From reliving a chapter in American history to enjoying some Vegas Nights to checking out some classic cars, McDowell County has three fun-filled events scheduled for this weekend.

Civil War re-enactment

Davidson’s Fort Historic Park in Old Fort and the 22nd N.C., Co. K re-enactors will hold an event Saturday and Sunday reliving the Civil War.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Davidson’s Fort. The 22nd N.C., Co. K is a locally-based re-enactment group that portrays Confederate soldiers from McDowell County. During the two-day event, re-enactors will provide living history demonstrations including civilian life in the 1860s, music from the period, musket firing demonstrations and military drills, according to a news release from Davidson’s Fort Historic Park.

A battle will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. This will represent the sacking of Camp Vance. Another battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.

The admission will be $5 per adult and proceeds will go toward the continued construction and expansion of Historical Davidson’s Fort.

The fort is located off of Lackey Town Road in Old Fort and is next to Janesville Acoustics.

For more information, call 659-6377.

Vegas Nights

This Saturday evening, Vegas Nights returns to downtown Marion.

In April, Samantha Arrowood Chambliss, a Marion native who impersonates Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities, and her husband Michael Chambliss, who is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist, presented a show called Vegas Nights at the Marion Events Center, also known as the old House Theater. They were joined by Travis Powell, another award-winning Elvis tribute artist, and Alissa Davis, who portrays Shania Twain.

That show was a big success and sold out quickly. Samantha Chambliss told The McDowell News that she and the other performers wanted to come back to Marion and do an even bigger show.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Vegas Nights will again take place at the Marion Events Center.

For this show, Samantha Chambliss will again portray Marilyn Monroe but her husband Michael will impersonate country star Garth Brooks this time. Powell will do his tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll while Davis will again perform as Shania Twain. Powell and Davis are from nearby Shelby.

Tickets are $20 a person and are still available as of Thursday. They can be purchased online by going through the event’s Facebook page ( The tickets will also be available at the box office the night of the show.

“I would just like to say, it's going to be a great show and I hope everyone will come out!” said Samantha Chambliss to The McDowell News.

Marion Cruise-In

The last regular season Marion Cruise-In will take place this Saturday, Sept. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. It will be held at the Tailgate Market shelter on West Henderson Street.

The free event is scheduled to have music, food and fun for all ages. “There will be trivia contests, door prizes, photo ops and more,” reads an announcement. “Marion Cruise In is open to all types of vehicles and enthusiasts of all ages. Fire up your ride and come be a part of your Cruise In.”

Believe Run 5K

The staff at Nebo Elementary is hosting a 5k to benefit the family of an Old Fort man who lost his life while on vacation.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., the Believe Run 5K will be held at Tom Johnson’s Camping World with all of the proceeds going to Shane Wyatt’s family after he drowned in the ocean at Atlantic Beach on Aug. 3 while he and his family were vacationing there. He was 41 years old.

He owned Wyatt Surveying, was a surveyor for the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and chaplain for the Masonic Joppa Lodge in Old Fort. His wife Terra is the physical education instructor at Nebo Elementary School.

The 5K event is presented by Terra’s co-workers and the boys’ school family from Nebo Elementary.

The Fun Run will begin after the 5K and is approximately a mile long. This event will not be timed. The cost is $10 and all participants will receive a T-shirt. Awards will begin following the Fun Run at the pavilion stage.

“If you don’t want to participate in the run/walk events you can still purchase a shirt only for $8. Select the ‘shirt only option’,” the news release said.

Hot dogs, drinks and other treats will be available for purchase during the event. Any extra shirts will be available for purchase on the race day.

Any questions may be emailed to the race director Morgan Pittman at, or visit Believe Run 5K on Facebook for information on how to sign up online.