Smoky Mountain Blog
Kellie Pickler to Headline Cherokee Indian Fair
Tue., Oct. 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wed. - Fri., Oct. 8 - 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
In keeping with this year’s theme “Cherokee People: Our Legends and Tales,” “Elder’s Day” will be held Oct. 9. Fairgoers 59 years of age or older will be admitted free and treated to lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Activities for the elders will include bingo, square dancing, concerts by Robert Wolfe and Soco Creek and a corn hole tournament.
The fair’s exhibit halls will be teeming with displays from agricultural, the local community, foods and crafts, veterans’ remembrance groups and Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative contest entries. In addition to nonstop carnival rides. There will be a fireworks show on Sat. Oct.11. Two men’s stickball games are on tap Oct. 9, along with the Junior Miss Cherokee pageant and the second round of Cherokee Idol hosted by Chris Watty.
For further information, visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-indian-fair/
In addition to the fair, the 8th Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk takes place Sat. Oct. 11 at 9:30 a.m. Hosted by the Cherokee Historical Association, the walk will begin at the Cherokee Historical Association building, 564 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee. Registration fee is $10. Walkers 12 and under are free. For information: (828) 497-2111.
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 14,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville, NC and at the southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Park Cautions Visitors on How to Safely View Elk
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials remind park visitors to exercise caution as they view and photograph elk so that both the animals and themselves are protected. Elk are currently entering the fall breeding season, known as the rut. During this time period, from September 1 through October 31, fields in Cataloochee and Oconaluftee are closed to all use. Even if the elk are not present, people are not allowed to walk into the fields.
During the rut, male elk make bugling calls to challenge other bulls and attract cows. Dominant bulls use the fields to gather and breed with harems of up to 20 cows. Bull elk actively defend their territory by charging and sparring with competitors using their antlers to intimidate and spar with other males. Encroaching too close may lead a bull to perceive you or your vehicle as a threat causing them to charge.
Labor Day LakeAlooza & Fireworks Celebration
August 29th – 31st
Guests and local residents are booking accommodations and putting the boat on the trailer as they prepare to head to Fontana Village Resort for this Summer’s send-off festivities featuring Fontana Village Resort’s fifth annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration.
On Saturday, August 30th from 3:00pm - 7:00 pm the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. Come join the fun at the Fontana Village Marina located on beautiful Fontana Lake! Enjoy live music straight out of WNC that will bring the lake to life. The Josh Fields Band will be performing a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass. They pride themselves on very tight three part harmonies and high energy live shows. So if you like real music, strong harmonies, tight arrangements and talented musicians you'll love the Josh Fields Band. Come ready to have fun and cool off in the water!
Although the event is being held at the marina, you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music, and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard & kayak races, and even a frozen T-shirt contest! Come have fun on the lake with the entire family this Labor Day Holiday weekend!
For your evening entertainment, be sure to stop by and enjoy music from local band Fastgear, who will be performing from 7:00pm – 10:00pm on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will also be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30pm in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. Guests coming for the fireworks and evening entertainment are advised to arrive early for parking and seating at the Wildwood Grill. The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
For additional information and the full event schedule visit our events page at www.fontanavillage.com or call 800.849.2258.
Evening Elk Eco-Tours
Cataloochee Valley Tours
$99/night in our "Treehouse" Units
Book a weeknight in one of our 1-bedroom "Treehouse" units and the rent is only $99. 2 night minimum, and holidays as well as July and August are blacked out. Use Coupon Code "Treehouse99" when booking.
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Brand-New Folk School Catalog Has Arrived!
Adventure awaits you at the Folk School
The newest class catalog is here! The cover features a colorful quilt made by Julie Sibley. This quilt speaks of the joyful adventures and possibilities that await each Folk School student.
If you'd like to receive a Folk School catalog for the first time, please complete our online form. You can now browse and register for classes from July 2014 through June 2015.
Smoky Mountain Host Teams up with Keep My Planet Green
We’ve found the perfect sustainability program to attract the growing number of green tourists to our region and we encourage you to participate by becoming a Keep My Planet Green Certified Travel Destination. The program allows your guests to offset the environmental affects of their travel, and offers certified partners a no cost marketing program designed to attract new visitors and promote your environmental efforts.
As a regional partner, Keep My Planet Green will promote our region's commitment to overall sustainability and our collective positive impact.
Visit the Keep My Planet Green Visit Smokies at www.keepmyplanetgreen.com/partner/visitsmokies/.
Alison Thomas & Rocky Kurland from Keep My Planet Green will be contacting our lodging members soon.
Stars & Stripes Celebration JULY 4th & Kids Patriotic Parade in Downtown Waynesville
The “Stars & Stripes Celebration” on Main Street in Downtown Waynesville continues after it began 23 years ago. Every July 4th holiday consists of the Waynesville Kiwanis Club volunteers lining the Main Street area with oversized American flags. Shops, galleries and restaurants are open all day. Sidewalk areas are filled with entertainment, musicians, Uncle Sam, & more along the Main Street area. The Haywood Community Band performs on courthouse lawn at 2pm.