Memorial Day in Asheville

Get Ready To Go Nuts! We Tried!

cart-3The Annual White Squirrel Festival is held on Saturday and Sunday Memorial Day weekend in downtown Brevard, North Carolina. In 2013 the festival started on Friday evening. I have been volunteering ever since 2008.

I mostly sell t-shirts and tell visitors where to find a white squirrel.  The vendor across from the information booth has a rescued white squirrel on display in a cage, but I encourage folks to roam over to Brevard College.

The squirrels are almost tame there as the students feed them.

In 2009 despite  intermittent rain, the 3rd annual Squirrel Box Derby drew a good crowd. I was the time-keeper for the late afternoon races. There were some new entries along with the familiar carts from previous years. I missed the Sunday races, as I slept in and watched the rain.

cart2When I arrived on Sunday to sell t-shirts, I noticed that the rain had driven away many folks, but the music acts were still performing. I sold lots of t-shirts and enjoyed talking to the folks who were roaming about.

The winning cart was built by Comporium which is the local telephone and cable company. 2009 was their first year to compete. There were also categories for “nuttiest” and “squirreliest”.

Another event is the Brevard Rotary’s Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race. Some of the participants will wear white tails or whiskers. There were over sixteen musical acts over two days and they did not have the music so loud that your ears hurt. The White Squirrel Festival was recently voted “Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina” by the readers of the Asheville Citizen Times.

It is a really nice festival….family-oriented, relaxing, and fun.


Try to put this festival on your schedule.


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