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Family Day at Grandfather State Park

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Sep. 12, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 16, 2013
Family Day at Grandfather State Park

From left, Stella Christenbery and Maddie Brown take in the warm sunshine while playing on the monkey bars at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Center, which is the site of this year’s Family Day Celebration for Grandfather Mountain State Park.

Photo by Jesse Campbell

Grandfather Mountain continues to foster an environment for good, clean fun, with the third annual Family Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Foscoe Grandfather Community Center on N.C. 105 South.

“This is a great opportunity to get to know the state park and to see how the state park is relevant in the community,” said Grandfather Mountain State Park superintendent Sue McBean. “It’s going to be fun. There will be activities that both kids and adults will enjoy. Last year, people came and stayed the whole day because there were so many interesting things to do.”

The list of activities includes a cooking demonstration, a biodiversity cube, stream exploration, a humorous skit, a meet-and-greet with park rangers, fly fishing and other hands on activities.
McBean said the day of fun gives outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to come enjoy other park amenities, in addition to the mountain’s extensive trail system.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Belles, a bluegrass gospel band, and the Junaluska Wildcats will provide music. “They are really young musicians who have participated in the local music scene growing up,” McBean said.

Park officials will also unveil a new Junior Ranger patch, which was designed by an Avery County High School student. Two other finalists will also be honored, McBean said. “This is the kind of event that can bring everyone together,” she said.

Children ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to come and participate in, at least, five of the activities to earn their Junior Ranger patch, McBean said.

The Foscoe Grandfather Community Center is located at 233 Park Road in Banner Elk. For more information on the Family Day Celebration, call (828) 963-9522.

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