When Saturday, August 4 & Sunday, August 5, 2018 (Rain or Shine)
Where North Carolina’s Mountain Communities, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Points Between Designated Host Communities
Franklin, Highlands/Cashiers, Sylva, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Brevard, Asheville, Spruce Pine, Blowing Rock, West Jefferson, Sparta and Mt. Airy
In April 2012, at the request of wounded warriors and DVets, Operation North State began hosting Top Shelf Fishin’ Festivals “Recreational Outings” throughout North Carolina. Four years later, the Fishin’ Festivals Schedule has expanded to eight Festivals treating 800 wounded warriors, DVets and their respective caregivers to a great day of fishing and fellowship. The Fishin’ Festivals Schedule is unmatched anywhere else in the country. Additionally, there are numerous one-on-one fishing opportunities for the wounded warriors and DVets and during the summer months, ONS hosts baseball game outings at the Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls home games.
The wounded warriors and DVets continue to call on Operation North State to do more; ONS is honored to do so. A few wounded warriors and DVets that fish in ONS’ Top Shelf Fishin’ Festivals approached ONS’ Founder, Terry Snyder back in 2015 and asked him to consider hosting a veterans outing on a “grand-scale”, host the event sometime other than November when all the typical Veterans Day happening take place and invite everyone to participate. Mr. Snyder has spent the past year and a half research locations, interviewing potential sponsors and hundreds of veterans. He received 100% validation and encouragement that the Veterans Pride Ride is needed and will receive support from all walks-of-life from around the state, southeastern US and even nationally.
One and ALL - Come Bike, Hike, Walk or Ride. The Veterans Pride Ride welcomes veterans to come spend the day and/or weekend with fellow veterans in North Carolina’s Mountains. Bike, Hike, Walk or Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway and NC’s picturesque mountain roads, trails and towns. Also, visit the Meet & Greet Facilities; one will be located in each of the Host Communities. And, the Veterans Pride Ride encourages the general public to take part as well. Everyone (individuals, businesses, organizations, other support services organizations, automobile and motorcycle clubs, cycling clubs, etc.) please join us. Our veterans are requesting the general public to participation!
The Veterans Pride Ride is open to everyone - Come Bike, Hike, Walk or Ride. There is no designated route but we strongly encourage participants to spend some portion of the day on the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. There are numerous mountain communities serving as hosts and each will have a designated “Meet & Greet Facility”. Each facility will feature restrooms, seating areas, snacks and more. Participants will choose their own route of travel and visit one or as many of the Meet & Greet Facilities as the can. ONS encourages veterans to wear clothing representing the branch of service in which they served; and, display the American and POW/MIA Flags too. As for the general public, ONS requests that you display red, white & blue, the American and POW/MIA Flags and messages of appreciation toward our veterans.