Submitted by: Debbie Barkowski
CALLING ALL SUPERHEROS!
Join Tryon Farm Institute and LaPorte Family Advocates for Superhero Farm Fest, a unique outdoor event with an entire range of family-friendly activities taking place from the evening of Friday, September 30 through mid-day Saturday, October 1. This is the second year for the fest, which benefits the work of LaPorte Family Advocates and Tryon Farm Institute.
“A few years ago through some member connections between our organizations, we began to discuss the opportunities for creating a remarkable Superhero CASA 5K event at our property, to benefit both of our organizations’ missions,” said Scott Kuchta, President of the Tryon Farm Institute (TFI), the non-profit land trust of Tryon Farm that hosts and maintains a majority of the trails.
Tryon Farm’s beautifully-preserved open lands hopes to educate scores of children and adults from the regional community about the importance of everyday nature, and to introduce them to the core concepts of sustainability.
Why the name “Superhero?” According to Kuchta, “The Superhero theme is a nationwide awareness effort by CASA family (court appointed special advocates) and child support organizations across the country. CASA volunteers are superheroes for these children. And they’re always looking to recruit more superheroes.”
Friday night kicks off the event with the first-ever Night Run race on Friday (with glow sticks!), followed by a bonfire supper provided by the Bartlett’s Truckin’ Good Grub food truck. Overnight camping under the stars is available on Friday night for those sticking around for Saturday’s events!
Saturday is full of family-friendly fun:
- 10K race and 5K run/walk race kick off at 9am and 9:30am. Same-day registration for the official 5K and 10K opens at 7:30am. Both the 5K and the 10K are chip-timed events where runners receive race bibs, and if you register by September 16th, you get a FREE race t-shirt.
- Kid’s activities include a Fun Run, followed by race awards, a Superhero Costume Contest, bouncy house, and other children’s activities.
- Food and Drinks – Temple News Agency of LaPorte will be serving up fresh hot coffee as races kick off. For post race and afternoon eats, enjoy food and beer from South Shore Ovenworks, Burn ‘Em Brewing, and the awesome volunteers of the Christ Gospel Church will be dishing out walking tacos, nachos and other lunch dishes.
- Enjoy live music from The Deep Fried Pickle Project (family-friendly jug band) and Gunpowder Treason (country-rock acoustic).
Overnight camping in the hay meadow is available Friday night, and campers will have access to the Tryon Farm Guest House’s world-famous outdoor shower! Race and camping registration is available online here. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Scott Kuchta at president@TFInstitute.org.
Tryon Farm is located at 1500 Tryon Road in Michigan City, just west of Shady Creek Winery on Hwy 212 at Tryon Road, just south of the Al’s Supermarket on Karwick.
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