Stott’s Ford to sponsor Outhouse Race and Mustang Show at April Fool’s Festival

Published 4:00 pm Friday, March 2, 2012

Outhouse Race participant Dennis Nagle shows off the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival’s outhouse last year before the race. TDDA members encourage community organizations, school groups, church groups and gangs of friends to build their own outhouses and participate in this wacky event. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Festival March 30-31 in downtown, Tryon
Tryon’s April Fool’s Festival is right around the corner and that means community members need to be busy building outhouses for the annual Outhouse Races.
This year Stott’s Ford in Tryon has stepped up as sponsor of the races, which will be held after the day’s other events. The festival includes a parade around noon and other new events scheduled this year.
Fred Clas with Stott’s Ford said they wanted to get involved with the event because it seemed like a fun way to support the community.
“We just wanted to attract more folks downtown and remind them just what we have available down here,” Clas said. “We’re interested in encouraging folks to come to Tryon, plus we thought it would be a lot of fun.”
The Outhouse Race, one of the highlights of the event, is a wacky event in which contestants pull or push homemade outhouses uphill one block. The finish line of the event will be at the clock tower on North Trade Street.
Outhouse race contestants must design and build an outhouse on wheels that is raced by a team without benefit of a motor. One member of the team sits inside the outhouse. There are three categories for contestants:  are grown-ups, kids under 12 and anything goes. Winners in each category receive cash prizes.