80's Flashback WeekendAnnual Event Held the First Week of August in Franklin, NC
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First Weekend of August, 2024
The 80’s Flashback Weekend in Franklin, NC, is an annual event that serves as a fundraiser for the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children. Organized and hosted by Macon County resident Dave Linn, this event is held every first weekend in August. It offers a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s, complete with themed events and activities that engage participants in a fun and charitable cause.
- Saturday, July 27: Miss 1980 Something Pageant — 7:30 PM @ Lazy Hiker Brewing Co. in Franklin, NC
- Friday, August 2: An Evening with John Cougar featuring Cougar Town: The Music of John Mellencamp — 7:30 PM @ Downtown Franklin, NC
- Saturday, August 3: 80’s Flashback 5K: Nothin’ But a Good Time For a Great Cause — 9:00 AM @ 877 Ulco Dr., Franklin, NC
- Saturday, August 3: 80’s Flashback Parade — 6:00 PM @ Downtown Franklin, NC
- Saturday, August 3: Totally Awesome 80z Party featuring 80z Nation — 7:30 PM @ Downtown Franklin, NC
The 80’s Flashback Weekend in Franklin, NC, features a variety of activities that celebrate the 1980s culture and help raise funds for the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children.
Some key 80s Flashback Weekend events from 2023 included:
- Miss 1980s Something Beauty Pageant: A beauty pageant with 1980s-themed formal wear and talent competitions.
- 80s Trivia Night: A trivia event featuring questions about the 1980s, with prizes for winners.
- Tribute Concert to Tom Petty: Held at Currahee Brewing on Friday night, The Mad Hatters was a great Tom Petty cover band.
- 80s Flashback Parade: A large parade with over 55 entries in 2023, including 80s characters, performances, and a flash mob.
- 80s Flashback 8k Run: A signature running event where participants are encouraged to dress in 80s costumes, with awards for speed and creativity.
- Scavenger Hunt: An 80s-themed scavenger hunt around downtown Franklin.
- Meet and Greet with Characters and Celebrities: Opportunities to meet various characters and celebrities associated with the 1980s.
- Fundraising Activities: These include raffles, silent auctions, and a portion of sales from vendors donated to the Greenville Shriners Hospital.
- Closing Concert by an 80s Cover Band: A performance by Off The Record covering popular 80s songs to conclude the event at Lazy Hiker Brewery.
The 80’s Flashback Weekend has been successful in its fundraising efforts. In one year, the event raised a significant amount for Shriners Children’s Greenville, aiding the hospital in providing care for children with various health needs. The community’s involvement and enthusiasm for the event not only supports a noble cause but also brings together people of all ages to relive the iconic era of the 1980s.
This event stands out not just for its charitable impact but also for its ability to create a sense of community and shared experience as attendees enjoy a range of activities that celebrate the vibrancy and distinctiveness of the 1980s.
For more information about the 80’s Flashback Weekend and how to get involved in future events, you can contact Dave Linn at 828.421.7637.