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VOL1ISS1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 1 — ISSUE 1 26 CABARRUS COUNTY Cabarrus County BY LINDSEY GREY antiquing, shopping, vacationing, and NASCAR The sound of motors revved up and engines roaring is a sweet sound in Cabarrus County known as the place "Where Racing Lives." Home to unmatched motorsports attractions, shopping and music (think Avett Brothers) the county is made up of five municipalities including Concord and Kannapolis, and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant. Along with a rich racing heritage, Cabarrus County offers no shortage of exciting things to see-and-do. The fastest kind of entertainment is found in Concord, home to Charlotte Motor Speedway, MAX Dragway (only all-concrete four-lane drag strip in the world) and The Dirt Track. Racing fans can observe NASCAR teams, witness live pit crew practice and best of all get behind the wheel of a 600HP race car to drive or ride-along with a driver for a Richard Petty Driving Experience and more. The stands are filled with motorsport and automotive fans when the legendary superspeedway hosts major NASCAR races in May and October and more than three dozen events throughout the year (see www.charlottemotorspeedway.com ). Twice a year, the grandstands rumble when National Hot Rod Association drag racers compete. Kannapolis pays homage to its hometown native, NASCAR legend, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. with the Dale Trail, a 20-stop self-guided tour that features Earnhardt's racing legacy. In season, watch a game at Kannapolis Intimidators Baseball Stadium. For a memorable evening have dinner at science-themed restaurant, Forty Six, located across from the North Carolina Research Campus. Craft beer and Cabarrus go together like peas and carrots. The county's booming brew scene has something for every taste. Try a Reed's Gold Ale at Cabarrus Brewing Company—Concord's first full-scale craft brewery or the Corban Avenue Honey Blonde at Twenty Six Acres Brewing. Lil Robert's Place is a local trifecta for drinks, live music and food trucks. For a one-of-a-kind experience have a taste of moonshine and whiskey in an old jail. Southern Grace Distilleries is the first fully licensed distillery in America to operate in a former prison. Wine lovers head to Rocky River Vineyards to sip locally made wine and attend the annual grape stomping festival. Concord Mills is outlet heaven for shoppers. The largest outlet and retail shopping destination in North Carolina is filled with unique shopping, family dining and entertainment. Built to resemble the Speedway, Concord Mills features more than 200 stores, Bass Pro Shops, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium and more, under one roof. The Depot at Gibson Mill is one of the largest antique malls in the Southeast (88,000 square feet) and claims to have the "Best Crap in the South." For a true pickin' experience, take a drive down rural roads to Cline's Country Antiques in Mt. Pleasant. Culture is alive and well in Cabarrus. Browse an art gallery and catch a theatre performance within two city blocks on the quaint streets of downtown Concord. Eat with locals at Union Street Bistro, Gianni's Trattoria, and Carm's Cafe. For dessert grab a cone of homemade ice cream at Cabarrus Creamery. Residents are proud of hometown Cabarrus College of Health Sciences, ranked by Zippia as the "Top Small College in North Carolina (2017)." CCHS earned the number one spot by having graduates earn the second highest salaries in the state for all small colleges, as well as having a 31 percent admission rate and the third lowest cost. It's a vacation all the time at Great Wolf Lodge, the largest indoor water park/hotel in the Carolinas. The water park has rides and slides for all ages, and other attractions. Cabarrus County's estimated population is 201,590. Cabarrus is ranked 12th in travel impact among North Carolina's 100 counties. To plan a trip, visit www. visitcabarrus.com []

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