Knightdale Takes Spot in Top 20 among Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Citing its low crime rate, affordability, and a great public school system as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at niche.com agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale once again in the top 20 among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families at the place level,” was the explanation of the system used by Niche in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The explanation continued, “This grade takes into account key factors, the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families.”

Maybe the most accurate description of Knightdale’s lofty ranking among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings was voiced by a resident, who was one of 35 community members who weighed in with their comments about the town on niche.com, saying, “It is a cheap and affordable place to live yet is conveniently close to Raleigh. It is also very safe despite the fact that it is inexpensive and is also a rapidly growing city. New businesses are opening up and schools are improving.”

Knightdale not only was listed as one of the top ten Best Places to Live in NC by Niche, but they also received the highest overall grade the website gives out, an “A-Plus,” with great public schools, high resident education levels, and a low unemployment rate noted as some of the factors behind the grade.

Niche.com, which was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest content startups in the country, researching and providing reviews, insight, and studies that result in content to aid in major life decisions such as the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

To view the entire listing of the Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Knightdale accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit niche.com.

Prime Barbecue in Knightdale Breaks Ground…at the Station

Adding to the allure of building or buying a new house at the Knightdale Station new home community, renknowned BBQ master, Chris Prieto recently broke ground on site “at the Station” for the building and opening of his Prime Barbecue restaurant, which will feature all the famous BBQ flavors synonomous with North Carolina and as they have noted, “ribs three ways: spare, baby back, and beef.”

The ground breaking, which took place in early May, and in speaking with the Raleigh publication, the News and Observer, Prieto explained that he hopes it will be the “next great North Carolina barbecue joint.” He explained further that the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will be unique in many ways as opposed to what people have become accustomed to in a “BBQ joint.” Detailing this, Prieto said, “No plates, no hushpuppies, not corn sticks.” He continued, “We’re not a region. We’re the craft of barbecue. We’re a new grade of barbecue. I didn’t invent it, I’m just out to perfect it.”

Originally from the state of Texas, before moving to North Carolina and spending the past two decades in the Tar Heel State, Prieto is familiar with the famous BBQ styles in both areas that are so well known for that type of fare, and does not “choose favorites” when comparing the two styles.

“”It’s something in my DNA; I’ve been infatuated with barbecue since I was a kid,” Prieto said. “I was called to barbecue; it’s more of a calling than something you fall into.”

In addition to serving up delicious whole hog and beef brisket, the three styles of aforementioned ribs and other delicious smoked meats, along with a variety of unique mouth -watering sides, the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will hopefully see its doors open to the public this fall and will boast live smoke pits right in the dining room to give patrons a chance to see up close the art of BBQ first hand.

Prieto also teaches BBQ classes, which is where he was introduced to former mayor of Knightdale Russell Killen, who first planted the idea of bringing Prime Barbecue in Knightdale to town in his head. Speaking of the former mayor’s pitch to him and the beauty of Knightdale Station which eventually was key in him deciding on the location, he said, “He showed me farmland that was being cleared. It was going to be soccer fields and parks and running trails. It was all very Norman Rockwell kind of atmosphere.”

Again noting in the N&O article that the restaurant, which will be located at 403 Knightdale Station Run, is nearing its grand opening to the public, Prieto concluded, “Everything is 100 percent ready to go,” he said. “I know how many paper towels we’ll need on day one.”

Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration is “Star Spangled Fun”

With all of the fantastic Town of Knightdale events throughout the calendar year, the most anticipated and largest gathering of the year is set to be even bigger and better than ever for 2016, as the community will come together in the name of our independence at Knightdale Station Park on Monday, July 4 as part of the 3rd annual Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration.

The Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration has been a staple of summertime fun with in the community for the past three years since the event moved to Knightdale Station Park upon its opening. This years’ event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until the spectacular firework show ends. As always, there will be a huge assortment of local vendors, food trucks, activities for the kids, and the Embers will also return for what is always a fun live musical performance. This years’ Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration will have more food offerings and vendors than any previous event and it is expected that the attendance will reach a record high this upcoming Monday to celebrate or country’s independence.

