Take a trip back in time with the all-new county fair at Carowinds

Carowinds County FairTrue Carolinians will agree, the feel of an old county fair is like no other. Now guests can enter into an atmosphere of timeless fun for all ages as Carowinds opens an all-new County Fair themed area in spring 2017.

More than three-acres of family fun await in County Fair, featuring four retro classic rides: the twists and turns of Do-Si-Do glides guests up, down and around on three giant arms; the floorless gondolas on Electro-Spin flip guests upside down up to 63 feet above the ground; Rock ‘N’ Roller’s circular motion paired with music tunes and spectacular lighting is a crowd pleaser; and grab the family for some high flying action on the Zephyr swing ride.

The hardest part of the day might be deciding which regional treat to eat! No fair would be complete without recognizable smells and tastes from some “blue ribbon” favorites including: fried corn, hot dogs, cotton candy and fresh cut fries – yummy! Let’s not forget the ever-popular funnel cake. Guests can indulge the deep-fried pastry the old-fashioned way, or chow down on our bite-sized funnel cake fritters.

The County Fair section of the park will feature a wide range of activities that exceed everyone’s imaginations. Family members of all ages can enjoy the comforting feel of the old fair imagery.

“We combined some long-time guests’ favorites, four classic fair rides, traditional fair food and music, to bring a one-of-a-kind experience families will want to enjoy over and over again”, says vice president and general manager, Pat Jones. “Parents can go back in time and re-live their childhood with their kids and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

It’s not too late to purchase a 2017 season pass or renew a current one at the lowest price of the year at carowinds.com. Season passholders will get to experience the all-new County Fair before anyone else during Carowinds exclusive Season Passholder Preview night Friday, March 24 from 6-10 p.m. The park opened to the public on Saturday, March 25.

Carowinds celebrates Fall with The Great Pumpkin Fest

As cooler temperatures creep in, an incredible line-up of frightfully festivities are brewing at the place where the Carolinas come together. Guests of all ages can have a chilling Halloween experience at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest.

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During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed into the ultimate kids’ party at the Great Pumpkin Fest. On Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, bring out the little ghouls and goblins for some “fang-tastic” Halloween fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Checkk out a few of these Great Pumpkin Fest activities:

– NEW! The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: It wouldn’t be a spooky celebration without Charlie Brown and his friends showing off their favorite costumes. Watch as they sing along to some kooky tunes!

– NEW! Halloween Hullabaloo: We’re digging up some frightful favorites in our family-oriented musical revue of Halloween Hits!

– Peter the Talking Pumpkin: Ever heard of a talking pumpkin? Your little ones can chat with Peter, the prize winning pumpkin, throughout the day.

Children can also dress up in their favorite costumes and take part in our daily Kids Costume Parade, go trick-or-treating, visit with their favorite barnyard animals and more! We’ll also celebrate 50 years of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with screenings of the 1966 animated television special based on the PEANUTS(TM) comic strip, along with the reading of the classic book in PEANUTS(TM) Showplace.

Biggest July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Planned at Tweetsie Railroad

4th_of_July_Celebration_at_TweetsieThe most spectacular fireworks show in the High Country will be even better this summer when Tweetsie Railroad celebrates America’s Independence Day and the anniversary of the park’s opening day. On Monday, July 4, 2016, North Carolina’s first theme park will stay open late to put on one of the High Country¹s most popular events, Tweetsie Railroad’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. The park will stay open until 9:00 p.m., and at 9:30 p.m. over 200 large caliber pyrotechnic mortar shells will light up the sky for all to enjoy. This year, even larger aerial pyrotechnics will be added to the show to make this the biggest-ever July 4th event at the theme park.

For those that want a VIP experience for the show, Tweetsie Railroad offers a premium viewing area that includes an optional dinner. A special chicken and barbeque buffet will be served in the Hacienda. VIP wristbands are available at the ticket office for $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 3 to 12; kids 2 two and under are free.

There’s no better way to prepare the celebration than enjoying all the rides, live shows, and other attractions in the park. Spend the day at Tweetsie Railroad and take a ride on a train pulled by the legendary steam locomotives at Tweetsie Railroad. The unforgettable three-mile Wild West adventure through the Blue Ridge Mountains is fun for the whole family. Visitors can visit the friendly animals at the Deer Park Zoo, see live performances and visit Miner’s Mountain to pan for gold or mine for gems.

