by Mary Jane McCall
One of the Southeast’s wackiest and most creative events happens right here in Sapphire Valley every February when fun lovers kick into creative overdrive and participate in the annual Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race, held this year on Saturday, February 15.
Festivities begin at 11:00 A.M. and culminate with the race at 3:00 P.M. North Carolina Barbecue will be served starting at 11:00 A.M. and the afternoon fun will continue with live music and a parade of entries.
Choose your favorite team from among the colorful entries such as “Who Cut the Cheese,” Redneck Wishing Well,” and “Party Poopers,” and find a slope side spot to cheer them on.
This event draws spectators from across the Southeast to join in an afternoon of wacky fun for the whole family and has become so popular as to be listed as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast for February by The Southeast Tourism Society.
What is an outhouse race you ask? Well, imagine watching someone dressed in a crazy outfit, climbing into a decorated outhouse built on skis, sitting on a toilet seat, and flying down the slopes—all while attempting to stay upright without crashing into the banks. That’s a taste of Sapphire Valley’s annual Outhouse Races, an event enjoyed every Presidents’ Day Weekend by hundreds of cheering spectators.
Want to get in on the fun and enter your own creative entry? The entry rules are simple: you must register in advance and your outhouse must be five feet tall, be equipped with a toilet seat and toilet paper or alternative wiping source, and be built on skis of course. Beyond those requirements, outhouses are encouraged to be creatively decorated, and the more outlandish the participant’s costume, the better.
Free to watch, the Outhouse Races are a spirited event full of creativity and humor. It’s an afternoon of fun you won’t want to miss.
Details are available at skisapphirevalley.com. All proceeds from the event benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau.