April Fools Fest

Tryon’s 9th annual April Fool’s Festival returns this year on April 5, 2014 when

the usually quiet and quaint streets of downtown Tryon will become a hospitable playground of shenanigans and tom foolery. This annual event is marked by the signature art installation of hundreds of neck ties hung thru downtown Tryon. The festivities begin at 11am and wrap up at 3pm on Trade Street with games and activities throughout the day for children young and old.

At high “noon’ish” the Fool’s Parade will make its way down Trade Street beginning at our town mascot Morris the Horse and ending at Palmer Street.  Following the conclusion of the parade is the infamous Out House Race which puts Tryon on the map when it comes to Crazy! There are two categories of racing, adult and 16 and under.  Outhouses must be pushed or pulled, must have 4 walls and a roof, 4 wheels touching the ground and all Out Houses must be People Powered-no motors! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st place winners along with a prize for the “Best Looking” Outhouse.

Inaugural this year, the Fools That Be have put together the Mad Hatter’s Up-Cycled Hat contest.  Contestants are asked to craft a unique hat made/repurposed from recycled materials, bring it to Fool’s Fest and model it before our panel of hair brained judges.

Jose’s Wood-Fired Pizza will be providing street side food and La Bouteille will be providing the adults with local beer and wine.


This is a day of fun to be enjoyed by the whole family, come “Tie One on in Tryon”!


Highlights of this years festival will include:

Kick off for Polk County, NC Farmers Market – Coco-Nutty Bowling – Twister- crafts and chalk art – scavenger hunt which will include visiting local merchants and finding Morris the Horse at each location


If you would like to participate in the Parade or Out House Race please visit us on Facebook for all the Foolish details! https://www.facebook.com/TryonFoolsFest

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