Autumn’s Approaching

Past Autumn Colors Adorn Bust Yer Butt Falls

Past Autumn Colors Adorn Bust Yer Butt Falls

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and almost passed. The kids are back in school and the days are ending a little earlier. There is a bit of a chill making its way into the early morning hours. From a distance, Friday night comes alive as the cheers and the band can be heard for miles away from Franklin High School, as the Panthers football team fights hard to score another victory.

Soon, the leaves will begin their annual color transformation. This year’s forecast is calling for another brilliant show, one that may last into November. Pickin’ On The Square is still going strong every Saturday evening downtown, with performances going on through October, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy. Downtown Franklin has gone through quite a transformation over the last year, one that has brought new life and a new feel to this small town of ours. There’s more to do and see, but with the same small town hospitality that makes Franklin such a great place to visit year round.

To find more information about upcoming events and to stay in touch with what’s happening in Franklin, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website at and start making plans to spend some time with us here in the mountains of western North Carolina this fall. We’ll be waiting!

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Top Towns Competition

Bust Yer Butts Falls  - Franklin, NC

Bust Yer Butts Falls – Franklin, NC

Our little slice of heaven on earth, Franklin, is a contender in the 2015 Blue Ridge Outdoor TOP TOWNS Contest and we need your votes! Whether you’re an avid hiker and have traversed the many trails, an admirer of our scenic waterfalls on the Cullasaja River, or you just love the peace and quiet that comes with being away from the big city, there’s something for everyone! With that in mind, we need your votes!

The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic boasts dozens of towns with vibrant outdoor scenes and access to world-class adventure and now readers will select their favorites. The editors have narrowed the field to 48 contenders spanning small towns, medium towns and large cities.

Beginning August 3, and running 6 weeks through September 14, tens of thousands of Blue Ridge Outdoors readers will be flooding the website to vote for their faves.

Winner will be highlighted both online and in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.

Here’s the link!

VOTE DAILY!!! You can vote every 24 hours… so vote regularly and encourage others to do the same

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7th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show


It’s hard to believe that we’re in our seventh year of the Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show! Over the years, we’ve had some fantastic competitors, top flight entertainment and some of the coolest rods’ in the mountains show up and take part in each of our festivals. This year is no different! So it’s time to stand back and let the mouth watering BBQ do the talking and give you this years schedule and events that will be happening this Friday and Saturday at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

Friday & Saturday, August 7 & 8 – Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center

Friday 11 am – 9 pm

Saturday 10am – 6 pm

Admission: Adult:  $5 one day; $8 for both days, Children 12 & under Free

Enter after 5 pm on Friday and receive Saturday’s admission FREE

Chance to win a Holland Grill free with festival admission


Photos by Timeless Moments Imaging

Car Show: 

Friday 6 – 8 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Coordinated by SCC’s Automotive Club


Burger Cook Off Flyer

Best Burger in Town Grill-Off

3 Heats:  Friday at 5 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm

Championship Grill-Off:  Saturday at 4 pm.

We furnish the gas grills, you bring your ingredients, you’ll have 35 minutes to prepare, grill and plate your burger for the judges. Winner takes home $250 and bragging rights! Pre-registration is required.

Call the chamber or pull application/rules off BBQ website at

Sponsored by Motor Company Grill & Wal-Mart



Grilling Demonstrations

You will have two chances to learn grilling tips from a pro: Friday at 4 pm and Saturday at 11 am.

Come out and learn how to preparing the best, mouth-watering, fall off the bone, baby back ribs!!!



Grab yourself a plate from one of the on-site vendors and sit down to some fantastic live entertainment while you enjoy the BBQ. Here’s the lineup:


6 pm – Johnny Webb

7 pm – Miss Kitty & The Big City Band


12 pm & 2 pm – Emporium Band


Tasting Tent:

Saturday 3 pm – $5 with paid admission. Remember, ONLY 200 tickets will be sold to taste and judge cookers BBQ pork. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance once the festival opens or at the chamber until Thursday, August 6.

Sponsored by Bi-Lo

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Myron Mixon Smoker Raffle


$3,995 Value

Myron won our competition last year and as a way to thank us for putting on the festival donated this amazing smoker to be raffled off. Don’t miss this chance to purchase tickets to win it!

Tickets: $5 each; 6 for $25 or 13 for $50

Tickets will be sold at the T-shirt table near the front gate.


