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On Saturday, September 14, another annual tradition returns to Knightdale Station Park. However, this year, this event that is themed for the children, introduces a second “session.” Starting at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., will be the Knightdale Arts and Education Fest. This years’ event is sponsored by Preston Development Company and consequently, the festival then will continue for a live concert, also at Knightdale Station Park. This second “Session” will begin at 5:30 p.m. and wrap up at 9:00 p.m.

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The Festival on Sept. 14 will feature the popular food trucks returning to Knightdale Station Park.

All About the Kids at Knightdale Arts and Education Festival

The 10 o’clock start for the Knightdale Arts and Education Fest will see “business as usual” for the event once called “K-Fest.”

This will include many of the events and features synonymous with the Knightdale Arts and Education Fest. Among the activities, the children (and adults), will enjoy will be the following.

  • Local Vendors
  • Food Trucks
  • Inflatables
  • Student Art Displays
  • Interactive Art
  • Live Local Performers
  • School Supplies for the Kids

All About Collaborating at Knightdale Arts and Education Fest

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As depicted on the child’s backpack, the event formerly known as K-Fest lives on. It will continue the tradition on September 14 with educational fun and school supplies for the kids.

As in the years’ previous, the Knightdale Arts and Education Fest is focused on an interactive, learning experience for the children. The vendors on hand will have different educational, fun activities and exercises for them to partake in. Likewise, the children’s personal artwork will be on display and in a tradition of the event, there will be school supplies for the kids to take with them for the new 2019-20 school year ahead.

The mission statement of the annual festival remains the same as it was with prior festivals. It is as follows.

“Understanding that education is the pathway to success, the mission of the Knightdale Education Fest is to connect community members with local non-profits, educational, wellness and cultural arts opportunities they may not otherwise be exposed to. This collaborative effort of community partners plays an important role in strengthening the educational component in Knightdale and Eastern Wake County.”

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The evening portion of the Festival will feature members of Rick James’ Original Stone City Band.

Its All About the Music at “Session Two” with Rick James’ Stone City Band

In a new twist, this years’ festival will have a “second act” that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in Knightdale Station Park. It will feature two live musical performances that are sure to have the crowd on their feet and dancing.

The opening act will be Slave featuring Elivs and Cynthia Jones, however, the headliner is one sure to have those in attendance “super freaky” and excited.

That’s right, the headlining band for the Festival; will be Rick James’ Stone City Band. This is the original backing band of the legendary, rock star who passed away in September of 2004. The Stone City Band were the force behind such  70’s and 80’s classics as ” You and I,” and “Super Freak.”

The Knightdale Arts and Education Fest will as always take place at Knightdale Station Park.  In addition to Preston Development Company, the event has several other sponsors. These include Parkway Properties, Duke Energy, and UNC Rex Health Care. For more information on the event, visit knightdalenc.gov.

 

Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale

The town of Knightdale has received accolades and awards in recent years too plentiful to list. Many of these honors have put the town among the top spots in the entire state of North Carolina. Consequently, several have also put Knightdale among the top spots in the entire country as well. This national recognition is from golf.com. They named Knightdale as number four on their list of absolute Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US.

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The Lonnie Poole Golf Course (pictured) is on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh. It is only 15 miles from Knightdale.

Location Lands Knightdale “On the Green” Among Golfers in the US

There may not be one particular course in Knightdale putting it on this list. Consequently, location is the reason Knightdale is one of the Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US.

This was explained in the golf.com article placing Knightdale at number four. In placing Knightdale as the highest on the list from the “Tar Heel State,” the article explains its reasoning.

“Raleigh suburbs such as Knightdale,” the article begins, “reap the benefits from the proximate business and cultural attractions of the Research Triangle Park.”

Continuing it says, “A temperate climate and a nearby trio of outstanding public-access university courses at Duke, North Carolina State (Lonnie Poole) and the University of North Carolina (Finley) are added enticements.”

The explanation of Knightdale being among Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US ends explaining its proximity to one of the most desirable courses in America. “It’s also within an easy 75-minute drive to Pinehurst.”

Best Public Courses Surround the Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US.

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Sanford’s Tobacco Road Golf Course is listed among Golf Digest’s Top 100 Public Courses in the US.

Knightdale, as with others atop the Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US, is surrounded by great courses. Golf Digest ran a series of articles recently detailing the best public golf courses in different places across the U.S.

In its piece covering the Raleigh, N.C. area it names five different courses and as can be seen below, none are further than 60 miles from Knightdale.

Distance of Golf Digest’s Top 5 Raleigh Area Courses from Knightdale Station New Home Community

  • Heritage Golf Course, Wake Forest, NC- 12.8 miles
  • Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, NC- 15.2 miles
  • UNC Finley Golf Course, Chapel Hill, NC- 38.9 miles
  • Duke University Golf Club, Durham, NC- 39.8 miles
  • Tobacco Road Golf Course, Sanford, NC- 59.9 miles

Knightdale Station is a “Hole-in-One” in the Best Places for Golfers to Live in the US

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UNC Finley Golf Course in Durham is also under 40 miles away from the Knightdale Station new home community.

