If it's March, it must be time to plan the many outdoor events in festival-rich Hendersonville.
The city's Special Events Committee has endorsed five events for downtown and Berkeley Park and submitted them to the City Council for approval tonight.
The new Thursday night Rhythm & Brews concerts are scheduled for the city-owned Azalea parking lot on King Street between Third and Fourth avenues. "This will be a family friendly concert series targeted to draw an expanded demographic downtown," the committee said. The dates are May 16, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. The event includes the sale of beer and wine and promotion of the area's new breweries and wineries. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Ecusta Trail.
The Main Street Mile Grand Prix Series foot races will kick off the Rhythm & Brews off the concert series. The Main Street Mile will be "family friendly entry- to expert-level race" from Fourth Avenue to Main to Sixth Avenue, turning around to go down to Barnwell then back to the finish line at Fourth Avenue. Police will be ahead of the lead runner and volunteers will cover intersections. Main Street will remain open to traffic.
Other events the council was asked to approve were:
• The Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle Show, Saturday, April 27, at Southern Appalachian Brewery on Locust Street. Organizers expect 200 vintage motorcycles at the event, which held in conjunction with a vintage car show in front of the depot sponsored by Historic Seventh Avenue.
• The 11th annual Bearfootin' Public Art Reveal, Friday, May 10. The event, which unveils the Main Street bears for the season, will be held at First Citizens plaza at Sixth and Main.
• The second annual Mad Mountain Mud Run, May 31 and June 1. The fundraisers for Hands On includes a family mud run Friday night and the mud run Saturday with music and beer. Organizers said they expect to draw 6,000 people this year. Police reported no problems related to beer consumption at last year's inaugural Mud Run, the Special Events Committee said.
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