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sizzlin’ summer series

In 2016, PATH launched a new program called The Sizzlin’ Summer Series, with the goal of increasing connections between neighbors and people, and increasing physical activity, while highlighting fun opportunities to play and be active in our community. This physical activity campaign was developed with the generous assistance of NC Population Health Improvement Partners, with evaluation support from NC Center for Health & Wellness at UNCA. NC Population Health Improvement Partners presented our program as an example of a successful model for evidence-based public health intervention at the NC Public Health Association Conference.

Each Saturday morning during the Farmer’s Market, you’ll find a different fun activity happening on the Burnsville Town Square. Themes include biking, water sports, dance, and much more. All events are free, and appropriate for all ages and abilities. The events drew almost 1,000 participants over the course of the summer of 2017. We conducted a survey to measure the impact of the 2017 Sizzlin Summer Series and here’s what we learned:


  • 79% of survey respondents said that participating in the Sizzlin Summer Series encouraged their family to do additional fun and physically active activities!
  • 29% of those who responded to the survey said that they likely would not have done something else physically active if it weren’t for the Sizzlin Summer Series event.
  • 58% said that they tried an activity that was new to them as part of the Series

“Great use of square and coordination with timing of farmers market! Keep up the great work. This is a great resource for building on great community.”

“Keep it going! This is a really good thing. Adds so much to the charm of our town. It adds an element of fun for kids who might not find the Farmers Market exciting.”

“I appreciate the variety and accessibility of the activities. Well done!”

“I stopped by when I was going to the Farmers’ market. It was fun. I don’t have kids, but still enjoyed seeing other people’s kids having fun.”

- 2017 Sizzlin Summer Participants

july, 2018

7jul10:00 am- 12:00 pm2018 Sizzlin Summer SeriesSplash Into Summer

12julAll Day2018 Sizzlin Summer Series - Free Pool Day!at the Burnsville Pool at Ray-Cort Park

12julAll Day2018 Sizzlin Summer Series - Free Pool Day!at the Toe River Campground Pool

14jul10:00 am- 12:00 pm2018 Sizzlin Summer SeriesFit Kids, Face Painting, and Balloon Art

16jul - 18jul 169:00 amjul 18Toe River Racqueteers FREE Summer Camp - Spruce Pine

sponsored by:


89% of Sizzlin Summer participants told us that they visited a downtown merchant while they were in town for the Sizzlin Summer Series. Interested in sponsoring next year’s event? Give us a call at 828-682-7899 to talk about sponsorship opportunities!


coordinated by:

PATH and Healthy Yancey

co-sponsored by:

The Town of Burnsville

Yancey County Government

additional support provided by:

Toe River Health District

Appalachian Youth to Youth

Yancey County Schools

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Yancey County DSS

AMY Regional Library

Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force

Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

Mayland Community College

Community Care of WNC

Parkway Playhouse

Penland School of Crafts

RHA Health – Prevention Services

American Cancer Society

Mountain Community Health Partnership

Toe Valley Soccer Association

Yancey County Sheriff’s Department

Burnsville Police Department

Mitchell Yancey Healthy Families

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden

Reconciliation House

Yancey Mitchell NAACP

…and many other invested community members…