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2010 Mountain State Fair handbook


Five extra cans in your grocery cart now will be worth one free gate admission to the Mountain State Fair on Wednesday, September 15.


air organizers have partnered with Ingles and MANNA FoodBank to collect canned goods for those in need in Western North Carolina. Fairgoers who bring five cans of Laura Lynn-brand food products to the fair that day can exchange them for one free gate admission. “Despite dreary weather, fairgoers donated 3,500 pounds of food last year,” said Fair Manager Matt Buchanan. “That speaks volumes about the people in this part of North Carolina, and we’re humbled to be a part of that level of giving.” Food collected during the day will be donated to MANNA Food Bank, which works closely with the food industry, farmers,


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stock up and save on ingles day!

state and federal agencies, and individuals to collect, store, and distribute food to nonprofits in Western North Carolina. In 2009, the organization distributed 7.6 million pounds of food to 315 non-profit agencies throughout 16 NC counties. Ingles Day is sponsored by Ingles Markets, headquartered in Black Mountain. The grocery chain operates in six states across the Southeast, with more than 60 locations in North Carolina. For more information on tickets and admission, go to the Mountain State Fair’s website at Courtesy of NCAGR Consumer Resources


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9 a.m.


10 a.m. 11 a.m.

Llama Show (Covered ring) Rabbit Show, Youth Dairy Goat Show (Davis Arena) Gospel Singing Competition (Heritage Stage) Clogging Competition (McGough Arena) “The Great American Spam Championship”


9 a.m. Gates and Buildings Open 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Flower and Garden Demos (Expo) 12 p.m. Grand Opening Ceremonies 4:30 p.m. The Traveler’s Club (Bojangles Music Stage) 6 p.m. District Junior Feeder Calf Show Chad Mackey (Bojangles Music Stage) 7 p.m. House Autry Mills Cooking Contest (Expo) Clogging Championship (McGough Arena) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) 8:30 p.m. Sharkadelics (Bojangles Music Stage)

Cooking Competition (Expo) Children’s Soap Carving by WNC Woodcrafters (Expo) Antique Tractor Pull (Open Corral) Dairy Goat Show Children’s Soap Carving by WNC Woodcrafters (Expo) Keil Nathan (Bojangles Music Stage) GreyWolf (Bojangles Music Stage) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) Vinyl Brothers (Bojangles Music Stage)

Gates and Buildings Open Children’s Soap Carving by WNC Woodcarvers (Expo) NC Cattlemen’s Beef Council Cooking Competition (Expo) Junior Market Lamb Sheep Show (Davis Arena) Zoe Seed (Bojangles Music Stage) Buddy-K-Big Band (Bojangles Music Stage) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) Graham’s Number (Bojangles Music Stage)

8:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Gates and Buildings Open X-Alt Worship (Bojangles Music Stage) Graham’s Number (Bojangles Music Stage) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) NC Pork Council Cooking Competition (Expo) Sharkadelics (Bojangles Music Stage)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 ~ WOXL DAY ~ WRISTBAND DAY (Ride all rides for $18)

8:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

9 a.m. 1:30 p.m.


8:30 p.m.

Gates and buildings open at 9 a.m. Sept 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, and open at 3 p.m. on Sept 13, 14, 15, & 16. Midway rides open an hour after gates open.


3 -4 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

12 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m.



Gates and Buildings Open Simple Folks (Bojangles Music Stage) Tuxedo Junction (Bojangles Music Stage) “The Incredible Edible Egg” Cooking Competition (Expo) Benny Wilson Band (Bojangles Music Stage)

8:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Gates and Buildings Open Simple Folks (Bojangles Music Stage) Tuxedo Junction (Bojangles Music Stage) “Anything Blueberry” Cooking Competition (Expo) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) The Oxendines/This Hope (McGough Arena) 45 Cherry (Bojangles Music Stage)

Gates and Buildings Open Access Worship Band (Bojangles Music Stage) Benny Wilson Band (Bojangles Music Stage) Pecan Cooking Competition (Expo) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) Chuck Wicks (McGough Arena) Caribbean Cowboys (Bojangles Music Stage)


7:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 ~ INGLES DAY (Free gate admission with 5 cans of Laura Lynn Brand Foods)

8:30 p.m.

