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Outdoors TDC to sponsor ‘Outdoor Athlon’

Last Thursday, the Tourism Development Commission of Macon County approved a number of grant requests for events scheduled for this fall.

Rob Gasbarro and Cory McCall, proprietors of the downtown Franklin outfitters store Outdoor 76, presented to the board their plans of holding the first annual Outdoor Athlon event.

Held at Cullasaja Park, just off of Fox Ridge Road in Franklin, the event promises to showcase outdoor activities and promote local entertainment. An outdoor triathlon, disc golf and ultimate Frisbee tournaments, outdoor sport clinics, hiking and kayaking demonstrations are among the many features at the event, which will resemble Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival.

The event will be held on Oct. 8. Earlier this month, members of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority denied a similar grant request, but did conclude to allow the organizers to utilize their billboard advertising opportunities. The TDC granted Gasbarro and McCall $4,000 for expenditures.

The TDC also approved grant funding for other upcoming holiday events scheduled later this year in Franklin.

Linda Schlott, director of the Main Street Program, approached the board with grant requests for Christmas events as well as this year’s Pumpkinfest.

This year, Pumpkinfest will replace last year’s puppet show with a roving magician. The event request of $2,000 was approved by TDC members, who also approved a grant request for Christmas events in the amount of $3,500.

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