JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 50 Shelby Some 45 miles west of Charlotte in Cleveland County, Shelby sits near the foothills of the South Mountains, offering the outdoor pleasures of Crowders Mountain State Park, South Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. Shelby offers several unique facilities suit- able for small meetings and receptions. The 10,000-square-foot Earl Scruggs Center, offers meeting and event space in the restored 1907 historic Cleveland County Courthouse. The Don Gibson Theatre has a 400-seat concert hall and adjoining meeting/event space for up to 200, as well as a backstage kitchen. Another historic downtown structure, The Banker's House, originally designed in 1874, is available for rental. Two other Shelby venues offer meeting space. The LeGrand Center has a 20,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into seven meeting rooms. The facility also provides three conference rooms and one executive room. The modestly sized Uptown Indigo provides 6,000 square feet of meeting space in an elegant historic 1928 building. Mooresville About 30 miles north of Charlotte, Mooresville is known as Race City and is home to The North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame and Memory Lane Motorsports & Historical Automotive Museum. The Venues at Dale Earnhardt Inc. in Moores- ville offers an 8,600-square-foot pavilion; a 5,470-square-foot Main Showroom; the 2,000-square-foot Corporate Suite with full kitchen overlooking Turn No. 1 of the facility's superspeedway; the 6,000-square-foot log Lodge and The Trophy Room, a private 28-capacity private dining facility. The GoPro Motorplex provides 2,400 square feet of meeting space and its kart racing track for special events. The 60,000-square-foot Charles Mack Citizen Center offers meeting rooms, a ballroom, an auditorium and a courtyard located in historic downtown Mooresville. Langtree Plantation offers a 5,000-square-foot Plantation House suitable for receptions while the Farmhouse Barn can accommodate up to 350 guests and the Boulder Room up to 75. The Plan- tation lawn provides considerable outdoor space. Albemarle Albemarle provides great outdoor recreation op- portunities, intriguing museums, notable historic homes and several meeting facilities. The Event Center, a 16,000-square-foot facil- ity, has a 700-seat auditorium and three meeting rooms, the largest able to handle up to 125. Market Station is a small venue in Albemarle's restored downtown train depot station. Its Snyder Room offers banquet seating for up to 64. The Stanly County Agri-Tourism Center has a 1,050- seat auditorium; 53-foot by 32-foot stage and a lobby that can seat 240 banquet-style. Raleigh North Carolina's capital city is home to North Carolina State University, many exceptional museums and performing arts venues. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Muse- um of History and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Gregg Museum of Art & Design are among Raleigh's attractions. The Gregg Museum of Art & Design, associated with North Carolina State University, re-opened last summer following an extensive renovation. ► N O R T H C A R O L I N A "After a $15 million revitalization of our historic downtown in 2015 and over 40 new restaurants, retail and commercial companies opening in the last three years, Goldsboro-Wayne County is rapidly be- coming an attractive destination offering a more dynamic experience for our visitors and residents," said Ashlin Glatthar, di- rector of travel and tourism for Goldsboro & Wayne County. "We only expect to continue this positive trend as we open the doors to The Maxwell Center and Goldsboro Multi-Sports Complex in 2018." The Maxwell Center ups the game consid- erably for Goldsboro as a major convention/ conference destination. The two-section multi- purpose facility will house offices for several agricultural agencies and services, as well as for Travel & Tourism in one section. The other section will contain rentable spaces suitable for conferences, such as a 14,500-square-foot ballroom, multiple smaller rooms, and pre-function and post-event space in lobbies and halls. A 9,500-square-foot out- door courtyard is also available for use. "Our bookings so far include conferences, fundraisers, banquets, graduations, weddings and receptions, and more," said James Wade Jr., venue director and general man- ager of The Maxwell Center. "This facility is the largest in the Wayne County area and was very needed. We can seat up to 1,000 people at rounds of 10 or up to 1,800 theater-style." n Contact: The Maxwell Center B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Goldsboro In Historic Downtown Goldsboro, Pink Piggy Sweets is an organic bakery, where all sweets are made-from-scratch and baked fresh daily. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, dessert cups, brownies, rice treats, and "MUD" (chocolate covered) treats are available inside the Artisan's Village of Wayne County. The bakery can also customize sweet creations for special occasions. Foodie Fun!

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