The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. This year, STS has awarded a 'Top 20 Event' title to Sapphire Valley's Annual Outhouse Races for the months of January/February with help from the Jackson County Tourism Development Authority. The STS 'Top 20 Events' are nationally publicized by STS. 

Read the entire press release here. STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

About the Outhouse Races - You won’t find Outhouse Races on snow anywhere else in North Carolina! Dozens of outhouses race to compete for the throne. Spectators come from throughout the Southeast to line the course and cheer on those brave enough to see if the outhouse crashes and burns or sails across the finish line. Contact Sapphire Valley Ski Resort at 828-743-7663 for more information.