USTRC Upcoming Event: North Carolina Classic

Nestled in the foothills of the Brushy Mountain Range lies the small but elite community of Taylorsville, North Carolina.  A little over one thousand residents live within its corporate limits.  Within this cooperate limit lies a quaint little treasure that makes the area special and important. 

First of all, Taylorsville, North Carolina will roll out their red carpet and welcome the team ropers of the USTRC to the North Carolina Classic to be held the weekend of April 18th and 19th.  The little community will almost double in size once the ropers move in for the JX2 Production.  One of things ropers will notice is the friendliness and congeniality of the 
community.  Taylorsville will embrace ropers and their families. The quiet little community with so much to offer will surprise many ropers. 
If you want to rope and still get away from the grind and noise of the big city Taylorville needs to be your community of choice when the North Carolina Classic gets underway. Taylorsville enjoys several distinctions for which it has become famous across the south.  Located in the heart of apple country Taylorsville boasts producing some of the most delicious tasting fruit to be found and the pure clean water is some of the best tasting you will find anywhere coming straight out of the tap. 
Taylorsville has the highest elevation of any town east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the clear crisp surroundings just tend to nurture your soul.  It is a small town with little things that matter.  For example, it actually has more paved streets than any other town of its size or population in the world. 
As ropers, we all know it is the little things that matter like good food, good roping, fellowship and family.  Taylorville is a close-knit small community that is friendly, open and honest and that in and all of itself makes it an appealing place to rope.  It is like going to your neighbor’s house to run a few steers. 
From the Mountains to the Lake, the geographic variety in the county offers residents and visitors a wealth of recreational opportunities. Ropers can enjoy an afternoon drive across the Brushy Mountains or a day of fishing, sailing and motor boating on the Catawba River or Lake Hickory. 
Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area has a rich history dating back to the early 1900’s. The site was a former quarry operation, which began in 1922 and operations ceased in the early 1940’s. 
On May 25, 2012 Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area opened to the public. Today, the former rock quarry area includes a paved ADA walking track as well as picnic shelter, restrooms, and park office. The quarry area features a sheer cliff face, which is attractive for qualified rock climbers. 
Outside the quarry area, the park includes hiking trails of approximately five miles, which will take hikers along the top of the quarry cliffs and to the mountain peak. The trail will also include various markers depicting some of the rare plants that are located at the park. 
Our YMCA offers a wide range of activities for town residents including a health/wellness area with Nautilus and Cybex equipment. There is also an aerobic studio, child watch area and multipurpose room. Our YMCA helps individuals and families develop values and behaviors that are consistent with Christian principles and offers programs and services that 
provide the tools for building the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The Alexander County YMCA is a charitable organization and exists solely to benefit the residents of Alexander County. The YMCA provides programs and services for men, women and children regardless of age, race, economic status or religious belief. The YMCA is open Monday- Saturday. 
The Hiddenite Center's educational facility hosts a variety of concerts and cultural performances and offers a continuing series of learning opportunities for youth and adults. September of each year brings a flurry of excitement to the streets of Hiddenite for the Hiddenite Celebration, which is sponsored by the Hiddenite Center. Crowds come from near and far to enjoy music, food, festivities and shopping. Local and area craftsmen enjoy demonstrating and selling their wares. 
In addition, the public can also enjoy golf with two public golf courses inside the county. The Brushy Mountain Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course with year-round golfing, special tournaments, and exciting golfing events. The Links at Oliver's Landing is an 18-hole championship course that features rolling fairways, unique design characteristics, and undulating greens. Both Courses have a practice putting green, driving range, full-service pro shop, and PGA professionals on site to help with your golf game. 
The community offers several campgrounds: Hidden Valley Campground, Hiddenite Family Campground, Linney's Mill & Campground, Suncrest Water Park & Campground and Hickory Cove Bible Camp, a beautiful facility surrounded by Lake Hickory offering Christian camping retreats for all ages and providing programs for spiritual and physical  growth. There will plenty of room to part trailers for a weekend of team roping. 
The Emerald Hollow Gem Mine in Hiddenite is a favorite for rock hounds from throughout the nation. Precious stones and gems such as emeralds, sapphires, garnets, smoky quartz, tourmaline, clear quartz, aquamarine, sillimanite, monazite and rutile may be found at the mine. 
The North Carolina Cross-Country Hang Gliding Championship is a national competition held each year the first of May on Moore’s Mountain in Alexander County. Racing enthusiasts can enjoy racetrack excitement at Taylorsville Speedway and Pine Valley Speedway. 
Taylorsville is a close-knit family-oriented community that offers something for everyone. If you are looking for a quiet weekend away from the hustle and bustle the North Carolina Classic should be on your list of places to visit and rope.  The roping will be a good one and letting go of your stress with a fun weekend tucked away in the mountains just may be what you need to rekindle your inner soul.  Mark the calendar and plan to be there.  
Taylorsville will be good for you and the roping will be fun.