Located deep in the heart of western North Carolina, the quaint little city of Statesville has a lot to offer despite its small size. Founded in the 1750's after the establishment of Fort Dobbs during the French and Indian War, it later served as the temporary state capitol, after Raleigh fell to Union forces toward the end of the Civil War. Thereafter, the little town flourished, becoming the state's leading producer of tobacco and whiskey. The charm of the Old South can still be found in the historic buildings dotting the city's downtown area, where antique shops, fine art galleries and even a day spa can be found, as well as a wide array of cuisine, from traditional Southern BBQ to modern Japanese and Thai. Every year, tens of thousands of visitors flock to Statesville for the Carolina BalloonFest to enjoy live music, drink local wine, and watch hundreds of hot air balloons of all shapes and colors take to the sky for races and design competitions, some offering rides to the public. Another year-round attraction is the nearby Emerald Hollow Mine, where a 1,686-carat emerald crystal was found, the largest ever in North America. For just $5, visitors can buy and wash buckets of ore taken straight from the mine, which might contain emeralds or other precious stones worth hundreds or even thousands of dollars! But even if you don't leave with a pocketful of precious jewels, a visit to Statesville will leave you marveling at this hidden gem.
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Events in Statesville
MVS Inaugural Danny May Memorial Day Classic Plus 602 Mods
at Mountain View Speedway
**MONDAY MAY 28th INAUGURAL DANNY MAY MEMORIAL DAY RACE! **$30 Pit Admission/$12 Spectator Admission/ Kids Power Wheels Racing @ Intermission.$310 To WIN 31 Lap Extreme Stock 4 Race In Addition $10 Paid To Leader On Each Lap.
Hog Happenin' 2018
at American Legion Fairgrounds
Hog Happenin' 2018 is excited to announce the Red Dirt Revelators will be one of the Many Great Bands in our line up this year!
Super Summit 2018
at Summit Motorsports Park
On the heels of the highly successful 2017 show which attracted more than 1,500 vehicles, Super Summit will return to Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, 2018.
Goodguys 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals
at Iowa State Fairgrounds Find Tickets
Join Goodguys for a red, white and blue weekend of celebration and fun at the 27th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals Giant Car Show in Des Moines, IA celebrating Independence Day weekend, June 29-July 1!
Goodguys 21st PPG Nationals
at Ohio Expo Center & State Fair Find Tickets
Good Guys 21st PPG Nationals held in Columbus, OH. Be sure to check out the other upcoming events here!