Happy Thanksgiving!


It’s the time of year when we gather with family and friends, whether we travel a long distance, just around the corner, or stay at home and are the host, we cherish the time we have and celebrate another year and all we’re thankful for.

The Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of our members, their families and employees, and wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Don’t forget that this Saturday in historic downtown Franklin, Winter Wonderland will have its first of two evenings on Main Street from 5 PM to 8 PM. It’s Small Town Saturday, so don’t forget to support you local small town businesses! The annual Christmas Tree lighting will take place this Saturday, followed by a candlelight service in front of the courthouse in town square.

Lastly, on Sunday, the annual Christmas parade starts at 3 PM from Town Hall on Main Street, then loops around Lazy Hiker Brewery and back down Palmer Street.

It’s going to be a fun-filled, family friendly weekend here in Franklin, we hope you’re able to come out and enjoy a little bit of the small town spirit that makes Franklin, NC a wonderful place to visit, and an even better place to live!


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Franklin’s Annual Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade

It’s the time of year when families gather round the table, giving thanks and sharing fellowship and fun with their loved ones. The Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in Franklin, NC is being capped off on Sunday, November 29th  at 3 PM ,with Franklin’s annual Christmas Parade in historic downtown Franklin.

It’s hard to believe how another year has already flown by, but it goes without saying that kids AND adults alike look forward to the parade and all of the amazing floats that travel “down” Main Street and make their way around all of downtown Franklin.

This year’s theme is “The Music of Christmas” and the parade’s grand marshal will be Alice Bradley.  We are pleased to honor Alice “Ab”, a Macon County bus driver,  who prevented a shooting attack on children and staff at South Macon Elementary School on the morning of June 4, 2015.  If not for her quick thinking and actions, many lives could have been taken that day.


The parade will follow the same route as last year, lining up along Church Street beside First Baptist Church. The parade route will begin by pulling out on the top of Town Hill beside Town Hall. The route will proceed down Main Street turning left at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company onto Porter Street. Then turn left onto Palmer Street and continue to the Highlands Road Intersection.

We hope to see you there and if you’re out of town and traveling this holiday weekend, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and safe returns!

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Thank You Veterans!


The Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of our military veterans who have served our great country and the people of Franklin over the course of our history. Without the sacrifices and dedication to country, service and citizens, we would not be the free nation that we are today.

Here are some highlights from the parade and ceremony that were held downtown in Franklin on Veterans Day. God bless you all and God Bless America!

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Franklin, NC BRO Magazine Top Town 2015!

Downtown Franklin, NC

Downtown Franklin, NC

There’s some big things happening in the this small town called Franklin, NC. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine recently held an online voting contest that put small towns across the southeast up against one another for their audience, and all who would follow, to vote on which small town, mid-sized and big cities were the best in the region. We’d like to stick out our chests a little and proudly announce that Franklin, NC won Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Top Small Town for 2015!

Kayaking the Cullasaja River Gorge

Kayaking the Cullasaja River Gorge

More than just the “Gem Capitol of the World”, Franklin, NC boasts some of the most scenic hiking trails, including being an official Appalachian Trail Community, there are miles of trails, including the Bartram Trail and Standing Indian Mountain loop.

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Wayah Bald Lookout Tower

Take a drive up Old Wayah Road to the Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, once of Macon County’s most visited locations. An easy walk on a paved path and in less than 5 minutes, you’re looking out at 180 degrees of magical mountain views of Franklin and beyond. Get there before the sun comes up and you’ll be graced with one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ve ever seen.

But you don’t have to be a rugged outdoors man to enjoy the quiet, peaceful town that is Franklin, NC. With the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts bringing in top performers and shows year round, along with the many fine dining experiences and accommodations, you can sit back and enjoy the finer side of life and small town southern charm all at your fingertips. There’s nothing like being treated like family while you’re away from home.

01In the end, don’t just take our word for it. The people have spoke, the votes were tallied and the results came in. But don’t just read about it, pick up the phone and make a reservation, pack up the SUV and head on over, we’re here waiting for you and we’ll be glad to meet you. Come experience Franklin, NC and judge for yourself!

