For thousands of families and their children in our community the Christmas season doesn’t begin in the pre-dawn hours of “Black Friday” or the early sales on Thanksgiving evening.
For them, Christmas begins with a holiday tradition that has been part of our community for nearly four decades and has brought smiles to tens of thousands of children and their families Christmas morning.
This Saturday, November 3rd a familiar sound will echo through the mountains as the 38th Annual Smoky Mountain Toy Run takes to the road in one of the most anticipated events of the Christmas season that will also provide toys for thousands of children in Buncombe County who may be facing an empty tree this Christmas.
The run begins at 1:00 PM (with gates open at 10:00 AM) at Kearfott on Highway 70 in Swannanoa . This police escorted ride will travel down Highway 70 through the Beaucatcher Tunnel and ending at City-County Plaza in downtown Asheville. Music, raffles, and other events will be included at registration at the start of the run and at City County Plaza.
FROM A COLD START TO A CHRISTMAS TRADITION:
On December 20, 1981, 12 bikes and about 30 people met at the Executive Club on US Hwy 70 in Swannanoa for the Inaugural Smoky Mountain Toy Run. With the temperature reaching 20 degrees as this hardy group of elves packed up and headed out to bring a memorable Christmas to families who may not been able to afford gifts for their children.
The success of the first year energized the founders of the Toy Run and they immediately set out to involve more helpers to insure the growth of the event.that has touched countless lives and has brought hundreds of thousands of smiles to children in our community for nearly three decades. Led by the Asheville Harley owners Group, the hard work, dedication, and great kindness of all involved has seen the Smoky Mountain Toy Run become the largest event of its kind in the state.
Sponsors for this year’s Smoky Mountain Toy Run includes: Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn, Harley-Davidson of Asheville, Budweiser of Asheville, Rinehart Racing, CAR-DR., ACE Well & Pump, Miller’s Cycle, Mountain Cycleworks, Hall’s Towing & Recovery, T.P. Howard’s Plumbing, H&H Distillery, Leicester Pawn and Gun, Hiller Ringeman Insurance Agency, Valley Truck, Two Men and a Truck, Appalachian Tool & Machine, Inc., Leicester Carpet Sales, Inc., Gentle Family Dentistry, Ingles Markets, Clear Channel Radio, Smoky Mountain Harley Owners Group, Kearfott Corporation, Waste Pro, Miles RV, Asheville Police Dept., Buncombe County Sheriff Dept., Buncombe County Schools, WNC Parking Lot Services, The Rendezvous Restaurant, FATZ Cafe, Biker Down , Can-Do Graphics and Signs, Asheville City Schools Able Port-a-John, and theSwannanoa Fire Department.
Want to Join Us ?
When: Saturday, November 3rd
Where: Kearfott in Swannanoa
Time: 1:00 pm (gates open at 10:00 pm)
Cost $15 or a new unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more.
VIP Packages are available ay www.smokymountaintoyrun.com which includes a pre-ride homestyle breakfast and get together at Harley Davidson of Asheville, a Toy Run T-Shirt and pin, and riding at the front of the parade.
Cost for VIP package is $40
For more information on the toy drive or toy run please visit http://www.smokymountaintoyrun.com