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

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

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The 16th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival takes place Saturday, April 27, on Main and Mill streets in historic downtown Sylva.

This free festival celebrates spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smoky Mountains. It also celebrates the greening of the environment, with info about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.

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On Saturday, April 13, a group of about 50 volunteers comprised of a diverse group of citizens from the Franklin and Highlands areas joined forces to clean up the Cullasaja River Gorge's roadsides and river banks.

This initiative is one of the Highlands Chamber of Commerce's ongoing annual projects to help keep area natural resources clean. The cleanup takes place every spring during the NCDOT's clean sweep week and has been headed up by the Highlands Chamber for the last 10 years.

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Weeping cherry trees add a splash of spring color along the sidewalks at The Shops at RiverWalk on the Highlands Road.

Photo by Betsey Gooder

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Franklin was swarmed with Appalachian Hikers last weekend for the 5th Annual April Fools Trail Days. Beginning Friday night, hikers began pouring off the AT Trail into Franklin to enjoy a Hiker Bash at Franklin's Sapphire Inn. Refueling, restocking, and relaxing, the hikers enjoyed a "zero day" to get refreshed before heading back on the trail. The Hiker Bash, orchestrated each year by Sapphire Inn owner Ron Haven, featured good food, live music, and warm showers for the hikers.

On Saturday, hikers made their way around Franklin to enjoy music, food, and networking. Visitors stopped into Outdoor 76 on Main Street to restock on supplies...

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