Tweetsie Railroad opened to the public on July 4, 1957, with a one-mile train trip to a picnic area. Since then, the ride has evolved into an entire theme park, expanding the train trip to three miles and adding Wild West-themed attractions and activities. The theme park hosts special events throughout the year to the delight of rail fans, children and visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Parking is available during the Independence Day celebration for $10 per vehicle, with no charge for Golden Rail Season Pass holders. In the event of severe weather, the fireworks show will be rescheduled for July 5th. 

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2016 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE(877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie Railroad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tweetsie and Twitter and Instagram.

Perfect Summer Cardigan {Jarrett Bay Clothing Co)

Living in the mountains in the summer can bring forth temperatures in the 80s during the day and 40s during the night. You just never know what type of weather will be in the evenings, so I always keep a light jacket and/or cardigan with me if I know we are going to be out and about.

Jarrett Bay Clothing Company recently reached out to me to offer to review their women’s cardigan. I jumped at the chance as I knew this would be perfect for the summer evenings. Also, I get cold very easy so it would be great for my very cold office at work.

Jarrett Bay Cardigan

This cardigan is so soft and lightweight.  The wood buttons on the front of the cardigan bring out a unique fashion twist that helps you either wear it as a casual cardigan or you can dress it up for an evening out on the town.

This past Friday night, we went out to play a round of putt-putt. I paired it with my black skinny jeans and added a gold necklace. It was perfect for the night.

Jarretts Bay Clothing

The length is long-style in which in my opinion helps pair well with skinny jeans or a maxi skirt. Right now, you can purchase the cardigan for 50% off on Jarrett Bay’s website. Sangria, charcoal, and navy are your three color choices.

This is a NC-owned business and they have apparel for everyone in your family. If you are looking for a boat, no worries as they have boat options as well.

Bring it on cool summer nights. My cardigan and I will be best friends forever this summer!

Disclosure: I received a cardigan from Jarrett Bay Clothing Co in exchange for my honest review.

5 Things You Should Know About Aerial Adventure Parks

We experienced a taste of Spring this past weekend. The entire family enjoyed being outdoors.

With spring around the corner, I wanted to share a great outdoor activity that needs to be checked off your adventure bucket list. High Gravity Adventures, an exciting high ropes playground located in Blowing Rock, N.C., allows guests to climb, balance and swing from heights as high as 50 feet or as low as 15 feet. Visitors are often surprised to learn certain facts about High Gravity Adventures, so we’ve have a list of five things most people don’t know about aerial adventure parks. This ropes course will be opening back up for the season on March 18!

High Gravity Adventures

1.       A Course for Kids – The whole family can experience aerial adventure together. Kids four-years-old and up are welcome to enter the aerial world on High Gravity Adventure’s Kids’ Course. With a responsible adult present, kids will have their very own elements to discover and explore. They can explore the Kids’ Course solo or have a guardian accompany them for a joint experience.

2.       Choose Your Challenge – High Gravity Adventures includes 75+ different aerial challenges that range from 15 to 50 feet in the air. There are many elements to choose from, such as walking over aerial bridges, crossing tight-rope walks, swinging through floating foot loops and traversing giant spiders’ webs.

3.        No Experience Needed – No experience is required when exploring the vertical world. With challenges of varying difficulty levels offered, there is something to please hardcore adventure seekers as well as people who prefer to keep theiradventure closer to the ground. The aerial challenges are diverse and match up to a variety of skill levels.

4.       You Are the Decision Maker – Unlike zip lines or canopy tours, you get to the make the decision of what route you want to take and the height with which you are comfortable. Whether you want to stay at 15 feet or climb all the way up, the decision is entirely up to you at High Gravity Adventures. There are a variety of ways to make your way through the course, and guests have the freedom to take as many breaks as they want.

5.       Safety is Priority – High Gravity Adventures utilizes state-of-the-art safety systems and the latest technology. The owners and staff of the course pride themselves on adhering to industry leading standards for construction, inspection, equipment and staff training. Before entering the course, each guest will be required to attend a mandatory orientation—“Ground School”—where they’ll be educated on helmet and harness fitting, how to use personal safety tethers, course procedures, and how to enter and exit the course.

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