The North Carolina
The Uwharrie Mountain Festival is set for Oct. 10 at King’s Mountain Point in the Uwharrie National Forest. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., there will be plenty of outdoor activities for the entire family, including paddling, disc golf, music, gold panning, orienteering, races and a variety of kids’ activities. The Badin Lake Trail Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m.
New to the festival this year is a bluegrass showdown competition coordinated by Pete Yow. The showdown will run from 2-4 p.m. Those interested in participating should contact Yow at 336-857-1757 or 910-540-5711.
The most popular event at the festival has always been the paddling events coordinated by Nathan Davis of God’s Country Outfitters. This year the committee plans to hold a scavenger hunt for paddlers when the festival opens. Additional paddling events will be held throughout the day. Interested participants for the scavenger hunt can bring their own kayak or canoe or they may borrow one at the site. Davis is used to having first time paddlers fall in love with the sport during the festival as people get their taste of paddling.
Brian Bristol of Middle Ring Cycles is planning a mountain bike skills course at the point. Bristol is a mountain bike enthusiast with extensive knowledge of the local trails.
One of the big highlights of the day will be a lumberjack demonstration hosted by Montgomery Community College forestry students. The event begins at 11 a.m.
Disc golf is also a favorite and this year Uwharrie National Forest personnel have installed a permanent course at Kings Mountain Point.
The Partnership for Children and Communities in Schools have joined forces to coordinate the children’s events. They plan on making trail mix, having races, painting pumpkins and having scavenger hunts throughout the day for the kids.
“The Mountain County Partnership for Children is excited to partner with Communities in Schools in coordinating the Kids Zone at the Uwharrie Mountain Festival, in our quest to ‘Leave No Child Indoors,’” said Debbi Musika, executive director. “We believe strongly in the growing movement to reconnect children of the “Indoor Generation” with nature… Where better than the Uwharrie Mountain Festival to inspire children and families to turn off the TV, put down their video games, and GO OUTSIDE!!”
Kids Zone activities include:
· Pumpkin Painting and a Make Your Own Trail Mix Station, beginning at 10:00 AM & continuing all day (while supplies last),
· Kids Fun Run ’round the point – 11:00 AM (ages 5-9) and 11:15 AM (ages 10-13),
· Scavenger Hunt handouts and Outdoor Activity Idea Sheets (for families to pick up and do on their own), and
· NEW this year -- Curious Kids! Mini-Talks. These will be short (15-20 minute) nature/outdoors focused presentations of interest to children and families, which will occur on the hour beginning at Noon in the Kids Zone “stumphitheater” (…kind of like an amphitheater, with tree stumps for seats!). Subjects include rocks and minerals; knots; geocaching, bees and ATV safety.
Blue Horizon will be playing at noon and other musical events will happen throughout the day. The wine garden will also be open for those wishing to sample area wines. Food and craft vendors will be selling their homemade and handmade wares.
Stationed at the Eldorado Outpost this year will be the shuttle buses offering rides into the festival location. These buses will run all day, beginning at 9 a.m.
Uwharrie Stables will be offering horseback rides at their site across from the second entrance into the Uwharrie National Forest. Later that evening owner Johnny Adams is planning a mud event of some type for area high school students.
The festival is in its fourth year at Kings Mountain Point in the Uwharrie National Forest. The festival focuses on getting families and individuals outside to enjoy the natural beauty of the forest and to showcase items and events that work in cooperation with that focus.
Visit the website at www.uwharriemountainfestival.com for more information.