We especially want to thank our major sponsors:

Franklin/Nantahala TDC, Macon Bank, Pepsi, WLOS News 13, WNCC 96.7, The Macon County News, Microtel Inn & Suites, Macon Appliance Mart, & Lowe’s of Franklin

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Best Burgers In Town Grill-Off

The grill sizzles as you place the patty on it gently, taking care that the temperature is just right, the juices begin to flow out the sides and drip slowly down into the open flame. The smell of the searing burgers fills the air and you begin to hear orders from the family, friends and guests that fill your backyard. They’re all saying the same thing, “you make the best hamburgers in Franklin, hands down”. So you think you can grill? Well, here’s your chance to prove to everyone that you DO have the Best Burgers in Town!

Burger Grill-Off

This year, at the 7th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show, we’re adding a new competition to the two day event, held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Friday Aug 7th and Saturday, Aug 8th. It’s the First Annual Best Burgers in Town Grill Off!

Burger Cook Off Flyer

The “Best Burger in Town Grill Off” is a new event at the Mountain High BBQ Festival and is a way for spectators to join in the fun.  Registration is now open for a limited number of folks to register.  Participants will have 30 minutes to prepare their favorite burger on our gas grills with your own ingredients.  Four competitors will cook at one time and be “blind” judged by our celebrity judges.  The winner of each heat will compete in the final grill-off on Saturday at 4 pm.  Heats will be held Friday and Saturday.

The grand champion will be named “Best Burger in Town” and awarded $250 and a trophy.

For more details and registration information, contact the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161. Or you can visit the Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show website here: Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show.

This event is sponsored by Walmart and Motor Company Grill.


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50th Annual Gemboree

50 Annual Macon County Gemboree - last two days!

50 Annual Macon County Gemboree – last two days!

The 50th Annual Macon County Gemboree is going on now, and there’s only two days left to stop in to the Macon County Community Building located on Hwy 441/Georgia Rd just south of Franklin and across from the Whistle Stop Mall. The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin.  “We have had a great partnership over the years and that has lead to the success of this show,” said Linda Harbuck, Executive Director of the Franklin Chamber.  “Our dealers this year come from all over the country and will have a tremendous variety of items to show and sell.”

Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 4pm are the very two last days that you can stop in and see some of finest cut and rock cut gems in all of the southeast. This year we are pleased to have Mr. Jerry Call, a world renown geologist, join us.  Jerry attended the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA.  After graduating, he went to work for GIA in New York City as a Diamond Grader for the Lab and an Instructor of Gemology.  After three years Jerry accepted a job in Brazil as a consultant for a gem buying company out of New York.  “I fell in love with Brazil and all the gem stones there.  I moved to Brazil as a permanent resident in 1970” said Call.  “I went into mining right away from Aquamarine mining in the North of Brazil to Tourmaline mining in Minas Gerais Brazil.  We opened a large cutting shop where we cut the first fine cut calibrated stones in Brazil.  I have been involved in Brazilian rough stones for 44 years and worked the Tucson show for 25 years direct and many other Gem Shows over the years including Franklin, NC.” Call continued. Call is now retired but still involved in fine gemstones.  Call has a few stones in the Smithsonian Institute that he cut.  He is also the cutter of the Carolina Emerald in Tiffany’s NYC that was found in Hiddenite, North Carolina.

Stop on into the Macon County Gemboree. These last two days could see some exciting happenings and wouldn’t it be awful if you missed it! A present for someone special in your life and what a better way to remind them how much you love them!

Admission is $2 for adults, children 12 & under are free. For more information, please call the Franklin Chamber at 828-524-3161 or visit the website at


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Wesser Bald Tower

The view from Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

The view from Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

If you’ve never explored  Wesser Bald Tower on the outskirts of Franklin and Macon County, you’re in for a true majestic treat. Wesser Bald is located about 20 miles outside of Franklin, as you head out Hwy 28 towards Bryson City, you’ll make a left onto Tellico Road. A few miles of paved road end and you travel another 9 miles on narrow, unpaved road that winds up to the top of Tellico Gap.

The winding road up

The winding road up

This road is at times very narrow and you must pay close attention at all times while navigating the switchbacks and sharp corners, as an oncoming vehicle can ruin your day. Wesser Bald is on the Appalachian Trail, and the the tower is one of only a few full 360 degree view vantage points in the area. The original fire tower was destroyed by fire, but the Forestry Service and Nantahala Hiking club joined forces to build the observation deck on the remaining metal structure.