The Food Trucks Set to be on hand at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration include:

  • Phonomenal Dumplings
  • Bulkogi
  • Cousin’s Maine Lobster
  • King’s Authentic Philly
  • All American RDU
  • Chick N Que
  • Red Hot & Blue
  • Phillip Wiggins (roasted corn & turkey legs)
  • Zeke’s Meats
  • Will & Pops
  • Sarge’s Chef
  • Papa Johns
  • Sonny Inc.
  • Barone Meatball
  • Virgil’s Jamaica
  • Not Just Icing
  • Pelicans Snoballs
  • Jam Ice Cream
  • Jay’s Italian Ice
  • Jeffrey’s Concessions (Candy apples, cotton candy)
  • C&J Funnel Cakes
  • Kona Ice
  • Two Roosters Ice Cream
  • Funnel Queens
  • Dusty Donuts
  • Bo’s Kitchen
  • Buddhalicious
  • Cocoa Forte (Frozen Cheesecake)
  • QSpresso
  • Soom Soom Pita Pockets
  • Dickey’s of Knightdale
  • 101 Catering & Events
  • Rollin’ Dogs
  • Old Bay

The Vendors that will be at the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration are:

  • Access Physical Therapy & Wellness
  • Avon by Renee
  • Beauty Therapy Salon
  • Boy Scouts
  • Camp Corral
  • Central Wake High School
  • Christian Life Fellowship
  • Cricket Wireless of Knightdale
  • Crosspoint Community Church
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Dogs on Deployment
  • EF High School Exchange Year
  • Elizabeth Frost
  • Expressions in Rhythm Dance Studio
  • Faith Baptist Church
  • Genesis Jewelry
  • Girl Scouts
  • Green Pines Baptist Church
  • Jeannie Blinson Photography
  • KC Fusion
  • KHS Tour Group
  • Knightdale Baptist Church
  • Knightdale Dragons Pop Warner
  • Knightdale Football
  • Lowe’s Foods
  • Lucas Lights
  • Memorable Events
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Outside the Box Threadworks
  • Poe Center for Health Education
  • Party Lite
  • Premier & Thirty One
  • Ron Carlos Salon
  • Special Blessings
  • Wake Forest Community Church
  • Young Living Independent Distributor
  • Younique

There will be shuttles running to and from the Knightdale Fourth of July Celebration from various spots in town beginning at 4:00 p.m. For more information on the shuttle pick ups, a festival map, and all details on this event, visit knightdalenc.gov.

Support and Buy Local and Fresh at The Market at Knightdale Station

It is a sure fire sign that Spring is not only in the air, but that it is also in full swing, when the freshest local produce offered up by the finest vendors and farmers in the area are lined up and ready to go, as you can get the tastiest and freshest in produce and products, while giving back to your fellow residents and the local economy at the Market at Knightdale Station.

The Market at Knightdale Station has become a wildly popular event, starting at the beginning of May and running on the second Saturday of each month through October from 10 am- 2 pm at the Knightdale Station Park. As has become customary at The Market at Knightdale Station, each week takes on a different theme, to make the event more than just a shopping experience and giving the entire family a chance to enjoy some fun activities as well.

According to the official Town of Knightdale website, the mission statement for the Market at Knightdale Station is as follows: “The Market at Knightdale Station Park provides a taste of the season featuring area farmers with alternative opportunities to sell their product through a local retail marketplace at Knightdale Station Park. The Market at Knightdale Station Park strives to promote economic development as well as social and community building through educational and family friendly activities.”

In addition to fun filled activities on the second Saturday of the month, and the obvious delicious products you can bring home, there is also live entertainment scheduled to be part of the weekly activities, including local bands that add to this great monthly event’s support of local vendors and aspiring artists.

A full list of vendors scheduled for the Market at Knightdale Station will be available soon, as will application details. For more information on the Market at Knightdale Station, visit knightdalenc.gov.

