to meet up back in Hot Springs! tu GET OUTSIDE >> GO TO TRAILFEST!
As many of you know, Hot Springs has the honor of having the famous Appalachian Trail go right through the main street in town, the only real 'trail town' in North Carolina. We do so like to celebrate that fact as often as possible, and this year we are breaking out into the great wide open once again! We are shouting out to EVEYONE > get off that couch, move those muscles and bones,GET OUTSIDE, and lets celebrate Bicycles, Skateboarding, Hula-Hooping, River Rafting, Roller Skating, Soccer, Yoga, Walking, Swimming, making music on the porch, outdoor crafting, of course Hiking, and more!
This a FREE family event with lots of community involvement all weekend long. We'll kick-off on Friday, April 17th with a delicious (cheap) Spaghetti Dinner, play all day Saturday, April 18th (see agenda), and have pancakes and a big fat soccer game on Sunday, April 19th.
Once again, the Low Ropes Course and Rock Climbing Wall will be open (FREE) all day on Saturday!
Come to Hot Springs and GET OUTSIDE with us! NO EXCUSES!
Hosted by and in support of Hot Springs Community Learning Center, a non profit organization serving children ages 3 - 12 years old with Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, After School Program, out-of-school care, and Summer Camps. Proceeds rasied through the Silent Auction, Duck Race, T-Shirt Sales, Pancake Breakfast, and Bicycle Raffle go toward helping families in need participate in the above services. THANK YOU for your support!!
Talent Show 2014
Bike Parade lead by the Warriors
2015 Festival Agenda
Friday, April 17, 2014:
3pm – 7pm Registration Table(Get your official Trailfest T-Shirts, raffle tickets, and Ducks! Hikers can sign the official AT Hiker Sign In Sheet *AT Hikers get special 'goody bags' with fun surprises!)
5pm – 7pm Spaghetti Dinner at 5pm at the Community Center hosted by the Madison County Group Home. $5 for adult plate / $3 for kid plate / $8 all you can eat spaghetti
7pm Friends of the HS Library Sponsored Event with Naturalist, Herbalist, Storyteller Doug Elliot presenting Weeds for Your Needs -Celebrating The Healing Wild Plants--Their Stories, Songs, and Lore- at the Welcome Center
Naturalist, Doug Elliot
Saturday, April 18, 2014:
10am Climbing Wall & Low Ropes Course OPEN! (featuring our low ropes & rock climbing wall > FREE all day!)
10am Community Yoga with Frank Vogler and Pastor Gene Linton on the flute
11am Live Music! TBD (on the stage)
11:45 Hiker Games with Jason York of Hot Springs
12pm Live Entertainment!Doug Elliot will present WOODSLORE AND WILDWOODS WISDOM Stories, Songs, and Lore Celebrating the Appalachian Backcountry
1pm Hula Hoop Workshop with Ms. Lou (near the stage)
3:45 pm Warrior Welcome to hikers from Walk Off the War (on the stage)
4 pm Trailfest Parade (On Bridge Street) HS Entertainment Committee
4:15 pm Live Music!Carolina Bog Turtles followed by the Madison County Ballad Singers (on the stage
4:45pm Silent Auction Closes under tent; winners may pay and take
5 pm Duck Race (Spring Creek Bridge, on Bridge Street)
Break for Dinner in town! (Check out Smoky Mountain Diner, Iron Horse, Spring Creek Tavern, The Take-Out Grill, or Mountain Magnolia Inn > there will be a HIKER FEED from 5:30-6:30 at Laughing Heart Lodge for all hikers!)
7 pm Movie > Cold Mountain (at Laughing Heart Lodge)
9pm Bon Fire & Drum Circle (at Laughing Heart Lodge)
FREEBEEIES 10 am – 5 pm SATURDAY
Registration Table will be set up at the Welcome Center > Get your official Trailfest T-Shirts, raffle tickets, and Ducks! Hikers can sign the official AT Hiker Sign In Sheet *AT Hikers get special 'goody bags' with fun surprises
FREE Climbing Wall & Low Ropes Course sponsored by Madsion County Tourism Association and the ATC
FREE Bike Decoration Station (hosted by the HSCLC)
FREE Bike Tune-Up Station (Wild Bill)
FREE Gear Repair Station (Allen Morton, in the Bluff parking lot)
FREE Face Painting (Ruth Gallagher)
Library OPEN, with FREE charging station 10am – 4pm
Silent Auction Table (Over 50 different donated items and FREE to look!)
FREE Hiker Feed 5:30 - 6:30pm at Laughing Heart Lodge for all hikers
We are Bike Crazy this year!!
FREE >> New or Used Bike for EACH Child! *We are accepting donations of new or used children's bikes so that each child without a bike can leave with one! Children can take it to the Bike Tune-Up Station and Wild Bill will get it all tuned up, then they can take it to the Bike Decoration Sation to get it ready to ride in the Parade at 4pm!
*Also, we are raffling off two brand new bikes : a girl bike & a boy bike. More details to come >>>
Bike Decoration Station
Spring Creek Fire Department will keep the area safe at the Ultimate Rock Climbing Challenge and Low Ropes Course (FREE 10am - 5pm Saturday!)
Climbing Wall Features:
28 ft. tall
4 climbing stations = 4 climbers at 1 time
Auto-belay hydraulic safety system = no human belay required
Stainless Steel 1/4" safety cables (5,000 lb. break rating) - no nylon ropes for safety lines
Skill levels 1, 5, 6 & 9
No age limit: 30 lbs to 250 lbs.
Wood-Fired portable Pizza Oven!
FOOD for Sale! Wood-Fired Pizza! Portable wood-fired pizza oven ready to make your favorite kind of pizza all weekend long...
Baked Goods will be sold by the Hot Springs Fire Department > help support this invaluable community service!
AT Conservancy,Carolina Mountain Club, Hot Springs Mountain Club, Madison County Parks & Recreation, Madison County Health Department, AB-Tech, and Riverlink