Happy Labor Day!

Pickens Nose

Labor Day weekend signals that the end of Summer is drawing near. Time seems to be moving faster and faster and the calendar is a little less forgiving each year. School buses are back on the road in Macon County and the classrooms are alive with the spirit of teaching and learning. The most colorful time of the year, leaf season, is literally weeks away.

If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll make your plans to spend this last three day weekend of the summer here in Franklin, exploring the sights of the many downtown stores that are clearing way for their fall inventory. Take a walk down the historic streets and visit the museums and art galleries that bring to life the history and the majestic beauty of our quiet, quaint town. Check out your favorite hiking trail, or discover a new one, on one of the many close to town trails, the most famous one being the Appalachian Trail, that is little less than 15 miles from downtown Franklin. Of course, what weekend would be complete without a drive up Highlands Road to see the green in glory and hear the rush of the Cullasaja River flowing over the sides of the most beautiful waterfalls in western North Carolina!

Take a step back and enjoy all there is to see and do here in Franklin, NC. We hope you have a safe, fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend and we look forward to seeing you again as the leaves change their hue and the magical colors of fall soon begin to shine!

For more information about all there is to see and do here in Franklin, please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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CareNet and The Chamber say Thank You

Over 300lbs of Pork Donated

Over 300lbs of Pork Donated

The 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show was another tastefully successful event this year, and nothing said it more than with the incredible dontations of time, money and resources by both the Kansas City Barbecue Society and all the cook teams that made a donation of over 300lbs of cooked pork butt to CareNet right here in Franklin.

The KCBS began a program called 100KCBS Meals Mission, with the purpose of the initiative to feed 100,000 people this year. The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, with the approval of the KCBS team, purchased 50 Boston Butts from a local supermarket and asked that teams participating in this year’s Mountain High BBQ Festival to prepare them for turn in and turn over to CareNet on Saturday, August 9th. When all was said and done, there was over 300lbs of meat prepared for pickup.

In all, there were 53 teams who participated in this years BBQ Festival with 39 Pro teams and 14 Back Yard teams. Each team that was able, took the pork butts and prepared them, did so on top of the preparation of each of their entries for the competition. Scott Moreitz, Director of Operations for CareNet of Franklin said “We appreciate greatly what the BBQ teams did in preparing and bringing a wonderful new food item to the people who come in and utilize CareNet’s services”. He added “BBQ is not something that we can readily prepare here in our kitchen and the amount of time that goes into its cooking is so lengthy, that it’s not conducive to the services we provide. Thanks to the donation, we’ve been able to add a tasty treat to our menu for our hot meals”.

CareNet of Franklin is a food pantry for those in need. Once a month they can receive a box of food and items to help get them through, but, they can come in for perishable food each day, and while there, can receive a hot meal from the CareNet Cafe. That is where the BBQ donation has helped so much. To date, the folks at CareNet have served approximately 300 meals using the donated meat and in all, believe there will be somewhere in the area of 600 meals served from just this one donation.

For more information about how you can help or donate to CareNet of Franklin, please give them a call at 828-369-2642 or stop by their building on Bidwell Street in downtown Franklin.

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BBQ, Hot Rods and Country Music

The 6th Annual Mountian High BBQ Festival and Car Show kicks off Friday, August 8th at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center at the Macon County Fairgrounds on Hwy 441S/Georgia Rd at 11am. Two days of BBQ, Classic Cars, Cooking Demonstrations, Crafters, Vendors and a concert Friday evening at 7pm by Sylva’s own Buchanan Boys. Admission to the BBQ Festival is $5 for Adults and Children Under 12 are free. You can purchase a two day adult pass for $8.

Friday Aug 8th at 7pm

Friday Aug 8th at 7pm

Don’t miss out on all the great fun and experience the best of the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world class competitive BBQ-ing. You can purchase a ticket for the Tastin’ Tent, which will allow you to taste what the judges are tasting and see which team’s recipe is the best of the best. Tickets for the Tastin’ Tent are limited, so you need to act fast. Information about purchasing tickets for the Tastin’ Tent can be found at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce or at the Fairgrounds.

We hope to see you at this year’s Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show! For more information about the BBQ Festival, please visit http://www.mountainhighbbqfestival.com/wnc-bbq-festival/ and for more information about everything Franklin, visit the Chamber’s website at  http://www.franklin-chamber.com/


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6th Annual BBQ Festival and Car Show

BBQ Fest

Take a moment to stop and smell the world class BBQ this weekend! That’s right, this Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th at the Wayne Proffitt Agriculture Center and Macon County Fairgrounds, the 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be up and running. For two days, the KCBS competition will be taking place here in Franklin along with a Friday evening Cruise In at 5pm and the Sylva based Buchanan Boys in Concert at 7pm on the fairgrounds.

