The tri-venue Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will run from Oct. 7-9, in the three festival villages: Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire.
The festival will feature entertainment by bands of several musical genres, artisan crafts, vendor booths, food and kid-attracting activities.
Each of the three villages brings their own character to the festival while businesses and shops throughout the Cashiers Valley welcome festival-goers, visitors and local residents with shop and roadside décor. Many compete in the “Scarecrow Contest” where judges will select the best scarecrow of all prior to the festival.
The main venue, the Cashiers Village Green and Commons, located at the Cashiers crossroads, is festival headquarters. Here music and performance-lovers can enjoy all-day theatrics and diverse music entertainment on two stages. Booths will showcase juried artisans and a variety of vendors. The food court will offer fare from local restaurants and a spot to relax and observe all the goings-on. Merchants throughout the Cashiers Village will also feature sales and specials all weekend in their shops. Kids with excess energy, needing active time, can play at the permanent Village Green playground and for quieter time visit the kids craft tent to create their own tribute to fall.
Glenville Village, about five miles north of Cashiers Village on the shores of Lake Glenville, will offer more folksy fare in a local artist tent highlighting area crafters and artists ranging from potters to woodworkers. Here, hungry festival goers can sample apples, cider and hot dogs with trimmings while listening to bluegrass, banjo and a bit of gospel entertainment. There will also be the chance to pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, visit a Christmas tree farm for a pancake breakfast or cruise Lake Glenville on a pontoon boat to view Lake Glenville.
Moving east from the Cashiers Crossroads on U.S. 64, attendees will find shops and eateries at Sapphire Village. Sapphire is the home of the Festival’s Big Cup Golf Tournament on October 8. Prizes for tournament winners include beach resort stays and choices from many local merchants and restaurants.