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

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Arts & Entertainment

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia, Dillard comes alive with the best the southeast has to offer for the Bluegrass enthusiast. Featuring world class barbeque teams competing in the Georgia State Championship Cook-off sanctioned by the KCBS.

Live entertainment begins at 1 p.m. Friday continuing until 9 p.m. with the opening ceremonies at 3 p.m. Saturday music begins at 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Gate opens at 10 a.m. both days. Admission is $10 per person ages 12 and over. Two day admission is $15 per person. Children under 12 are free.

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NBC’s popular reality series “The Biggest Loser” is launching a 13-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the hit show, stopping in Charlotte, N.C. along the way. Individuals and teams of two who have at least 85 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season, which will begin airing in January 2012.

Casting producers are looking for outgoing and charismatic teams of two and individuals who have the personality, desire and competitive edge to vie for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lose weight, change their lives forever and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.

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Western Carolina University will soon kick off its University Theatre’s Mainstage season.

The 2011-12 season includes four shows – two musicals and two comedies. Scheduled are the comedy, “I Hate Hamlet,”; the musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”; the concert version of “Music Is,” based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”; and a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.”

Mainstage season subscriptions for all four shows cost $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, faculty and staff and $20 for students (a 30 percent savings over individual prices) and will be available Aug. 16 to Oct 5.

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Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host and sponsor a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

“The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010, and the show’s cast presented monthly programs at City Lights bookstore in Sylva during its first year. The ensemble gave its first performance in the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium in July to a standing-room-only crowd.

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