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Incorporated in 1877, Gastonia began as a small railroad depot and grew rapidly around the textile industry, which brought employment opportunities. The community was a wonderful melting pot of immigrants: English, German, Scotch Highlander, Scotch-Irish and African-Americans, all looking to put down roots and grow families. Today, Gastonia is one of the 15 largest cities in the state, and the list of interesting and exciting things to do is as long as its history. Old and new, past, present and future – all living symbiotically. That’s the magic of Gastonia.

IN Gastonia

  • Arbor Day Celebration – March 20
    Arbor Day celebration and art contest in coordination with the Talking Trees Trail
  • All American Fair – June 31
    If you love the idea of a “throwback” fair, then Gastonia’s All American Fair is for you. It’s ten days of thrilling rides, music, food, crafts, games, entertainment, eating contests, a spectacular fireworks show, soapbox derby races, and more. Admission is always free, so come stroll the midway, play the games, ride the rides, and experience a unique slice of Americana.
  • Carolina Catfish Festival – September 25–26
    Catfish races, fish frys, crafters, artisans, variety of food, rides, games, beer and wine garden, live music, Dub Day cruise in, food eating contests, and more!

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