The weekend is upon us, and the excitement is kicking in.  We got you covered with a list of events happening in Moore County and a couple in surrounding counties.

Friday, August 17:

Movies by the Lake

Jumanji will be showing at Aberdeen Lake Park, located at 301 Park Crossing.  The outdoor show begins at 8:15 and is a free, family event. 

Concessions will be available for purchuse and dont forget to bring chairs and blankets.  Rain date will be the same time, the following day.

Saturday, August 18:

Ariana Maness Benefit Golf Tournament

The Ariana Maness Benefit Golf Tournament will be held  at 1:00 p.m. at the Whispering Pines Country Club located at  2 club house boulevard.

This is the second time that 15-year-old Ariana Maness has had to battle Leukemia.

 Contact Chris Dupree at 910-585-0034 or 910-947-9477 for more information.

Moore County LEO Lift Off Benefit Fundraiser

Anytime Fitness of Southern Pines is hosting their annual Lift Off Competition event for all competitors and spectators.

They have police officers from each department in the Moore County Region representing their station in the annual lift off against the Anytime Fitness Lifters.

There will be six separate events that competitors will take on, including a Bench, Dead-lift, Squat (MALE/FEMALE), Push-ups and Shoulder Press category.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m – 12 p.m. at 128 Brucewood Road in Southern Pines.

Animal Services Clear the Shelters

The Moore County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division will be partnering with WRAL-TV Channel 5 and 10 area shelters to “Clear The Shelters”.  During this event, all adoption fees will be waived. 

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Moore County Shelter located at 5235 U.S. Highway 15-501 in Carthage.

This event is also an opportunity for residents to tour the facility and to see the many improvements that have been made to the facility since February of 2017.

Back to School Supplies Giveaway

As the school year is approaching, there will be a back to school supplies giveaway event from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The event will be held at Elegant Bundles Hair Salon located at 1329 N. Sandhills Blvd in Aberdeen.

All grades are welcomed.

Sandhills Children’s Center Backyard Bocce Bash

The 11th Annual Sandhills Children’s Center Backyard Bocce Bash will take place at the National Athletic Village located at 201 Air Tool Drive in Southern Pines. Team check in at 8:45 a.m.

Teams of 4 compete in a round-robin tournament. If a team is eliminated, they can buy in to a Loser’s Bracket. Teams of 4 start as low as $25 per player with proceeds benefiting children who have special developmental needs at Sandhills Children’s Center.

Complete details and registration available at the website

Smoke at the Rock Barbecue Cookoff

Rockingham Dragway will swap hot rods and horsepower for barbecue and bluegrass when it opens its gates to “Smoke at The Rock,” a family-themed cookoff featuring music by Cumberland County Line, barbecued chicken and pork and a double elimination corn hole tournament.

Contestant entry for two is $40. Traditional judging by professionals chosen by “Smoke at The Rock” officials will determine the Top 3 in the pork and chicken categories with the three judged winners awarded trophies and free entry to defend their titles at the 2019 cookoff.

There also will be a People’s Choice category in which the general public will determine a separate Top 5 to whom trophies also will be awarded.

Gates open at 1 p.m. with barbecue sampling from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Adult admission is just $8 with children under 12 free and free parking in Rockingham’s main lot. Each admission will include two People’s Choice voting tickets, one for pork and one for chicken.

The corn hole tournament is free to anyone who purchases an $8 admission ticket and will pay out $200 if there are eight teams. Registration with a blind draw for teams will be at 1 p.m. Competition will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tournament and cookoff results announced at 5 p.m.

For more information: 910 582-3400 –

National Airborne Day

Celebrate the 78th anniversary of the first military parachute jump with Fort Bragg during National Airborne Day from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, N.C.

9 a.m., narrator welcoming remarks
9:30 a.m., an outside performance by the 82nd Airborne Division “All American” Chorus
9:45 a.m., a mock door demonstration
10 a.m., static displays and rock band performance by the 82nd Airborne Division 
11 a.m., WUNC’s “Fort Bragg” Stories inside the auditorium
11:15 a.m., an indoor performance by the 82nd Airborne Division “All American” Chorus 
11:30 a.m., a mock door demonstration by the 82nd Airborne Division
11:45 a.m., a HALO demonstration by the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Black Daggers.

Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner

The Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Crown Complex Expo Center located at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville.  The event is open to the public.

This dinner honors Purple Heart recipients and their families, Gold Star Mothers and the families of those killed in action.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit or call (888) 257-6208.

Sunday, August 19:

Boyd Tract Hike

Join a ranger on a 1-mile hike around the Boyd Round Timber Trail at the Weymouth Center at 555 E. Connecticut Ave in Southern Pines at 3:00 p.m. 

See one of the oldest stands of Longleaf Pine and learn about the parks efforts to restore the area using prescribed fire.

Feature photo of  2017 Moore County LEO Lift Off Benefit Fundraiser.  Photo credit/Anytime Fitness.





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