Superhero Farm Fest 2016

Superhero-Billboard-temp-v1-PREVIEWJoin us for the SUPERHERO FARM FEST, featuring trail runs, a night run, camping and entertainment for the whole family this October 2016.

Event proceeds benefit TWO great causes:

  • Family Advocates’ CASA programs, their volunteer-advocacy services provided to local abused and neglected children in foster care.
  • Tryon Farm Institute’s environmental education, stewardship and charitable outreach programs.

Participants are encouraged to DRESS UP AS THEIR FAVORITE SUPERHERO and support these great LaPorte County causes!

>> Register Here Now! <<

6:oo pm – Bonfire + Food Truck dinner begins
7:oo – 1st ever Tryon Night Run! (~2 miles, paved road)
9:00 – Bonfire ends, overnight Camping under the stars begins

7:30 am – registration open
8:00 – coffee by Temple News Agency
9:00 – 10K Trail Run/Walk start*
9:30 – 5K Trail Run/Walk start*
10:30 – Kids’ Fun Run, followed by Race Award Ceremony
11:00 – Costume Contest (all ages)
12:00 pm – Deep Fried Pickle Project live music show
1:00 – festival ends

*professionally chip-timed races

Food Truck, Vendors, Beer & Live Music all day Saturday.
Kids’ activities including bounce house, face painting, contests & more.

The 5k Tryon Farm Trail begins at the historic 120-year old Tryon Dairy Barn and then winds its way through 150 beautiful acres featuring old-growth beech and oak forests, ancient dunes, headwaters streams, restored wetlands, flatwoods, meadows and tall-grass prairies. Nearly the entire course route is off-road, with a high-percentage of exciting single-track course through the woods including challenges like mud, logs and wet crossings.

10k’rs will traverse the same 5k loop twice, making for a dynamic circuit course where runners run the course over 2 laps. Both events end with a thrilling barnyard finish line, where race fans and friends await to celebrate with music, awards, food and fun.

The Friday Night Run is a fun run (not professionally timed) of approximately 2-miles in length, following the narrow and winding asphalt-paved Tryon Farm Lane as it snakes through the property, in and out of the woods over the creeks and past the gorgeous houses. 14 and older only event.

The Saturday Kids’ Fun Run will feature a quick 100-meter field dash for children 2-5 years old. The 6-10 year olds will run through an exciting winding 500-meter long custom course through the prairie and hayfield. Both age groups will finish at the main course finish line, arriving home just like the adult superheroes!

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Runners, race fans, family and friends will be treated to live music on Saturday at the Farm Fest immediately following the conclusion of the 5K/10K runs and award ceremony.

  • Gunpowder Treason
    An acoustic duo, Will Huffman and Chris “Mo” Meadows, Gunpowder Treason is highly energetic with a wide range of music and genres. They’ll play throughout the morning on Saturday and they don’t disappoint!
  • Deep Fried Pickle Project
    Join the award-winning Deep Fried Pickle Project jug band as they perform their zany, kid friendly music. The Pickles will perform live and run a workshop for kids to make their own jug band instruments. As Tor Hyams of Lollapalooza/ Kidzapalooza states, “The Deep Fried Pickle Project is a wonderful cross between mountain music and timeless old school fun.”

– coffee and snacks by Temple News Agency
– breakfast/lunch wood-fire pizzas by South Shore Ovenworks
– beer by Burn ‘Em Brewing

Camp under the county stars in Ebbie’s Meadow at Tryon Farm’s secluded hayfield around the campfire circle. Campers brings all their own tents and gear; we provide portable restroom facilities, a shared fire circle and an opportunity to shower at the Tryon Farm Guesthouse’s most famous outdoor shower! Perfect for folks and families participating in Friday night’s Bonfire and Night Run.

Online registration closes at the end of the day of September 29th.
Same-day registration is available for all races at the event(s).
**IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A FREE RACE T-SHIRT PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER BY SEPTEMBER 16th!** Free T-shirts will not be provided for those signing up after September 16th, so there’s your incentive to register today!

Questions? We got answers!
Contact Scott Kuchta, TFI President
phone:   (312) 428-6672

Sign up for Runs and Camping on our registration page:

Keep in touch with us via our Facebook Event page for all the latest and greatest.

Participants, race fans and guests are all invited to dress** as their favorite SUPERHERO and participate in the trail run, costume contest and other day-long festivities.

**costumes, though fun for sure, are not required to participate

About TryonFarmInstitute

Tryon Farm Institute, Inc. (TFI) is an Indiana chartered non-profit land trust and education organization with a mission to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.


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