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Arts & Entertainment 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Show this weekend

This year marks The 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Festival to be held Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Macon County Fair Grounds on 441S, in Franklin.

If you are headed to or driving around the mountains of Western North Carolina to view the Autumn foliage, then you'll want to stop in and enjoy some good ol’ homespun fun at this 19th Annual event. It is THE event that everyone looks forward to and shoppers and crafters alike love coming to this festive fine art and craft show in Franklin at this most beautiful time of year.

The fair grounds will be festively decorated to enhance the season, the artists and crafters booths will be filled to the brim with the most unique handmade crafts you’ll find anywhere. The air will be filled with the sweet sounds of live music and the great smells of all your favorite festival foods which you can take home or enjoy in our covered pavilion.

More than 80 juried artisans from around the Southeast with a huge variety of high quality and very unique wares to include:

Custom furniture, hand-smocked baby dresses, recycled glass art, stained glass/ fused glass, scrollsaw art, wood turning, whimsical & functional pottery, woven rugs clothing, quilting, yard art, hats, hand bags, candles, personalized Christmas ornaments, soaps, lotions & herbs & essential oils, gourd art baskets, walking sticks, folk art, florals, homemade spices, salsas, chutney, dips, jams, BBQ sauce, photography, oils, pastels, watercolors, and charcoals, gemstone, sterling, wire wrapped and magnetic therapy jewelry, gift baskets, glassware and more.

A variety of talented musicians and singer/songwriters will entertain on Friday and Saturday, along with demonstrations by artisans; professional face painting, and an Alpaca petting zoo; an antique car show (for the men folk) and this year is the first annual Cash Prize Costume Contest for all ages. will give away two first place prizes of $100 each; two second place prizes of $50 each and two third place prizes of $25 each. More than 100 free hand crafted door prizes will be given away.

The High Mountain Square Dancers will entertain you and then teach you how to square dance on Saturday at noon. And when you have shopped until you dropped, enjoy a relaxing seated massage.

So follow the signs to the Macon County fair grounds where you will be greeted by the infamous “Pumpkin People” and come on in and see for yourself why this art and craft fest is different from the rest.

This year, the craft show is once again conducting a major food drive for local food banks, whose shelves are being depleted in these struggling times. Please bring canned or boxed food for our community in need.

Admission this year is $2 or $1.50 with a can of food. Children 13 & under are free. Wear a costume for free admission to the show. The event is indoors and under cover and held rain or shine and parking is accessible and free.

This helps our struggling economy, our struggling artisans and helps keep the festival alive. For information, call Laurie at (770)940-2446


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