7 p.m.

3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 ~ 99.9 KISS COUNTRY DAY Gates and Buildings Open Flower and Garden Demos (Expo) Buddy-K-Band (Bojangles Music Stage) Children’s Soap Carving by WNC Woodcarvers (Expo) Caribbean Cowboys (Bojangles Music Stage) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) Fleishman’s Yeast Cooking Competition (Expo) Chad Mackey (Bojangles Music Stage) Friday Night Stampede begins

Very Special Livestock Show (Davis Arena) Apple Recipe Competition (Expo) Lawn & Garden Tractor Pull (Open Corral) Open Dairy Cattle Show (Sales Arena) Flower and Garden Demos (Expo) Josh Fields (Bojangles Music Stage) Chad Mackey (Bojangles Music Stage) Mountain Music Competition (Heritage Stage) Brother West (Bojangles Music Stage)

5 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

9 a.m. 3 p.m.

Gates and Buildings Open Old Time Competition Winner (Bojangles Music Stage) Blue Grass Competition Winner (Bojangles Music Stage) John Cowan Band (Bojangles Music Stage)


8:30 p.m.

11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 - 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

9 a.m.


8:30 p.m. 9 p.m.

7 p.m.

9 a.m. 1 - 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ~ ROCK 104 WWNC DAY ~ SENIOR CITIZENS DAY(Free gate admission for Seniors 65 and older)



2010 Mountain State Fair handbook

Arts & Crafts

Get ready for the competition

Photo courtesy of NCAGR The NC Mountain State Fair has its fair share of crafters, carvers, creative culinary types, and livestock competitors that will join in on all the competitions available. Many people have been preparing well in advance in order to showcase whatever it is they’re proud to display — whether it’s their calf for the show ring or fine tuning a favorite recipe — but no matter what it is, this year will provide heated rivalry.

“We have a lot of interest in the competitions every year, but we would love to see even more people participate this year,” Matt Buchanan, Fair Manager, said. “The competitions reflect our mountain heritage and showcase the skills of our residents, which makes these competitions truly unique.” Competitions are divided into three categories: Division I for General Exhibits and Special Cooking Contests, Division II for Livestock Shows, and Division III for Music, Dance and Song. “Canned goods, wood carvings, quilts, handmade clothing, honey, shoe box floats, flowers, photography, art, and jewelry are among the items that can be entered in the General Exhibits category,” Buchanan said. “There is a competition for almost every interest.” Division II includes a Swine Show, Very Special Livestock Show, Rabbit Show, Dairy Cattle Show, Llama Show, and much, much more. There are even Junior and Youth shows that give 10 IWANNA NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR hANdbOOk

younger people the opportunity to get a taste of the Fair’s competition. Division III includes music, song, and dance, and with $2,700 worth in premiums handed out to winners, you can be sure the competition will be tough! Included in this division will be a Gospel Singing Competition, a Clogging Championship, and a Mountain Music Bluegrass & Old Time Competition. This is the perfect chance to get a dose of mountain heritage — plus a great opportunity to hear talented musicians. Each competition has its own set of rules, guidelines, and deadlines for entry submission, and residents are highly recommended that they check the details for competitions they are interested in. The NC Mountain State Fair runs through September 19 at the WNC Ag Center. Visit or call 828.687.1414 for information on special discount days. Courtesy of NCAGR Consumer Resources


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Music at the

Mountain state fair

The 2010 Mountain State Fair will feature top country, gospel, and bluegrass acts for the whole family to enjoy. Three premium concerts await fairgoers this year. Country headliner Chuck Wicks will take the stage on Wednesday, September 15, and a gospel concert featuring This Hope and The Oxendines will be held Thursday, September 16. oth concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in the McGough Arena. $8 concert tickets are available the day of the concert, or fairgoers can purchase concert tickets in advance in combination with a gate ticket for $15. A special concert on Sunday, September 19, will feature legendary bluegrass performer John Cowan at 5 p.m. on the new outdoor Bojangles Music Stage. Cowan will take a break from touring with The Doobie Brothers to perform with the John Cowan Band. Bluegrass fans may also remember Cowan’s soaring lead vocals from his days with New Grass Revival. The winners of the Mountain State Fair old-time and bluegrass band competition, along with cloggers, will open the Cowan show at 3 p.m. The concert is free with fair admission. “We’ve placed both of the McGough concerts on days where we have special promotions at the fair to



