New trail, new stage at Woodstock's fifth annual Trailfest
by Michelle Babcock
May 02, 2014 12:11 AM | 2972 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodstock will celebrate the fifth annual Trailfest Saturday with the grand opening of a new section of the Greenprints trail system, a new community stage and the opening of the city’s yearly farmers market.

As many as 5,000 people are expected to come to downtown to celebrate the day with opportunities to run, bike and climb, as well as listen to music and drink beer from local breweries.

The first major portion of the Greenprints multi-use trail network will officially open to the public Saturday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the 1.5-mile Town to Creek and Noonday Creek trail segment.

Woodstock Economic Development Director Brian Stockton said residents already started using the trail while it was still under construction, and he expects use to increase after the official opening.

Stockton said the $1.5 million trail was funded primarily through the county parks bond.

“They’ve already been using it while it’s been under construction,” Stockton said. “They’re looking forward to it opening.”

Trailfest will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5-kilometer race, followed by a 1-mile fun run at 9 a.m. Both will take place on the new trail segment.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. where old Elm Street intersects Market Street, between Oak and Mill streets downtown.

Saturday also marks the completion of the new Resurgens Orthopaedics community stage in downtown Woodstock, along with the first day of the city farmers market.

Stockton said he expects to see a busy downtown area Saturday with so many activities happening at once.

After the ribbon is cut, opening the new trail segment, five musical performances are lined up to play on the brand new community stage, located on the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village future event green, adjacent to the new trail segment and Market Street.

Kyle Bennett, Woodstock director of tourism and visitors center operations, said when the weather is nice, Trailfest has “been a huge success.”

“It’s been really well attended,” Bennett said.

Trailfest, known as Streetfest for its first three years, will take place in unison with many other activities in downtown.

“With all the different events going on, from people attending the trail grand opening to the 5K race that morning as a part of Trailfest, to the people coming for the music and to enjoy the vendors at Trailfest, and the farmers market restarting that day, we’re expecting a really large turnout for all the activities and events,” Bennett said. “And it looks like it’ll be great weather.”

With the addition of the 1.5-mile trail, Woodstock’s multi-use Greenprints trail network reached 2 miles in total, with an additional 10 miles of mountain biking trails at Rope Mill Park.

Bennett said construction on the new trail started last year and took longer than expected because of weather.

“Every time it rained, that delayed construction by about a week, and of course, we’ve had a soupy, rainy 2013 and start of 2014,” Bennett said. “It slowed construction down a lot on the trail. There’s a lot of really low-lying areas on the trail.”

Bennett said Trailfest will also host food and beer vendors, and a climbing wall.

The first Woodstock Farmers Market of the season will also take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with 25 to 30 vendors confirmed, Bennett said.

The location for the market changed from last season and will now be held on Market Street, between Mill and Maple streets.

The farmers market will be held every Saturday through Oct. 25 on Market Street, and every Tuesday through Oct. 28 at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta.

Registration for the 5K race costs $25, and the 1-mile fun run costs $10.

All proceeds will go to help complete the remaining segments of the planned 60-mile Greenprints multi-use trail network, and registration is available online at http://naturalstrides.org/greenprints-grand-opening-5k.html.

Both runs will start behind the Natural Strides store in downtown Woodstock at 8636 Main St.

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