To read the full article in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, please visit the link here: BRO Magazine Top Town 2015 . For more information about Franklin, NC and what to see and do when you get here, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at http://www.franklin-chamber.com/

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19th Annual Pumpkinfest

Vendors, Crafts and Artists fill the streets of Franklin

Vendors, Crafts and Artists fill the streets of Franklin for Pumpkinfest

One of the most highly anticipated days of the year has finally arrived, Pumpkinfest! the 19th Annual Pumpkinfest celebration will kick off this Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at 9 am and continue through the day until culminating at 3 pm – 4 pm, with “Treats with Main Street Merchants”.

The main event of the day for most, of course, is the “World Famous Punkin’ Roll”.

World Famous Punkin' Roll

World Famous Punkin’ Roll

Registration for the pumpkin roll begins at 9 am and continues on until 1 pm. Entry fees for the pumpkin roll is $1. Pumpkins will be available to purchase for $5 (until supplies last). The first official roll will occur at 10:30 am and will finish up at 2:30 pm. Will YOUR pumpkin be the one that takes home the prize for longest roll?

In addition to the pumpkin roll, the streets of historic downtown Franklin come alive with street performers, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and a costume parade & contest.

Street Performers and Vendors

Street Performers and Vendors

Also on hand will be more than 90 vendors sharing their wares, arts & crafts, along with fantastic festival food vendors.

For more information and a complete schedule of events for the 19th Annual Pumpkinfest this Saturday, October 24th, please visit the Town of Franklin’s website here at Pumpkinfest 2015.

For more information about other upcoming events, shows and activities, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here: Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

Come out and enjoy the beauty of fall with friends and family in one of Western North Carolina’s best kept secrets, Franklin, NC!

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26th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree


For the past 26 years, the annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree has been as much a part of the fall season as the changing leaves on the trees all over the mountains of western North Carolina and this year is no different. Mark your calendars now for this years’ annual fall gem show October 16th – October 19th at the Macon County Community Building just south of Franklin, NC off U.S. Highway 441.

The weather outside is absolutely gorgeous, but we all need a little break from the outside and seeing a little bit of the wonderful world of colors that have been created in the beauty of fine finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make that special piece of jewelry you’ve always dreamed of or would like to create for that perfect Christmas gift.

Careful selection of dealers, special demonstrations and, displays setup by the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin add great value to this show. If you’re looking to find that something extra special for the important person in your life, this is where you will find it!

Admission is only $2.00 for adults, children under 12 will be admitted free.  The hours for the 26th Annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree are as follows: Friday and Saturday 10am until 5pm and Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm.  For more information, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161 or toll free at 800-336-7829.

We  hope to see you at the show!

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Through the storm


Fall Colors in Franklin, NC October 4th, 2015

Fall Colors in Franklin, NC taken on October 4th, 2015

The storm systems that converged on the southeast and coastal areas of the mid Atlantic also brought the Franklin area several inches of much needed rain this past weekend. Although the amount we received was far less than what was predicted, we did get enough to truly enhance the beautiful waterfalls that our area is so well known for along the Cullasaja River.

As you head east towards Cashiers on Highway 64, the first waterfall you come to is Cullasaja Falls. This image is from October 4th, and as you can see, the colors of fall are beginning to fill in nicely.

As you make your way up to a little higher elevation, you’ll start to see more vibrant reds and oranges starting to make their way into the ridges and tree lines. Fortunately, we did not receive much of the higher winds that were also predicted for the area, keeping the majority of the colorful leaves in their places.

Further up east on Highway 64 is the areas most popular waterfall by far, Dry Falls, which in and of itself is an oxymoron. A short walk down the nicely paved pathway gets you to a point were you are able to walk underneath this majestic natural wonder.

Dry Falls, October 4th, 2015

Dry Falls, October 4th, 2015

Also, you will be anything BUT dry! Be prepared to get a lot of mist and spray from the waterfall on you as you travel underneath, also, be careful with your stepping, as wet rocks are very slick!

October is one of the busiest months in Franklin and in the upcoming Snapshots From Franklin, NC, we will talk about some of the upcoming events, such as the 19th Annual Pumpkinfest on October 24th.  For more information about upcoming events and things to do here in Franklin, NC please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here: Franklin Chamber of Commerce

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Fall Foliage

As the leaves have started to change, many folks outside of Franklin and western North Carolina begin thinking about making their annual journey to the mountains in search of the magical colors of fall. This year is no different, as there are record numbers of travelers entering the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and east Tennessee.

