New Years Eve in Raleigh

All of us at the Knightdale Station new home community and the entire award winning development team at Preston Development sends its sincere wishes that you as well as your family and friends enjoy a safe and Happy New Year, with one of the state’s most famous annual celebrations taking place just a short drive up the road from Knightdale , offering a great way to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

Since the event’s inception on December 31, 1991, the “First Night” celebration has grown to become the most popular way to ring in the upcoming year. The Board of Directors at Artsplosure was initially responsible for the creation of this now-traditional way of celebrating New Years Eve in Raleigh, and have seen it grow over the course of the past 24 years by leaps and bounds. On average, the event has seen a crowd of over 40,000 in attendance to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Raleigh, with a record breaking 80,000 plus on hand at the 2012 “First Night.”

In addition to showcasing performances and refreshments being served up by local acts and businesses, the “First Night” New Year’s Eve in Raleigh also established the tradition of the “dropping of the acorn.” Much like the apple dropping in the famous Times Square New Year’s celebrations, the “Acorn” descends from the sky in accordance with the countdown each year on New Year’s Eve in Raleigh.

With over 100 total performances spread out across over 30 downtown locations for the affordable price of only $10, celebrating the New Year in Raleigh at “First Night” is a tradition that you, your family, and your friends can remember and cherish as you count down the hours, minutes, and seconds to 2016. For full details, event schedules, directions, maps, and ticket info on “First Night Raleigh,” check out their official website at

Best State for Business and Careers

Another among many factors supporting your decision to buy a home at the Knightdale Station new home community is the recent Forbes ranking of the state of North Carolina, placing it second among all 50 states in the prestigious annual listings of the Best State for Business and Careers for 2015.

Improving even on last year’s lofty ranking as Forbes’ number three Best State for Business and Careers in the 2014 listings, North Carolina finished ahead of all states in the union other than Utah, which clung to the top spot for a second consecutive year. Maintaining the consistent growth that has many professionals taking notice of the “Tar Heel State,” it was noted in the Forbes’ article on the Best State for Business and Career that North Carolina is the only state in the entire country that has ranked in the top five every year since they have conducted the rankings.

Speaking to the lofty ranking on the Best State for Business and Career listings, the profile on North Carolina on said, “With one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S., people have been flocking to North Carolina for the past decade. They are chasing jobs.” It continued to say, “The unemployment rate was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011, but has dipped to 5.4% in 2015. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment. The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 10% below the national average and fifth overall lowest in the country.”

Forbes’ also cited a cost of doing business in North Carolina at 10 percent below the national average, in addition to the state ranking tenth in prospective growth and ninth overall in labor supply as major factors in being ranked as the number two Best State for Business and Careers.

To see the entire listing and for more detail on North Carolina’s ranking as the number two Best State for Business and Careers in 2015, visit

Knightdale Holiday Events

This Sunday, December 13 the popular “Food Truck Rodeo” series at Knightdale Station Park will be even more festive than usual, as 15 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks and several local craft breweries will be on hand for another fantastic Town of Knightdale Holiday Event at The RDU Mobile Food Association’s (RDUMFA) “Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo.”

With the entire town feeling the holiday spirit after last weekends annual “Christmas on First Avenue” festivities, the RDUMFA’s first ever Food Truck Rodeo comes at just the right time and in a perfect setting at Knightdale Station Park. In addition to enjoying the great local tastes and celebrating the season at this great Knightdale Holiday Event, a percentage of the overall sales on the day is being donated to Meals on Wheels of Wake County to help those in need to enjoy a nice meal on Christmas.

There will be a wide assortment of food choices among the Food Trucks that will be on hand between 12 p.m and 4 p.m. at this Sunday’s Knightdale Holiday Event that are sure to satisfy any appetite. The trucks set to be in attendance include: Sarge’s Chef on Wheels, Philly’s Cheesesteaks, Caffe Bellezza, Route Bistro, Dusty Donuts, Stuft, Pho Nomenal Dumpling, Thai Box Zing, CockADoodleMoo, Mama Voula’s, OMG Chicken, Captain Ponchos, Will and Pops, Bo’s Kitchen, and Sweet Traditions. On top of all of these delicious food options, Nickelpoint Brewing Company and Bull City Cider Works.

The entire family, both young and old will have plenty of great food and fun to enjoy at Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo, as in addition to the 15 trucks, there has been reports that Santa Claus himself has his sleigh ready to take off from the North Pole, with a course set to touch down at this Sunday’s Knightdale Holiday Event.

For more information on Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo, contact Art Sheppard and for more on all the great stuff going on in the Town of Knightdale, contact Megan Thornton. To see all the upcoming events and Knightdale Station, as well as the available homes and lots with in the community, visit