The Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend is Feb. 22-25, and this marks the first time in the weekend’s seven-year history that it has earned a spot in the STS Top 20. Events considered for recognition must be at least three years old and have attendance of at least 1,000.
The four-day weekend celebrates the New Wave decade with retro skiing daily, ’80s tribute bands nightly, and lots of throwback activities in between. People wear flourescent retro ski apparel on the slopes and 1980s fashions off the slopes.
Activities include a retro ski parade, Rubik’s Cube contest, Ms. Pac Man competition, 1980s Name That Tune, and the ever-popular $500 Totally Retro Apparel Contest. There are also special appearances by a Ghostbuters Ecto-1 and the South’s top Bret Michaels look-alike.
“The Southeast Tourism Society is the preeminent voice for travel in our region,” said Kate Gavenus, tourism director for the Town of Beech Mountain. “We are quite honored and feel it will help us spread the word about this uniquely fun event.”
STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events in the January/February time frame and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: www.southeasttourism.org and www.travelmediapressroom.com/sts/
“In spotlighting the Top 20 festivals and events, STS is not only giving these events the recognition they deserve but we’re also creating a quick reference guide to some of the best festivals in the Southeast,” said Bill Hardman, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society. “These events are important to the economic vitality of our communities.”
Headquartered in Atlanta, STS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting tourism in 12 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
For more information, visit www.BeechMtn.com or call 800-468-5506.