Mountain Sports Festival set for May 23-25 in Asheville

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 6.15.26 PMHere’s the 4-1-1. Click over to the website to get all the details about dates and times for all the fun stuff going on.

The Mountain Sports Festival is a weekend event that celebrates community, athletics and local business, while showcasing the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville and the surrounding mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels.

Provided by Pisgah, Sierra Nevada, Empire Distributors

fRITZ bEER and the Crooked Beat
Get Right Band

Corey Bullman
Raising Caine
Race to the Stage Band Winner
Headliner – Robert Walter’s 20th Congress

Pamela Jones
Blood Gypsies
Pierce Edens & the Dirty Work
Honey Island Swamp Band

Running Events
Rock 2 Rock 10K
Rise N’ Shine 5K benefiting Girls on the Run
MSF Memorial Weekend Mile Run
Road and Mountain Biking Events
MSF Cyclocros
Wheel Ride for Asheville
Kolo Flow Mountain Bike
Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf Events
Asheville Ultimate Youth Showcase
Mountain Disc Golf Experience
Dodge Ball
MSF Dodgeball
River Events
Stand Up Paddleboard Class
River Clean Up
Register / More info
Mayor’s Cup Raft Race
River Clean Up Race
Family Event
Heartstrings Family Fun Olympics

Here’s another event of note:

12th Annual Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge supporting the Western Carolina Medical Society’s (WCMS’s) Project Access®

What: Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge at Mountain Sports Festival

When: Sunday, May 25 from 1pm to 4pm at Carrier Park

Why: To raise funds to support WCMS’s Project Access® Program, which provides more than 3,000 uninsured, low-income individuals annually with the critical health care they need.

Where: Heartstrings Family Fun Challenge will be part of Asheville’s popular Mountain Sports Festival held over Memorial Day Weekend at Carrier Park.

Even with the Affordable Care Act, nearly 21% of Buncombe County residents remain uninsured. Many are too poor (fall below the Federal Poverty Line of $11,670 for an individual) to qualify for the Affordable Care Act, and without Medicaid expansion in North Carolina these individuals need programs such as WCMS’s Project Access® more than ever before.

WCMS’s Project Access® provides more than 3,000 low-income individuals annually with the health care they need. The groundbreaking program relies on the generosity of a network of almost 500 dedicated Buncombe County physicians along with Mission Hospital, local pharmacies, WCMS Interpreter Network Interpreters and other generous PA volunteers who donate their time, resources and expertise without reimbursement, as well as the financial support of businesses and individuals in the community who ensure that Project Access® continues to operate.

Every year WCMS holds its annual Heartstrings Event to help fund Project Access®. To celebrate its 12th year, Heartstrings is turning up the fun with a Family Fun Challenge on Sunday, May 25 from 1pm to 4 pm at Asheville’s popular Mountain Sports Festival (MSF) at Carrier Park.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Dusty May 22, 2014

    Thanks for the shout-out Jason! Swing by the BRO tent and let’s have a beer!

  2. Smytty May 21, 2014

    This event is always lots of fun. The complete opposite of Belle Chere. Local businesses, local beer, doesn’t clog downtown, fun music, great location, kid-friendly, no screaming preachers…

    If you haven’t checked it out in the past, go by this weekend. Weather looks stupendous.

    1. Tyler Donaldson May 21, 2014

      Thank you for the kind words! We love putting on a good festival that is well liked by the locals and tourists alike!


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