IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR RALLY IN THE VALLEY

While there has been some rain this week in the Oconee County area, Rally in the Valley will proceed as normal on Saturday, May 19th at the regularly scheduled times.

  • All riders and participants should come and register at the Lake Jemiki event site as normal. The address for the Lake Jemiki event site is: 1699 Lake Jemiki Rd Walhalla, SC  29691.
  • As usual, registration for the 60 mile ride will begin at 7am (and depart at 8am). Registration for the 30 mile ride will begin at 8am (and depart at 9am). "Event only" (non-bike riders) can register anytime on Saturday morning after 7am, although music, food and beverages are generally available around 11am.
  • Due to limited parking, carpooling is highly recommended and requested.
  • Later arrivals may need to use remote parking, but this decision will be made only after such individuals check in at the Lake Jemiki event site. 
  • Anyone required to use remote parking will receive appropriate instructions at the Lake Jemiki event site regarding the shuttle and the nearby remote parking area. 
  • We recommend that all riders and participants consider packing a separate "change of clothes". If you are required to park at the remote parking area, you will be able to leave this change of clothes at Lake Jemiki to allow a quick and easy change after your ride.
  • We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday morning, rain or shine. 
  • While forecasts vary, several current forecasts call for rain more likely in the afternoon than the morning. Thus, we may end up with a wonderful morning and lunch for this event. This much said, please come prepared for rain or sunshine!
  • Excellent food, craft beer and music are all still on tap! See you Saturday! 

REGISTRATION FOR 7th ANNUAL EVENT OPEN!

                     The Seventh Annual Rally in the Valley event will take place at beautiful Lake Jemiki outside of Walhalla, SC on May 19th, 2018! This fun, family oriented event will again feature bicycling rides of 30 and 60 miles, as well as great live music and a wonderful meal of slow-cooked barbecue, fresh sides and local craft beer which are all included in your ticket!  As a reminder, Rally in the Valley supports land conservation and sustainable development in Oconee County, SC. This year's event plans to raise funds for a new mountain biking and hiking trail system just oustide of Walhalla, SC!

                   Tickets: To register and purchase tickets for the event, please click below for our active.com registration link:

RALLY REGISTRATION AND TICKETS

                  Group Discounts: New for this year, we are able to offer discounts to group purchasers of tickets under the following guidelines: 

                   1. Groups of 6 or more must register online or by mail no later than midnight on May 3, 2018.
                  2.  Mail in registrations must be received on or before May 3 (email oconeeforever@gmail.com to request required                                   registration and waiver forms).
                  3.  Offer only applies to groups of 6 or more cyclists who register at the same time.
                  4.  Discount is $5 per cyclist off the price at the time of registration.

                   Live Music: This year's event will again feature great live music, included as part of the Rally experience: 

                    We are grateful to welcome back BJ Callahan and FNKY Music, who are incredibly talented and who we are                                          very thankful to have. Check out their tunes and become a follower at: http://www.bjcallahan.com/

                     In addition, this year we look forward to the lyrics and music of Americana artist, Dave Desmelik. We are very pleased                       to have Dave join us this year and encourage you to check out his music and become a fan                                                                         at : https://www.davedesmelik.com/

                     Craft Beer: We are again so very thankful to Oskar Blues for providing their delicious beers as part of the event for  2018. Look forward to your favorites from this fantastic brewery at Rally 2018! For more information on their beer and story, check this out: https://www.oskarblues.com/breweries/brevard/

 

 

 

 

 

 

REMEMBERING The SIXTH Annual Event

A GREAT TIME ON Saturday, May 27th, 2017!

     Rally in the Valley is an event held in beautiful Oconee County, South Carolina featuring bicycle rides of 30 or 60 miles through the foothills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as live music, craft beer and a wonderful meal including locally slow cooked barbecue and fresh home cooked side dishes. Best of all, your ticket includes the bicycle ride, music, food and beer...everything! We had another excellent event in 2017 and appreciate everyone's support!

We were thrilled to welcome back Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard, NC) who poured delicious brews the day of the event. 

Tickets were available to bicyclists and non-bicyclists (and will also be available in this manner for the 2018 event).   On the day of the event, registration for bicyclists began at 7 am.  The 60 mile ride began at 8 am.  The 30 mile ride began at 9 am.  The barbecue, music and craft beer portion of the event started at 11:30 am.  Non-bicyclists arrived around 11:30, when the music, food and libations begin. Cyclists join in the food and fun upon completion of their rides.  CASH OR CHECK ONLY- NO CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS WERE ACCEPTED DAY OF EVENT.

This 2017 event (and 2018 event) take place at beautiful Lake Jemiki, a beautiful site of conserved land at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Jemiki actually includes two separate lakes and makes for an excellent backdrop to the music, food, drink and fun! Pictures of the event site and fun from prior events are shown below.   A map of the general location of the event site can be found here.

For a map and data concerning the 60 Mile Bike Route, please click here.

For a map and data concerning the 30 Mile Bike Ride, please click here.

For further information regarding important event details, registration and other information, please see our active.com listing here.

This event supports Upstate Forever, acting through its all volunteer outreach group Oconee Forever, whose mission includes conserving natural resources, working farms, historic sites and open spaces in Oconee County, South Carolina.  One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will be used to support conservation activities in Oconee County.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!

Conservation Champions: Airey Law Firm; Oskar Blues Brewery; Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative; BJ Callahan; Donald Payne; Crystal Geyser Water

Conservation Supporters: Bountyland Petroleum; Excel Rehab & Sports; Moresun Custom Woodworking

Conservation Friends: Community First Bank; Edward Jones- Bob Thomas Advisory, Seneca; Mr. & Mrs. Eskridge; Mary E. Ivestor; Powell Insurance Group; Sunrise Farm B&B; Andrews Jubal Smith, Attroney; Southpaw Cycles; Starbucks and the many volunteers who give their time as well as monetary donations.

