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Pumpkinfest in downtown Franklin Pumpkin roll, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; costume contest and parade; pumpkin carving contest; hayrides, 3 to 6 p.m.; treats with merchants until 5 p.m.

“Trunk or Treat” at Iotla Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 29, in the church parking lot from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free hotdogs and games. The church is located at 1537 Iotla Church Road.

Country Hoedown Festival at Cartoogechaye Baptist Church Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. Food, fun, games, and hayrides. Costumes are welcome; nothing scary, please. The church is located at 465 W. Old Murphy Road. Everyone is welcome.


Local photographer using landscape to encourage preservation

James Valentine, former Highlands resident and naturalist photographer, artist, and filmmaker, stopped in Franklin on Wednesday as part of his promotional tour for the launch of his newest book, “Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness.”

Through his works, Valentine has helped to preserve millions of wild acres of forests throughout the south and has become one of the most celebrated southern photographers. Although he grew up in Tennessee, Valentine moved to Highlands in 1948, where he lived for “the better part of 40 years.”


Three Eagles Oufitters is celebrating fall in the mountains with an Artists Market Fest Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the store on the corner of 441S and Siler Road. Several talented artisans will be exhibiting their wares for sale offering unique gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

Crafts that will be available include pottery, basketry, Christmas ornaments, hand-crafted furniture, photography jewelry, handmade purses, sun catchers, cards stationery, handpainted items, glass art and more.


Comedian Bo Burnham will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.

Burnham rose to fame in 2006, while still in high school, after posting YouTube videos of himself in his bedroom performing autobiographical songs such as “My Whole Family Thinks I’m Gay.” The videos have since had millions of views worldwide. He soon had secured a four-record deal with Comedy Central Records, releasing “Bo Burnham” in 2009, and four days after his 18th birthday became the youngest person to record a “Comedy Central Presents” special. He subsequently debuted a second Comedy Central special, “Words, Words, Words,” and with it released a companion CD/DVD.


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