The 9th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show comes to town August 11th – 12th at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, located on Highway 441 South. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Lakes End Grill and Marina, where you’ll find everything you need for a great time on beautiful Lake Nantahala.

This two day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. BBQ teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best BBQ vying to be named Grand Champion earning a North Carolina State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Everyone entering the Festival on Friday between 11 am and 3 pm will receive free admission. Those who enter after 3 on Friday will pay $5 to enter, but will also receive a Saturday wrist band for FREE!

The Tastin’ Tent

Saturday will feature the KCBS Professional and Backyard Competitions and Franklin’s own “Tastin’ Tent”. If you want to taste what the judges taste, the “Tastin’ Tent” is where you’ll want to be. Your “Tastin’ Tent” ticket will get you ten 2 oz. cups of BBQ pork from ten different teams. The entries will be judged by you. We’ll tally the ballots and crown Franklin’s Finest at the Awards Ceremony at 5 pm on Saturday. Only 200 “Tastin’ Tent” tickets are sold and are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce for only $5 with a paid festival admission. Tickets will also be sold at the gate while they last. The “Tastin’ Tent” will be held on Saturday promptly at 3 pm. In addition to the great BBQ from our vendors, there will also be burgers, hot dogs, Italian ice, ice cream, funnel cakes and more!

This year’s Car Show is again being organized by Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Club. The car show will be held Friday from 5 pm until 8 pm and all day Saturday. Here’s your chance to show off your car! All makes and models are welcome. Registration forms are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Trophies will be awarded to category winners with cash prizes awarded to the first and second place winners of “People’s Choice”. The Car Show Award Ceremony is scheduled for 3 pm on Saturday.

You don’t want to miss this year’s line-up of fantastic crafters and vendors featuring wood works, jewelry, candles, home décor and much more.

Each attendee will be given a chance to enter a drawing for a grill to be given away at the awards ceremony on Saturday.   In addition, chances will be sold to win a Traeger Pellet Grill.  This grill/smoker package is valued at $1,600. The grill is on display at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and will be at the festival. Tickets are $5 each, 6 for $25 and 13 for $50. They are available at the Chamber for purchase, as well as at the Festival. The drawing will take place at the Awards Ceremony at 5 pm on Saturday. A big thank you to Traeger Grills and Appalachian Ace Hardware for donating this grill!

Tickets for the Traeger Grill Raffle are on sale now!

Traeger BBQ experts will be on stage offering tips and techniques to add zing to your backyard grilling. Demos will be held on Friday at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm and on Saturday demos will be held at 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm.  A Schedule will be posted at the festival.

We hope you’ll join us at this year’s Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show! For more information, visit or call 828-524-3161