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.
Last YEARwe added the element of an outdoor Obstacle Course complete with a Rock Climbing Wall and Low Ropes Course, plus more! (We MIGHT do that again... stay tuned!)
Come to Hot Springs and GET OUTSIDE with us!
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 holiday and Summer Camps. All proceeds rasied through this event go toward helping families in need participate in the above services. THANK YOU for your support!!
Last year we had a the super fun Ultimate Rock Climbing Challenge and a Low Ropes Course for all to enjoy (for FREE!)
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.
LAST YEAR'S Festival Agenda (stay tuned for updates of the 2015 schedule)
Friday, April 11, 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
3:45 pm Mayor’s 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 > Talladega Nights (Laughing Heart Lodge)
10 am ATRound Table Workshop: with Elmer hall of Sunny Bank Retreat (at Still Mountain Pub)
10am Community Soccer Game (free) at HS Elementary School Field led by Brian Newsom
10 am – 5 pm on SATURDAY
Registration Tablewill 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 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!)
The Play Field > located on the Alpine Court lawn beside the Library 10am - 12pm Mini Soccer, 12pm - 2pm Ultimate Frisbee, 2pm - 4pm Baseball
FOOD for sale> Burrito & Hot Dog Bar with all the fixin’s, plus homemade sides & Bake Sale (Hot Springs Entertainment Committee and Hot Springs Community Learning Center).
Information Tablesfor AT Conservancy,Carolina Mountain Club, Hot Springs Mountain Club, Madison County Parks & Recreation, Madison County Health Department, AB-Tech, and Riverlink Current Vendors List >> Light Heart Gear (tents) Sarah Jones former AT Hiker (posters, photography, and memorabilia for sale) Former AT Hiker Michelle “Brownie” Pugh (her book, “Love at First Hike”) Matt from Rabbit Den Farm in Spring Creek (plant starts) DierconUSA (portable water filters) Earthstone Mountain Jewelry (handcrafted natural gemstones and magnetic hematite - necklaces , bracelets, earrings, hatbands and key rings) The Boiled Peanuts Guy, (yard ornaments, vintage window décor, boil peanuts and novaks also bottle water and soda's to wash the peanuts down.) Buffalo Bob's Big Game Meat Jerkies (Alligator, Buffalo, Deer, Duck, Elk, Kangaroo, Ostrich, Pheasant & Wild Boar) Jim White Photography,( local area photo prints) Tranquil Waters Wellness (chair massage)