For the first time ever, Franklin will be hosting an event that few other towns have the ability to promote.
The inaugural WNC OutdoorAthlon will be held on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 8-9) in Cullasaja Park. For two days, locals and visitors will have an opportunity to learn more about this area for its outdoor recreation, meet specialty vendors, compete in fun events or just relax in front of the stage and listen to live music. This is a family event and no alcohol use or sales are permitted on site.
Many of us take the resources in our backyard for granted - while many others travel across the country for even just a brief experience of what the region has to offer. As a community, this is a golden opportunity for residents and business owners to step up and show off. No other event is being promoted outside of Franklin like this event. Regardless of public opinion on growth for the community, citizens count on the 8.1 million people that live just a two-hour drive away. No other town - yes, town - in the southeast is as easy to reach for so many people. This event is being set up to attract a huge part of the surrounding demographic that considers themselves to be outdoor recreationalists. This is one of the fastest growing lifestyle segments in the country. It’s healthy, and it’s affordable. The truth is, the 50 miles that surround Franklin, N.C. contain some of the most abundant and dynamic play-spots in the U.S. And yes, it’s probably more of a secret to us than it is to those around us that drive for hours to play here. For many others, the awe of the mountains alone draw them here regularly. Unfortunately, little has been done to engage those folks while they are here. The objective of this event is to expose people to things they’ve never done and encourage them to see more than what’s outside of their car window next time they pass through.
One of the best parts is that it’s set up to be easy and affordable for all to take part.
Vendor booths are only $50 for a 10x10 for both days, and a few sponsor slots are open as well. This is going to be a great opportunity for you to showcase your business and help all of us put Franklin on the map for something for which it is long overdue. Admission is free. Only registrations for the competitive events have participant fees. With some amazing support from the local Tourism Development Commission, Tourism Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce, Macon County Parks Dept. and some outstanding sponsor partnerships - this event promises to be like no other this side of Asheville.