Ellis Noell
Director of Special Events

The Office of Special Events provides Kings Mountain residents and visitors with twelve months-a-year of family style entertainment, by producing and promoting free festivals and city-wide holiday celebrations.

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2014 Events

Date Event Time Location
January 20 Martin Luther King Observance 7:00pm Kings Mtn City Hall Lobby
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The City of Kings Mountain will host a photography contest reception in observance of Martin Luther King Day, January 20, 2014. The theme will be “Faith”. The competition is open for residents of Cleveland County and students in the Cleveland County school system. There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both adult and student divisions.
April 18 & 19 Firehouse BBQ Cook-off 5:00pm Fri - 2:00pm Sat Walking Track Park
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Grab a napkin and bring your appetite to the 15th annual Kings Mountain Firehouse Barbeque Cook-off. The Walking Track Park is the location and the source of BBQ aroma during this state championship. Over 50 teams are expected to participate in this KCBS sanctioned event.
April 19 Easter Egg Hunt 10:00am The Children's Playground
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Press Release About Easter Egg Hunt


The children will line up to meet & greet the Easter Bunny when he arrives in a fire truck for the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the community-built playground next to the YMCA. There will be games and prizes throughout the morning as the children hunt for the “Golden Egg”.
May 17 Over the Mountain Triathlon 8:00am - 1:00pm Moss Lake to the Gazebo at Patriots Park
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Race registration: www.setupevents.com


Are you tough enough to swim a mile, bike 30 miles and finish with a 10k foot race? If not, you’re still welcomed as a spectator to see over 500 triathletes competing in this qualifier for the Olympics. With the swim starting at Moss Lake and continuing on through four counties and two states, this number 1 ranked course offers lots of viewing areas and finishes downtown at Patriots Park.
May 26 Memorial Day Observance 10:00am Veterans Memorial at Mountain Rest Cemetery
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This tribute to those in the Armed Forces, who served and those who gave their lives defending our freedom , will be observed at the Veteran’s Memorial at Mountain Rest Cemetery. Veterans and families are invited to the observance and wreath laying ceremony.
July 4 & 5 Revolutionary 4th

4th 6:00pm - 10:00pm
5th 10:00am - 2:00pm

The Walking Track
The Walking Track
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Celebrating Independence Day is always a patriotic event in Kings Mountain. In honor of the turning point of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Kings Mountain (fought just south of town), a gathering of over 20 Revolutionary re-enactor militias will be camped prior to Friday and Saturday’s celebration. This is the largest fireworks show between Charlotte and Asheville. There will be a large mock cannon battle prior to the fireworks.
July 19 Beach Blast 10:00am - 10:00pm Gazebo at Patriots Park
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The water, the sand, the music and the fun—that’s life along the Grand Strand at Myrtle Beach. For the 12th year, Kings Mountain will feel more like Ocean Drive as we celebrate, from 10 am until 10 pm with an all day free concert featuring some of the hottest Beach music bands. This year’s festival includes some of the best beach show bands in the South! There will be a beach ball drop, a Teenie Weenie Bikini Contest, beach volleyball tournament and lots of craft and food vendors.


August 5 National Night Out 6:00pm - 10:00pm Gazebo at Patriots Park
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Local law enforcement and first responders will have displays and exhibits set up for the community and visitors to learn and have a better understanding of the services they provide. This annual event is designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with the local law enforcement partners.
September 11 Patriot Day Observance 12:00noon Kings Mtn City Hall Plaza
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This solemn anniversary has been an annual commemorative service for those who lost their lives on 9/11. It will be held on the plaza in front of Kings Mountain City Hall at noon.
October 11 The Gateway Festival 10:00am - 6:00pm Downtown Kings Mountain

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This annual Kings Mountain fall festival is celebrated all across town. From the Gazebo, Historical Museum and Commons area, Mauney Library and the Southern Arts Depot, a trolley will carry you to all the locations continuously throughout the day. There will also be a Classic Car Show, Cute Critters Competition, and a variety of music including Bluegrass, Folk, Old Time Gospel and Americana roots music. Re-enactors depicting life during the Revolutionary War years will share living history through demonstrations, their encampment and a battle re-enactment and invite everyone to visit the encampment.
October 31 Great Pumpkin Halloween Parade 10:00am Kings Mtn City Hall Plaza
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Join us Friday, October 31st, 2014 for our Great Pumpkin Halloween Parade!
Event Schedule
9:30am - Entrants arrive at City Hall. 
            Buses and larger transportation vehicles can stage for pick-ups at Patriots Park.  Note: restrooms are available inside City Hall and at Patriots Park.
10:00am - Assemble/pre-parade ceremonies begin.
10:05am - Welcome by Mayor Rick Murphrey.
10:10am - Mayor will lead parade and depart at City Hall Plaza.
10:30am - Parade ends at the Gazebo at Patriots Park.
Post Parade Activities
10:30am - Under the Gazebo at Patriots Park, Mauney Memorial Library's Christy Conner will host:
  • Story Telling
  • Songs and sing-alongs
  • Games
Additional activities include:
  • Inflatables
  • Haystack hunt for the Gold Pumpkin and $25 gift card
12:00 - Final Announcements/close
Children and Parents are welcome to stay and play at Patriots Park, have a picnic lunch or dine in one of the convenient downtown restaurants.
November 11 Veterans Day Parade 10:30am War Memorial to Patriots Memorial
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The Veteran’s Day Parade will start by the War Memorial, across from the Joy Performance Center, and continue to the Patriots Memorial downtown at Patriots Park. All veterans and their families are encouraged to participate in this tribute to the Armed Forces and the sacrifices they made for America.
November 24 Childrens Christmas Tree Lighting 7:00pm Mauney Memorial Library
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Children and their families will gather at Mauney Memorial Library for Christmas activities and stories prior to the tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus in a fire truck. There will be an opportunity for the children to visit with Santa.
December 6 Annual Christmas Parade 3:00pm Downtown Kings Mountain
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What’s Christmas without a parade? As part of the “Home for Christmas—Kings Mountain” month long celebration, this parade will have over 150 entries of all types from small floats to large ones, from fire trucks to go-carts and beauty queens to classic cars. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.



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