Wesser Bald Lookout Tower

Once you’ve reached the parking area, you’ll head up the hill to the right and follow the gradual climbing path up the summit, where you’re rewarded with this tower’s observation deck to look out over the Smoky Mountains, the Nantahala Ridge, the Cowee Mountains, the Balsam Mountains and the Tellico and Little Tennessee River Valleys.

For more information about the hike to Wesser Bald, along with lots more information about more things to see and do during your time here in Franklin, NC, please visit our website


looking out towards the Nantahala Ridge

looking out towards the Nantahala Ridge





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Summer Attractions

Bridal Veil Falls, Hwy 64, Franklin

Bridal Veil Falls, Hwy 64, Franklin

Every year, thousands of people make their way to western North Carolina for fun, adventure, hiking, and a place to get away from it all, right here in Franklin, NC. We have just about everything you need to fill a week or two with non-stop action and entertainment. Waterfalls, the Appalachian Trail, The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Main Street after dark, meaning, dining and entertainment. There’s so much to do and see, it’s common practice to make plans to come back, long before you’ve ever left from the current trip.

Waterfalls – Western NC is known for many, many waterfalls. Nature’s “Rock Music”, if you will. The above pictured waterfall is unique, in that, you can drive underneath and park their, while taking or posing for a photograph. Bridal Veil Falls is certainly a busy and extremely popular stop along Hwy 64. Others to visit in the immediate area are Dry Falls, Bust Yer Butt Fall, and Cullasaja Falls. All of these waterfalls are located on Hwy 64 E towards Highlands, NC. The approximate 9 mile drive up the curvy road can be intimidating, however, patience pays off and gets you there safely!

Hiking – With so many trails all over the area, you will definitely want to reach out and locate a hiking guide book or an app on a smartphone, to help you plan YOUR ideal trip. The Bartram Trail, Appalachian Trail, and many more smaller, more local destination trails, such as, Wayah Bald Lookout Tower, Albert Mountain Lookout Tower, Wesser Bald, and one of the most famous, Pickens Nose Trail.

If you’re an outdoorsman, photographer or just being out and are fascinated by mother nature, you’ll be able to get out and travel the back roads, hike the trail, find your spot and just lay back and become one with all that surrounds you. Snap a shot, cast a line -just see what turns up!

Come on back to town if you want to have a sit down meal at an upscale restaurant or head on down the road to some 50’5 fair. Otherwise, you have to make a trip across town toward the BBQ establishments. Head on in and get ready for some great eating.

If you aren’t tired yet – then it’s time to put you to work! At one of the MANY mines we have here in Franklin! Just recently we had a brand new discovery, a rather large Ruby was discovered at one of the local gem mines. You go in and purchase buckets of sand and then you’re off to “Siftin’ School”. They teach you what to look for in the gems and will then help you classify them. Who knows, maybe YOU can find the next BIG ONE!

For more information about events or many of our local mines, stop by the chamber website here Franklin Chamber of Commerce  or give us a call at 828.524.3161. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Franklin’s All American 4th of July

Veterans Memorial Park - Franklin, NC

Veterans Memorial Park – Franklin, NC

The celebration of our country’s independence is less than a day away. AAA is estimating record numbers of travelers will be on the roads, some of you may well already be on your way now! As the holiday weekend comes and passes, please take a moment to remember the brave soldiers of our Armed Forces. Those who sacrificed so much for this country to be what we are today. Those who made it home, and those who didn’t, we’re grateful to you and to your families, for all of the men and women who protect the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Thank you and God bless you.

We would also like to to also return home safe! So please, no matter what fun and exciting plans you have, always keep the safety of yourself and others at the forefront of your activities.

Here’s a quick rundown of this weekends plans for Franklin’s Fourth of July weekend:

Friday, July 3rd – 7:30 pm

At the Gazebo in downtown Franklin, there will be a Free Concert:

An Evening of Red, White & Blues featuring Blues legend Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues. Bring your lawn chair.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the FHS Fine Arts Center. There will also be a patriotic 3D projection on the clock tower after the concert or at dark.

Saturday, July 4th – Franklin’s All American 4th of July

At 10:00 am in historic downtown Franklin, there will be the annual Fourth of July parade. Anyone is welcome to participate, there is no registration required. Lineup begins at 9:30 am in the lower level parking lot of Town Hall. The parade will disband at Macon Bank.

11:00 am – Patriotic Pet Contest in the Gazebo

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners  – there is no registration fee

12:00 noon – Free, ice cold watermelon while supplies last in the Gazebo!

