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Aug. 24

• 5 to 7:30 p.m., Live at Five music series will be held at the Elkin Farmers Market shelter, 226 N. Bridge St., featuring Owen Poteat. The event is free. There will be a free kid’s play area.

Aug. 26

• 2:30 to 10 p.m., Wilkes Community College will host FaithFest, a Christian music festival. General admission is $20 per person in advance or $25 at the gate; or $15 each for groups of 12 or more in advance. For more information about schedule and line-up, visit

Aug. 27

• 9:30 a.m., Boonville Baptist Church Homecoming with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m., worship at 10:30 a.m. followed by a covered dish lunch in the Family Life Center.

• 1 p.m., the Spillman and Hutchens reunion will be held at Forbush Fire Department, Old 421 East.

• 3:30 p.m., the New Birth Worship Center, 1033 Newbirth Drive, East Bend, will host the Male Chorus 20th Anniversary Concert. The guest will be the church’s NBWC Ensemble and Youth Choir. The theme is “A New Beginning and A New Start.” For more information, call the church at 336-699-3583 or visit

Aug. 28

• 2 to 6:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Wilkes YMCA, 1801 YMCA Blvd., Wilkesboro.

Aug. 29

• Noon to 4:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Surry Telephone Membership Corp., 819 E. Atkins St., Dobson.• 2 to 6:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Copeland Ruritan Building, 975 Copeland School Road, Dobson.

Sept. 1

• 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Food Truck Friday will be held at the Elkin Farmers Market shleter, 226 N. Bridge St., Elkin, with several food trucks throughout the day, as well as music, wine and beer from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Sept. 2

• 9 a.m. to noon, You Can’t Be Replaced Suicide Awareness Walk will be held at Elkin Municipal Park. This will be a special walk to honor loved ones, bring healing to those left behind, provide education on suicide prevention and give support to survivors. The walk will begin at 9:15 with guest speakers at the conclusion. Cost to particiate is $15 and includes a bracelet and T-shirt. There will be a memory board in honor of loved ones lost due to suicide. For more information, to share a photo and/or story, contact Claudia Byrd at 336-902-1419,, or Patty Hicks at 336-467-1445.

Sept. 7

• 5 to 7:30 p.m., Live at Five music series will be held at the Elkin Farmers Market shelter, 226 N. Bridge St., featuring 60 Watt Combo. The event is free. There will be a free kid’s play area.

Sept. 8

• 4 to 7 p.m., Hands of Hope Medical Clinic will host its annual Tipton’s Restaurant and Catering pulled pork BBQ plate fundraiser at Yadkinville United Methodist Church. Tickets are $10 and include pulled pork BBQ, baked beans, slaw, roll and dessert. For tickets, call 336-692-5620.

Sept. 9

• 5 p.m., the Lance Cpl. Daniel Freeman Swaim Scholarship drawdown fundraiser will be held at the Yadkinville Moose Lodge. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the drawdown will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes two meals and a chance at $2,500. The 25th, 50th, 125th, 150th and 175th tickets drawn win $50 each. The 100th ticket wins $1,000, and the final 200th ticket wins $2,500. The first ticket drawn goes back in the cage when there are 10 tickets left, giving the first ticket another chance. The event is hosted by the Yadkin County Veterans Council, which provides four scholarships each year, two at Forbush and two at Starmount. For tickets, see Chuck Knight, the veterans service officer for Yadkin County, David Shore or Larry Crews.

Sept. 15

• 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Starmount High School, 2516 Longtown Road, Boonville.

• 3 to 7:30 p.m., a blood drive will be held at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 209 Lon Ave., Boonville.

Sept. 15-16

• The Friends of the East Bend Public Library, 420 Flint Hill Road, East Bend, will host a community yard sale from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. The sale benefits the library.

Sept. 16

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the 41st annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival will feature agricultural displays, artwork, vendors, musicians, food vendors and more in downtown Yadkinville. Entertainment and interactive exhibits will also be on hand. For more information, contact the Yadkin Arts Council at 336-679-2941.

Sept. 21

• 5 to 7:30 p.m., Live at Five music series will be held at the Elkin Farmers Market shelter, 226 N. Bridge St., featuring The Muddy Creek Players. The event is free. There will be a free kid’s play area.

Sept. 22

• 10 a.m. to noon, Safe Kids Surry County, thanks to a Graco Grant, will host child restraint checks where families who qualify and are in need of a child restraint can receive one. This event will be at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Elkin. Those needing a restraint should contact Bristol Mitchem at 336-786-6155.

Sept. 22-23

• The third annual Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival will be held on Main Street, Wilkesboro, including The Kruger Brothers as hosts. Line-up includes The Kruger Brothers, The Kontras Quartet, The Black Lillies, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Snyder Family Band, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and more. The event will include the second annual Chad Lovette Memorial Run and Ride on Sept. 23 on the trails at Cub Creek Park in downtown Wilkesboro, to benefit the American Cancer Society. Festival tickets are available at with round one pricing being $45 for a two-day pass, and a VIP package that includes both days and evening jam sessions for $90. Single-day and round two pricing are not available until June 1.

Oct. 7

• 4 to 10 p.m., Traphill Volunteer Fire Department, 8899 Traphill Road, Traphill, will host the Mountain Memories Gospel Music Festival.

Oct. 21

• The 14th annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival will be held in downtown Yadkville, featuring more than 20 Yadkin Valley wineries, as well as food, entertainment and specialty vendors. Visit to purchase advance tickets and for more details.

Ongoing Events

• Yadkin Farmers Market is now open for the season. The market is located at 1141 Tennessee St., Yadkinville, behind town park and Papa John’s Pizza. Hours are Tuesdays 3 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• The Yadkin County Beekeepers Association meets the second Monday of every month at the Yadkin Senior Center, 207 E. Hemlock St., Yadkinville, with 6 p.m. dinner and social, 7 p.m. guest speaker. All visitors interested in bees and/or beekeeping are welcome.