Fall Festival this Saturday will raise funds for Frisco-Buxton Pathway Project

Fall Festival this Saturday will raise funds for Frisco-Buxton Pathway Project

October 17th, 2023

On Saturday, October 21, the public is invited to head to the grounds of the Frisco Woods Campground for a grand Fall Festival which will feature games, food trucks, trick or treating, a pumpkin patch, raffles, an oyster roast, BBQ, and many more activities for attendees of all ages.

And while fall-style fun will be the theme of the festival, the event is actually the latest in a series of events hosted by the campground to raise awareness and donations for a new multi-use pathway in the villages of Frisco and Buxton.

The pathway project is spearheaded by the Frisco-Buxton Pathway Committee and the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway Committee for Dare County, which was instrumental in creating similar pathways in the island’s five other villages: Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, and Hatteras.

Photo by Stacey Saunders

The Hatteras Island community got its first look at the proposed Frisco-Buxton pathway at a 2019 open house, which provided detailed plans of a proposed 7.6-mile pathway for pedestrians and cyclists. The pathway will run parallel to N.C. Highway 12, and will eventually extend from the Valero Gas Station in Buxton to the Frisco Bathhouse Beach Access, just south of Frisco village’s borders.

The initial phases would cover a 4.41-mile stretch of roadway from the Cape Hatters Secondary School in Buxton to Piney Ridge Road in Frisco, which was identified by the public as the highest-priority section of the future pathway at the 2019 Open House.

The Frisco-Buxton Pathway Committee, which is working hand-in-hand with the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway Committee on the project, has already received grants from the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau to help contribute to the approximate $2.48 million required for the first phase of the project.

Though the project did not receive a hefty grant from the National Scenic Byway program which would have funded roughly 80% of the cost of the first phase, the Committees are looking for other grant opportunities to allow the pathway to come to fruition.

The imminent “Fall Fest” fundraising event – and more fundraisers to come – are part of a series of initiatives that have raised more than $90,000 for the project.

While the event is free to attend, donation jars will be stationed throughout the outdoor venue, and attendees will be able to contribute to the pathway in a number of fun ways, like indulging in the oyster roast or picking up a few raffle tickets. A $40 oyster roast ticket includes all-you-can-eat oysters, barbecue, hot dogs, soda, and water, and additional food items for sale will include popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs, and barbecue. Lost Colony Brewery will also be on-site for beer fans, although alcohol purchases will be separate from the oyster roast tickets.

Vendors from the annual Day at the Docks Festival, which was canceled in 2023 due to Hurricane Lee, are also invited to set up shop at the event.

100% of the proceeds from the entire Fall Festival, from the pumpkin patch to food sales, will go to help fund the pathway.

“We are applying for new grants, but in the meantime, are trying to continue to raise funds,” said Frisco-Buxton Pathway Committee member Stacey Saunders. “Our community needs this multi-use path and [we] will not stop fundraising until the job is complete.”

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