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Posted on: October 17, 2019

Connect Lenoir, Volume 14, Issue 4, October 2019

Smoking In The Foothills Festival, Halloween events, MORE in LENOIR! There's a lot happening in City of Lenoir.

Upcoming Events

We have some great events coming to Lenoir. Visit the Notify Me page to subscribe to event reminders.

Smoking In The Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival

The Smoking In The Foothills BBQ Competition & Festival is this weekend, Oct. 18 & 19, in Downtown Lenoir. The event combines the fun of a family-friendly festival with the excitement of a sanctioned barbecue competition! Visitors enjoy an incredible line-up of live music, the wood crafters' and artisan showcase featuring glass blowing and blacksmithing demonstrations, the Playful Piglet Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, games, and prizes, the Burnin' Rubber Poker Run, an ACA Regulation Cornhole Tournament, and the main event - People’s Choice Pulled Pork & BBQ Wings Tasting! Click here to read more.

A vendor serves bbq during the 2018 Smoking In The Foothils Festival in Downtown Lenoir.

Downtown Trick-Or-Treating & Mad Hatter’s Pumpkin Patch Parade

Come trick-or-treat in Downtown Lenoir on Halloween Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. You can create a Halloween hat, and march in the Mad Hatter's Pumpkin Patch Parade! Plus we'll have face painters, a balloon artist and more! It’s spooky fun for the entire family! Participating businesses will have balloons outside their location. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by adult.

Trick-or-treaters get candy from a pirate in front of Fercott Fermentables in Downtown Lenoir

Halloween Carnival

Don't miss the annual Halloween Carnival Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center! We'll have candy, games, sketch artist, balloon lady, a costume contest, and more!

Kids getting candy at the 2018 Halloween Carnival in Lenoir

Meleah Mikeal Half Marathon

The Meleah Mikeal Half Marathon will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. It is the last of three footraces that comprise the Lenoir Triple Crown. Participants will receive a finisher’s medal (1/2 marathon only) and a T shirt! Click here to for Race Signup & Info.

Two women run the Meleah Mikeal Half Marathon Nov 3, 2018, in Lenoir


On the first episode of More In Lenoir, City of Lenoir Communications Director Joshua Harris talks with Kaylynn Horn, Downtown Economic Development Director, and Kyle Case, Main Street Program Coordinator, about the importance of downtown, the Main Street Four-Point Approach, and all the great things happening in the City of Lenoir. Check out all the shops, restaurants, and events in downtown at

Recent News

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Community shows support for Fire Station 3

At least 100 local residents visited City of Lenoir Fire Station No. 3 Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, during an open house hosted by the Fire Department. Fire Chief Ken Hair said he was amazed by the turnout and thankful to see so much support from the community for the new station.

"I think the event went very well," Hair said. "A lot of residents told me, 'We’re glad you guys are here,' and 'We’re thankful to have you in the community.' It was nice to hear that and to have that kind of community support." Read more.

Deputy Kenny Nelson helps a girl operate a fire hose during the Station 3 open house.

Come kayak at the aquatic center

The indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness is open for kayaking practice again. For only $5 per person, you can bring your kayak, practice your rolls, and try out your new gear. The indoor pool will be open for kayaking Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm through Oct. 30, 2019. There are six more practice sessions left this year. There will NOT be an instructor available, and you have to BYOK! (Bring your own kayak.) For more information, call the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center at 828-757-2196.

Kayakers paddle in the indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

Christmas Parade application available online

Christmas is a few months away, but a lot of folks are already feeling the holiday spirit. They're in luck, because we just posted the application for The City of Lenoir Starry Night Christmas Parade! The theme this year is "The Stars of Christmas." Who are the shining stars of your holidays? If you like, choose your favorite star or stars and decorate your float in their honor. Maybe it's the Three Wise Men, Rudolph, Jimmy Stewart, or the Hibriten Star. Read more.

Star Steps dancers perform in Downtown Lenoir during the 2018 Christmas Parade

City upgrading water meters, improving water system

This fall, the City of Lenoir will start a project to upgrade all the water meters in the city and improve the city's meter reading system. The City will replace all the old water meters with new, highly-accurate smart meters. These smart meters will send usage data to City Hall through a wireless network. This technology is known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI). Public Utilities Director Radford Thomas said this project will provide upgrades to City water system, improve operations, and provide better customer service. Read more.

A graphic exampled of a wireless AMI network

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