Upcoming festivals in Lake Lure

Dragon Boats hit the water June 15
May. 28, 2013 @ 05:51 AM

 LAKE LURE — Festival time is just around the corner in Lake Lure, beginning with the Vandele Farms Pig Pickin' & Bluegrass Music Festival. Following will be the Dragon Boats Festival, Dirty Dancing Festival in August and the Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival in late August.

June 1: Vandele Farms Pig Pickin' & Bluegrass Music Festival — 


Celebrate farm life and culture at this inaugural Pig Pickin' & Bluegrass Music Festival hosted by Vandele Farms in Lake Lure. Attendees can purchase farm-raised goods, take classes on sustainable skills like bee keeping and usefulness of rain barrels, enjoy pit-cooked and pastured pork barbecue, and dance the day away to live, local bluegrass music. Cost for the day’s activities and for the evening bluegrass music is only $5 per person. Admission is free for children under six-years-old, and the barbecue dinner is $8 per plate.

 Purchase tickets online or to see the latest farmer & vendor participation, demonstrations, workshops, musical artists, and other emerging details, go towww.vandelefarms.com/farmfestival.

Owned and operated by Larry & Kathleen Crocker, Vandele Farms has evolved from a horse farm into a pasture based farrow to finish pork operation with the beef production at a family member’s century old family farm in Catawba County. Livestock on both farms is naturally raised on pasture and never confined their entire lives. Supplemental feed sources are free choice, all vegetarian, antibiotic and preservative free, and contain no added growth hormones of any kind.


June 15: Sixth Annual Lure of the Dragons Race —


Move over kayaks because the dragon boats are coming back to town on June 15. TheLure of the Dragons Boat Races and Festivalin Lake Lure challenge the typical mindset of paddling in Western North Carolina. Teams of 11 rowers sit side-by-side on a 30-foot dragon boat - literally adorned with dragon head, tail and scales - and paddle at racing speeds to the cadence of a pounding drummer seated in the rear. 

The inaugural festival in 2007 saw 18 teams, 198 paddlers, over 2000 spectators. To date, the festival has raised more than $25,000 for local children’s charities and attracted teams from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Georgia. The festival that accompanies the dragon boat races offers family fun while showcasing a combination of Asian and Southern culture.

With teams in six different divisions each vying for first place, spectators vigorously cheer on the bounty of boats. Divisions include Masters (50-years-old and older), Youth (Ages 12-18), Premier, Community, Corporate, and Breast Cancer Survivor. Learn more at http://www.lureofthedragons.com.  

August 16-18:  Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure — 

With nearly 15 million “Likes” on Facebook, the cult-classic film “Dirty Dancing” continues to magnetize swooning adorers generation after generation, and Lake Lure takes much pride in being the backdrop for this iconic American dance drama.  Proof of this force of nature is also found at Lake Lure’s annual Dirty Dancing Festival where fans can relive their favorite movie moments with a film screening, live music, dance performances and lessons, games and the crowd-favorite “Lake Lift” competition!  Attracting visitors from 24 states and two foreign countries, the Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure is a dance and music festival for all ages that pays tribute to the classic American movie filmed  in Lake Lure.

Visit http://www.DirtyDancingFestival.com/ for more info.

August 23-25: Ninth Annual Lake Lure Olympiad Sports Festival — 

Considered by athletes as one of the most scenic race weekends on any calendar, the views at the Ninth Annual Lake Lure Olympiad will take your breath away if the climbs don't first, said Michelle Yelton, media specialist.

 Anchored by a “3 Races in 3 Days Challenge,” with the 2013 USMS Dixie Zone 2 Mile Open Water Championship mixed in, the sports festival dares athletes of all levels with its 10K Dam Run on Friday, Lake Lure Triathlon on Saturday, and Race to the Rock on Sunday. Die-hard athletes can do all three for a special reward. Go crazy, and add on the open water swim event for ultimate bragging rights.

But, the Lake Lure Olympiad isn’t just for grownups. Bring the kids along and let them vie for medals in the Jr. Olympiad. Presented by Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure and Rutherford Regional Health System, participants can enjoy family-friendly activities all weekend long. Get your competition and vacation fix all in one trip. Since 2005, the Olympiad has donated $240,000 to area nonprofit organizations. Visit www.lakelureolympiad.com or find the event on Facebook for more info and to register.