Incorporated in 1889, historic China Grove evolved into an agricultural trading center by the late 1800s. Still characterized as a rural and friendly small town, the community is home to the Farmer’s Day celebration each July. More than 200 craft and food vendors attract thousands of visitors and local residents to a medley of great food, colorful displays, and enjoyable activities. Residents of China Grove benefit from the expanded amenities and services available in Salisbury, including a strong performing and fine arts community and modern shopping centers. Regional parks and natural areas provide opportunities for fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, water sports, golfing, and tennis. Students enjoy access to award-winning schools on the elementary and secondary levels as well as easily accessible higher education in public and private institutions.