One of the most anticipated events on the Cashiers/Sapphire Valley festival schedule is the Cashiers Outhouse Race. The popularity of the race over the past few years has made it the focal point of the winter event calendar. Now celebrating its 13th year, The Outhouse Races have been named a ‘Top 20’ event in the Southeast for February by Southeast Tourism Society. Taking place on the last day of the ski season (February 16, 2019) at the Sapphire Valley Resort, this family friendly event offers people a chance to socialize and celebrate the coming of spring. Live music provided by local musicians and food by Danny’s BBQ guarantee a fun time regardless of age. Taking advantage of the winter snow and the Sapphire Valley Ski Area, teams build outhouses on skis complete with toilet seat and toilet paper. Like soap box derbies, the goal is to be the first one down the hill without crashing or going out of bounds. The race course is a two-lane track on packed snow (or on ice), with two teams racing head to head over 120 feet, the first 30 feet being propelled by the pushers and the last 90 feet under its own gravitational power.
Businesses, local residents, and college fraternities/sororities throughout western North Carolina compete for bragging rights each year. However, there is much more to this event than bragging rights. Funds that are raised sponsor ski scholarships for children that don’t have the opportunity to attend after-school ski programs as well as the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry.
The 2019 Outhouse Races will be on February 16, 2019. The afternoon starts at 11am with a parade to view all the outhouses, followed by the race at 3:00 P.M. Details are available at Here!
Want the chance to show off your skills? Entering the race is simple. Teams must register prior to the race, racers must be at least 5 feet tall, outhouses must be equipped with a toilet seat with at least one (1) hole, and a roll of toilet paper, or alternative wiping source.