Teams vie for potty race throne this weekend

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At annual outhouse race, the goal is to wipe out competition.

By Patrick Smith

INDEPENDENCE — Planning is underway and registration is open for one of the most unique events in Grayson County, perhaps even in the country — the 31st Annual Mountain Foliage Festival and Grand Privy Race.

On Oct. 12, downtown Independence will be partially closed to welcome hundreds of visitors for the festival’s events, which will include old favorites like the Grand Privy Race, Toilet Paper Toss and a return of the Miss/Mr. Potty Princess Pageant, as well as new events like a dog show sponsored by Grayson County 4-H and the Backyard BBQ Cook-off.
Set-up time for the cook-off is Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.
Town of Independence Events Coordinator Renae Sizemore said her goal is to have six entries in the Grand Privy Race and 10 in the Potty Princess Pageant. She said that rental privies will be available this year to anyone wanting to enter the race who doesn’t already own a privy.
This year’s event is sponsored by Don & Dudley Assoc., Anders Graveopening, Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Worrell Therapy, Walters Drug, Grayson Highlands Family Medicine, Grayson County, Town of Independence and Peach Bottom Baits.
Sizemore said she encourages anyone who is interested in participating in any of the events or being a vendor to contact her at 773-3661 or rsizemore@independenceva.com, or to sign up directly on www.independenceva.com. She also said she welcomes any feedback or ideas on future events from the public.
Visit www.independenceva.com or “Events: Town of Independence” on Facebook to keep up with future happenings in the town.

The schedule includes: 9 a.m. - vendors open; 11 a.m. - Grand Privy Race; Noon – 4-H dog show; 1 p.m. - Music from Pike City; 1:30 p.m. - Pie bake-off judging; 3 p.m. - Toilet Paper Toss; 4 p.m. - Potty Princess Pageant; 5:15 p.m. - BBQ judging.