Resort prepares for spring break bash

By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Corresponden
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West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has announced the event and entertainment lineup for the 2015 Ballhooter Spring Break event.

Ballhooter is an annual spring break and college party celebration that features free live music, a “red cup” competition, giveaways and more.

Representatives from the resort said that though the event is fairly new, in only in its third year, attendance continues to steadily increase.

“With over a dozen campuses in close driving proximity, we love that more students are coming to our mountain to blow off a little steam, ski the mountain, listen to live music and hang out with their friends in a fun and affordable environment,” Snowshoe Mountain Resort Marketing Director David Dekema said. “We have watched this event grow in popularity and are happy to announce we’ve added a lot more activities for this year’s event and expanded it across nine days.”

Ballhooter Spring Break will take place this year March 6 through March 14. The event will feature live performances from numerous bands, including headliner and platinum-selling Celtic punk rock band Dropkick Murphys. Dropkick Murphys — whose most popular songs include “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” “Tessie” and “The Boys are Back” — are to perform on an outdoor festival stage in the center of Snowshoe’s mountaintop village March 7.

“We are excited to have the Dropkick Murphys at our annual festival,” Dekema said. “We’ve added a slew of Irish-themed events, including a ‘build-your-kilt party’ for students to get into the spirit.”

The Ballhooter kilt-making party kicks off the festival March 6 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. While making kilts, guests can also enjoy special pricing on Irish-inspired beverages. The Shawn Owen Band will perform at 10 p.m.

March 7 events include Ballhooter Irish Spring Games, Ballhooter Pre-Game Happy Hour and live entertainment from The Mahones and Blood and Whiskey before Dropkick Murphys take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Music will continue inside Connection Nightclub with The Pietasters at 10 p.m.

Sunday’s major event is a Hootenanny Pot ‘O Gold Treasure Hunt. Events such as Mountain Madness Dunk for Junk Contest, Mega Red Cup Bounce-Off Competition and Human Foosball Contest are to take place throughout the week.

March 13 and March 14 events include a Battle of the DJ’s Competition and Ballhooter Spring Break Beach Bash, respectively. Live music inside Connection Nightclub will conclude the event.

Ballhooter Spring Break is named after the ballhooters who were part of Cheat Mountain’s history long before Snowshoe Mountain came into existence.

“Ballhooters” were loggers who pitched giant logs down the mountain with reckless abandon. The festival pays respect to the ballhooters’ wild spirits.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort is offering discounted lodging and lift tickets for the Ballhooter event online at www.snowshoemtn.com or by calling Snowshoe reservations at 1-877-441-4386.