The 7th Annual Great Sapphire Outhouse Race

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The wife and I had a free Saturday afternoon this weekend, so we decided to make the most of the projected snowfall by driving our car straight into the storm. We headed up to the Highlands-Cashiers area of North Carolina, which is only a winding, 90-minute mountain drive away. The snowfall was heavy, but patchy, and cleared up completely by around 3:30 in the afternoon.

We heard about a free event just outside of Cashiers called the Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race. The race is a charity event to benefit the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. Local clubs and businesses build outhouses on skis and parade them through the crowd like homecoming floats. Then two of the outhouses race in heats of two in what appeared to be a double-elimination tournament.

I don’t know what was more entertaining; watching the outhouses collide and tip over, or watching the guys at the bottom of the slope try to stop the wobbly missiles. It was fun for everyone involved, and I highly recommend it if you’re in the area next year.

Here’s a quick video of one of the races down the bunny slope of Sapphire Valley ski area.

Browse through the images below to get a better idea of the event.

The 7th Annual Great Sapphire Outhouse Race
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