Coats celebrates new businesses, new events

107th Farmers Day Festival kicks off Oct. 11


Summer is over, school is in and the Coats community is getting geared up for a very exciting fall.

The Coats Chamber of Commerce has celebrated three grand openings in the town recently. The most recent was Abby & Bella’s Gifts, Clothes & Home on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Abby & Bella’s is a resale store with new and gently used items. The shop donates a portion of its sales to local animals and families in need. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at noon. The celebration featured store specials, a drawing for a $50 store credit, a food truck, an animal rescue group and puppy adoptions. Many shoppers turned out to enjoy the festivities. Main Street in Coats was packed.

In August, Annette Hinshaw hosted a re-grand opening and rebranding of United Hair Salon which she purchased from Billy and Peggie Pope. Hinshaw completely renovated the salon with lavish décor. The salon’s celebration and ribbon-cutting were held Saturday, Aug. 24. Many friends and clients came out to celebrate. Hot dogs and finger foods we served along with a cake and special hand painted cookies.

Coats is also enjoying a new Dominos which opened earlier in the summer. The franchise renovated the old package store on the corner of Lemon and McKinley streets.

Tommy Coats of Coats Cabinets, with the help of his son Mayor Chris Coats, have completely renovated the town’s Founders House. The home was owned by James Thomas Coats the founder of the town that would become the home to North Carolina’s first licensed aviator.

“It was amazing to see the transformation of this property from ruin into its modern glory,” said Tricia Bristow of the Chamber. “It was also amazing to see which parts of the home could be saved like the floors and the roof.”

The home is expected to serve the family as a rental property.

The Chamber also announced a new opportunity for the Coats community. Two different line dance classes will be offered each Tuesday evening in the community building at 127 S. McKinley St. The 6 p.m. class is for absolute beginners who will learn all the steps needed to begin line dancing. The instruction is very methodical. The steps are learned and then put into phrases or section of a dance and then the sections are put together to form a dance, according to Bristow. “This new beginner class met for the first time Sept. 17 and was a huge success. It’s not too late to join in on the fun.”

The second class meets at 7 p.m. The participants in this class are expected to already know a little about line dancing.

“This class progresses at a little faster pace but still has thorough instruction,” Bristow added. “If you’ve ever wanted to take a line dance class, please consider choosing one of ours.”

The Chamber is getting geared up for the town’s 107th Farmers Day Festival. The Farmers Day Weekend will kick off on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. when the campground opens. The campground is located at 118 Graham St., Coats. At 6 pm the Gospel Sing will be held on Main Street.

If you want to compete in the Pig in the Park Cook-off hosted by the Coats Lions Club, you must be registered by 9 p.m. at 454 Park Lane, Coats. Also, at 9 p.m. the Friday Night Concert at the Campground starts; the concert is $8 for non-campers.

Farmers Day, Oct. 12 Events

  • 8 a.m.: Car & Truck Show Registration (Lemon Street)
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Live Entertainment (on Main Street),
  • 9 a.m.: Trail Ride, Free to everyone. You must sign a waiver to participate. Rides begin at the campground, 118 Graham St.)
  • 10 a.m.: Farm Equipment Show (Railroad Street),
  • 11 a.m.: Pig cook-off plate sale (Serving until we run out - 127 S. McKinley St.)
  • 1 p.m.: Farmer’s Day Parade (all attractions close during the parade)
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Kid’s Park Inflatables and Games (at the corner of Main and South Railroad)
  • 9 p.m.: Concert at the campground (118 Graham St.) ($8 for non-campers)

    Your family is also invited to a new Chamber event in Coats called Farm to Table, Bristow said. On Oct. 17, the Chamber will honor farmers and show appreciation for all of its Farmers Day supporters. The events will begin at 6 p.m. at The Barn at Wilkins Farm, 500 N.C. Highway 55, Coats. Contributions of $5 per person are suggested. Bud and Don of Antique Outlaws will provide entertainment.

    “We want this event to feel like homecoming, except you don’t have to bring the food,” Bristow said. “Dress is casual. Space is limited so we must ask you to RSVP no later than Oct. 10, 2019. You can RSVP by calling the Chamber office at 910-897-6213. We are so excited to bring this event to Coats. The menu will consist of all locally grown vegetables and farm raised meats. The meal is being cooked by a host of talented volunteers. Just remember to save room for dessert.”

    The Chamber is also asking farming families in Coats for any photos of their families, their farms and farm equipment to use as part of the evening’s presentation. The Chamber is asking for the photos to be submitted by Sept. 30. The photos can be scanned at the Chamber office or emailed to

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