Photo courtesy of NCAGR give our patrons an even better deal and a chance to save money,” said Fair Manager Matt Buchanan. “The Cowan concert is a great way to cap off our music competitions that take place nightly, and we’re proud to be able to offer this concert to all fairgoers without additional charge.” Wicks will appear on Ingles Day at the Mountain State Fair, where fairgoers can exchange five cans of Laura Lynn brand food for free gate admission. Food collected benefits the MANNA Food Bank. Wicks’ new single, “Hold That Thought,” is receiving strong airplay across the country and is playing locally on 99.9 KISS Country. Gospel music fans recognize The Oxendines, from Shannon in Robeson County, for their traditional approach to Southern gospel with a blues twist, and This Hope for its contemporary gospel style singing both A cappella and with accompaniment. For more information on each artist and their concerts, visit the NC Mountain State Fair website at Courtesy of NCAGR Consumer Resources


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The compeTiTive gardener by Linda Blue, Extension Agent at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension

If you have a yard full of flowers, sooner or later you’re going to go to the Flower and Garden tent at the Mountain State Fair, see all those blue ribbons, and say to yourself, “Well, I have things that look that good. I should have entered some.”


any gardeners find that once they have entered a few items in the Mountain State Fair, the challenge is sort of addicting. They may start with a few flowers before expanding into vegetables. From there they may progress to the wonderful strawberry preserves that resulted from their abundant strawberry crop. The bottom line is, you have to start someplace. Few gardeners plant specific flowers solely for the purpose of having something to enter into a flower show. Oh, there are exceptions. Perhaps you find a particular dahlia or rose that you just know could be a show stopper. Mostly people plant things they enjoy, and some just happen to fit the categories for the flower show. Once you start looking at the fair catalog, you might be surprised how many possible entries you have. The North Carolina Mountain State fair gives us amateur gardeners a great opportunity to show the fruits of our labors, so to speak. Flower and Garden Department categories include everything from African violets to cut flowers of all kinds, containergrown plants, wreaths, sunflowers, and more. There are separate categories for youth, ages 6 to 19 as well. The fruit and vegetable categories are listed under the Department for Horticultural Products. The first step will be to get a copy of the fair entry catalog. You can pick up a copy at the Mountain State Fair office or can acquire it on-line at ncagr. com/markets/fairs/mtnfair. Look under “Mountain State Fair,” then “Competitions.” Once you have a catalog, not only look at the categories, but be sure to read the rules for entry and follow the requirements for each when you deliver your specimens. For example, if the tomato category asks for 3 on a plate, give them exactly 3 perfectly matched tomatoes. If the flower category asks for a single stem in a clear glass bottle, do not give them two stems, and do not use a colored bottle. When you deliver you entries, take time to set up each specimen so it will make the best impression on the judges. If you have brought several samples from your garden, select those that will be in the most perfect condition tomorrow morning, when judging will occur. If a flower is perfect today, it may be past prime tomorrow. Also look at the leaves on the stem and remove any damaged leaves or petals. If you have an awesome house plant or hanging basket, there are a number of categories for container plants. Again, spruce them up by carefully removing

any yellow or damaged leaves and trimming it into perfect form. After you deliver it, be sure to water it well because it will be there for several days. If at all possible, you will find it most helpful if you submit an entry form for your planned entries no later than August 30. It saves you and others a whole lot of time on entry day if your information is already entered into the computer and your entry tags can be printed quickly. There are two flower shows at the Mountain State Fair. Entry day for the first show is September 8. The second show is September 14. Besides the fresh specimens, there are also categories for dried material and wreaths, as well as flower arrangements and water gardens. So take a look at the catalog, and get creative. You may just come home with a couple of blue ribbons!

