PICKENS — What does a half-marathon, fly fishing, bee keeping and a 4×4 cruise in have in common? They’re just a few of the activities showcased at the annual Venture Outdoors festival to be held in downtown Pickens.
On Sept. 30, Pickens is hosting an all-day family friendly festival to highlight all the sports and outdoor attractions the area has to offer both residents and visitors alike.
Like the name implies, the day promises to be action packed beginning bright and early with a half-marathon on the Doodle Trail at 8 a.m. Two hours later, if you’re still game, a 5k trail run will kick off at Town Creek Bike Park, behind the Recreation Department located on Sangamo Road.
Stick around and grab your bike helmet because at 2 p.m., also at Town Creek Bike Park, there will be a Mountain Bike Race hosted by Upstate SORBA.
Throughout the day activities will be held at the Amphitheater, the Recreation Department and on City Lake covering various topics such as fly-fishing from Southern Appalachian Outdoors, bee keeping with Bee Well Honey Bee Supply, kayaking from Perception Kayaks and outdoor backpacking from REI of Greenville, said City of Pickens Project Manager Becky Horace.
“We will also have a 24-foot rock wall with free climbing and workshops all day,” said Horace. “Other workshops will include outdoor activities such as hiking, bird watching, astronomy, outdoor nature photography and many more.”
After the workshops are complete, don’t head home just yet … Part of Main Street will shut down for the 4×4 Cruise-in around 5:30 p.m. All Jeeps, Broncos, trucks and off-road vehicles are encouraged to show up and strut their stuff.
Judging for the 4×4 show will begin an hour later with trophies for best in show, best club representation, muddiest, biggest tires and most creative.
Live music from BackPorch Communion starts at 6:30 p.m. and the Meat’n the Middle Food Truck will be on Main Street in case you need to grab a bite.
“All funds raised from our Venture Outdoors Day raffle items will be split between the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation and the Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation,” said Horace. “Proceeds benefiting Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation will support scholarships, educational programming, leadership development and the fight against breast cancer which includes their partnerships with Bright Pink and the American Cancer Society.”
The PYAC is a local nonprofit organization who provides financial assistance to children who desire to participate in recreational sports but whose families might not have the financial means by covering the registration costs and some uniform costs, Horace said.
The family friendly event is free thanks to sponsorships from Southern Appalachian Outdoors, Bee Well Honey, Kentwool, Perception Kayaks, REI of Greenville, Table Rock Tea, King Asphalt, Upstate SORBA, MSDAL Personalization’s, Save a Lot, 9Round of Pickens, Clemson Extension Health, Clemson PRTM Department, Ingles, Cabela’s, Upcountry Outdoors LLC, American National Insurance, In2Go, Glassy Mountain Metal Art, Jocasee Gorges Guides, Mindbender Brewing Books, Arise from the Ashes and Easley Electric.
All rules and registration forms for the workshops held during the Venture Outdoors Day 2017 can be found at www.cityofpickens.com/ventureoutdoors or www.go-greenevents.com.