Knightdale NC family event has town “Psyched about Bikes”

In celebration of “Bike Month,” kids and adults alike will flock to Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, May 19 for another fantastic Knightdale NC family event, “Psyched about Bikes.”

Running from 10 a.m. until noon, “Psyched about Bikes” will serve as host to a wide variety of activities focusing on bike safety, rules of the road, and fun. The town of Knightdale NC family event at the Knightdale Station Park Ampitheatre will begin with a “Bike Rodeo.”

The informative “Rack and Ride Demonstration” and free bike inspections will continue with the day’s theme of educating the cyclists on the safest methods of riding and proper equipment that should be used for all age groups and levels of experience.

The Town of Knightdale will have several great prize giveaways throughout the morning’s festivities and members of both the Knightdale Fire and Police Departments will also be at the event to lend a helping hand. Local vendors including  will also be on site to serve up delicious treats throughout the morning.

Many members of the local business community partnered up with the with the Town of Knightdale to help celebrate “Bike Month” and make this event possible. Also helping the Town of Knightdale Parks and Recreation crew will be  Active Routes to School, Go Triangle, Go Raleigh, Triangle Off Road Cyclists, and Performance Bike of Raleigh.

“Psyched about Bikes” is just one of the many great happenings being held this spring and into the summer at the beautiful Knightdale Station Park. To see a full schedule of the fantastic stuff scheduled in the upcoming months and to plan ahead for the next great Knightdale NC family event, visit the Town of Knightdale’s website at www.knightdalenc.gov or knightdalestation.com.

The Return of Your favorite Flavors with Food Truck Thursdays…at the Station

Its BAAAACK… Everybody’s favorite “on-the-go” way to check out the diverse flavor samplings from just about any type food craving you may have is returning for its third official year, and its second Spring of offering different dining options for lunch and dinner…”at the Station,” as the wildly popular Food Truck Thursdays will be back at Knightdale Station Park beginning this Thursday morning.

Building on the initial success of the once weekly events held at Knightdale Station in its first go around, in the Spring 0f 2016, the Knightdale Food Truck Thursdays expanded to have trucks both during lunch hours and a completely different truck on site for dinner hours. With the great response from members of the community in both the Spring and Fall seasons, over the course of the past two years, the town of Knightdale’s Food Truck Thursdays, will keep this same schedule for 2018,with the lunch hours each week being from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the dinner hours will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

As was last year during Food Truck Thursdays, there will be different trucks for lunch and dinner, on each Thursday, giving residents the opportunity to sample the best area food truck offerings in addition to some that will be bringing their sweet treats for dessert as well. A full schedule for the vendors that will be appearing at the 2018 Food Truck Thursday events, can been viewed with more information on the most delicious weekly tradition in town at knightdalenc.gov.

Ring in the Spring at Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo

Just as the Spring Sprouts Fest on Saturday, April 15 will mark the opening of one seasonal tradition, the Market at Knightdale Station, and other favorite event all residents look forward to once the weather gets warmer will commence on Sunday, April 15, as there will be a Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo at Knightdale Station Park, kicking off the bi-weekly visits the trucks make with no less than eight different “tasty visitors” set to be on hand serving up goodies.

In the spirit of the previous days’ festival, this Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo, will also bear the name “Spring Sprouts,” and many of the trucks that residents can expect to see at the upcoming “Food Truck Thursdays,” will be featured to give you an earlier taste of what to expect.

The “whole hog BBQ and smoked meats” of Long Leaf Swine will be on hand on April 15 serving up what has become one of the more sought-after BBQ experiences in the Triangle.  Likewise, Daddy Bob’s BBQ is also sure to have a long line at the Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo for their famous pulled pork or smoked chicken. Yet another of the area’s most popular BBQ food trucks will also be …”at the Station” for the event, as “The Humble Pig,” will also be present.

For those looking for what they describe as food with “Southern soul, Caribbean flair, and Euro-African roots,” The Boricua Soul Food Truck will be present, as will the Merry Franksters, who urge you to “feed the hunger inside” with one of their delicious specialty pork, beef, or veggie dogs and sausages. Morfa Empanada will also be at the Knightdale Food Truck Rodeo, offering several regular and even a dessert-like sweet empanada at the event.