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new activities around every corner

Photo courtesy of NCAGR Part of the whole Mountain State Fair experience is to roam the Midway — a state-of-theart amusement park complete with thrill rides, honest games of skill, great food, and a whole lot more. Enjoy candy apples, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, and as you roam, try your hand at some very impressive rides!


ain is typically not welcome at the Mountain State Fair. But this year, water is a featured attraction! Water Wars makes its debut at the fair on Saturday, September 11 and will be there daily through September 19. In the game, opponents go to their battle stations armed with a bucket of water balloons and a balloon launcher. Then they let loose a barrage of balloons to see who has the best aim. “This should be a fun addition to the carnival lineup, especially if the weather is hot like it has been most of the summer,” said Matt Buchanan, Fair Manager. Drew Expositions will operate the Midway at the Mountain State Fair for the second consecutive year. Drew will bring popular attractions such as the Chair Lift, the Seattle wheel, and the Enterprise, among other fun rides to take advantage of. The Chair Lift is a leisurly ride compared to other rides at the fair, but it’s a great way to give riders a bird’s eye view of the entire Mountain State Fair! The Enterprise — always a favorite among daredevils out there — spins riders as it moves from a horizontal position to a vertical position. As the ride begins to spin, the free swinging vehicles swing out, and the ride rises at an

85° angle, twirling riders upside down! The Seattle Wheel stands at over 90’ tall and is capable of accommodating two adults or three children in one of its 16 spacious tubs. There will be plenty of kid-friendly rides and games at the fair as well. Fairgoers planning to attend on a certain day may want to check out the following extra-value days: • Friday, September 10, is Student Day. Students from kindergarten through grade 12 can get in free from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. • Monday, September 13 and Thursday, September 16 are Wristband Days. Purchase a wristband on those days and ride the rides all day for $18. • On Wednesday, September 15, fairgoers can exchange five cans of Laura Lynn brand foods for free admission to the fair on Ingles Day. Food collected will benefit Manna FoodBank. • On Friday, September 17, senior citizens 65 and older will get in free. • Also on Friday, September 17, the fair offers its Friday Night Stampede from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Admission and an unlimited ride wristband are $18 for late-night visitors. Courtesy of NCAGR Consumer Resources iwanna nc moUnTain STaTE FaiR handbook 17



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Meet Musical guest — john cowan Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N’ Rollgrass…true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries and personify innovation. John’s ability to take audiences on a musical journey through multiple genres has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation.

sion (the newest addition to JCB, allowing for an expanded repertoire). John comments,“Our music has evolved organically, it’s rooted in my Newgrass days, but I’m also exploring and breaking new ground as well…these guys are very talented and I love playing with ‘em…of course the true measure is the fantastic response we’ve gotten from audiences on tour — we love performing. It’s food for the soul.” And, upon further reflection, John adds, “What we did back in the NGR days was unique…we weren’t really playing Bluegrass, we were playing contemporary music on traditional instruments. Our vision was to take acoustic music somewhere new. The John Cowan Band is now recapturing the magic of that ground-breaking experimentation and taking it to the next level. Come out and see what I mean — a JCB Jam is something special and we’d love to share it with ya’ll!” John Cowan will be performing at the Fair’s Bojangles Music Stage on Sunday, September 19th at 5 p.m. This concert is free with gate admission.

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Cowan rose to fame when he became Jandohn the lead singer for New Grass Revival. He band mates Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, and

Pat Flynn introduced a new generation of music fans to an explosive, experimental brand of bluegrass…Newgrass! However, after inspiring and entertaining fans for nearly two decades, New Grass Revival disbanded in 1990. In the early nineties, John joined the Doobie Brothers and lent both his bass and vocal skills to this iconic band on tour. However, after just two short years, John once again felt restless and returned to a solo career that allowed him more expressive freedom. As the 21st century began, John found himself coming full circle, returning to his roots in Newgrass and forming The John Cowan Band. Though the line-up has changed from time to time, John has always surrounded himself with only the finest acoustic musicians. The band’s current line-up features John on bass and lead vocals, Jeff Autry on guitar (acknowledged as one of America’s best flat-pickers), John Frazier on mandolin (a true rising star in the acoustic world), Shad “Lightning” Cobb on fiddle (world-renowned for his blazing finger work), and Bryon Larrance on percus20 IWANNA NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR hANdbOOk