Cullasaja Falls Color 2014

Cullasaja Falls Color 2014

Each year, the folks at SmokyMountain.com put out the annual leave predictions with an easy to use date timeline slider, that gives an educated estimate as to when the peak colors of fall will occur all over the United States. As is with every forecast, it is only as good as mother nature allows, and it can vary depending on many factors, including precipitation, temperatures, and passing cold fronts that carry with them high winds that can pull the leaves off of trees in a matter of hours.

Some fall colors at their peak in 2014

Some fall colors at their peak in 2014

The forecast for our area of the mountains is calling for a peak leaf season to occur around mid-October, but again, with a drier than normal summer could cause there to be a more rapid change or the leaves falling prematurely. Here in Franklin, we are already starting to see some of the early turning trees begin to get colorful, though it’s still mostly green we’re seeing a few patches of red, orange and bright yellow.

For more information about the fall color predictions, check out the folks here at Smoky Mountain: Fall Foliage Map 2015 and for more information about when and where to stay when you’re here in Franklin, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here: Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce.

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Macon County Fair – A Wealth of Tradition

DSC_1833The Macon County Fair is getting set to return to the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center and Macon County Fairgrounds September 16th – 20th, 2015! The Macon County Fair is one of the only remaining fairs in North Carolina to be an “agricultural only” fair, meaning there is no midway, but there is still so much to see and do. Another great fact about the fair is that it is FREE to everyone!

DSC_1822There are vendors that will be set up inside the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, along with entries into this year’s fair themed “A Wealth of Tradition” from students and groups from Macon County. They will all be on display throughout the course of the fair. Along with those displays, there will be livestock and animal shows and competitions throughout the five day event, along with other great information about the fair, which you can find on their website here: Macon County Fair

DSC_6610For a full schedule listing of all the fair’s events, follow the link here: Macon County Fair Event Schedule . There will be entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings under the pavilion as well as some great food, so you can grab a bite to eat, sit down, and enjoy some great live entertainment.

The fair is a great place to catch up with old friends and see what life is like in the farming community that still thrives here in Macon County. We hope you’ll stop in each evening and take in a little piece of life in the mountains!

For a complete calendar of happenings in the Franklin, NC area, please visit our website here – Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce and we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Labor Day Weekend


Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Franklin NC

Labor Day weekend is here, which means the unofficial end of summer is upon us. September is a busy month here in Franklin, as folks are preparing for the upcoming Macon County Fair starting on September 16th. The Macon County Fair is one of, if not the only, purely agricultural fairs left in the state. As always, it will be held at the Macon County Fairgrounds and in the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center. Admission is always free. For a complete schedule of events during the fair, please visit the fair’s website at: http://themaconcofair.com/schedule-events/

Some other exciting news that’s happening right now is that Franklin is currently in the final round of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s Top Towns competition. Voting is happening now through September 13th. You can vote once every 24 hours, so please remember to cast your vote at this link: http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/top-towns/ and be sure to vote for Franklin! The winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and we want our beautiful town to be the one.

This weekend will also feature some fantastic musical performances here in Franklin. At the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Contemporary Christian music superstar Steven Curtis-Chapman will go on stage on Saturday, September 5th. Showtime is 7:30pm and for more information or to buy tickets, check out the SMCPA website at: http://www.greatmountainmusic.com/. You can also purchase tickets at the Chamber of Commerce for this or any of the upcoming shows, so stop by the office, get your tickets and check out all the great information that we have about Franklin!

The other musical performance this Saturday evening is Frogtown, downtown in front of the Macon County Courthouse, at Pickin’ on the Square. Bring a lawnchair or a blanket to sit on, relax and listen to the down home bluegrass music that brings mountain culture and heritage to life. Pickin’ on the Square is always free and there are many vendors set up for refreshments. Frogtown will begin around 7:30pm, which will be preceded by “open mic”, where anyone who’d like to give a performance can give it their best.

Please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website below to see a full calendar of upcoming events and information:  http://www.franklin-chamber.com/ and remember to have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope to see you around!

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