10_2014-05-10 10.19.5510_2014-05-10 10.56.0810_SpringGoCow Pie Bingo and the Symphony of Rutherford County! Is that juxtaposition, or what? Actually, they’re just two of the fun things that are planned for the 4th Annual SpringGo event scheduled for Saturday, May 16 in Chimney Rock Village.

What is SpringGo? It’s the brainchild of the Chimney Rock Village Community Development Association, the non-profit promotional and support organization for Chimney Rock Village. A few years back, the CDA (so called by its members) was looking for a new spring event to jump start the season. People already associated bingo with the CDA since the group had hosted bingo the first Friday of every month at the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department. The committee had heard about a Cow Pie Bingo Raffle and thought it would be a good tie-in. Dr. Beverly Hargus, a veterinarian from Flat Rock, was happy to loan her cows, and the Cow Pie Bingo Raffle took off. The grid for the bingo “card” is marked off on the lot below the Fire Department and each square is numbered. This year Mini May and Snickerdoodles and their two young calves will be here for the affair. They’ll be brought in to the fenced area around 9am, left free to roam till around 2pm to do their thing. Only one hundred tickets will be available at $25 per square. The square containing the biggest volume of cow pie will determine the winner of half the money collected. You don’t have to be present to win, but it sure is fun to watch and see what the cows drop!

Even before the cows arrive, the day’s festivities will begin with a Pancake Breakfast at the Firehouse that will run from 7 till 10am. Here you’ll be able to fill up on pancakes, bacon or sausage and all the coffee, tea or juice that you can drink. The SpringGo parade will follow at 10:30am lead by Jasmine and Buffy, the llama girls from Will-Llama Farm in Mill Spring, NC. They’ll be the usual participants in the line-up, firetrucks, and the politicians and, of course, Little Miss and Little Mr. SpringGo. The parade will follow the road from the Riverside Park to the Gathering Place where picnic fare will be available and the Kollard Kings from Charlotte will make your “toes tap and your ears smile” with their old-time string band music. Jasmine and Buffy will be there for photos, too. They might even pose for a selfie with you!

Entries in the SpringGo Recycled Garden Art Contest will be moved up to the Gathering Place for display. Look for them in the Village beforehand and vote for your favorite. Just after 2pm, the Contest participant’s works of art will be judged and winners will be announced. The entries will then be auctioned to the highest bidders. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the beautification of the Village and its special events.

That was the close of SpringGo – until now. The planning committee was looking for something special to add to this year’s event. When Steve Gale, president of the CDA, heard the Symphony of Rutherford County perform at the Foundation at ICC this winter, he had an idea. How neat would it be if the Symphony could come and perform at the Gathering Place with Chimney Rock Mountain as the backdrop? Karen Johnson, the administrative assistant for Chimney Rock State Park, is the first chair cellist for the Symphony, and agreed to ask the board. It’s a rare occasion for the Symphony to perform outdoors, but they agreed. Switch gears. Don your finery and pack your tablecloth. The Symphony of Rutherford County is bringing their spring performance to the Gorge. We’re going to enjoy some favorite pop selections, too. Dinner will be available at the Gathering Place from 5:30 -7pm. The Symphony will present their program from 6:30-7:45pm. Our community and guests to the area are in for a real treat this SpringGo!

Submitted by Mary Jaeger-Gale