Despite what Mother Nature and the latest round of chilly weather may suggest, spring isn’t too far off. And with the spring and warmer weather comes Moore County’s annual tourist season.
The Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce recently released its calendar events for the 2014 season. Beginning in early April and running through December, highlights once again include the annual Spring in the Hollow, Frontier Days, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue and Christmas in Lynchburg.
While those are the biggies, there’s plenty to do in between, with at least one event on tap each month with the exception of May and September.
Things get started in early April with the 6th annual running of the Oak Barrel Half Marathon. The event has continued to grow since its inception and will see another expansion in 2014. The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 5.
On Saturday, April 26, the Historic Lynchburg Square will be closed off as the Chamber hosts Spring in the Hollow. Vendors of all types, most with an emphasis on plants, flowers, gardening and arts & crafts, will circle the square. Last year’s event was a bit soggy and organizers are hoping for better cooperation from Mother Nature this time around.
“We sure hope that the weather isn’t like it was last year,” said Spring in the Hollow event coordinator Candy Richards. “We hope to have more interesting and varied crafters this year and we think we will have a lot of fun with the Ugly Truck Contest, which is new this year.”
For back-to-back weekends in June, Wiseman Park will come to life with first the rumble and roar of the MotoCross Rally and Races and then the sights and sounds of the 52nd annual Frontier Days.
The motocross events brings two-wheeled enthusiasts to Lynchburg for the Grass Track Nationals, one of the weekend’s most popular events. This year’s races, which are joined by a trade show-type atmosphere in the park, are scheduled for June 21.
Frontier Days, one of Lynchburg’s longest running annual events, is set for June 26-28. It includes a carnival, a parade, craft and food vendors and is punctuated with a two-day rodeo.
In August there will be a Spotted Horse Show (Saturday, Aug. 9), while there will be a break in September as the town prepares for a busy October.
The Jack & Back MS Ride is scheduled for Oct. 4, along with the annual Cruisin’ the Hollow car show, which brings hot rods, low riders, rat rods and sweet rides of all types to Lynchburg.
Jimmy’s Ride, the motorcycle ride/fundraiser from Wiseman Park to Sewanee and back is scheduled for Oct. 11. The annual event is held in memory of the late Jimmy Bedford, the sixth Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
The 26th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue is on tap Saturday, Oct. 25. Award-winning competition barbecue cooking teams, both domestic and international, will descend upon Lynchburg by mid-week, turning our tiny town into a thriving rural city for three straight days.
As the leaves change colors and temperatures begin to cool again, Lynchburg will once again hosts its Holiday Kickoff. The Nov. 15 event gives shoppers and local retailers alike a chance to get a jump on Christmas shopping and deliver a first punch nearly two weeks before the much-ballyhooed Black Friday.
The Chamber will wrap up its 2014 calendar with Christmas in Lynchburg on Dec. 6 and then host its annual Christmas Chamber breakfast on Dec. 18.
Christmas in Lynchburg is highlighted by a parade, a number of contests, and of course the lighting of the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree, while the annual Chamber Christmas breakfast gives chamber members a chance to get together to review the year, say thanks and celebrate the holidays together.
For more information on the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, its events, or to join, call (931) 759-4111 or go online to <www.lynchburgtn.com>.