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Mountain Sports Festival: 5 Things To Know

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Mountain Sports Festival: 5 Things To Know

Three Action Packed Days Start May 26

Find adventures mild to wild, from hanging in a hammock to rafting down the river, at the 2017 Mountain Sports Festival. All of the action is set to a super soundtrack of live music.

The Mountain Sports Festival returns to Asheville May 26 to 28 with three days of activity to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports.

“The festival brings in over 15,000 visitors and competitors in Asheville, the center of the East Coast outdoor life,” says the festival’s Tyler Donaldson. “Along with the competition, athletes and spectators alike will find plenty of action at the Festival Village at Carrier Park.”

The Mountain Sports Festival begins at the same time the long weekend starts, 5 pm Friday. Activities continue through 9:30 pm. Saturday starts with Cyclocross and Ultimate Frisbee at the Festival Village, with a full schedule of high-energy competition from 10 am to 9:30 pm including the Mountain Disc Golf Challenge, French Broad Challenge Triathlon, and Stand Up Paddleboard race. Sunday’s hours are noon to 6pm. Dodgeball and beach volleyball will compete throughout the weekend.

Here are five things to know about this year’s Mountain Sports Festival:

hot dog1. There’s Free Admission Enjoy the bands, watch the athletic competitions, and try the outdoor gear without spending a dime. As the festival’s grown, parking has outgrown the number of spaces at Carrier Park. Watch for signs along Amboy Road directing you to free shuttle stops, where you can park and ride to the village. Many visitors bike to the events, as well – it is a festival celebrating outdoor recreation, after all.

2. Bring The Kids The Mountain Sports Festival is family friendly, and features a kids zone with fun activities for the tot lot with activities such as bike decorating. Kids also love chilling in the Eno hammocks, swaying to the music, and having a picnic with mom and dad. Bring some pocket money and enjoy food and drink from festival venues – and craft beer for parents.

3. You Can Procrastinate Most of the events at the Mountain Sports Festival have day-of registration. If you’re not ready to commit to Sand Volleyball, the Beer Mile or other events yet, but wake up Memorial Day weekend ready to rock it, come on down.

4. You Can’t Teach Your Old Dog New Tricks Here Rover may be the best stand-up paddleboarder in Buncombe County – but it’s easier to balance on four legs. Please leave him at home, because there are no pets allowed in the Festival Village.

5. Have Fun In The Sun – And Rain Just like Asheville, the Mountain Sports Festival is still full of action even when spring showers have moved in. We are a hearty lot. A little rain’s not going to put a damper on the fun.

Ken Ulmer

Former TV weatherguy who never got it right, til the day I predicted mostly cloudy skies with a 100% chance of unemployment. I've survived stints as a morning radio host, stay-at-home dad, and lab assistant. All left me with with varying degrees of side-effects, which somehow combined to make me a good fit to be the editor/video producer of the828.com.

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