61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Franklin will be hopping with all things barbecue when the 6th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show comes to town Aug. 8 and 9 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located on Highway 441 South. This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. Barbecue teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best barbecue hoping to be named Grand Champion earning a N.C. State Championship. Festival admission will be $5 adults; children 12 and under free. Gates will be open Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival admission will enter attendees into the drawing for a Holland Grill valued at $1,200 sponsored by Holland Grills and Macon Appliance.

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the KCBS in their coordination of a national effort to cook and distribute more than 100,000 meals throughout America over the next year. The Franklin festival will be participating in the 100KCBS Meals Mission by collecting food donations for the hungry. Everyone is invited to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to CareNet. In addition to the non-perishable food, more than 60 cooking teams will participate by grilling a Boston butt to be given to CareNet for distribution to those in need. For more information on this effort, visit kcbs.us/100k-meals.


Visitors and residents gathered in downtown Franklin Saturday night to hear The Elderly Brothers at the weekly Pickin’ on the Square.



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Western Carolina University is opening the academic year by throwing itself a party in honor of the 125th anniversary of its founding, and all alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are invited to take part in the festivities.

Christened the Big Birthday Bash, the free event is scheduled from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, on the A.K. Hinds University Center lawn and the adjoining Central Plaza. The afternoon will include a picnic on the lawn featuring barbecue, hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, watermelon, funnel cakes, deep-fried goodies, lemonade, tea and – of course – birthday cake.


The 11th Annual Benefit Concert for the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3, in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., in Franklin.

Coordinated by Anne Tauber, music director of First Presbyterian, the concert features The Carolines, directed by Beverly Barnett, Macon Harmony (David Dennis), the First Community Handbell Choir, barefoot singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix, and Arthea Brimmer and Anne Tauber playing two pianos. The one-hour program includes both sacred and secular selections and vocal and instrumental soloists. New this year is the recently formed First Community Handbell Choir with ringers from the First Methodist, First Baptist, Good Shepherd Lutheran, and First Presbyterian churches.


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