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COVID has put a damper on a lot of annual activities that occur in downtown Lincolnton. It was previously unknown whether the annual Fall Crawl could be held or not.

“As soon as the governor moved North Carolina to Phase 3, we saw an opportunity to move forward with something,” Lincoln Cultural Center Executive Director Cathy Davis said. “The Fall Crawl gives artists an opportunity to sell their creations and businesses the chance to sell to an evening crowd. This can all be done while moving about, socially distancing and not overcrowding one place and any particular time. We do want to remind patrons that face masks are still a thing.”

The Fall Crawl will be held on Friday, Oct. 16.

In addition to local artists, the Lincoln County Concert Association which has had most of its concerts cancelled due to the pandemic, will be presenting a live outdoor performance at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Lincoln County Court House.  The concert will feature the very popular bluegrass/county rising stars, Darin and Brooke Aldridge.  

“This is a great opportunity for area fans to hear Darin and Brooke live and up close,” LCCA chair Rick Ramseur said. “We also hope it will attract more people to participate in the art crawl and visit Lincolnton's downtown businesses. Because of the COVID situation, this concert will be of a short duration, 45-60 minutes and social distancing will be enforced. People are encouraged to wear masks and bring their lawn chairs.” 

Last week, Brooke Aldridge received the Female Vocalist of the Year award at the annual IBMA Awards Ceremony in Nashville.  This makes four consecutive years that she has won this coveted award.  Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss are the only other women who have achieved that distinction.  Over the past decade the couple have amassed a large following.  They have appeared at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry 25 times in recent years.  

This free concert is made possible by a grant from the Arts Council of Lincoln County and the N.C. Grassroots Program.

Downtown businesses who will be participating include Treasures on Main, Drum’s Florist and Gifts, All You Knead Massage, Untapped Territory, Guitar Wishes, The Meating Place, Estate Jewelers, Just Around the Corner, The Owl’s Nest, Bricktree Brewing Co., and the Lincoln Cultural Center. Victor the Balloon Man will be at Downtown Dairy Treats making all sorts of creations for children of all ages. Children that visit the Cultural Center will again this year receive a pumpkin to take home and carve or decorate, courtesy of the Lincoln Cultural Center and Fresh Market Produce. Students of Michael and Rachel Christian’s, Rocky Mountain Music Company, will be playing guitars as well at the Cultural Center.

The Fall Crawl is organized by the Arts Council of Lincoln County and the Lincoln Cultural Center.  

“Our art crawls have traditionally been well attended by the community and we’re especially excited to have Darin and Brook Aldridge providing entertainment for the Fall Crawl by way of the Lincoln County Concert Association,” Deanna McGinnis, executive director of the Arts Council of Lincoln County said. “Bring the family and join the fun."

Ava Parnell, Miss Lincoln County Apple Queen will be doing a live painting. What will she paint? You have to be there to find out. Other artist will include potters, photographers, heritage crafts and others. Downtown Lincolnton merchants and businesses will be staying open late on Friday and featuring one or two local artisans and/or musicians for this year’s Fall Crawl. The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 and is rain or shine. East Main Street won’t be shut down so people can drive in and park.

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