Trailfest 2014 in Hot Springs, NC

Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Hot Springs, North Carolina, is where hikers congregate to celebrate the Appalachian Trail with townsfolk who treat them like royalty during Trailfest 2014.

Trailfest 2014 takes place the weekend of April 11th through the 13th in Hot Springs, on the banks of the French Broad River.

Please Note: Why haven't screwball activists begun a campaign to rename the French Broad River? Shouldn't we at least use her real name? Sheesh.

Hot Springs is one of the few towns where the Appalachian Trail sails right through downtown -- just one of the many reasons why the friendly folks there have earned the title "Appalachian Trail Community" from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Lover's Leap portion of the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Lover's Leap portion of the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Please Note: Could that poor lass for which the French Broad River was named have anything to do with Lover's Leap? Let's hope not.

Last year's Trailfest was a ton of fun, so we're looking for a repeat performance. It's looking pretty good with the spagalicious spaghetti supper on Friday evening served over the bridge, down by the railroad tracks, just this side of the caboose. You can't miss it.

Saturday will be the most dandy day of all at Trailfest. Kids can threaten their lives and give their "guardians" heart attacks by playing on a giant rock climbing wall and obstacle course. Every toe will tap to the music that will fill the valley hour after hour as we count down the hours to the afternoon's main attractions.

Miss Debbie at Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Miss Debbie at Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Please Note: We regret to inform you that in spite of all sincere efforts the Talent Show has NOT been canceled this year. However, you will not be forced to endure the "talents" of thru-hikers, townies and assorted wannabees. Please exercise caution. No refunds will be given for this free event, no matter how awful the "acts" might be.

Are you tough enough to flash your flames at the Camp Stove Cook Off? Pffft. Didn't think so. Even if you're too skeered to join in, come watch the Big Kids play with fire at the Weenie Wagon just after 1 PM.

Noobs believe the Parade at 4 PM is the main event. Sure, it's close.

But you have to wait until 5 PM for the real fun to begin. That's when the ducks are set free to float and/or race down that poor abused unidentified woman's river in Hot Springs.

Nothing rocks like the Duck Race at Trailfest! Can you pick a winner? Somebody's going to win. Why not you?

Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Trailfest 2013 in Hot Springs, NC ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Come to think of it, the parade is pretty cool.

The weather is going to be perfect at Trailfest 2014. So will the professional musicians and the artists who will -- out of the kindness of their artsy hearts -- trade their priceless works of art for filthy lucre. Oh, the humanity.

Sunday morning from 8 to 10 AM pancakes will be served at the Still Mountain Pub for a donation of four bucks. That will fuel you up to either hit the Trail or to run around like crazoids at the Community Soccer Game at 10.

Face it. You and I are never going to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, but we can party with our heroes who do ... at Trailfest 2014!

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