oaks Festival should be at the top of your list. This free festival will be held on October 14th from 10 a.m – 7 p.m.

Although the four majestic Willow Oaks that have anchored the historic square for decades became diseased and had to be removed, the festival’s free family fun lives on! Come say “hello” to the new baby Willow Oaks that will grow to take their place.

Shoppers will be delighted with the unique array of crafts, holiday gifts and decor offered by 56 different vendors. New this year are Living the Dream Farms with muscadine jams, jellies, and juices; and Yellow Bell Farms offering baked goods, artisan breads, cakes, and holiday candies.

While the entertainment schedule is still being finalized, we can confirm some of the top acts now.  You will not want to miss this:

Rylie & Damon…straight out of Nashville take stage at Noon
1:50…Mel Jones & Bag O Bones
3:25…Wafer Thin featuring Brent Naylor
Exit 180 ( Joel Tenery) 5:15 until 7 p.m.

2012 Four Oaks Festival Historic Downtown Mocksville

Tantalize your taste buds with traditional festival food including fried Twinkies and pork sandwiches. Hands of Hope Church will again be cooking fish, pork, and BBQ, as well as offering delicious cakes.  

Music lovers will appreciate the live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater starting at noon with Rylie & Damon, who are straight from Nashville. Mel Jones & Bag O Bones will take the stage at 1:50 and Wafer Thin, featuring Brent Naylor, will perform at 3:25. Exit 180, which includes local artist Josh Tenery, will rock the evening from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket. No coolers, please, as alcohol will be available for purchase.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the inflatables as well as the amazing balloon sculptures created by artist, Michael Decker.

The non-profit organization, Supporters of Guardian ad Litem (SOGAL), will be raising funds by offering a number of children’s activities including a pumpkin seed spitting contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, and free pumpkin cutouts for taking pictures.

SOGAL promotes the work of the Guardian ad Litem program of Davidson and Davie Counties by providing assistance to GAL volunteers as they advocate for abused and neglected children. Funds raised by SOGAL have been used to pay for clothing and shoes for abused and neglected children entering foster care, send neglected children to summer camp, purchase Christmas gift cards for foster children placed with relatives, and provide ongoing training for GAL volunteers as well as recognize and celebrate their selfless work.

For more information about the Oaks Festival, call Tami Langdon at 336.909.2263.

Free Concert! Two Great Bands in Downtown Mocksville – Saturday, June 24th

Not one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 24th from 6-10:30 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.

Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm

Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm.

Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.

Taylor began his musical journey at the tender age of 7 as an Elvis tribute artist. At 10 years old he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. At 12 he learned to play the guitar and joined the church band and found his true calling as a Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter.  In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. He released his own Christian album in 2013.

Today, Taylor continues to perform his Elvis Tribute shows while following his heart and writing and performing Contemporary Christian music.

Memphis Thunder
Memphis Thunder, an authentic 50’s era band, is made up of Taylor Vaden as lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Brad Ford on drums, Todd Phillips on upright bass/background vocals,  and Scott Williams on electric guitar/background vocals. Together they won first place in the non-pro division Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival held at Legends in Concert. This year they were named the 2017 Georgia Elvis Festival Non-Pro Champions.

Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Silk Groove Band at 8 pm
Silk Groove is an energetic and dynamic eleven-piece show band made up of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated musicians and vocalists featuring live horns, bass, keyboard, guitar and drums. The guys rock the stage, interact with the crowd, and DANCE not only on stage but with their audiences as well.

This band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing beach, motown, R&B, and classic soul. Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Temptations, and Journey, as well as solo artists like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

The Mocksville Rotary club will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable foods for A Storehouse for Jesus.

Grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!

Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville. For more information about the Summer Fun Beach Days Concert, call 336 753-6705.

Free Concert Saturday, June 10th – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

Mocksville will be rocking as Surry Line kicks off the free Concerts on the Square concert series this Saturday night, June 10th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville.

Five Free Concerts for 2017
This is the first of five free concerts sponsored by the Town of Mocksville. Future performances are July 15th — Josh Tenery & Joel McCarson (soft rock, country); August 19th– Tin Can Alley & Mel Jones (America, soft rock, blues); August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach) and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Although Surry Line is known for its own unique sound, it’s genre of music would fit mostly into the Americana, Country, Rockabilly style. Surry Line has a long list of cover tunes that span all the way from Elvis to Guns and Roses, Johnny Cash to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Webb Pierce to Janis Joplin, and Charlie Daniels to Darious Rucker to name a few. One thing that sets Surry Line apart from other bands that cover these artist is their unique sound and their ability to make these cover songs, that have been done thousands of times, into something that sounds fresh and new.

While the songs that they cover keep the audience entertained, it’s the original songs of Surry Line that keep the audience interested and coming back for more. These songs have proven to hold the attention of strangers and passers by from the first time Surry Line performed in 2014.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

Mocksville Earns Recognition as One of the Safest Cities in North Carolina!

