Downtown Lincolnton merchants and businesses will be staying open late Friday and featuring one or two local artisans and/or musicians for this year’s Fall Crawl.  The Crawl begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes most of the downtown businesses on East Main Street as well as Court Street Grille, Graffiti's, GoodWood Pizzeria and Untapped Territory. Local musician Adam Rose will be playing on the courthouse steps, Untapped Territory will have Walter Finley performing, the Meating Place will have a bluegrass band, Jim McCurry and Friends, and Crafted Southern Speakeasy will have live music by Saluda Shoals.

The Fall Crawl has been jointly organized this year by the Lincoln Cultural Center, the Arts Council of Lincoln County and the Lincolnton Downtown Development Association. There will be more than 25 different artists displaying their wares throughout the evening. 

“This is more along an artisan line rather than crafters,” Cathy Davis, the executive director for the Lincoln Cultural Center said. “I’m excited about it this year and we know the artists are excited about it. They signed up as soon as we put the call out.”

The downtown businesses were quick to agree to participate this year as well, Betty Teague Flohr, the executive director for the downtown development association, said.

“A lot of them had their own artists they could bring in and those that didn’t we enlisted the help of the cultural center and arts council to bring them in,” she said. “When you have a whole town of people who want to come together, we knew we had to do this.”

Palm Berries, a very popular food truck, will be at the event and Untapped Territory will have the Taco Mobile as well. 

The event runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 and is rain or shine. East Main Street won’t be shut down so people can drive in and park.

“We found out that this is important for people so they can drive up to the areas that they want to go to,” Davis said. “I think that’s part of the ambiance of it to be able to drive up to it since most of the things are inside a business or a parking lot.”

There will also be painters doing live painting at the event, Deanna McGinnis, the executive director for the arts council added. Connie Ballard Zmijewski, who will be at Owl’s Nest, and Donna Downey, who will be at Treasures on Main.

“We’ll have a great variety of everything,” she said.

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