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Outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend the inaugural Everything Outdoor Fest, taking place November 4-6 at Historic Hopkins Farm in Simpsonville, SC. The three-day festival showcases and celebrates the Southeast’s most popular outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, camping and more.

Everything Outdoor Fest has the latest camping gear for you to try out. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

Event creator Jacqui McGuinness got her inspiration during the pandemic by spending more time undertaking many of the outside activities showcased at the festival. And so the idea for Everything Outdoor Fest was born: a one-stop shop for beginners and experts alike to gain new knowledge, showcase the latest products and connect with others who share similar interests.

The Everything Outdoor Fest “Dirt Village” offers a demo course and activities around archery, backpacking, camping, hiking and mountain biking. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

“I realized how wonderful it is to be able to spend more time with friends and family in a safe environment,” said McGuinness, president and owner of JBM & Associates, one of the nation’s most experienced producers of consumer programming. “There are other outdoor shows and other locations, but this is in such a cool environment and has a big pond, hiking trails and flat fields, so we have an incredible amount of space to work.”

Water shows and fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding activities are centered on Hopkins Farm’s five-acre pond. Everything Outdoor Fest attendees who may be thinking of buying a new kayak or paddleboard can try it out for themselves. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

At Everything Outdoor Fest, industry experts will educate attendees on the outdoor activities that interest them most. Educational clinics have an open format, so participants can conveniently ask any question.

“You can show off your favorite bike or paddleboard and enjoy music and food in an incredible outdoor setting on a family-owned farm,” said McGuinness. “We like to say that Everything Outdoor Fest is for the curious, the brave and explorers. We want everyone to be excited about outdoor adventures.”

Festival sponsors Boyd Cycling and Rocket Revolution, both based in Greenville, SC, will provide cycling enthusiasts with product and training advice.

Boyd Cycling owner Nicole Johnson and her husband Boyd have had successful cycling careers, but casual cyclists can also benefit from their immense knowledge of the sport. The self-proclaimed ‘wheel junkies’ will be on hand for a wheel building clinic and will be demonstrating their finely crafted wheels, which are manufactured locally and shipped to cyclists around the world.

Former pro cyclist Nicole Johnson, co-founder of Boyd Cycling, will be on hand for a wheel building clinic. This busy entrepreneur and mother teaches her daughter the joy of cycling. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

Professional cyclist Andrew Blackstone, performance and wellness coach at Rocket Revolution, will present several clinics from bike maintenance to choosing the right gear for road and gravel riding. Rocket Revolution specializes in group or individual coaching for athletes and wellness clients of all ages and training stages.

The action-packed schedule of lessons also includes fly fishing at the Mountain Bridge chapter of Trout Unlimited, archery at Upstate Archery, standup paddleboard yoga and boat safety to name a few. Group yoga classes are scheduled for each morning of the festival and a full range of activities, live music and food trucks will be available on the festival website.

Group yoga classes are scheduled every morning of the festival. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

There is something for the whole family at the Everything Outdoor Fest. Kids can learn the basics of fishing with Captain Don Dingman, host of TV show Hook the Future, and receive a free rod and reel. A special kids’ zone features activities like creating a nature journal, making your own trail mix, reading the compass, tying knots, packing a backpack, and a Boy Scout scavenger hunt with a custom patch for the first 100 kids to complete the pass the challenge. Dogs are also welcome and can take part in a puppy walk in natural habitat and have a chat.

Children can enjoy fishing lessons at Hopkins Farm’s pond as well as a separate Kids Zone with a variety of activities designed for children ages 4 to 12 to stimulate their interest in the great outdoors. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

One of the signature events, spanning all three days, is DockDogs, the world’s premier canine watersports competition, where dogs compete in the disciplines of Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed ​​Retrieve.

An immersive event for all ages, DockDogs will be a main feature of the Everything Outdoor Fest with amazing water competitions across the three sporting disciplines of Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed ​​​​Retrieve.

“We are fortunate to have so many quality places to enjoy the great outdoors in the Southeast, particularly in western North Carolina, state South Carolina and northeastern Georgia,” McGuiness said. “Outdoor recreation and open spaces are essential to healthy communities and contribute to a high quality of life. They also help attract and retain businesses and families. We think that’s worth celebrating!”

Follow your passion to Everything Outdoor Fest, where outdoor enthusiasts of all ages can immerse themselves in adventure activities with exhibitors, clinics and demos, live music, food trucks and children’s activities. Credit: Jeff Nass Productions

Tickets for the Everything Outdoor Fest can only be pre-sold online. Single-day passes are $10 for adults and weekend passes are $25 with discounted rates for seniors, military, and children. Visit the festival website at for event details, the latest schedule of activities and to purchase tickets.

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