‘Venture Outdoors’ fest set to bring the outdoors to downtown Pickens

PICKENS — The city of Pickens will host an outdoor event — Venture Outdoors — on Aug. 27. This is an all-day event which will highlight the many outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Venture Outdoors will feature workshops on fly-fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, bee keeping and kayaking at different locations around town (itinerary in the works).

With the help of Upstate SORBA, the city will host an all-day mountain biking event at Town Creek Bike Park. It will also host a 4×4 Venture Outdoors FlyerOff-Road Cruise-In that will begin with the road closing at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. Visitors can stop by the Pickens Farmers Market on Court Street that day from 4-7 p.m. Ray’s Mobile Foods and Meat’n in the Middle food truck will begin serving dinner on Main Street at 6 p.m. Awards for the mountain bike races and cruise-in participants will be announced at 6:30 p.m., followed by the musical stylings of The Hired Help live on the amphitheater stage.

For more information and to register for workshops, the cruise-in and the mountain bike event, visit

The city of Pickens is seeking community partners and asking all to consider sponsoring the event with a monetary donation or door prizes such as gift certificates or products. Any monetary donation over $100 will land your logo on the event T-shirt, and your business/organization will be highlighted on the city’s social media accounts.

All profits raised will be split between the PYAC (a nonprofit organization that covers recreation fees for children in financial need) and the Pickens Police Dog Fund to assist in the procurement of a trained drug and tracking dog.