2024 Conference Information

Join us for the 2024 NC Muscadine Conference  in Shelby, NC March 15-16!



Jeff and Peggy Bloodworth of WOW Grapes Vineyards

You can register for one or both days:

Friday, March 15


2:30-3:00pm Registration and check-in

3:00-5:00pm Tour of the WOW Grapes (Gardens Alive) Vineyards, formerly Ervin Lineberger’s Killdeer Farm, the WOW!® Grapes vineyard has been a fixture of the local landscape for over 40 years. A pruning workshop led by Jeff Bloodworth, Owner and Grape Breeder Specialist is scheduled  Located at 300 Goforth Rd. Kings Mountain, NC 28086. 

6:00 pm – Dutch Treat Dinner at 238 Cherokee Grill. 222 S. Railroad Ave Kings Mountain 28086 (4.7 miles from vineyard). Deepen the discussion! Large menu and reasonable prices. Please indicate on your registration form if you plan to attend.

Saturday, March 16

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration, refreshments and visit with exhibitors 8:00-9:00 am.)  At the Cleveland County NC Farm Bureau, 1503 W Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28152.  Includes educational sessions, exhibits, and the NC Muscadine Grape Association Annual Meeting. Lunch and other refreshments are included in all registrations.

Topics will include

  • Updates on medicinal advancements with the muscadine grape-Anna Clara Melo
  • Extension of muscadine shelf life to eight weeks using Janny bins– Penny Perkins -Veazie
  • Seedless grape production – Phillip Rollins, Small Fruit Specialist
  • Soil enhancements in the vineyard– Steve Dillon, Regional Agronomist
  • Updates on the Spotted Lantern Fly- Joy Goforth
  • Small Vineyard Economics-
  • Presentation from NC Wine Council- Chuck Johnson
  • Introduction of new Viticulturist Specialist at NCSU-  Mark Hoffman
  • Open forum

Registration and Fees

Member Non-Member Student/extension
Friday $25 $35 $25
Saturday $75 $125 $50

You can join with registration and receive member rates. Note that membership is per family/vineyard/company (extension/student membership is individual). Registration is per-person. Membership fee for the NC Muscadine Grape Association is $50 (individuals, wineries, vineyards), $25 (students/extension), and $150 (Suppliers, marketers, other businesses)
Additional $10/person after March 10th.

Exhibitor/Sponsor inquiries welcome. 

Download a printable Registration Form


The  WOW Grapes (Gardens Alive) Vineyards is at 300 Goforth Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086   

The Cleveland County NC Farm Bureau is at 1503 W Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28152.. There is plenty of free parking.


Holiday Inn Express (Gastonia) has blocked 10 King bed rooms at 119.00+tax for March 14-16, Please call the hotel direct and book under the NC Muscadine Grape Association (cutoff is Feb. 29th) Express Gastonia – Muscadine Grape Assn Group Rate

Country Inn and Suites has blocked off 10 double queen rooms at 85.00+tax for March 14-16. Please call the hotel direct and book under the NC Muscadine Grape Association (cutoff is Feb. 29th)

Hotels between Kings Mountain and Shelby NC:

  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites 100 Woodlake Pkwy, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, phone 704-734-0014  Includes free breakfast
  • Country Inn and Suites  2001 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC, 28152  phone 704-480-0881 includes free breakfast
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites 1715 East Dixon Boulevard, Shelby, NC, 28152704-487-8688 Includes free breakfast
  • Holiday Inn Express 1911 Broadcast St, Gastonia, NC, 28052 phone 704-834-3300 includes free breakfast 
  • Hilton Garden Inn 444 Cox Road, Gastonia, NC, 28054, phone 704-810-1111 Garden Grille restaurant onsite

Have questions? Contact NCMGA.