LET THE FOOLIN’ BEGIN
On Saturday, April 5, the Tryon April Fool’s Festival will celebrate its 9th year of foolish fun in Downtown Tryon with a day of music, food, fun, games, and general folderol, beginning at 11am with the opening of the Polk Farmers’ Market season.
At noon-ish, the Fool’s Parade will begin at the corner of Trade and Oak, the site of “Morris”, Tryon’s not-to-be-missed giant hobbyhorse mascot, and proceed along Trade Street. Morris was the 1928 creation of the Tryon Toymakers, the most recent version of which was completed in 2012. Parade participants will include local and regional groups, organizations and other foolish folks in colorful attire just out to have a foolish good time. For more information contact Edith Bond at 828-289-4958.
Following the Parade, will be the eagerly-anticipated Outhouse Races, with categories for Grown-Ups or Kids 16-and-Under. The races will feature hand- built, people-powered outhouses being pushed or pulled along Trade Street. The cornerstone of the April Fool’s Festival since its inception in 2006, the Races will begin at the corner of Trade and Palmer, and run up Trade to the finish line in front of the clock tower. For more information, contact George Alley, at 828-817-5577.
Following the Races, sit back and enjoy the First Ever, Mad Hatter’s Upcycle Hat Contest, a runway fashion show of creative upcycled hats made exclusively of recycled materials. Entrants will be competing in categories such as Kids-12-and-Under, Adults, and Pets. For more information, contact Christine Mariotti, email@example.com
Throughout the day Tryon restaurants & Jose’s Wood-Fired Pizza will provide food for purchase from streetside locations, with regional beers/wines also available for purchase. Scheduled festivities wrap up at 3 pm, but we encourage you to stay awhile and explore Downtown Tryon and all that it offers.
In addition to supporting various area non-profits, the 2013 Tryon April Fool’s Festival will provide funds for new projects for the enhancement of Downtown Tryon and in support of Downtown Tryon businesses. TDDA is a 501c3 non-profit, so all donations are tax-deductible. Checks should be written to TDDA and designated for the April Fool’s Festival.
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