Vale, North Carolina is a small unincorporated community in the North Carolina country side. Located in Western Lincoln county the town is surrounded by Morganton (30 minutes away), Lincolnton (15 minutes away), Cherryville (10 minutes away), Hickory (30 minutes away), and Charlotte (55 minutes away). It is just an hour from the mountains and around four hours or more from the coast. The area of Vale is nearly all rural with large farming.
Vale is home to the annual Cat Square Christmas Parade, started in 1974, known as the "Best Little Christmas Parade in the Country". The parade festivities included electing the Mayor of Cat Square. The mayor is strictly a figurehead, with his or her only duty being to ride in the parade.