LendEDU recently released a report that highlighted the safest cities in North Carolina and Mocksville was ranked as one of the safest! The full report and a more detailed methodology can be found here: https://lendedu.com/blog/safest-cities-state/

Holiday Horse & Buggy Rides in Mocksville – Saturday, December 10th & 17th

horse-buggy-rides-2016Horse & Buggy Rides ~ Saturday, December 10th & December 17th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
Enjoy Historic Downtown Mocksville illuminated by the lights on the majestic oak trees, planter box trees and rooftops with Horse and Buggy Rides.  Rides are $5 per person and they depart from the Mocksville Town Square on Depot Street near Styled Gatherings and Ms. Judy’s Dolls.

Winterfest is FREE! —Huge inflatable slide, bounce house, hay rides, and balloon crafts!

Winterfest MocksvilleThere will be chills and thrills for the whole family at Winterfest on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 5 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage at 107 South Salisbury Street, Mocksville. You will “frolic and play the eskimo way” as you fly down SnowZilla, the inflatable tubing slide.

At 31’ Tall and 90’ Long, and with two sliding lanes, it’s a WOW ride for kids and adults of all ages! The perfect simulation of a slide down a snow covered hill!

winterfest-mocksville-2You won’t want to miss the bounce house available for smaller children, hay rides, and balloon art and Christmas stories by Michael Decker!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase, or enjoy one of Mocksville’s delicious downtown restaurants.

Bring Nonperishable Food Items for A Storehouse for Jesus
This is the season for giving, so please bring nonperishable food items for A Storehouse for Jesus. Collection boxes will be available around Junker’s Mill.

This wonderful family event is presented by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.  And best of all, it’s free!

For more information about Winterfest, call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6705.

Bed Races & Christmas Parade Kick-off Hometown Holidays 2016!

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3Races Friday night , Parade Saturday – Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 18th as 20intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits and WXII-12 News take part in the 5th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.

The festivities will begin with the lighting of the Oaks and downtown businesses at dusk followed by the bed races at 6 pm.

New this Year – Short Course for Teams Aged 60+
Participants for the short course race for teams aged 60+ are still needed! The winning team will receive a $100 prize! Contact Tami Langdon at (336) 909-2263.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

Mocksville Bed Races!

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the bed race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are appropriate.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

Main Street will be closed at 5:30
Main Street from Gaither Street to the ­­­­­corner of Main Street/601/64 ­­­­­­­­­will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race.  Please note: This evening is also a home, first-round play-off game for the Davie High football team. Those attending the game are asked to be extra cautious and should plan to bypass the downtown area on their way to the game. Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available.  O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators, and food vendors will offer snacks and drinks.

Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “All Fired Up for Christmas”
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  This year’s theme is “All Fired Up for Christmas” and will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats. The parade will depart from Rich Park at 2 pm Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded for the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25.

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Downtown merchants will be hosting their annual holiday open house from 10 am – 7 pm with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

Stop by and visit the brand new Buckle Bunnies Boutique, located next to Counter Point Music, which offers clothing and accessories.

The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store is now open in the corner shop next to Restaurant 101. Stop by and buy a little something sweet to eat during the parade and support the Davie High Band, which receives 35 % of the proceeds.

Don’t forget to pick up this year’s commemorative Christmas ornament, a pewter fire truck, “Up On the Rooftop.” These beautiful fire truck-shaped ornaments, which salute the services and sacrifices of our fire departments, may be purchased for $8 from 11-4 pm outside Restaurant 101, along with Tree of Honor forms and flags. The ornaments may also be purchased at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, BB&T and Bank of the Ozarks. Ornaments from past years are available for sale at Town Hall for $9.

Davie County Community Band to Perform
Join the Davie County Community Band in front of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique. They will have drinks for sale before the parade and will start their concert when Santa Claus comes by!

Questions?
For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6700. For more information about the “All Fired Up for Christmas” Hometown Christmas Parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.

Free Concert! Two Great Bands – Saturday, June 25th

Not one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 25th from 6-10 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.

mocksville-carolina-soul-concert1Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm
Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm.  Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.

In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. 

Carolina Soul Band InternalBeach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Carolina Soul Band at 8 pm
Carolina Soul Band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing Beach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul.

Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and many, many more. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

These talented performers have performed and shared the stage with such notable acts as The Drifters, Ollie Woodson, Little Richard, Percy Sledge, Dennis Edwards Temptations, The O’Jays, The Flamingos, The Tams, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, The Platters, The Diamonds, The Manhattans, and The Crystals to name a few.

No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase including: smoothies, salads, wraps, chicken, burgers, hotdogs, hot chips, soft drinks, and beer. Chestnut Trail will be offering wine by the glass, or take home a bottle. So grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!

Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville.  For more information about the Carolina Soul Summer Fun Concert, call 336 909-2263 or 336 753-6700.