Tuck Fest - U.S. National Whitewater Center

FAQs

WHAT DOES TUCK FEST MEAN?

The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located on the property of the USNWC.  The ford is the first known crossing point along the Catawba River that was traveled by Native Americans and European settlers. The Ford allowed travelers coming from the western part of the state to reach the key intersection of the Tuckaseegee Trail and the great Trading Path, the area now known as Center City Charlotte. As the area continued to grow, the Ford became a crucial crossing point for travelers and traders during and after the Revolutionary War. Located next to the USNWC on the Catawba River, Sadler Island is a visible reminder of the Tuckaseegee Ford and its historical significance.

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THE MUSIC? WILL THERE BE SEATING FOR MUSIC?

All of the USNWC’s concerts are free and open to the public. Standard USNWC parking fees apply. Seating is not provided for the live musical performances. Plenty of areas for guests to bring chairs and blankets are available. Please visit the Festival & Concert FAQ for more information HERE. Tuck Fest Terrace Access Passes are available each day for guests looking for an elevated experience. More details on the Terrace Access Passes can be found HERE.

Who can participate in Tuck Fest races/competitions?

Anyone who has paid the one-time registration fee (see above) can participate in our Tuck Fest races and competitions once they receive a participation bib. We do have age recommendations for certain races and competitions that can be found on the event pages.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR A RACE/COMPETITION? WHAT IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN MORE THAN ONE?

Tuck Fest registration is a one-time flat fee that grants access to all races and competitions throughout the 4-day festival. After completing the registration process, participants can compete in as many Tuck Fest races and competitions as they would like throughout the festival. Day-of registration will also be available on-site each day of Tuck Fest. Additional registration details can be found HERE

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN TUCK FEST RACES/COMPETITIONS?

Anyone who has registered may participate in any Tuck Fest race and competition (with the exception of the Deep Water Solo comp which features an application process) once they received a Tuck Fest participation bib and bracelet. There are age recommendations for certain races and competitions that can be found in the individual race/competition details.

HOW DOES THE TUCK FEST DEEP WATER SOLO COMP APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

Anyone can apply to compete in the Tuck Fest Deep Water Solo Comp; however, there are only so many climbers that a head-to-head tournament can accommodate. In order to create the best possible experience for both climbers and spectators, the USNWC will select the top 50 male and 50 female climbers based on his/her climbing resume to compete in the qualifying round. More details about the application process can be found HERE.

WILL THE USNWC PROVIDE GEAR?

With a wide range of race and competition throughout the festival, each event is different. See the individual race/competition description for details.

DOES THE TUCK FEST REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE PARTICIPATION IN ANY USNWC ACTIVITY?

Tuck Fest registration does not include any Day Pass activities. Guests must purchase a pass in order to participate in any of our land, flatwater or whitewater activities. Pass options can be found HERE.

IS THERE A SPECTATOR FEE?

There is no fee for spectators coming to enjoy the Tuck Fest events, music and demos. Standard USNWC parking fees apply.

WHERE ARE THE CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS? IS THERE ON-SITE CAMPING AVAILABLE AT THE USNWC?

For guests staying overnight, we recommend any of our local Hotel Partners found HERE . We do not have any on-site areas designated for camping. The McDowell Nature Preserve and KOA Charlotte are the closest camping areas.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH THE TUCK FEST WEEKEND?

Helping hands throughout the festival are always welcome. If you are interested in volunteering during any day of Tuck Fest, please contact us at racedirector@usnwc.org.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE AS A VENDOR OR EVENT SPONSOR?

If you are interested in being a vendor or event sponsor during Tuck Fest, please visit the Vendor Application page found HERE.

WILL THE TRAILS BE OPEN THROUGHOUT TUCK FEST?

The USNWC’s trail status is variable and is dependent on weather conditions. As always, we recommend checking the USNWC website for trail status before visiting.

IF IT RAINS, WILL YOU CANCEL THE FESTIVAL?

Tuck Fest will take place rain or shine. Certain aspects of the festival may be adjusted to account for the weather conditions. The Tuck Fest website will be updated to reflect any adjustments.

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