Events In Stallings
Much of what gives a town that sense of community is the schedule of events which bring people together to celebrate and have fun with friends and neighbors. Stallings residents gather often throughout the year for events such as Stallings Fest, Earth Day, Movie Nights, the tree lighting ceremony, National Night Out events, and music festivals. Most events are held in the Stallings Municipal Park across from town hall. Residents are looking forward to the grand re-opening of the park when current renovations are completed and the new splash pad is opened. Highlights and photos of some of the events are presented below. Location and dates for upcoming events can be found on the town's website, www.Stallingsnc.org
Stallings Fest began as "Family Night in the Park" and was originally observed during the first week of August in keeping with the historical practice described by the town's founder of a "community picnic long about August." However, the August heat was often unbearable and the event was recently moved to September to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather. Everything is free except food. Rides, a popular band concert, and drawings for free gifts bring people out - not only from Stallings but adjoining towns as well. It is something of a trademark for the town to offer free events for its residents and a welcome treat in today's economy.
Stallings was the first town in Union County to observe Earth Day. Mayor Paxton initiated the event in April of 2006 but other towns have now joined in the efforts to increase awareness of the need to protect and preserve our natural resources. Each Spring electric and hybrid cars, dual flush toilets, solar ovens, and a broad variety of "green" products and energy conservation measures line the sidewalk of the Municipal Park to provide interesting and educational displays for residents to enjoy. Local students often get involved in art, poetry or essay contests and are sometimes invited to participate in a sidewalk parade or musical program at the event. This year the towns of Stallings and Indian Trail joined efforts to create a larger shared event.
"Drive In" movies might be a thing of the past but an outdoor movie is always a draw and in Stallings it is another opportunity to get the family and friends out of the house for some free entertainment. Bands entertain before dusk and of course the aroma of freshly popped popcorn is hard to resist. Movies play on select weekend nights throughout the summer. Dates and titles can be found on the town website.
National Night Out
What better reason for a community picnic or ice cream party than to send a message that Stallings is no place for criminals? Individual neighborhoods partner with their community police officers to participate in this national event each August to encourage residents to get to know each other, strengthen neighborhood watch programs, and support their local police department in fighting crime. Some communities go all out with bands, cookouts, organized games for the kids, fingerprinting kits, self defense demonstrations, and poster contests. A strong community policing program is part of the reason that Stallings enjoys such a low crime rate compared to neighboring towns.