If golfing is your passion, or even a hobby you enjoy, the proximity of Knightdale to such great courses makes it a great choice for relocation.

Thus, you don’t want to settle for a home that is “par for the course” in Knightdale. Thus, you may as well “drive the green” and set yourself up for “birdie”…at the Station.

Knightdale Station is the town’s first master-planned community. It features the best builder teams in the area and unmatched amenities. To see the homes available at Knightdale Station, visit the “New Homes” section here.

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The town of Knightdale came in as the third Fastest Growing City in NC last year (2018). This would seem to leave little room for improvement upon the release of the 2019 numbers considering the consistent growth of many other NC municipalities. That coupled with the vast growth a town sees in ranking as high as number three, didn’t seem that it would give Knightdale a chance to move up. However, last month when these numbers were made public, it did show improvement for Knightdale. Thus, the town is listed for 2019 as the number one Fastest Growing City in NC.

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Knightdale Mayor, James Roberson (pictured) spoke with Wake Weekly about the town being teh Fastest Growing City in NC.

How to Go From a “Small Town” to the Fastest Growing City in NC

Although some of the newer relocators to Knightdale would not recall, it was not too long ago when the town boasted under a thousand people as residents. Long-time residents, however, such as Mayor James Roberson certainly recall those days and have watched as the “small town” continued to grow.

In an article for the newspaper, “Wake Weekly,” they spoke with the current Knightdale Mayor. Specifically, he addressed the town being the Fastest Growing City in NC. In the Wake Weekly piece, Roberson recalls moving to Knightdale 25 years ago and the population at the time being at 980 people. He also gave his outlook on where he sees the town’s growth moving forward, taking into account the 980 figure against the most recently released 17,400 population of the town on July 1, 2018.

Where Does a Town Go From Being the “Fastest Growing?”

As for where Mayor Roberson sees the town heading moving forward, he is optimistic that continued growth will be steady.

“I can see Knightdale in the next 15 and 20 years being one of these municipalities of 30,000 or more people,” Roberson said.
“Thousands of people have considerably large needs, water and electricity, police and fire coverage, health care, restaurants, and functioning roads, to name a few.”

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Knightdale’s mayor cited transportation projects making the town more accessible as a key factor in growth through the years.

How Did Knightdale Become the Popular Destination it Has?

Roberson continued, giving his explanation as to what has changed to allow Knightdale such growth without much inconvenience.

“You no longer have to drive 25 minutes to see a doctor,” Roberson said. “You have it right here.” He added, “The cost of living is also lower than in Raleigh, and as other suburbs fill up, Knightdale is able to offer new construction homes.”

The Mayor concluded that transportation has also changed which plays a role also. “Transportation projects like the Knightdale Bypass and the future Interstate 87 make living in Knightdale or Zebulon and working in Raleigh more feasible.”

Consequently, though, he does not feel all transportation issues are exactly where they need to be at present time. “Transportation projects have to include more than just larger roads. Knightdale needs pedestrian and bike paths and transit systems as well.”

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With the growth in town, events such as the “Fourth on First” have seen record crowds annually.

Who is to “thank” for Knightdale becoming the Fastest Growing City in NC?

In this Wake Weekly article by reporter, Shawn Taylor, it speaks of several Eastern Wake County towns. Specifically, Taylor discusses these towns pointing to initiatives of their own to explain the growth. “The towns themselves are also quick to cite their own economic development initiatives for the spur in growth, ” Taylor relayed.

Whereas, true to the reporters’ explanation, Mayor Roberson did cite the vision of expansion from the town in leading to more residents. “By courting apartment homes, restaurant chains, and doctor offices,” he said. “Knightdale has pulled in new residents looking to start a business or raise a family. ”

Exactly How Much Growth Placed Knightdale on “Top of the Heap?”

In just one year, Knightdale saw a ten percent overall population increase between 2017 and 2018. In that same time frame, according to the Census numbers, Knightdale added about 6,000 residents.

Looking ahead to the future, the census numbers would support the earlier sentiments of Mr. Roberson as in the coming years it is estimated that tens of thousands more will “head into town.”

More Growth in Town Equals More Great Stuff…at the Station

With optimism shown by Mayor Roberson and the title of Fastest Growing Cities in NC continued growth seems imminent.

Having the moniker of being Knightdale’s First Master-Planned community, Knightdale Station is the town’s premier new home community. Thus, with this continued growth in town, the most spectacular new home community is a perfect fit for relocation prospects. Likewise, current Knightdale residents are familiar with the neighborhood and park should view the beautiful new homes.  In actuality, Knightdale Station Park has become the unofficial”center of town.” The park hosts many social events throughout the year on holidays and even weekly gatherings with live music, great food and beverage, etc. With an incredible team of builders, unmatched amenities, and the right price your new homes in Knightdale await now…at the Station.

For a look at all of the great new homes in Knightdale available at Knightdale Station, see the new homes section at knightdalestation.com.

Photo Credits: Town of Knightdale