AT Community Honors Franklin Chamber of Commerce

Photo: Bill Van Horn- ATCC co-chair, Linda Harbuck- CoC Executive Director, Kristina Moe- ATCC co-chair, Olga Pader- ATCC member, Cindy Cavender- CoC Special Events coordinator and Marketing Director, Diane Baldwin- CoC Administrative Assistant, David Lippy- ATCC member.

Photo: Bill Van Horn- ATCC co-chair, Linda Harbuck- CoC Executive Director, Kristina Moe- ATCC co-chair, Olga Pader- ATCC member, Cindy Cavender- CoC Special Events coordinator and Marketing Director, Diane Baldwin- CoC Administrative Assistant, David Lippy- ATCC member.

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce was recently recognized for its support to the Appalachian Trail Community Program by a visit from AT Community Committee members.  Since Franklin’s formal designation in March 2010 as an A.T. Community the  Chamber has helped build public awareness about the significant resources and economic opportunities the Appalachian National Scenic Trail brings to Franklin as an A.T. Community.  The Chamber highlights Franklin as an AT Community in the New Comers Guide along with AT hike information, and they provide space for an AT display in the Chamber building.

The A.T. Community Supporter Program is offered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) as part of its A.T. Community Program.  The Community Supporter Program highlights non-profits, organizations, and businesses that provide support to the hiking community, the Appalachian Trail and/or the ATC by recognizing participating entities as “A.T. Community Supporters.”  Once designated the “Supporter” is recognized with a window decal, certificate and highlighted on the ATC web site.

For more information contact Justin Setzer at the Town of Franklin member on the AT Community Committee or

For more information about the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and all the great opportunities to get involved in the community, please visit the Chamber’s website at

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61st Annual Macon County Fair

Macon Co Fair

The official opening ceremony for the 61st Annual Macon County Agricultural Fair was held Wednesday at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center at the Macon County Fairgrounds at 1pm. A busy week ahead for all of the entrants in the competitions is on tap with judging in the Arts and Crafts and the floral competitions having already been done. You can check out all of the entrants and see all the winning entries every day for the remainder of the week through Saturday, September 20th.

The gates open at 9 am Thursday through Saturday and close at 9 pm.

For a complete listing and schedule of events at this year’s Macon County Agricultural Fair, please visit their website at

The Macon County Agricultural Fair is one of the truly Agricultural only fairs left in North Carolina. There’s a rich history of agriculture in Macon County and the annual fair highlights the role it has had in shaping our great community. Don’t be fooled, there will be plenty of entertainment and a variety of competitions throughout the duration of the fair, something different is happening every night. Here are a few of the highlights from the schedule:

Thursday, September 18

5:00 p.m……………………….Dairy Cattle Show, Show Arena                                                     6:00 p.m. ……………………..Cross-Cut Saw Demonstration, Field                                                   6:00 p.m. ……………………..Entertainment, Pavilion                                                                   6:30 p.m. ……………………..Market Lambs, Junior Show, Show                                                   7:00 p.m. ……………………..Rabbit Show, Rabbit Area                                                                       7:30 p.m. ……………………..Goat Show, Show Arena                                                                   9:00 p.m. ……………………..Doors Close to Public

Friday September 19th

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. …….Kids Pedal Tractor Registration at the                                                                                                 entrance to the Livestock Barn                                                              4:30 p.m. ………………………Entertainment, Pavilion                                                                        6:00 p.m. – until …………….Kids Pedal Tractor Pull                                                                                                                           entrance to Livestock Barn                                                                    6:30 p.m. ……………………..Market Lamb                                                                                                                                             (Costume Contest & Obstacle Course)                                                                                                  Show Arena                                                                                                9:00 p.m. ……………………..Doors Close to Public

Don’t forget that there’s also lots of great food, arts & crafts, and many local vendors out at the fair as well. Don’t miss a great opportunity to discover something new, or visit with some old friends, come see it all, at the fair!

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The Macon County Fair is Back!

Macon County Fair Sept 17-20, 2014

Macon County Fair Sept 17-20, 2014

The Macon County Agricultural Fair will open its doors for another exciting four days from Wednesday September 17th through Saturday September 20th at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Along with entertainment at the pavilion, there will be Pet Shows, Poultry Shows, Livestock Shows and so much more. In the back area of the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, you will find this years educational booths, along with the many entrants from the children from all over Macon County. There will also be some great local vendors, crafters and artisans with wonderfully unique products and services for you to look at and sometimes get your hands on for a test “run”.

Other areas of the Macon County Agricultural Fair are the floral, art, and photography contests. Entries will be received on Tuesday, September 16th from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. No exhibits will be accepted after Tuesday. Once the doors open Wednesday at noon, you’ll be able to browse through all the winners and almost winners in each category and judge for yourself as well. Take your time walking around the educational booths, learning a little more about how things were done in a simpler time, and what we can pull from the ingenuity of those who came before us.

Don’t forget to walk around the animal’s enclosures and see how the animals are taken care of and how much work truly goes into taking care of just one animal in a herd of them, and compare that to the enormity of a working farm Our eyes can be opened a bit wider each year as we watch the young men and women of FFA, local farms and farming families all take part in the Macon County Agricultural Fair.

A full schedule of events can be found at and for more information about other happenings in Macon County, Franklin, NC for this coming weekend, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website here

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Art on Main


Saturday September 6th

Art on Main is this Saturday, September 6th

The Macon County Art Association is having it’s monthly “Art on Main” event this Saturday, downtown Franklin, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. There will be all types of painting and photography, as well as other artisans and crafters from Franklin and the surrounding areas, showing off their work and adding some mountain flare to the town square area. Art on Main is sponsored by the Macon County Art Association and brought to you by the Arts Council of Macon County and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

While you’re exploring all of the work from the many talented artists, make your way down Main Street, where you’ll find many other locally unique shops, restaurants and merchants. Visit the local historical locations, such as the clock tower, old jail and the Scottish Tartan Museum and travel back in time at the Macon County Historical Society Museum, where you can get a feel for how things were back in the “good old days”.

As the Art on Main begins to wrap up at 4:00 pm, you’ll start to see another group of folks setting up at the gazebo, as Town Square is transformed into a musical venue for the weekly Pickin’ on the Square concert series. This week, Ms. Kitty and the Big City Band will bring the sounds of Motown and the blues to take you back in time with a wonderful variety of musical sounds. Open mic starts at 6:30 pm with the main show starting at 7:30 pm.  Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair!

You can literally fill your day with history, art, music and more in downtown Franklin this Saturday and we invite you to make this Saturday a day for you to see, touch and hear the sounds of small town America that most places wish for.

For more information about all things Franklin, please the Chamber’s website at where there is a calendar of events and information about all the other fun things you can do while you’re out seeking adventure!


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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

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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 and for more information about everything Franklin, visit the Chamber’s website at


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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 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

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 and for more information about the many other fun things to do and see in Franklin, please visit the Chamber of Commerce website at

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