All hats on deck for Easter Hat Parade

The town of Dillsboro will host its 24th annual Easter Hat Parade on April 7.

The parade, a Dillsboro tradition, begins at 2 p.m. and showcases a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.

Judges select the best hats in more than 20 categories, including: biggest, smallest, funniest, best smelling, “poofy-est,” most creative, most spring-like and most outrageous. Last year, there were nearly 250 entrants in the contest.

In addition to an array of colorful hats, the parade features vintage cars provided by the Old Timers Model A Club and the Mountaineer Antique Auto Club. The Easter Bunny makes an appearance as well, riding in antique convertible car.

Folks are encouraged to arrive early and spend the day. Easter egg hunts for children begin at 10:30 a.m., along with hat-making sessions at Dogwood Crafters.

Dogwood Crafters will also present an English tea at the famous Jarrett House Inn. Tea and food will be served on fine china, with the artisans from Dogwood Crafters showcasing their cooking skills. There will be two seatings — 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — and cost for the tea is $12 per person.

Dillsboro is a walkabout mountain village featuring an array of unique shops, arts & crafts studios, restaurants and inns.

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