Pickens’ Venture Outdoors festival planned Saturday

Pickens — On Saturday, the city of Pickens will host an outdoor festival that will highlight all the Pickens area has to offer residents and visitors alike when it comes to outdoor sports.

The festival will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Town Creek Bike Park behind the Pickens Recreation Department on Sangamo Road with an all-day mountain bike event. With the help of Upstate SORBA, the city will host mountain bike workshops, ride time and timed races for all ages.

Throughout the day at various locations around town, free workshops will be held covering topics from fly-fishing from Southern Appalachian Outdoors and a beekeeping workshop with the 2016 South Carolina Farmer of the Year of Bee Well Honey to hiking, kayaking, backpacking, rock climbing and much more.

As the mountain bike event concludes, be sure to stick around for the 5K Trail Run at the recreation department, which should finish around 6 p.m. All participants are encouraged to make their way to the amphitheater on Main Street for the announcement of the race finishers.

Attendees are also invited to stop off at the Pickens Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. on Court Street.

The 4×4 Cruise-in, where all Jeeps, Broncos, trucks and off-road vehicles are encouraged to attend, will begin around 5 p.m., with part of Main Street closing. Visitors can fill their bellies with dinner from the Meat’n in the Middle food truck, Ray’s Mobile Food Truck parked at the amphitheater, or one of the many establishments downtown as The Hired Help rock all night long at the amphitheater stage from 7-10 p.m.

All funds raised from the Venture Outdoors Day will be split between the Pickens Police Dog Fund and the Pickens Youth Athletic Corporation. The PYAC is a local nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to children who want to participate in recreational sports but whose families might not have the financial means by covering the registration costs and some uniform costs. The Pickens Police Department has started fundraising efforts to procure a human- and drug-tracking dog to better serve the community.

All registration forms for all events held during the Venture Outdoors event can be found at