Fun and excitement can easily be found in the quiet Archdale-Trinity region. Archdale and Trinity have plenty of accommodations for visitors — with six hotels and a bed and breakfast — and the I-85 corridor provides easy access to the area’s numerous attractions. The proposed I-74 will connect Detroit and Charleston and will bring visitors right through the heart of these communities.
The annual Bush Hill Heritage Festival celebrates what makes the Archdale-Trinity area a great place — a close-knit community atmosphere. Locals are among the 25,000 attendees who help celebrate the founding of Archdale, as they mingle and catch up with neighbors and friends. Over 230 craft, food and other vendors attend the festival, held downtown each year on the second Saturday of September. Whether your eye is set on the usual or the unique, these vendors are sure to please. Handmade crafts, wood toys and pottery are featured each year along with the addition of “Antique Alley” and the “Writers Block.”
Parents needn’t worry about what to do with the kids during this day-long festival. The Bush Hill Heritage Festival provides a secure children’s area, complete with inflatable slide, rock climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, and other kids attractions.
Check out the festival Web site at: www.bushhillfestival.com
The Bush Hill 5-K Run, Walk & Talk, sponsored by the Archdale-Trinity YMCA, is associated with the festival and is structured to accommodate athletes of all skill-levels.
A Jack Frost Soccer Tournament, sponsored by the Guil-Rand Youth Soccer Association and the Chamber, offers area and regional soccer enthusiasts a venue for winter play.
Jerome Davis, a 1995 World Bull Riding Champion, hosts the Jerome Davis Professional Bull Riders Invitational, a two-day bull riding competition held in late August at the Davis Farm Ranch. World champion bull riders from around the world come to Archdale for some of the best bull riding action ever seen.
The Archdale-Trinity community knows how to make holiday festivities memorable. Lining the streets with show cars and parade floats and a visit from Santa have been a tradition of Archdale for more than 20 years. The parade, sponsored by Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity, awakens the Christmas spirit of the community early in December as participants wind through the center of town ‘neath the glimmering Christmas decorations.
Christmas spirit also glows at Creekside Christmas, held annually every December in Creekside Park. Lovers, young and old, can snuggle on a moonlit carriage or hay ride through the park. Youngsters can enjoy a marshmallow roast under the stars while their parents browse the homemade crafts on display. And of course, there’s always a visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick himself. The event is planned annually by Archdale’s Parks and Recreation Department and local Girl Scout troops.
A hometown feeling prevails with Christmas in Trinity, Trinity’s Community Christmas, held annually in December. Participants munch on hot dogs and chips and chat with Santa while church and school choirs entertain. Visiting with neighbors and friends, wonderful door prizes and sense of community are a hallmark of this annual event.
A holiday tour of homes also marks the Christmas season in Archdale and Trinity. Several local residents decorate their homes and open their doors to visitors to celebrate the season. Visitors are also welcome to attend a Christmas tour of several prominent homes in Randolph County, including Linbrook Hall, home of native Jerry D. Neal, co-founder of RFMD.
Christmas could not be complete without helping those in need. The SerCo Club’s Archdale-Trinity Cheer Fund collects donations for needy families. In years past, this holiday tradition has collected money, food, fuel and oil for those less fortunate. The Sealy/Fox8 Holiday Concert, a festive annual event, collects over 300,000 cans of food for The Salvation Army and Creekside Christmas hosts a canned food drive for Community Outreach of Archdale-Trinity.
Archdale’s Parks and Recreation Department offers many seasonal opportunities for families and kids. An Easter Egg Hunt, a Halloween Carnival (complete with haunted hayride) and a July Fourth Festival are among the holiday events they sponsor. The July Fourth Festival features music, a craft show, food and one of the most elaborate fireworks displays in the area.
Friends of Trinity hosts a Fourth of July celebration, an old-timey, fun-filled day featuring a pie-tasting contest, children’s games, crafts, a flag-lined street and entertainment by the Archdale-Trinity Community Band.
The McCulloch Foundation in Jamestown hosts the Historic McCulloch Gold Mine Tours at the McCulloch Gold Mine. Registered as a State and Local Historic Site, the Mine also offers tours of the Jamestown Rock Quarry and the McCulloch Mineral and Technology Museum. The castle was built as a gold refinery in 1832 and is an authentic medieval castle. The addition of the Crystal Garden adds a Victorian pavilion ideal for any large event, including weddings.
The North Carolina Zoo, outside of Asheboro, is only 25 miles away.