20th Annual Haywood County Toy Run

Pisgah High School, Canton, NC
1 Black Bear Drive
Cecil Yount
Nov 12, 2011
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Photo by: Mountaineer file photo Volunteers collect toys donated by those on the toy run.

The 20th annual Haywood County Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12.

This annual event has raised in excess of $100,000.00 and untold numbers of toys for area children and families. The proceeds are distributed through cooperative efforts of Haywood County Department of Social Services, Haywood Christian Ministries, KARE, REACH of Haywood, the Open Door, and the Salvation Army.

This year's ride, as for the past three years, will start at the Pisgah High School parking lot in Canton. Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 11:45 a.m. The parade will begin moving at High Noon as is the tradition. Admission to the event is $10 per person per bike or a new unwrapped toy per person per bike. The popular Toy Run T-shirt will be on sale again this year thanks to area merchants, who support the initiative.

Event coordinators have announced a change in the parade route this year due
to a planned community event in Canton. The parade participants will leave
from the Pisgah High School parking lot and make a right hand turn onto
Substation Road and will ride to the traffic light at the Black Bear Café.
Riders will then turn south on NC 110 and ride to Bethel to the intersection
of US 276. The parade will then proceed north on US 276 to Main Street in
Waynesville and will follow US 276 to Maggie and on to the Wheels Through
Time Museum. Motorists should expect delays along NC 110, US 276, and US 19
as the parade passes. Depending upon the number of motorcycles this may be
between 15 and 30 minutes.

Riders will once again be hosted by Dale and Matt Walksler and the staff of Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. Registered riders will be treated to the cooking of Chef Dicky King and his Kookin' Krewe. Barbecue and the fixings will be served while supply lasts.

The parade is again sponsored by long time supporters: Haywood County Law Enforcement, staff and students of Pisgah High School, Wheels Through Time, and bikers from around Western North Carolina. Participants are expected from New Jersey, Florida, and Nashville, TN.

Parade coordinators are expecting in excess of 1,000 motorcycles and expect to feed nearly 2,000 participants. In past years, the parade has stretched out over 3 miles in length. Local motorists and residents should expect delays when traveling between Canton, Clyde, Waynesville, and Maggie Valley between the hours of  noon and 1:45 p.m.

Individuals wishing to make a tax donation to the Toy Run may do so by sending a donation to Ms. Jenny Woods, Haywood County Schools Foundation, 1230 N. Main St., Waynesville. Note on the check that the donation is for the Haywood County Toy Run.