This year will feature a new event for our lovers of BBQ, the Grilling Demonstrations are a first time event for the Mountain High BBQ Festival, and we’re so excited to have a fantastic line up of cookers and their favorite grilling techniques and “grillables”. These demonstrations will take place on Friday at 4pm and 5pm and then on Saturday at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm respectively. Some of the foods that will be prepared are; ribs, pork loin, chicken and pizza. The demonstrations will take place on the stage at the fairgrounds and will all be done on the $1,200 Holland Grill that will be raffled off at the end of the festival on Saturday. Entry into the raffle is FREE with your paid admission but you must fill out the entry form to be entered into the drawing. You do NOT need to be present to win.

Tickets for this year’s BBQ festival are $5 for Adults and Children under 12 are free. You can also purchase a two day pass for $8. Hope to see you there!

For more information about the 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show, please visit http://www.mountainhighbbqfestival.com/wnc-bbq-festival/. You can also call the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at (828) 524-3161 or stop by at 425 Porter Street, Franklin and get your tickets ahead of time.

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Take a walk under the water…

Dry FallsHave you ever had a dream, where you were in a make believe world, where anything was possible? It’s true that there are more waterfalls in western North Carolina than you could shake a stick at, but out of the literally hundreds of them, how many of them are over 180 feet tall and have a beautiful access path that allow you to walk right up and underneath the center of it – and beyond?

Dry Falls is one of the most popular locations in the Franklin area and within the last year, the access path was completely redone to allow for easier and safer descent from the parking area, under the falls, and over to the far side where there lies a bench and an area for families and friends to enjoy Mother Nature’s “rock concert”.

Dry Falls is located on Highway 64 between Franklin, NC and Highlands, NC and is accessible from either direction. With a newly paved parking area and picnic tables, the Dry Falls area is a location that the whole family can enjoy. Not wanting to walk the path, but you still want to enjoy the show? No problem! There is a long, parking lot level, viewing area that allows everyone to see the beauty and majesty that is Dry Falls.

For more information about the many local area waterfalls, hikes, restaurants, and all things Franklin, NC – please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at  http://franklin-chamber.com/.

Photos for the Snapshots From Franklin NC blog are provided by Eric Haggart of Timeless Moments Imaging. For more of Eric’s photography from Franklin and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina and the Smoky Mountains, please visit his Facebook page.


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11th Annual Folk Festival

Folk Festival

Last week we touched on a piece of the history of downtown Franklin, this Saturday, July 19th, downtown Franklin will be filled with history. It’s time once again for the annual Franklin North Carolina Folk Festival. This year, there will be over 100 demonstrations and exhibits showing festival goers what life was like during generations past.

In addition to the over 100 demonstrations/exhibits, there will be an antique car show in the town hall parking lot, Civil War re-enactors, live “Heritage Entertainment”, Youth Talent show, a quilt show and other indoor exhibits in Tartan Hall, authentic Appalachian Crafts and so much more! Be sure to set aside plenty of time to get around to all the demonstrations, exhibits and great folk entertainment. There will also be plenty of food and beverage vendors to keep you full and refreshed. Don’t forget to stop in to the many stores and merchants who will also be open the day of the festival to give you a taste of the local artists, crafters and products that are so uniquely Franklin!

Activities kick off at 9 am, with the day’s opening ceremony held at 10 am at the Gazebo in town square, and continue through 4 pm, as the streets of downtown Franklin will only be open to pedestrian traffic. You can find more information about the 11th Annual Folk Festival by visiting http://www.franklinfolkfestival.com/index.html and for more information about the many other fun things to do and see in Franklin, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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Franklin’s History

Like most towns nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, Franklin has a rich history with many intriguing stories, museums and monuments that celebrate the storied past of the community of people that put their roots here in the mountains. As you walk the streets of downtown Franklin, you will come across a number of historical societies, statues and, one of the more recognizable sights in town square, the Confederate Statue.

Confederate Statue in Town Square

Confederate Statue in Town Square

Although there were no actual battles fought in the Franklin area during the Civil War, there were thousands of men who were brought into service during the conflict. The statue was erected in 1909 in honor of the men who fought bravely during the Civil War.

To read more about the history of Franklin and learn where you can see some of the sights and experiences of the past, please visit the Franklin Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/aboutfranklin/history.php and see what the past has in store for your future.

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Fireworks In the Park


Corn hole

Corn Hole Tourney at 3 PM


Kids Funland All Afternoon

Have you made your plans to fill your July 4th with fun, food and great entertainment? Franklin is gearing up for another fun filled afternoon at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Rec Park on Hwy 441 S/Georgia Rd, with the kick off Corn Hole Tournament that starts at 3 PM, sponsored by ServPro. In all, $650 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams. $300 for first place, $200 for second, $100 for third and $50 for fourth. Registration is $25 per team and will be accepted from 1:30 – 2:30 the day of the event or you can register ahead of time at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Also going on in the park will be a FREE Funland for kids, sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church. 

Lots of  fun activities, games and bouncy houses for the kids to have a great time.

At 7 PM the Plunger Toss, sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises, will start on the baseball field.

