by Natalia Dutt, NHT AmeriCorps Member
With September coming to a close the air is getting crisper and the leaves a little bit redder, and you know what that means? It is Leaf Peeper’s season! This annual festival brings together Davis, Thomas, and people from all over the county for a weekend of 5ks, nature, and excellent food. With events all day starting Friday there was a little something for everyone no matter your age. You were able to enjoy petting zoos, craft auctions, hikes, a parade, a wide variety of music, and so much more.
Upon arriving to the festival Saturday morning I was immediately greeted by the smell of the Rotary club’s annual chicken roast. Vendors all over were setting up shop for a long day of fun. The craft fair was open and ready for business featuring artisans from all over the state. It is definitely a festival that you can stay at all day and not get bored. Wandering around Davis you were surrounded by booths full of art and good food. In Thomas the attendees were able to experience some amazing live music at the Purple Fiddle, get a glimpse of the art scene during an art crawl, and enjoy a nice cup of coffee at Tip Top. Leaf Peeper’s even extended beyond these two towns. One of the best offers was to be led on a bike tour from Thomas to Parsons while learning about the lush history of this area as well as experience the natural beauty Tucker County provides us.
The major event of the weekend was the annual ‘Run for It’ 2k walk and 5k run put on by the Tucker Community Foundation. This year was able to boast as the most successful event thus far. With approximately 1500 racers, TCF, thanks to the participants, was able to raise around $285,000! The race played host to people from every walk of life. You had children running with parents, people who crushed the course in record breaking times, and the older generation who took to the route at their own pace. The energy found at this event was incomparable. Thomas resident Alexa White stated the run was her favorite event of the weekend, "it's fun to see people coming together for their favorite causes. The positive energy all over town on Saturday morning made it really exciting." Everywhere you looked you found people stoked and ready to support their cause. It wasn’t the type of race you found intimidating (excluding the huge hill at the end) because everyone was so kind. The community truly came together to support one another whether it was by passing out water, cheering fellow runners on as they crossed the finish line, or donating money to the various teams and charities.
With 2017 Leaf Peeper’s under our belt fall has officially started and we can look forward to the beauty Tucker County graces us with during these months.