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Innovation can be challenging, and attempting to create something from scratch is no easy feat. That is why Outdoor 76 is turning to the community in search of volunteers for their inaugural Fall Celebration downtown on Oct. 10.

The day-long event, which includes The Naturalist Trail Race, a 25 or 50k race from Outdoor 76 along the Bartram Trail to Wayah Bald, a chili cook off, live music, and more, will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is open to the whole community. To make the event a reoccurring successful endeavor for Franklin, Outdoor 76 is enlisting the help of volunteers.

"We need a total of 30 to 40 volunteers," said Rob Gasbarro, co-owner of Outdoor 76. "Because of the duration of the event – starting registration for the trail race at roughly 7 a.m. and the last of the 50K runners not coming in till close to 7 p.m. – there will be all different shifts."


Some people wait most of their lives to follow their dreams. Jamy Beth Suminski realized her dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail at the age of 22. The night before Jamy started the Appalachian Trail on Feb. 9, 2015, she and her dad stayed near Springer Mountain, “because it was dark, foggy and so windy, we couldn’t find a flat spot without rocks … we ended up cooking behind tires on the truck and then car camping together in the seats and then hiking and starting off. He very lovingly hiked with me the first 51 miles. He met up with me a couple of other times,” she recalled. “He’s a very good dad.”


Big Choga Access Area on Lake Nantahala recently reopened for the remainder of the summer recreation season. All facilities and amenities are available for public use.

Site improvements at the access area include a paved parking lot with handicap-accessible parking, a bank fishing area, handicap-accessible restroom facilities and new lighting for safety and security.

“We continue to focus on enhancing our access areas by providing new amenities and offering quality recreation facilities for residents and visitors,” said John Crutchfield, Duke Energy director, public safety and recreation strategy planning services.


The Rotary Club of Franklin -- Daybreak held its second annual RiverFest on Saturday and welcomed visitors and locals to the Little Tennessee River and Greenway. The event kicked off with a 5k race along the Greenway.

Daybreak Rotary's annual Ducky Derby featured 1,200 ducks being dropped into the Little Tennessee and after a "race" down the river, a duck purchased by Macon Program for Progress won the $300 first place award, followed by Joe Phillps in second for $150 and David Green in 3rd who won $75.


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