Race City Festival
Downtown Mooresville. 704-664-3898. www.mooresvillenc.org.
Every town in America claims a nickname, but that of Mooresville – “Race City USA” – is pretty iron-clad: The community in southern Iredell may be a half-hour north of Charlotte Motor Speedway but it’s home to more than 60 racing teams, the Universal Technical Institute – NASCAR Tech ( www.uti.edu/NascarTech/tabid/58/Default.aspx) and more than 100 racing-related businesses. Mooresville is where you’ll find the North Carolina Auto Racing Walk of Fame ( www.ncarhof.com) and Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum ( www.memorylaneautomuseum.com). Race Shop Tours ( www.raceshoptours.net) offers seven-hour look-sees at about 20 team shops.
Mooresville’s ties to racing are indelible to the more than 10,000 people who turn out every spring for the Race City Festival, May 18 this year.
The outdoor street fest, staged downtown 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Main and Broad streets, will feature 185 booths – with vendors of food, NASCAR souvenirs, arts and crafts and more. And race cars, of course.
There’ll also be a sidewalk sales, a beer garden, two stages of entertainment and a children’s area with clowns and activities.
Local art galleries, restaurants participate, as well as area nonprofits.
Streets of the festival area will be closed to vehicular traffic; if you see NASCAR notables, they’re likely to be – like you – enjoying the spectacle of Mooresville making the most of its race-car reputation.
Note: The evening of the Race City Festival, the NASCAR Spring All-Star Race will be staged at Charlotte Motor Speedway. May 18 is also the weekend after the VFW Sports Clips Help A Hero 200 at the Darlington Raceway and the week before the History 300 and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18.
Distance from Charlotte: 30 minutes or less.
Directions: I-77 North to Exit 36; follow N.C. 150 East. Make a slight right onto N.C. 152 (McLelland Avenue) and continue to downtown Mooresville.
JOHN BORDSEN, COMMUNITY NEWS STAFF
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