Business sponsors contribute to Tryon April Fool’s Festival

Published 10:43 am Monday, March 26, 2012

Ties line the streets of downtown Tryon in anticipation of the April Fool’s Day Festival. (photo by Barbara Tilly)

When the Tryon April Fool’s Festival kicks off on Friday, March 30, it will be because of sponsorship of the first-ever Fool’s Jam by Costco, a national retailer operating in Spartanburg, and Main Street Financial, with offices in Tryon and Forest City.
The Jam starts at 7 p.m. at Sunnydale, with The Trophy Husbands playing the first set, before regional musicians join up to form their own groups.
On Saturday, March 31, Tryon IGA presents a new race, the TP Trot, which involves grocery carts charging toward the finish line while team members lob projectile rolls of toilet paper into the carts.
Stott’s Ford takes the lead this year in sponsoring the Outhouse Races, the key event of the festival since its inception in 2006. Stott’s will also provide a parade and showing of classic Mustangs for the enjoyment of festival-goers.
On Saturday at 4 p.m., Tryon House Apparel and Thompson Landscape Professionals present the Trashion Show, a runway show of apparel and accessories made exclusively from recycled materials.
The crowning event of the 2012 April Fool’s Festival, the Masquerade Fool’s Ball, is sponsored by Owens Pharmacy and Vines & Stuff, both of Tryon, and will feature music by the Carburetors at 7 p.m. at historic Sunnydale.
Festival organizers say without the support of businesses and the many volunteers, the festival would not be able to grow and attract more people to Tryon for the festival weekend.
The festival is organized each year by the Tryon Downtown Development Association, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Tryon.
– article submitted by Linda Byington