Speaking of the sweet treats, Coco Forte Cheesecakes, and JAM Ice Cream will also have trucks at the Spring Sprout Knightdale food truck Rodeo once you are ready for dessert.

The Spring Sprout Knightdale food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, April 15 kicks off at 11 am and runs until 3 pm at Knightdale Station Park. For more details on this and all other upcoming Town of Knightdale events, visit knightdalenc.gov

Lets All Go To….the Station! : Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night to Kick off For Spring

Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night

With all the great family friendly, community events put on by the hard working and great folks at the town of Knightdale’s Parks and Recreation apartment, one that stands out among the crowd as a way of telling that Sprng is in “the air,” and Summer is just around the corner is one annual tradition that allows a safe and fun night out for kids and adults alike under your roof at  your new home in the Knightdale Station new home neighborhood, as Knightdale Station park is set in the upcoming weeks for the return of Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night.

The parks and recreation department will soon be releasing the kickoff dates for the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Series which in years previous, including 2017, has historically seen its first showing of the year on the second weekend in April, and obviously, the “feature film presentation,” for each movie night event is yet to be determined. The town also has in the past scheduled one Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night showing for May, and a pair of Friday night ‘flicks’ for the whole family to enjoy in June. All dates and movies to be played will be announced and updated soon at knightdalenc.gov.

The Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series is free and open to the public and in addition to the feature films also offers a host of food and refreshments for those in attendance as well. Local PTA groups from schools in the area will be hosting the concessions at these events, so not only can you enjoy a great night out with the family, but all proceeds from the sale of these foods will go directly toward helping each of the school’s who will be running them. For last years’ Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series, Lockhart Elementary, Forestville Road Elementary and Hodge Road Elementary each handled the concessions on individual nights.

Additionally, there will be another bit of Knightdale Station event “tradition” at each of these events as well, as the always popular food trucks will also have treats on hand for purchase throughout the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series. A variesy of vendors serving up so appropriate treats that could be considered ‘classic movie time fare,” and some that may not carry that distinction will be available at each of these outdoor screenings.

The free Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series takes place at the amphitheater at Knightdale Station Park. All movies begin showing at dusk, and all attending are encouraged to bring their own chairs or a blanket to set out on the lawn to sit on. For more information on the Knightdale Outdoor Movie Night Series and all the great upcoming events from the Town of Knightdale, visit their website at knightdalenc.gov.

Construction Underway for Phase III…at the Station

Adding to what has already become a staple of the community and host of many of the area’s most popular family events, construction has begun on the third phase of Knightdale Station Park, which will see several great upgrades and long awaited venues being completed on site.

The Knightdale Station Park Amphitheatre will be constructed as a part of the new construction project that was started on Monday, March 12. In a tribute to all of the great and brave men and women who have served our country and reside or come from Knightdale, the Knightdale Veteran’s Memorial is also being erected as a part of this construction phase.

Adding to the park and surrounding Knightdale Station area’s already “outdoor living friendly” reputation will be a new “pedestrian promenade” as a portion of the work that is just underway and with these additions, a necessary expansion of the parking lot at Knightdale Station Park will see an extra 130 parking spaces open up at the location.

The Phase III construction will be ongoing for several months, as the planned date of completion is November 2018. All events that have been planned will still be going on, and the park will remain open during this construction phase. For any updates on the construction or upcoming town events to be held at Knightdale Station Park, visit knightdalenc.gov.

Don’t Get “Dogged Out,” “Hop Like a Bunny” to Knightdale Spring Holiday Events

On Saturday, March, 24, two events will take place simultaneously at Knightdale Station Park, just as they have in each of the past proceeding years, giving the entire family a chance to enjoy what has become the top tradition in Knightdale Spring Holiday Events, when on Saturday, March 24, both the popular Easter Eggstrordinaire and Paws in the Parks Event will take place …at the Station.