Foolish festivities celebrate eighth year in Tryon

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Festival funds help enhancement of Tryon

On Saturday, April 6, the Tryon April Fool’s Festival will celebrate its eighth year of foolish fun in downtown Tryon with a day of music, food, fun, games and general folderol, beginning at 10 a.m. with the opening of the Polk Farmers’ Market season and a Zumbathon on Palmer Street.

The Zumbathon, sponsored by Curves of Landrum-Sonya Culbreth, owner, will have an admission charge of $10 or 5 canned food items which will benefit Thermal Belt Outreach.

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At noon-ish, the Fool’s Parade will begin at the corner of Trade and Oak Streets, the site of “Morris,” Tryon’s not-to-be-missed giant hobbyhorse mascot, and proceed along Trade Street, turning right onto Palmer Street. Morris was the 1928 creation of the Tryon Toymakers, the most recent version of which was completed in 2012.

Parade participants will include local and regional groups, organizations and other foolish folks in colorful attire just out to have a foolish good time, as well as entries in the Classic Car Show sponsored by Stott’s Ford. A parade entry form can be found on the festival Facebook page or TDDA’s website. For more information, contact Kathleen Carson at 828-859-5063. The deadline for entries is April 1.

Following the parade, the annual Tryon Trashion Show, a runway fashion show of apparel and accessories made exclusively of recycled materials, will have entrants competing in categories such as Kids-12-and-under, adults and pets.

Donations of recyclable items that may be used for making outfits may be dropped off at Tryon Daily Bulletin, Thompson’s Garden Gallery and Outdoor Living or Tryon House during regular business hours.

A creative workshop for the Show will be held on Sunday, March 24, at Thompson’s from 2-6 p.m. For more information about the Trashion Show and workshop, contact Mary at Tryon House Apparel at 828-859-9962. The Trashion Show is sponsored by Tryon House Apparel and by Thompson Landscape Professionals, the Palmer Street location of the Trashion Show.