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

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At the November meeting of the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin, Alana Weir was a recipient of one of the two $500 scholarship awards for winter classes in “earth science” at Western Carolina College.

Pictured with Alana is Jean Emerson, the coordinator for the club who finds students to apply for these twice a year scholarships. Not pictured is Klara Ledford who also received the $500 scholarship.

Highlands’ 19th annual Christmas tree lighting Saturday night was complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and the Toy Soldier. Officials say this was the largest crowd ever at the annual event, with estimates pegged in excess of a thousand.

For the Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, the huge crowd gathered on the closed off Main St. in front of Highlands United Methodist Church. Many visitors told Macon County News that they came to Highlands, bringing their children, just for this event. They joined Highlanders in the singing of Christmas carols. The Chamber provided hot chocolate and cookies at Town Square.

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They came from as far away as Indiana and as close as within the Town of Highlands. They came from Atlanta, Anderson, S.C., Nashville, Tenn., and from all around Western North Carolina. Children brought their smiles and laughter, and especially their wish lists, to meet Santa Claus and begin that one month wait ‘til Christmas Eve.

Following the lighting of the tree in downtown Highlands on Saturday night, Santa and Mrs. Claus made their way to the Highlands Visitor Center to a specially constructed covered shed. Children lined up for the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and make their wishes known.

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Despite the threat of inclement weather, Macon County citizens lined the streets on Sunday for the annual Christmas parade. The theme for this year’s parade was “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols,” which allowed float designers to use a broad range of creative and fun ideas.

The parade, which started on Highlands Road before turing left onto Main Street, was full of excitement and fun for all ages. Complete with Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, Rudolph, and of course, Santa Claus, the parade filled the streets with music, laughter and candy.

 

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