Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree

AORE's Demo Day and Outdoor Jamboree is an event to encourage healthy, active outdoor recreation to complement the Annual Conference. By combining the things outdoor enthusiasts love – food, paddling, music, gear, biking, and demos all in a beautiful outdoor setting – Demo Day is a celebration of everything outdoors.

 

Demo a mountain bike, try out some climbing shoes, learn about tree climbing, test your skills on SUPs, crawl into a tent, try your hand at a nine hole disc golf course, enjoy a craft beer or two, listen to killer music, and paddle down the river.

Date and Time

Tuesday, October 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Designated an Outdoor Tourism Hot Spot, Explore Park is one of the area’s most diverse destinations for outdoor recreation. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, it features hundreds of acres of rolling hills, pristine woodlands, hiking trails, river frontage, historical buildings, and a visitor information center (where our Demo Day and Jamboree will take place).

Transportation & Parking

Free parking is available at Explore Park. For those in need of transportation, a free shuttle service will be provided from Hotel Roanoke in 30 minute intervals beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Food & Drink

El Budare Food Truck will be serving up amazing Venezuelan food (mmmmm Arepas), Dojo Grill will be onsite with artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, Wake and Bacon will have american fare specializing in...bacon, and Downshift Coffee Cart will be there to fuel to your caffeine needs. Plus, we're excited to have Parkway Brewery for sale onsite!

What to Bring

Bring a Halloween costume! Special themed activities will include a women’s-only trail ride and a family-friendly costume contest. Bring a bathing suit and climbing/trail running clothes as there are many activities to choose from!

Events

Community River Cleanup and Leave No Trace Workshop | 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.: All are welcome to attend the Leave No Trace workshop and river cleanup held by the Environmental Stewardship Committee in conjunction with Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at Explore Park from 12-2pm on Tuesday, October 31st. Come give back to the Roanoke community and learn how we can positively impact the spaces we love.

Women's Only Trail Ride | meet at 1 p.m. at the Visitors Center: Ladies, this one’s just for you! This women-only ride is for gals of all ability levels. We’ll ride one of Explore Park's well-known and fun trails at a comfortable pace. This is a no drop ride. Afterward, relax, connect, and rehydrate at Demo Day with your new cycling buddies!

Family Friendly Costume Contest | 4 p.m. at the Visitors Center: We just can’t wait to see what sort of fantastic creations you'll come up with this year! Display your costuming wizardry, or just relax and watch the best costumes at the Jamboree.

We'll also have a climbing tower, tree climbing equipment, trail gear, canoes, kayaks, SUPs and more for you to demo!

Vendors

Sailing Adventures in the Bahamas - Marmot - Liberty Mountain - Headrush Technologies - Adidas Outdoor - Aquabound/Bending Branches - Just the Right Gear - Innova Disc Golf - Roanoke Mountain Adventures - Backpacker's Pantry - Ride Solutions - Kelty - Mountain Shepherd - Black Diamond - Walkabout Outfitter - Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge - US National Whitewater Center - Osprey