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Get to know musical Guests... chad mackey

Fans have described 2009 Carolina Music Award winner, Chad Mackey’s music as acoustic “feel good” music.


e’ll be performing at the Fair’s Bojangles Music Stage on Friday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m., Friday September 17 at 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m. All concerts are free with NC Mountain State Fair admission. The 23-year old singer/songwriter hails from the artsy town of Asheville, NC. Fans have been drawn to Mackey’s music by his catchy “feel good” melodies and honest lyrics, which are inspired from everyday life, personal experiences, and love. Mackey is “building a name for himself in the regional coffeehouse and club scene,” says “Take 5” of Photo courtesy of NCAGR the Asheville Citizen Times’ entertainment section. In June 2010, Mackey released a brand new full length studio album entitled “If The World Is Listening...”. Always having optimism in mind, Mackey’s music gives fans a blend of laid-back island vibes, country-rock grooves, and happy love songs.

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Vinyl Brothers Big Band The Vinyl Brothers Big Band is a throwback to the Soul and Horn Rock bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s.


n Asheville, NC 11-piece ensemble — made up of friends with a common love of the soulful music of their youth — brings new energy to that heavy vibe you enjoyed as a kid. Can you dig it? Yes, you can, with The Vinyl Brothers Big Band! The Vinyl Brothers Big Band originally began under a separate name, Photo courtesy of NCAGR The Bear Show, as a trio of friends who enjoyed playing cover songs of Cream, The Doors, early Clapton, and blues. Over time, a keyboardist came on board, which added that great Fender Rhodes vibe to their sound in addition to a host of other tones. Ultimately, a 6-piece horn section (Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpets, and Trombone) was added, as well as a female vocalist, which expanded the horizon of songs that could be added to the set list — from Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, to Soul and Springsteen and Steely Dan. Vinyl records, now a thing of the past, spin again when The Vinyl Brothers Big Band takes the stage! Most of the members are kids of the ’70s and enjoy reviving that era of music for their audience. So, if you like your Rock and Soul tainted with a little brass and sax, this band will carry you back for a while to a groovier time, then back again without leaving so much as a muscle car skid mark on your soul. Don’t miss them as they perform Saturday, September 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the Bojangles Music Stage. It’s free with fair admission. 22 IWANNA NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR hANdbOOk

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meet musical guest — chuck wicks Everyone has heard the phrase “practice makes perfect,” and though it’s a mantra more often associated with sports than songwriting, it’s just as apropos for that vocation as any other endeavor — just ask singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks.


rowing up on his family’s farm, Wicks immersed himself in a variety of music, from traditional country to R&B, and cites a diverse array of influences. But it wasn’t until his senior year in college when he started to take music seriously. “My passion for country music just kind of took over, and I learned about Nashville,” recalls Wicks. “I decided to take a couple of trips there and figure out how to get into music.” He developed his craft, apprenticing with some of the top songwriters on Music Row. That hard work pays off on “Starting Now,” Wicks’ RCA Nashville debut album, which showcases the depth of his artistry as a vocalist and songwriter. “If it wasn’t for the Music Row community and a lot of the songwriters around town, there’s no way I would be where I’m at now,” says Wicks. Long on desire and talent, but short on experience, the timing just wasn’t right, and that initial development deal didn’t lead to an album. As Wicks would learn, it takes so much more than talent to achieve success in the country music arena. Giving up and going home never crossed Wicks’ mind. Instead he dug in deeper and spent the next several years writing songs, learning and practicing his craft. “I had a lot of great songwriters take me under their wing and show me the ropes — how to sit down and put pen to paper and try to write a song. So that’s all I did for four years. I just sat in a writers’ room and wrote with some of the best writers in the world. I learned from them and just kept writing and developing my own style.” 24 IWANNA NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR hANdbOOk

