March Weekend Events: Spring is Here!!! 03/19-21

YEAH!!! Spring is Here!!! Saturday marks our official 1st day of Spring and boy are we ever ready for it! It’s time to get outside and enjoy the milder temperatures, soak in some Vitamin D with the sunshine, and take in the sights and smells. Be on the lookout for flowers like daffodils and tulips beginning to push through the soil, and listen to all of the birds chirping their spring sonnets. To get you and your family thinking about the outdoors, here are some activities sure to bring lots of fun.


Here’s an event to help grow our children’s minds, the annual Watauga County Schools’ Battle of the Books competitions held during the months of March and April. The Middle School Battle of the Books competition will be 1st in the series,held Fri., March 19 th(snow date March 26),  and the 2nd in the series is the Elementary Battle of the Books competition on Fri., April 16 th(snow date April 19).  Both competitions begin at 9 am, and are held at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone. 


Another event to help our kids is an evening of Bingo held at the Mabel School cafeteria on Sat., March 20th, from 5 pm -until. Hosting this event are the Mabel and Bethel middle school students to help raise funds for Spring educational field trips such as the 8th grade end of year trip, Space Camp, etc. $10 buys a Play-All-Night Bingo card and you can purchase more than one and enjoy food and prizes.


Looking for a Job? Tweetsie Railroad hosts its annual Job Fair this Sat., March 20th, from 10 am – 3 pm inside the Palace Saloon at Tweetsie. Many different job opportunities are available for those 16 years of age or older, however some park positions require a minimum age of 18. Traditionally Tweetsie hires more than 200 seasonal employees each year and is contingent on the result of a background check and drug screen. For more info about opportunities visit Tweetsie’s website at or call 828-264-9061, ext. 200, or visit .


Don’t forget to read Sarah’s story on the 4-H Youth Gardening Workshop  held this Sat., March 20th at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone from 10 – 11:30 am. Participants will explore the wonders of plants and gardens and generally for 5- to 12- year-olds . Contact Watauga County 4-H at 828-264-3061 to register or for more information.


Let the Easter Egg Hunt’s begin with the 1st one at Sugar Mountain Resort hosting its 4th annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Slopes Sun., March 21st. The grand prize, a “Golden Egg”, contains a 2010-2011 season Ski Pass and will be scattered among hundreds of plastic eggs spread over the lower portion of the Lower Flying Mile slope. Children 12 yrs. or younger are welcome to participate but must have a valid slope pass and your skis or snowboard. There will be prizes awarded to the top 3 costumes, judged on creativity, and all participants will receive a complimentary ice skating voucher for next season. For more information, call 1-800-sugarmt or visit


Last but not least, make sure to read Amy’s story on the Spring Carnival at ASU’s Duck Pond Field  hosted by Alpha Delta Pi, Sun. March 21st, from 1-4 pm. A Family-Friendly event, organizations will have carnival booths with games for the children to play, also lots of music, food and inflatable bounce objects. The Carnival benefits the Southern Appalachian Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc. and donations are accepted. For more information, contact Rebecca Horn at


***NOTE*** Check out Keri’s 2 Online Website stores featuring Times Past Toys, her Wooden Toy Products at and www.timespasttoys.comcurrently under construction, so please pardon her cyber dust. Come back often to see New items!

Here is a current item being offered: Army Truck with Army Men Kids will have fun playing with our Army Truck that comes complete with a pack of Army Men. G.I.Joe here they come, as kids play Military games of sneaking in on the enemy and rescuing their fellow comrades.  Army Truck comes in a Camouflage colored Fabric and can be customized. Make sure to check out our other Military Vehicles of Helicopter, Airplane, and Semi-Army Truck with Tank and Gun that turns. Measures – 10 1/2″ Length  X  4 1/2″ Width  X  5 1/2″ Height. $14.99.


  1. Ashely Scruggs says

    My nephew, Steve Virginia, will be playing at the Harvest House Saturday night 7:00pm. This is a family friendly event and will be lots of fun! He plays a mix of country/rock. Harvest House is located next door to Boone Bowling Alley. I’m planning on taking my kids, hope to see you there!