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Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling.
On Saturday, the Festival gets underway at 11am with crafts, country fair, weaving and knitting demonstrations, quilt exhibit, antique tractors, corn grinder, music and dance, food and much more. The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm. More info
Looking for a way to "heat" up your Bryson City getaway? Then make your plans now to attend the annual Bryson City Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off & Fall Festival, now in its 26th year and a favorite of both locals and visitors. Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with decorated booths, live music, handcrafted arts and yummy homemade desserts. Finally, don't forget to cast your vote for the coveted People's Choice Award given at the end of the day. Bring your appetite and see you there! 800-867-9246 or click here
Celebrate leaf season in the Smoky Mountains at this free event, a family-favorite in the Nantahala Gorge. With activities and prizes for all ages, your friends and family are sure to have a great day on or off the water. Pumpkin Decorating - every child wins a prize. Great Pumpkin Pursuit - free-for-all dash through Nantahala Falls in rafts; try to pick up as many pumpkins as you can! Costume contests for kids and couples. Live music at Big Wesser BBQ; bonfire with s'mores included. More info
Leeettttttt’s geeeeeeetttttt readdddddy toooo rummmmmbbbbbble. This two-person team fly-fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, NC. A modified FIPS-mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated, meaning only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition, and more. Prizes: The EBCI Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program has provided $10,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000), and 3rd place team ($2,000). Format: Two-man teams, FIPS-mouche rules. Registration includes: Opening dinner on Friday evening, competitor swag, lunch on Saturday, and fishing tournament registration. Schedule: Friday night is registration, draw of the beat assignments, and dinner. Saturday and Sunday are competition days. This tournament is limited to 30 teams, with 15 competing on Saturday morning and 15 on Saturday afternoon. The top seven from each session will move on to Sunday morning. The top seven from Sunday morning’s competition will move on to fish Sunday afternoon for the cash. To register: the fee is $225 per team. You may register by mail with a check or in person with cash or check. Make checks payable to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Boulevard PO Box 1838 Cherokee, NC 28719 ALL PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL BY OCTOBER 15, 2016, or you risk the possibility of losing your team’s spot. Volunteers and judges for the tournament are needed. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828.788.0034.