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KM Festival celebrates history, community

"A unique festival that celebrates Kings Mountain's heritage while bringing our community together.'' That is a description of the Kings Mountain Mountaineer Days Heritage Festival offered by Christy Conner, KM Special Events Director. "We hope folks will come out and spend the day in our town enjoying live music and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy."
The festival will begin Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. with the annual Kings Mountain Homecoming Parade. The parade will begin on Mountain Street and end at Patriots Park. That evening at 7:30 p.m., Kings Mountain High School will challenge the Ashbrook Green Wave in football.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the fun will begin at noon in Patriots Park, with activities located at the gazebo and Liberty Falls Amphitheatre. Performances by local dance troupes, a sweet potato recipe contest, a pumpkin pie eating contest and a Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest are just some of the ways families will be able to enjoy the day together.
Liberty Falls Amphitheatre will offer live music throughout the day, beginning with Kings Mountain High School's Kings Revue show choir group. The Tonez; the CAT5 Band; and On the Border, The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band will all perform, as well. DJ Johnny B will be on hand to emcee the entire event.
The Jail-A-Thon returns this year, with benefits going to the Kings Mountain Historical Museum. For a $25 fee, citizens will be able to select designated members of the community to "throw into jail." These "jailbirds" will then be allowed to raise funds to secure their release.
Master Illusionist Shaun Jay (www.shaunjaymagic.com) will be on hand performing magic tricks throughout the day. Inflatables and games will be available for kids throughout the park, along with a variety of food vendors.
Heritage Village in Patriot's Park will feature events such as live blacksmith demonstrations, salt making, basket weaving, pottery, artillery and goat milking demonstrations and much more. Special guests Eustace Conway and Spencer Bolejack from The History Channel's "Mountain Men" will also make an appearance.
The heritage portion of the festival harkens back to the town's ties to the 1780 battle of Kings Mountain, which took place just 10 miles away from the town later named in its honor.
"I am so proud we have resurrected Mountaineer Days Heritage Festival," says KM Mayor Scott Neisler. "This special festival goes back to our roots. Our forefathers made Kings Mountain what it is today."
Festival admittance and parking are free. For more information, call the City of Kings Mountain's Special Events Department at 704-730-2101, or visit its website at www.KingsMountainEvents.com.

By April Hoyle Shauf, Special to Community First Media

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