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Gastonia is located in Gaston County (of which it is the county seat) between Charlotte and Shelby along US Hwy 74 near Kings Mountain, Dallas, Belmont, Mount Holly, and the South Fork of the Catawba River.

The major industry in Gastonia has been textiles. This industry continues to be productive, but the introduction of commerce and industry related to automotive, parts manufacturing, oil and air filter manufacturing, hand tools, and chain saws, has helped the city to see improvements in both its employment and economic base.

Gastonia is part of the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metro area.

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09/23 Coming to The area
Virginia Highlands Festival Abingdon VA August2-11 Showcasing Appalachian arts and crafts.
John Blue Cotton Festival Laurinburg NC October12-13 Performances on an outdoor stage,vendor area with beautifully displayed crafts, clothing, and artwork, and wonderful food prepared by all of the food vendors.
Elberton 12-County Fair Elberton GA October7-17 The fair serves 10 northeast counties in Georgia as well as 2 counties in South Carolina.