City of Copperhill Tennessee – Polk County TN

2012 Light up the Basin

Merry ChristmasHelp start the Christmas season by coming out to celebrate the 2012 Light up the Basin in Copperhill, Tennessee and McCaysville, Georgia on November 23, 2012. These local communities come together and celebrate their tree lightings. The celebration begins at 6 PM at the United Community Bank in McCaysville, Georgia where the Mayor of McCaysville helps to light the official McCaysville Christmas Tree. Christmas carolers then proceed by candlelight to the BB & T Bank in Copperhill, Tennessee for another tree lighting ceremony. Then it’s on the Miners Park where the Mayor of Copperhill helps to light their Yule Tree. The crowd then proceeds down Grand Avenue for the lighting of the wreath on the Old Steel Bridge. The evening is sure to be a very festive one.

The evening is also the opening for the Copper Basin Christmas Village. There will be festivities in the Village every Friday and Saturday from November 23 through December 31, 2012. Get a picture with Santa at Christmas is Here, listen to the carolers as you tour the village of Christmas themed buildings and do some Christmas shopping at the many shops that will be open late these evenings. Festivities begin at 5:30 PM each evening.

2012 Black Bear Rampage

The 2012 Black Bear Rampage is a bicycle challenge for cyclists of all skill levels. It starts at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Ducktown, Tennessee and ends at the overflow parking lot just east of the Whitewater Center. Race day is September 9, 2012 and events start at 7 AM.

The following is a list of race categories:

Pro: fast riders; normally sponsored, but not always.
Expert: Still fast; often sponsored.
Sport: Still fast; just not that fast.
Single Speed: Typically looked upon as insane by racers with gears; silently regarded with awe.
Clydesdale: Big, fast racers.  This category is NOT for beginners! 200lb. and above
Burley Bear: For racers that eat real food. 240lb and above.
Beginner: For new racers.  If you know you are fast, but have not raced before, you may want to bump to Sport.
Muni-Unicycle (40 mile): One wheel; having severe desire for pain.
Muni-unicycle (20 mile): One wheel; having severe desire for fun.
Beginner 20: New to racing; LOTS of fun

There will be a 40 mile course, 20 mile course, and a course for Silver Backs (a course for those ages 50+).

Cost is $100 per participant for Gold registration with jersey. $75 per participant for Silver registration with tech-t. For more information on this race, call 423-472-9881.

Check in will be at Scott’s Bicycle Centre at 2544 Georgetown Rd. NW, Cleveland, TN.

Copper Basin River Fest

Join in a day of fun at the 2012 Copper Basin River Fest on August 18, 2012. It will be a day of all different kinds of racing beginning with an Adult Bike Race starting at 7 AM at Horseshoe Bend Park. This race will go from park to park, state to state, ending at the Copperhill baseball park. There is a $10 entry fee and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes.

The next race is a Kid’s Bike Race for kids ages 6 – 12. It will begin at 8:30 AM and the whole race will commence at Horseshoe Bend Park. There is a $5 entry fee and prizes will be awarded for all entrants.

A Business Kayak Race will start at 10 AM. This is a competitive race for businesses starting at Horseshoe Bend Park and ending at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking. The entry fee for this race is $50 and the winner will receive a trophy to proudly display at their business until next year when it will be up for grabs and, of course, bragging rights! 2nd and 3rd place prizes will also be awarded.

A Tube Race will also start at 10 AM. This race begins at McCaysville City Park and ends at Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking. There is a $20 entry fee and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Stop in to one of the local merchants to purchase a rubber duck to enter in the Rubber Duck Race. This race will begin at 12:30 PM. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be awarded.

For more information, contact the Tri Cities Business Association, an organization covering Copperhill, McCaysville, Ducktown, and surrounding areas.


Smokey Bear 2012 Birthday Bash

It’s Smokey Bear’s 68th birthday and Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Tennessee is having a birthday celebration for him. There will be lots of fun games, fire fighting exhibits, and prize drawings. Smokey Bear will be there so bring your camera to get a picture of him.

The party begins at 10 AM on Saturday, August 4, 2012 and will be over at 2 PM. There is a $3 per car recreation user fee. Come on out and join in the celebration!

The Ocoee Whitewater Center is located 2.5 miles west of Ducktown, Tennessee on Highway 64. For more information, call 1-888-723-8622.

4th of July 2012

4th of July 2012To start the Independence Day celebrations, on June 30, 2012 there will be some festivities in nearby Ducktown, Tennessee with the Ducktown Miners’ Homecoming Celebration. These festivities begin at 7 AM with the 10th Annual Hoist House Pancake Breakfast. At 10 AM, watch the Patriotic Walking Parade on Main Street, 10:15 AM will be an Open House at Glenn Springs, 11 AM to 2 PM is the Easter Star Soup Bean Dinner at the Ducktown Masonic Lodge, and also starting at 11 AM and lasting throughout the day is fun and games and the Kid’s Alley. From 2 PM to 3 PM enter a duck in the 2nd annual Great American Rubber Duck Race. Classic cars will join in the celebrations with a cruise-in from 4 PM to 7 PM and music and fireworks will finish up the day.

Continuing in the Copper Basin tradition for the 4th of July, fireworks can be seen atop “Tater Hill” on July 3, 2012 starting approximately 1/2 hour after sunset. Stores and restaurants will be open late and there will be plenty of live entertainment in several locations in downtown Copperhill, Tennessee.


Pickin’ in the Park

There’s Pickin’ in Horseshoe Bend Park in McCaysville, Georgia every Thursday from 6 PM until dusk. Bring the family out for an evening of musical entertainment. There are lots of picnic tables available so bring yourselves a picnic basket and enjoy a meal while listening to some live music on the banks of the Toccoa River. You can also bring your lawn chairs and blankets and sit out on the grass. Free entertainment for the whole family.

Directions to Ron Henry Horseshoe Bend Park are: Highway 5 (Blue Ridge Highway) north until it ends, right on Highway 60, then right on River Road, follow to the park entrance on your right.

For more information call Fannin County Parks and Recreation at 706-632-7696.

Cohutta 100 and Big Frog 65 Bike Race

Mountain Bike RaceThe N.U.E. Cohutta 100 Mountain Bike Race will take place on April 28, 2012 beginning at 7 AM starting at the Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Tennessee. This will be a new, revamped course for 2012. Along with the previous years’ single track sections of the Tanasi trail system and the beautiful Cohutta Wilderness fire roads will be the Pinhotti #2 single track section on the southern end. This new course offers a challenge of an additional 2000 feet of elevation gain from previous years.

The Big Frog 65 Mountain Bike Race will begin at 7:30 AM on April 28, 2012. Small changes have been made to this course from previous years.

MANDATORY Check in will be on Friday, April 27, 2012 from 10 AM to 10 PM.

For more information on this exciting day of racing, call Trailhead Outdoors at 423-715-4934.

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