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When asked what kept him going during those lean years, Wicks replies: “I’ve always believed in myself. I knew I had work to do. I knew my songs had to get better, and that’s why I really worked on the craft of songwriting. When you have a good meeting, it makes you want to stay a little longer. When someone tells you, ‘Man, I like your songs!’ or ‘I like your voice!’ it’s those little things that make you want to stick around and keep going for it.” Perseverance paid off. Wicks landed a deal with RCA Records and began working on his album with producers Monty Powell and Dann Huff. The result is a compelling debut, a collection of songs that demonstrate a depth of artistry not usually found on a first album. The strength of the record is a reflection of the years Wicks spent honing his talent. There’s a warm, self-assured quality to his voice, and the songs give voice to the hopes, fears, and dreams of today’s Americans. “This record reflects who I am as a person. I hope people will hear that and want to be a part of what I sing and write about,” says Wicks, who took his songs on the road in 2008, opening for Brad Paisley. It may have taken a few years to get to this point, but Wicks wouldn’t change a thing. “I’m a much better artist now,” he says. “I wasn’t ready before, and now I am. I’m glad I parked cars for five years. It makes me appreciate everything that I’ve had to work for to get to this point.” ChuckWicks will perform at the Mountain State Fair on September 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the McGough Arena. Tickets are $15. Courtesy of NCAGR Consumer Resources IWANNA.COM

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Calendar of Events

Asheville City of 1,000 easels september 12

Hundreds of visual artists line the streets of downtown Asheville and create new work as spectators enjoy a selfguided walking tour. Contact info:

dine out asheville september 13 - 19

Participating restaurants in Asheville will be offering delicious dining deals; 3-course $30 prix fixe dinner menus, and/or 2-course $15 prix fixe lunch menus. Foodies everywhere will celebrate this dining extravaganza. Be sure to enter the Ultimate Dining Card Contest during Restaurant week — you may just have the opportunity to eat at all of these restaurants for free! Contact info:

eliada’s fields of fun ~ WnC’s Best Corn maze & fall festival september 17 - october 31

WNC’s best corn maze features 12 acres of twisting maze trails, plus new and unique family attractions like corn cannons, a haybale maze, slackline challenge, cow train, and a giant sandbox filled with corn kernels! We’ve also expanded our concessions and added “Fun Friday” events like a classic car show and live music! $9 tickets for adults, $7 for children, and free for children under 5. Contact info:

30th annual heritage Weekend september 18 - 19

Held at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., this free, two-day celebration of traditional craft, music, and storytelling is perfect for the whole family. Don’t miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Contact info:

greek festival september 24 - 26

Located in Martin Luther King Park in downtown Asheville, the annual Greek Festival features authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek folk dancing, live Greek music, gifts, groceries, jewelry from Greece, and more. Free, all day! 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

Colors of fall: a guided Canoe trip october 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Come and discover the natural beauty of the French Broad River as you slip into a canoe on this guided canoe trip! Reservations are required; $50 per person ($20, children 10 and under) which includes canoe, paddle, life jacket, transportation to and from the river, and river guide. Contact info: 828.877.3106 or

oktoBerfest october 9

The Asheville Downtown Association is proud to bring you the 2nd Annual Asheville Oktoberfest! Located on the cobblestones of historic Wall Street, local breweries come together to celebrate the season. The event will feature beer tastings from local breweries, music with The Stratton Mountain Boys, and authentic German food. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Contact info:

15th annual Carolina Bonsai expo october 9 - 10

Located at the NC Arboretum, this two-day horticultural feast features a display of bonsai from enthusiasts in a six-state region, live demonstrations, workshops, and a popular bonsai marketplace. It’s also the perfect occasion to explore the NC Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibition Garden, which offers an innovative world-class display. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., both days. Free with parking fee admission ($6). Contact info:

zomBieWalk 2010 october 10

Shamble and groan your way through downtown Asheville in your best zombie get-up and makeup! You won’t want to miss out on this fun, free, spooky event — perfect for welcoming the 2010 Halloween festivities! Go with friends and family. Contact info: 26 IWANNA NC MOUNTAIN STATE FAIR hANdbOOk


Bakersville Creek Walk arts festival september 25

Juried and national exhibitors will present their fine arts and crafts along Cane Creek in beautiful and historic Bakersville, NC. Glass, jewelry, pottery, paintings, furniture, fiber, woodcraft, and sculpture will be showcased along with food, music, and silent auctions. Roan Mountain’s best kept secret — just an hour away from Asheville, Boone, or Johnson City, TN. Free from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Contact info:

