Hunter’s Heroes: Community Family Carnival Set for Friday, Followed by 5K on Saturday

Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Our community dinner/carnival is a family friendly event with jump houses, dunking booths, carnival games, good food, snacks, corn hole, home made desserts, face painting, outdoor games, music, etc… Come out to dunk some local Watauga County Teachers, Blowing Rock Firemen, and Watauga Medics in the dunking booth!

We will be serving dinner from 5-8pm (take-out and delivery also available). Adult dinner plates include the famous BBQ Chicken plate with slaw, beans, a mystery side, roll, dessert, and drink. We suggest a $10 donation for adult plates. Child dinner plates include a hot dog, mac and cheese, dessert, and drink. We suggest a $4 donation for child plates.



Our annual balloon release will take place at 6:30pm. We will be honoring each year’s recipient and honoree by releasing balloons of each year’s color. Baby pink balloons for Peyton Townsend, Purple balloons for Katie Watson, Hot pink balloons for Jenny McCourry, and Orange for this year’s recipient, Leda Winebarger. Make sure you stay to watch this beautiful moment of the night!

We will be serving lunch and delivering and take-out from 11am-2pm on Friday as well. Please pre-order if you have a large order. Call 828-773-9986 and ask for Emily to order large orders. More info at

If you would like to volunteer please call Emily Greer at 828-773-9986.

Following the carnival, the memorial Hunter’s Heroes 5K or 10 miler race will take place on Saturday in honor of Travis Gryder.

We are proud to have our fourth annual Hunter’s Heroes Race in 2016. On May 20th, 2016 we are having a Community Dinner for the whole family to enjoy. On May 21st, 2016 we are having our annual 5K or 10 Miler in order to raise funds in memory of Travis J. Gryder and funds will be placed in a relief fund to provide financial assistance to firefighters, EMTs, First Responders and Rescue Personel. We will have a Celebration picnic following the race for the whole family.

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“Hunter’s Heroes Team wishes to inspire our community to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the community and also to embrace the loved ones that lost someone too soon,” the Hunter’s Heroes website explains. “Hunter’s Heroes started as a Memorial Run for Deputy William Mast Jr. who died suddenly in the line of duty; his son, Hunter Mast, was born seventeen days later. We honor public safety officers and military personnel of their service to North Carolina and to the United States. Our intention is to remember and celebrate their commitment and to provide financial support to their families in times of need. “

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