Hiddenite, NC – Mark your calendars for RockyFest 2019, set for Saturday, April 13 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Hiddenite. The 7th annual family-friendly event features live music, food, arts/crafts vendors, children’s activities, free rock climbing and rappelling sessions, trail races, and more.
The event begins with the RockyFest Trail Races at 8:00 a.m. with distances of 4.5, 9, or 13.5 miles. Following the trail races, free rock climbing and rappelling sessions will be offered from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with 75 openings available. Registration will be completed online at www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest on a first-come, first-served basis.
The rest of the festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Activities will include live music, inflatables for the children, arts and crafts vendors, a wide variety of food, and much more. There are four (4) inflatables this year that will provide entertainment for children of all ages, including a dual-lane slide, a fire station combo, a jousting ring, and a basketball shootout game Live music will be performed on stage under the tent from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Bands include The Sugar Loaf Ramblers, Todd McCloud & Charlie Carpenter, The Ya Yas, Wood Family Tradition, and Shelby Rae Moore, all which will delight the crowd with a diverse mix of bluegrass, Americana, blues, country, and more.
The main food vendors have been confirmed, and include: Apple City BBQ, Wingz on Wheelz, Wilson’s Weenie Wagon, and Snack Wagon Concessions. Other food vendors are Granny’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts, The Vashti Ice Cream Man, and Sunset Slush for the Troops.
Applications are currently being accepted for arts/crafts, commercial, and non-profit vendors. Visit www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest, click on “Vendor Application,” and complete the online form. Arts/crafts vendors are $30, commercial are $40, and non-profits are $10 for a 10’x10’ space. Electricity is an additional $10 fee.
RockyFest Trail Race
RockyFest Trail Race begins at 8:00 a.m at the new Rocky Face Multipurpose Building. Runners can choose the 4.5, 9, or 13.5 mile race. Alexander County residents and county employees (active and retired), and ALL emergency service personnel, military, and teachers can participate for FREE this year. Otherwise, registration for either race is $25, if you sign up by April 1. T-shirts are not included in the registration fee, so please include $10 more if you want a race t-shirt (no guarantee after April 1).
Online registration is available for paid participants, but free registrants should download the application, complete it, and submit via mail, email, or in person. Find complete details at www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest.