Build a bridge and they will come.
The Elkin Valley Trails Association’s Trail Boogie fundraiser was held on Thursday evening at The Liberty in downtown Elkin, held just one month after EVTA successfully completed a footbridge project touted by town officials as the main ingredient necessary for Elkin to become known as a trail town.
The fourth annual event resulted in a record crowd turning out in celebration of EVTA and in support of its future goals. EVTA is taking steps to build a second footbridge to be installed north of Elkin along trailways.
According to Dr. Bill Blackley, chairman of EVTA, the surge in the crowd means something.
“It means they like many of the wonderful things the EVTA is doing here. It means that if they want us to continue at the pace we’re going in, they’ll need to dig into their pockets tonight… We’re looking for money to build another bridge,” said Blackley.
Smiling in the crowd was Elkin Commissioner J.L. Lowe Jr. who said EVTA’s accomplishments have been recognized by commissioners because of their dedication to Elkin.
Commissioner Bob Norton said he was pleased with the crowd and looked forward to additional EVTA success.
Music was provided by Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling with The Jewel Tones. Guests were treated to an optional pork or chicken meal for $7 per plate. A silent auction was held. There was no entrance fee for the activity. Money raised relied solely on donations, consumption of food or beverage, and participation in the silent auction. Gold sponsor was United Water. The Silver sponsor was Walmart, and the Bronze sponsor was Duke Energy.
EVTA is an all-volunteer organization. Its trailblazers have worked on developing trails, coordinating with state officials for the placing of trout in streams, installation of the pedestrian footbridge near the Shoe Dam Factory, ensuring space for mountain-bike tracts, have been working with landowners for easements through properties for continued trail development, and have partnered with equestrian experts for development of horse trails.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.