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Dirty Dancing Festival & Olympiad at Lake Lure

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Dirty Dancing Festival

Lake Lure Olympiad
Lake Lure Olympiad

August 15-16, 2014
Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby's first dance at the "Dirty Dancing Festival" in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.

New for 2014! The 10th annual Lake Lure Olympiad three-day sports festival is happening the same weekend! Read more below.

The Dirty Dancing Festival will feature a FREE Lakeside Screening of Dirty Dancing at Morse Park Meadows on Friday at 8 PM. The Festival on Saturday runs 9 AM-4 PM with live music, lake lift competition, games, dance lessons, beer & wine garden, crafts and much more. Attendees are encouraged to come to scenic Lake Lure to dance, eat, drink, golf, enjoy great live music, attempt their own ‘Lake Lift,’ carry a watermelon or two, and ultimately have the ‘Time of Their Lives!’

Named the “#1 Most-Watched Film by Women” by the BBC News, Dirty Dancing’s impact on pop culture remains timeless.   

Named one of the top 10 most beautiful man-made lakes in the world by National Geographic, Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located about 27 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. Look up to see the famous Chimney Rock.

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Lake Lure Olympiad

Turn your competition into a vacation and enjoy a weekend at the 10th annual Lake Lure Olympiad on August 15-17, 2014.

Anchoring the weekend are the 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon (750 meter swim, 22.3K bike and 5K run) and Race to the Rock (25 mile bike or 5K run to the top of Chimney Rock). Let your kids compete and earn medals, too, in the Jr. Olympiad events for ages 4-14.

Some weekend perks include:

  • Free shoulder bag for all triathletes
  • Free t-shirt for all 10K Dam Run, Lake Lure Triathlon and Race to the Rock athletes
  • Free massages for triathletes after crossing the finish line
  • Ample time to relax and enjoy the beach area at Rumbling Bald Resort (finish line for the 10K and triathlon)
  • Opportunity for the kids to compete like mom and dad and earn medals in the Jr. Olympiad
  • Events that actually take place ON the lake and beach.

Plus, the weekend also includes golf and pickleball tournaments, opening ceremonies (6 PM Friday), free ice cream sundaes and more! Everyone can enjoy the beachfront finish line and barbecue dinner. Lake Lure Triathlon and the Junior Olympiad begin Saturday at 8 AM. Sunday at 7:30 AM is Lake Lure Olympiad’s Race to the Rock.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year, the Lake Lure Olympiad is a nonprofit organization that has given back nearly $250,000 to area charities.

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Dirty Dancing Festival NC
Dirty Dancing Festival

Dirty Dancing Festival NC


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