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Open call for Chili Cook-Off 

The 25th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot in Bryson City.

An open call for entries and contestants is currently underway. Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, People’s Choice and Showmanship. Cash prizes will also be awarded in each category: $400 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd. To enter, applications must be submitted to the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information, contact Karen Wilmot at 828.488.3681 or 800.867.9246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Haywood County Walk to End Alzheimer’s 

The Haywood County Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center. 

This years event will be held in honor of Dr. Wright Spears, who founded the event in Haywood County more than 25 years ago. Spears passed away in February of this year. A ceremony to honor his contributions will be held prior to the start of the walk on Saturday.

The walk will take place around Lake Junaluska with registration opening at 8:30 a.m., and the walk beginning at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and the resources available to help those affected and their families in Haywood County. The funds raised will be used to support the educational programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association of Western NC, as well as the research to advance treatments and find a cure. There are currently over 85,000 people in Western North Carolina living with Alzheimer’s disease.


Maple Leaf Festival in Whittier

The annual Maple Leaf Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Whittier.

The event features artisan crafters and vendors, live music, holiday exhibits, as well as a flea market and other activities. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and other community projects. The festival is hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center. 



Cherokee Indian Fair celebrates 103 years

The 103rd annual Cherokee Indian Fair will run from Oct. 6-10 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.

The fair features an array of the usual country fair offerings, from carnival rides to amusements, live music and craft/food vendors. There will also be nationally known entertainers and the numerous competitions.

It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds — a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks and stickball. 

Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you’ll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. There will also be an array of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. Award-winning musical guest Erica Nicole will perform on Oct. 10.

Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12. Under age 5 is free. or 800.438.1601.


Want to learn bartending?

There will be a bartending course held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Oct. 12 to Nov. 23 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

The classes cover all aspects of the bartending career, including Alcoholic Beverage Control requirements, information on Alcohol Liability Education certification, drink recipes, customer service, and more. Demonstration, lecture and hands-on participation are all part of the class. Cost is $125, and the book is about $15.

828.339.4426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 



• The annual German dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Clyde. Seating will be at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. Full cuisine includes bratwurst, sauerkraut, sauerbraten, red cabbage, applesauce and more. Tickets are $13.50 for adults, $6 for ages 6-12, and free under age 6. All proceeds go to benefit Haywood Pathways in Waynesville. 828.452.4783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Spooky Storytelling will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-10 at the Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Tales of the spirits, “Haints, Boogers and Witches of the Southern Highlands,” spun by storyteller Tim Hall. Free. 

• Brad Butkovich will present a discussion on the “Battles of New Hope Church and Pickett’s Mill” during the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Free. 

• The Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express will depart at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9, and noon and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4 and 10-11 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Peanuts characters in costume, children’s activities and more. For more information and ticket rates, call 800.872.4681 or 

• There will be a farm-to-table dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Hidden Valley Farm in Clyde. There will also be live music. Tickets are $50 per person. 828.450.2232 or 

• Bark in the Park will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Dog activities include sheep herding, agility demonstrations, K-9 bingo, costume contest, games, vendors, canine massages, raffles, “Ask the Vet” booth, nail trims, pet photographer, and more. Sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association and the Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. Free. 

• The “Highlands on the Half Shell” will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at the amphitheater behind the Nature Center in Highlands. Benefitting the Highlands Biological Station, the oyster and gumbo feast will also feature live music from the Firecracker Jazz Band and a Bloody Mary bar. All proceeds go to the station, a nonprofit center and botanical garden.$100 for members, $125 nonmembers. 

• A live belly dancing show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 

• The annual Macon TRACS Blue Jean Ball will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Barbecue, live music, silent auction and more. $15 for adults, $7 children. Proceeds benefit the Macon TRACS operation expenses. 

• The annual Waynesville Kiwanis BBQ will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the First United Methodist Church. Drive-through will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plates include pork barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw, roll, homemade cookies and soft drink. Tickets are $10. Proceeds go to projects that support local children.

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