Belmont News Flash
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Meet Phil Boggan, Belmont's 
New Downtown Director

Phil Boggan, Belmont’s new Downtown Director, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Alabama and a master’s degree in historic preservation from Tulane University School of Architecture.

After working briefly as a public school teacher, Phil began his career with the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office as the certified local government coordinator and design coordinator of Main Street.  A year later Phil was promoted to the state director of the Louisiana Main Street Program.  Over a five year span, Phil worked with communities across Louisiana with their downtown revitalization efforts, cultural development, business retention and recruitment strategies.

After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Phil shifted the Main Street focus from rural to urban as he launched the Urban Main Street initiative to revitalize New Orleans’ traditional commercial corridors. He was recognized for those successful efforts by first lady Laura Bush during her Preserve America Summit.

Over the last 10 years, Phil served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and appointed  Assistant Secretary by the Lt. Governor for the Office of Cultural Development, overseeing the state’s policy, legislative, and programmatic efforts in archaeology, arts, historic preservation, cultural economic development and creative place-making.

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October is GO Month

GO Month is a month-long celebration of Gaston County. From high graduation rates and award-winning business recruitment and retention programs, to great-value housing options and farm-to-table-dining experiences, Gaston County is a great place to live, work and play. Come experience it for yourself through family-friendly events and deals, remarkable food and entertainment. You won’t want to miss GO month.
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October 13th - Natural Wonder

Natural Wonder is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and live experience of legendary musician Stevie Wonder to all generations of fans. Led by #1 Billboard Artist/Producer Gabriel Bello, Natural Wonder is The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience!  Natural Wonder will be playing in Belmont's Stowe Park on October 13.  DJ begins at 6:00 pm and band at 7:00.


BooFest will be held in Stowe Park on October 27 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.  Come enjoy a spooktacular evening of:   

  • activity vendors     
  • food vendors       
  • costume contests 
  • pumpkin carving contest
  • carnival rides
  • arts & crafts
  • spooky photo booth
The carnival rides will stay open until 9:00 pm for the ghouls that join us for Nightmare on Main Street. For more information contact Events Coordinator, Cassidy Lackey, at
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One of the biggest street parties of the year, the inaugural Nightmare on Main Street, begins at 6:00 pm and JAVA Band will take the stage at 6:30 pm. A special performance of THRILLER will have you rocking all night long setting the stage for an adult-friendly night of music, food, and fun!  The adult costume contest for those 18+ will take place around 8:30 pm on the dance floor.  Special thanks to our headline sponsor McLean - Lake Wylie/Belmont NC. 

For more information please contact the Downtown Director, Phil Boggan, at

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The Downtown Belmont Development Association is in need of sponsorship's to continue putting on events such as Friday Night Live, Party in the Park and the Christmas Village.  No amount is too large or small.  Please contact a DBDA Board member or Phil Boggan at 704-901-2082 or to see how you or your businesses can assist with sponsoring an event.  

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