Take your shot at $50 in what is becoming one of the most popular events of the day! Contestants take aim with a plunger and attempt to score a direct hit into the commode in front of them. Lots of laughs and fun all around the plunger toss.

Plunger Toss

Try your hand at the Plunger Toss


On the upper parking lot next to the pavillion, Miss Kitty and the Big City Band will start to entertain the crowd at 7 pm with their unique style and big band sound. They will entertain until 9 pm when there will be final preparations for the Bulls Eye Ball Drop, sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.

Get your lucky golf ball for $5 or up your chances at the $500 Grand Prize and get 3 for $10. The ball drop happens at 9:15 pm.

Bulls Eye Ball Drop

Bulls Eye Ball Drop

After the Bulls Eye Ball Drop, there will be the Presentation of Colors, followed by a salute to the Armed Forces. The National Anthem will then take us into the main event of the evening when the Largest Fireworks Display in Western North Carolina will light up the night sky over Franklin.

Come celebrate our nation’s independence with us, enjoy the entertainment, great food and family fun. We hope to see you there!

July 4th

Start of the Fireworks in the Park

Fireworks is the Park is made possible by our sponsors at The Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Macon County Recreation Park, The Town of Franklin, TDC and Biltmore Baptist Church. Free shuttle bus service will begin at 5 pm from the Franklin High School parking lot. For more information about Fireworks in the Park, please call (828) 524-3161 or 800-336-7829. Donations appreciated and accepted!

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Great Theater


The theater season is ramping up now that we’re officially into the summer season, and this weekend in Franklin is going to be a great time for fans of musicals.

At the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, the Rodgers and Hammerstein production Oklahoma! will be on stage from June 27-29 and then again July 4-6 and here are some details about the show: Oklahoma!, the first musical written by the dynamic duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will soon envelope the stage of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.  It will be presented by an actor’s guild based in Atlanta, and under the direction of Broadway veteran, Robert Ray. Oklahoma! tells the story of Curly McLain, a handsome, loveable, and bow-legged cowboy, and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams.  Curly must contend with an evil ranch hand and a travelling peddler for the heart of the women he loves.  Curly will be played by television and film star, Brad Thomason, who has been seen on TV shows such as The Sopranos and Law and Order.  He also appeared in the hit film, Remember the Titans.  Laurey will be played by Camilla Zaepfel, who recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Boston Conservatory.  She has worked at The Alliance, Lyric and Legacy Theaters in Atlanta and also at the Highlands Playhouse.

For more information about show times and ticketing information, please visit the SMCPA website at http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/

Civil War Musical 02

Another production that is taking place this coming weekend is being put on by Overlook Theater is “The Civil War: A Musical Experience”.  Whether exploring the deep, emotional impact of battle or the sweeping historical events that helped to shape the country and cultures of the modern United States,  “Civil War Musical” will enlighten, educate and touch the hearts of those in the audience. Show dates and times are June 26 & 27 at 7:30 pm. The show is being performed at the FHS Fine Arts Center and tickets are $10 for all seats. Advanced tickets are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and The Motor Company Grill.

For more information about other upcoming events and activities, lodging and great places to grab your favorite meals, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at: http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and don’t forget to connect with us on our Facebook page!

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July 4th Weekend

July 4th 2014

Have you thought about what you might be doing this Fourth of July weekend and haven’t quite made up your mind? With Independence Day on a Friday this year, a lot of folks will have a nice long three day weekend to plan a short family trip to their favorite destinations. Franklin is gearing up for our annual Fourth of July in the Park celebration at the Macon County Recreation Park on Hwy 441 S/Georgia Road in Franklin.

Each year, the Franklin Chamber of Commerce, with the help of many local businesses and organizations, puts on a fantastic day of fun, entertainment, food and more, at the Rec Park. Festivities officially kick off at 3pm, with a Corn Hole tournament sponsored by ServPro. Biltmore Baptist Church will be hosting the free kids inflatables area and Ferguson Enterprises is sponsoring the Plunger Toss, one of the most popular events of the day. Smoky Mountain Chevrolet will sponsor the Bulls Eye Ball Drop that will culminate the activities of the day before the main event kicks off.

This year’s headline entertainment act is Miss Kitty and the Big City Band and they will perform from 7-9 pm when there will be the Presentation of the Colors, followed by a tribute to our Armed Forces and the singing of the National Anthem leading into the largest fireworks show in Western North Carolina.


If food is your fare, then don’t worry one bit! There will be a wide array of foods to choose from, such as, hamburgers, BBQ, hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade and more. You will surely run out of room, before you run out of great things to eat!

Make your plans now to join us here in Franklin for a family friendly, fun, and entertaining day. Come and see why all of your friends are moving to the mountains of WNC and enjoy all the benefits of being in a small town has to offer. There’s so much more to do here after the hot dogs and fireworks, the beautiful vistas, hiking, waterfalls, the beauty of nature and the quiet of the mountains.

For more information about everything Franklin, please visit our website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ or give us a call at (828) 524-3161 and start your journey of making memories in the mountains.

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