Gaston County Family YMCA

Pharr Family YMCA

Welcome to the newest branch of the Gaston County Family YMCA! The William J. Pharr Family YMCA is located in the former Community Center within the beautiful, historic McAdenville, NC or better known as “Christmastown USA!” Please stop by the Pharr Family YMCA during business hours for a tour of the facility and to complete your membership application!

Address & Phone:

208 Main Street
McAdenville, NC 28101
Phone (704) 824-1131
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Monday – Thursday: 7:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 7:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 3:30pm – 7:00


Fall Flag Football

Fall Flag Football

Ages: 5-14 (In 4 age divisions, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11,  and Middle School 12-14)

Youth Flag Football is a great sports opportunity to play football in a contact free league.  Players will learn football fundamentals and game concepts in a fun, safe environtment where they can learn how to work together and succeed together.  Register today for this co-ed, recreational league.

Registration: Now – October 13th. This program does have a registration limit.  There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after October 13th, if space is available.
Download the registration form.

Register Online Here!

Practice and Games: Practice begins the week of October 27th.  Teams will have 4 practices before games start, with one on their practice day (Monday or Tuesday), and one practice on Saturday for 2 weeks.  Games will follow with each team playing games on both their practice day and Saturday for the rest of the season starting the week of November 12th.  The final game of this 6-game season is scheduled for December 6th.  There will be no games on November 29th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, and there will be no games on Monday/Tuesday, December 1st and 2nd due to the McAdenville Christmas Lights.  Games on Saturday, November 22nd will take place at the Central Family YMCA in Gastonia due to the ChristmasTown Bowl being held in McAdenville.

Where: All games and practices (with the exception of November 24th) will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA 208 Main Street McAdenville unless otherwise noted.

Coaches: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching this season by indicating so on your registration form or by contacting  Evan Rankin or Ben Oeser at the Pharr Family YMCA.  The coaches meeting will be held on Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA.

Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes a uniform top, end of season award, and a 6 game season.

Contact: Evan Rankin – Program Coordinator; Ben Oeser – Sports Director at the Pharr Family YMCA, 704.824.1131.

ChristmasTown 5K

ChristmasTown 5K

Celebrate the kick off of ChristmasTown USA with a festive 5K under the lights. Co-organized with the McAdenville Women’s Club,  the race will start and end at the J.M. Carstarphen Bridge in McAdenville.  Proceeds benefit the Pharr Family YMCA & McAdenville Women’s Club.

Saturday, November 29th @ 6:00 PM.

Registration is from September 1 – November 28, or until full. Race is limited to the first 1200 participants. register online below or download the form here.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

Will there be an early packet pickup?

Yes, and this is encouraged. Early packet pick up will be Wednesday, November 26th from 10am – 3pm, Friday, November 28th from 10am-6pm at  Walk& Run  Belmont, 200 Main Street. Packet pickup on race day will be at Legacy Park will be held from 3-5:30 pm. You can pick up your friends bibs but must sign off.

Where will the 5K go?

The unofficial route can be found here. The race will begin on the Carstarphen Bridge and go left at Church Street at the roundabout on Wesleyan Dr. The route will wind around Lakeview Baptist Church, and go left on the roundabout towards McAdenville School. It will turn around near Forest Heights and run down the Wesleyan Dr. hill. Next the race will go left on Poplar street and a left on Main street. It will turn around near the Main Street median divide and end back on Carstarphen Bridge.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. However, be mindful of runners competing. There will be a one hour limit for walkers to complete the race.

Will the ChristmasTown Lights be on?

The lights will be on for the runners and walkers to enjoy. However, they will be turned off after the race has been completed, except in the area of the post party.

I see registration is full. Is there ANY way I can run the 5K?

Once we have reached the capacity. This number was based on the recommendation by the experts from US Track & Field, Cramerton Police, and  race committee approval.

Where should I park?

Parking confirmations will be announced.

I am unable to attend the race? What should I do? 

No. Race fees are non-refundable.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones and strollers are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. Pets are prohibited.

How many water stops are there?

There  will be at least two water stops for the 5K.

What awards can I expect for my fantastic performance?

Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd per gender and in increments of five year age groups will be awarded. The post party will be held at Legacy Park near the finish line.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Kelly Jones at Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support the Pharr YMCA and the McAdenville Women’s Club.

Need more info? Feel free to contact Race Director Steve D’Avria at


2013 Race Results here

Online registration requires you to sign up in our database. Please choose and default branch and then  ”participant” as your membership type, if you are not in our system.

School Year Gymnastics and Dance Classes

Gymnastics Classes 


Parent/Child for ages 18 months and up
KinderGym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

Dance Classes


KinderDance for ages 3 & 4
JuniorDance for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorDance for ages 8 and up

The Pharr Family YMCA is excited to offer dance and gymnastics classes for ages 3– Teens. Our dance and gymnastics classes are designed to enhance fine and gross motor skills and cultivate imagination, creativity and social development in a caring environment. Students will grow and develop as they learn the fundamental vocabulary and skills associated with gymnastics and dance. Classes start September 2, 2014 and run through May 20, 2015. Registration is continuous.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Days & Times:

PARENT/CHILD GYMNASTICS (18 mos. & older with Parent Participation) Tue 3:00 pm
 KINDER GYMNASTICS (Ages 3-4)  Mon 3:00pm   Mon 3:45pm   Mon 6:00pm   Tue 3:45pm   Tue 5:15pm Wed 3:00pm
 KINDER DANCE (Ages 3-4 Ballet &Tap) Mon 4:15pm
 JUNIOR GYM (Ages 5-7) Mon 3:45pm Mon 6:00pm Tue 3:45pm Tue 6:00pm Wed 3:45pm Wed 6:00pm
 JUNIOR DANCE (Ages 5-7 Ballet & Tap) Mon 5:00pm
 SENIOR GYMNASTICS (Ages 8 and up) Mon 4:30pm Tue 4:30pm Tue 6:00pm Wed 4:30pm
 SENIOR DANCE (Ages 8+ Ballet & Tap) Wed 4:30pm
 INTERMEDIATE GYMNASTICS (Returning Students Ages 5 and up) Tue 4:30pm Wed 5:15pm

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for printable registration form or register online by clicking here.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Ballroom Rental

Have your next function in Christmas Town, USA! Great place to have your wedding, reception, Christmas party or your childs 1st birthday party. We have a ballroom that is approximately 36 ft wide and 60 ft long with beautiful hardwood floors and a fireplace with gas logs. Rental includes a kitchen that has ice machine, commercial size refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and stove. We also have chairs and tables available for your use.

Rental Fees:

Four Hour Rental: Member $100 /Program participant $180

Eight Hour Rental: Member $200 / Program participant $360

Each additional hour: Member $25 per hour / Program participant $45 per hour

Weddings and receptions are subject to a $100 fee.

A refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve the space.

Contact Teresa Jacobs or (704) 824-1131.

Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

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