Black Mountain

leaf ~ lake eden arts festival october 14 - 17

Spend time in beautiful Black Mountain for this peaceful, culture-rich weekend filled with workshops, music, arts and crafts, cooking, dancing, and so much more. People who have attended this festival in the past praise its rejuvenating capabilities. Tickets are available on-line. Contact info:


98th annual Cherokee indian fair october 5 - 9

The 98th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair offers nightly musical entertainment, fireworks, a carnival full of rides and games, food vendors including some traditional Cherokee food, and traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds; admission is $10, free for children under 6. Contact info: Cherokee Welcome Center, 800-438-1601.

Chimney Rock

2nd annual floCk to the roCk at Chimney roCk september 25 - 26

Join the birds as you flock to Chimney Rock! Enjoy guided walks with area ornithologists, opportunities to “get up close and personal” with rehabilitating birds, a backyard birding program, and all kinds of other fun activities. This weekend also marks the annual hawk migration when dozens, sometimes hundreds, of hawks can be seen heading to southern wintering grounds. From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., free with park admission. Contact info:


“hard Candy Christmas” arts & Crafts shoW november 26 - 27

Mountain Artisans presents this 23rd Arts & Crafts Show at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center. Nearly 100 regional craftsmen present their original, best work just in time for holiday shopping! 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. Contact info:


piCkin’ n poundin’ live musiC at the gazeBo september 11, 25

Gather around the Gazebo on Main St. between 4th & 5th Avenues from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bring a chair and enjoy free, live music in the fresh air. Contact info:

dirty danCing festival at lake lure september 17 -18

If you’re a fan of the film Dirty Dancing, come join this twoday festival at Lake Lure — the original film location of the movie. There will be a free lakeside screening of the film from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. on September 17, plus live music, dancing, arts and crafts, dance lessons, and competitions all day on September 18. Tickets $20, children 6-17 $10, children under 5 free. Contact info:

autumn in the mountains ~ a British Car gathering september 25

The British Car Club of WNC invites you to the British Car Show and Silent Auction, benefiting Meals on Wheels, held at Jackson Park in Hendersonville. Admission is free. Contact info:


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Calendar of Events

Art on mAin october 2 - 3

Venture into downtown Hendersonville to witness the beauty of the mountains through local artists’ paintings as well as other mediums. This two-day event is free and open to the public. Contact info:

trick or treAt street october 30

From 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., join downtown Hendersonville’s Monster Mash and Halloween costume contest! Be sure to dress up in your favorite costume — this event is fun for the whole family! Contact info:

Mars Hill

mAdison county HeritAge FestivAl october 2

This free, daylong festival celebrates regional music and traditional arts and crafts. Held at Mars Hill College, the festival will feature beekeeping, goat milking, clogging, Cherokee crafts, spinning, and quilting, as well as artisans demonstrating the making of brooms, chairs, soap, and corn shuck dolls. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the Mars Hill College Campus. Contact info: Leslie Smith, 828.689.1571.


4tH AnnuAl mill Around tHe villAge BluegrAss FestivAl september 25

Don’t miss the 4th annual “Mill Around the Village” festival — held in historic Beacon Village in downtown Swannanoa. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, great food, live bluegrass music, and kid-friendly activities from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The best part? It’s free! Contact info:


22nd AnnuAl Apple HArvest FestivAl october 16

This annual festival in downtown Waynesville is nestled between the Pisgah Forest and the Great Smoky National Park. The festival celebrates the fall harvest with handmade arts and crafts, locally-grown apples and apple products for sale, food vendors of all types, educational and information booths, authentic mountain music and dance groups, and a children’s fun area. Free from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and open to the public, this is definitely something to mark on your calendars! Contact info: AHF.htm.


Art in Autumn september 18

The fourth annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival takes place Saturday, September 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in downtown Weaverville. The festival features over 100 juried artists and craftspeople, as well as an exciting array of food and live music. All are welcome, and admission is free. Contact info:

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