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Elkin Valley Trails Association Elkin NC

Captain Mark Garner Will Be Honored at November 11 Ceremony

Captain Mark Garner to be Honored with Naming and Dedication of Overmountain Victory Trail… VFW Post 7794 Ceremony is on Veteran’s Day, November 11

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7794 of Elkin recognizes Mark Garner, a local area Afghanistan War Casualty with the changing of its post’s name and the dedication of a local trail in his honor. The National Veterans of Foreign Wars approved the renaming of Post 7794 to the CAPTAIN MARK GARNER Post in September 2014 and the Town of Elkin approved a request to name a section of trail within Elkin Municipal Park in his honor at the October 6th Town Board Meeting. Captain Mark Garner, United States Army, was raised in State Road, North Carolina and graduated from Elkin High School. He furthered his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point and received his commission upon graduation. Following various military assignments he was ultimately assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany. Captain Garner, 30, died July 6, 2009, in Argandab District, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. At the time of his death he was traveling in a convoy of U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists. Captain Garner was buried with full military honors at Hollywood Cemetery in Elkin on July 18, 2009. Captain Garner will be honored on Veterans Day 2014 with the naming and dedication of a section of trail in Elkin Municipal Park. This section of trail is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail that runs from Elkin to Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. This section of trail will eventually be a section of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea trail as well. A prominent marker honoring Captain Garner will be placed along the trail. During the same ceremony, VFW Post 7794 will unveil the new Post charter honoring “Captain Mark Garner.” The program is scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday, November 11th in Elkin Municipal Park. For additional information regarding this release, please contact Post Quartermaster Sam Bishop at (336) 366-9751 or email at samdbishop1@gmail.com.

Trail Workday October 18 on Wells Knob Section

When: Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 or so (rain date Nov. 1st)

What: We will be finishing the approaches to the 2nd bridge, rough cutting a small re-locate, installing water bars and a culvert

Where: Meet at the bridge at Wits End Eventing’s driveway

Directions: From Elkin take Rt. 21 about 12 miles north to Traphill Rd (as if you are going to Stone Mountain State Park)
Turn left on Traphill Rd. and then left on Roaring Gap Church Rd
Go 1 3/4 miles and turn left on Roaring Gap Road
Go 1/2 mile to Wits End’s driveway on the right.

What to bring: Rakes, shovels, lobbers, gloves, bow saws, water/snack, smile

The faster we get these individual sections finished, the sooner we can connect them all together. Please let Bob Hillyer, EVTA trail development specialist, know if you are interested in being the point person on a developing section of trail. Email him at

When: Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 or so (rain date Nov. 1st)

What: We will be finishing the approaches to the 2nd bridge, rough cutting a small re-locate, installing water bars and a culvert

Where: Meet at the bridge at Wits End Eventing’s driveway

Directions: From Elkin take Rt. 21 about 12 miles north to Traphill Rd (as if you are going to Stone Mountain State Park)
Turn left on Traphill Rd. and then left on Roaring Gap Church Rd
Go 1 3/4 miles and turn left on Roaring Gap Road
Go 1/2 mile to Wits End’s driveway on the right.

What to bring: Rakes, shovels, lobbers, gloves, bow saws, water/snack, smile

The faster we get these individual sections finished, the sooner we can connect them all together. Please let Bob Hillyer, EVTA trail development specialist, know if you are interested in being the point person on a developing section of trail. Email Bob at bearc98@aol.com

Trail Workday With a Hot Dog Lunch! At Grassy Creek Winery October 4 – Join Us!

 

Where?  Grassy Creek Winery &Vineyard Tasting Room

235 Chatham Cottage Lane, State Rd, NC

Phone: (336) 835-4230

 

When?    October 4th at 9:00

 

What?    Final “benching” of the trail & “rough cutting” new trail

 

Bring?    Shovels, rakes, mattocks, clippers, bow saws, gloves

 

Stay for a grilled hot dog lunch, provided by Speedy Chef and lots of good conversation.

Duck & Turtle Regatta – EVTA Fundraiser at the Pumpkin Festival Sept 27

Sales of chances for ducks and turtles will begin Saturday 8-16-2014 at the Elkin Farmers Market in the Town Hall parking lot and will continue up until the 20th of September each Saturday morning weather permitting. There will also be sales at some  local business locations. We will be selling chances the day of the Pumpkin Festival up until 5:00pm.

The race will begin at 5:45pm at the Market Street/Elk Spur bridge above the library.

Some of the prizes for the regatta so far are:

  1. 2 bicycles Walmart
  2. Cracker Barrel Gold Gift card dinner for two.
  3. Generations Restaurant gift card dinner for two.
  4. 222 Public House Restaurant gift card.
  5. Dodge City Steak House Restaurant gift card dinner for two.
  6. Elkin Parks and Rec. Gift membership for Gymnasium.
  7. Amalfi’s Pizza gift Card dinner for two.
  8. Yadkin General Store Gift Card.

Other prizes are coming and will possibly include a kayak, a metal detector, more restaurants gift certificates!