THANK YOU!

Funding has been provided in part by the Oconee County ATAX Committee through the Oconee County Council.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 

Please See Below for Details and Memories from Prior Rally Events.

 

 Rally in the Valley  - May 23, 2015

Oconee Forever's Ride Rolls for Conservation!!!

        

“This had to be one the best rides ever. Great route, well-supported, great weather, and great food/beer/music after,” said rider Martin Remick of Greenville. “Doesn't get any better.”

Remick was one of 181 bicyclists who participated in the fourth annual Rally in the Valley 2015 event at Oconee’s Calyx Farm last Saturday.

The day started early with the 60-mile and 30-miles rides through the rolling hills and valleys.  After their hard efforts, the riders, their families and other event-goers chowed down on family-cooked BBQ and other fresh, healthy sides and desserts (especially the brownies!).

Craft brew, live music and lovely views round out the event’s attractions. 

The number of cyclists was a 30% increase over last year, said Emily Hitchcock, Oconee Forever volunteer.   

"We continue to grow this fun event to showcase the natural resources of Oconee County,” added Shea Airey, Oconee Forever volunteer.

Airey continued, “The proceeds from the event support various conservation causes in Oconee, including the protecting Scenic Highway 11, identifying local spots most worthy of protection, and supporting the Oconee County Conservation Bank."

Supporters of the event included:  Moresby Custom Woodworking Inc, Oskar Blues Brewery, Michael and Mackenzie Whitmire, The Airey Law Firm,,Lenard L. Rogers, Mary Investor, Bountyland Food Services, Courtaud, Elastic Waist Band, Community First Bank, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Janet Neville, Soulstew,  Excel Rehabilitation and Sports Enhancement, Powell Insurance Group Inc., Blue Ridge Bank, Economy Tree Services, Wildwater, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Chattooga Belle Farm, Southpaw Cycles, REI, Swamp Rabbit Inn.

This year's great live music was provided by Courtaud (http://www.reverbnation.com/courtaud), The Elastic Waist Band and Soul Stew (http://soulstew.bandcamp.com/). Please follow the links shown to hear their music and follow these great bands!

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NOTE:  MORE PHOTOS WILL BE ADDED TO THE PHOTO GALLERY SHORTLY.  CHECK BACK!!

 

 

Check out the details from Last Year's Event....

Rally in the Valley 2014 Rocked! 

Plan it and they will come!!! Yes!  The third annual Rally in the Valley rocked!  

“Our goal was 100 riders,” said Bettina George, “and we had 143!  It was almost a 200 percent increase over last year’s numbers.”

The weather was terrific, and so were the riders as they gathered at Calyx Farms early in the morning of May 24.  After the rolling rides, they joined 40 other event goers for BBQ, beer, bluegrass music, vendors, and, of course, the beautiful views.

Newcomer Kathie Fagen commented, “We California-transplants had yet to experience Oconee County/Walhalla/Lake Keowee, so it was extra special.  Great weather, beautiful route, good workout, lovely folks, very good food, beer!  Music!  Blacksmith!”

Of course, all of this couldn’t have happened without our community’s support and engagement.  Thanks to all who provided skills, talents, sweat and financial support!!  

Vendors

-Bee’s Crafts,  crochet and sewn items by Barbara Eastman 

-Bread for Life by Rebecca Cothran 

-Birdhouses by Dennis Taylor

-Blacksmithing Demonstration by Doc Watson

-Hammer and File Wooden Tables by Reid Smith

-SC Botanical Garden, John Bodiford

Musicians

-Vilai Harrington

-Conservation Theory

-The Elastic Waist Band

Special Acknowledgmenta

-For the third year in a row, Michael and Mack Whitmire stayed up all night cooking the BBQ that consistently gets rave reviews.  

-Also, the Walhalla Chamber of Commerce  helped with publicity and provided two volunteers, Darlene Greene and Dan Pollock.

-Of course, Calyx Farms deserves its own round of applause! Great views, great venue.  

Volunteers  Shea Airey, Audrey Blocker, Carrie Anne Blocker, Keegan Bodiford, Logan Bodiford, Bethany Davison, Pam Fjeld, Bettina George, Don George, Dickey Gowin, Josh Hardin, Emily Hitchcock, Robin Holbrook, Ellis Hughes, Bob Kennedy, Luther Lyle, Steve Machnik, Ladale Price, Russ Price, Andy Smith, Cina Smith, Cheryl Stevens, Thomas Stevens, Lorelei Swanson, Alice Wald, Doc Watson, Mike Wechter, Zach West, and Doug Young,  

Door prizes  Donated by Hincapie Sportswear, Bike Street, Head-Lee Nursery, Walhalla Civic Auditorium, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Wildwater, Chattooga Belle Farms, Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery, Generva's Realm, Upstate Forever and the Greater Oconee Chamber of Commerce

Conservation Champions  Mary E. Ivestor, Blue Ridge Bank, Thomas Creek Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, REI and Blue Ridge Electric

Conservation Supporters  Excel Rehab and Sports, Bountyland Petroleum and Community First Bank

Conservation Friends   Cary H. Hall, Wildwater, AgSouth Farm Credit, Edward Jones and Starbucks 

Note: See more photos in the Gallery tab.

 Getting ready to ride!!!!

Getting ready to ride!!!!

 Great BBQ, music and views ... 

Great BBQ, music and views ... 

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