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Two roving street performers. The performers consist of a balloon artist and a super hero.

There will also be other activities will be going on with many of the Main Street Merchants, so be sure to take a stroll down Main Street and check out what’s happening!

Then, the focus of Franklin’s All American 4th of July shifts over to the Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Recreation Park where there is a full afternoon and evening of fun, food and fantastic music lined up bringing you right up to the main event, the celebration of the Independence of the United States of America with the largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina at dark. Here is a schedule of the events at the park:

Free Shuttle Buses from Franklin High School beginning at 5pm

Free Funland for Kids sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church

9:00 am        Horseshoe Tournament – Registration 8:30 am

3:00 pm        Cornhole Tournament – Registration 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Sponsored by ServPro

3:00 pm        Blind Golf Cart Obstacle Race

7:00 pm        Plunger Toss with $50 payout

9:15 pm        Bulls Eye Ball Drop with $500 prize

Sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet

Purchase balls at the Chamber Tent 1/$5 or 3/$10

Entertainment Schedule:

7:00 – 9:00 pm         Sundown Band

9:20 pm            Presentation of Colors, A Salute to all Branches of the U.S. Armed                                              Forces, and the Presentation of the National Anthem

9:30 pm         Fireworks Display (ground and air)

Donations will be accepted at all gates

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Fourth of July in Franklin, NC!

July 4th in the Park

July 4th in the Park

Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July as the Franklin Chamber of Commerce finalizes plans for the largest annual Independence Day celebration in Western North Carolina.  The 4th of July Fireworks & Fun Day will be held at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park just south of Franklin off U.S. 441 on Saturday, July 4.  Activities will begin in the park at 1 p.m. and conclude at dark with one of the largest fireworks shows in the area.

“We always work hard to make this a very special day for those who attend” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator for the Chamber.  “Our plans are complete and the crowds can expect a spectacular day of fun and excitement for the entire family.  The day will begin at 1 pm with lots to do including live entertainment, bungee jump, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, the famous Plunger Toss and Bulls Eye Ball Drop.

Biltmore Baptist Church will again host a free kid’s inflatable area.   Campus Pastor Patrick Trawick invites you to drop by, say hello and visit BBC’s booth in the kid’s area and register for free wristbands for all day play.

The horseshoe tournament is being brought back this year and is being organized by  Frank Rodriguez and Chuck Tallent.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am near the horseshoe pits.  The tournament will begin there at 9 am.  Registration fee is $20 per team.  Prize money amounts to be determined by number of teams participating.

The cornhole tournament, sponsored by ServPro, will begin at 3pm.  Registration will begin at 1:30 pm on the baseball field and end at 2:30.  Cornhole registration is $25 per team with a total cash purse again at $650. Registration forms are also available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce located at 425 Porter Street.

The Plunger Toss, sponsored by Ferguson Enterprises, has become one of the most entertaining and anticipated contests at the 4th of July festivities.  Kids and adults alike try tossing small plungers into the toilet bowl.  Land a plunger and move on to the next round.  Winners are declared in two age groups, Adults are 13 years and over and the Children’s group is 12 years and under”.  Prize money will be given to the winner of each age group. The plunger toss will take place at 7pm on the baseball field.

Another crowd favorite, The Bulls Eye Ball Drop, sponsored by Smoky Mountain Chevrolet.  Numbered golf balls will be dropped from the top of a crane high in the sky.  The closest ball to the center of the bulls eye on the baseball field will win $500.  The balls will be dropped around 9:15 pm.  Balls can be purchased at the Chamber tent in front of the baseball field for $5 each or 3 for $10.  Be sure to purchase your golf balls early before we sell out.

Bulls Eye Ball Drop

Bulls Eye Ball Drop


Largest Fireworks Display in Western North Carolina at dark

There’s also great entertainment lined up for the evening.  Pickin on the square will be joining us at the park this year with the headline act for the night “Sundown”.  They will be playing from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.  The Presentation of Colors will take place at 9:15 pm followed by a salute to all Branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.  The National Anthem will lead into the largest fireworks display in Western North Carolina beginning around 9:30 pm.

What’s the 4th without great food?  This year will be no exception.  You will find plenty of tasty treats like hamburgers, BBQ, hot dogs, Chick-fil-A, funnel cakes, kettle korn, ice cream and fresh lemonade.  There’s sure to be something for everyone.

A bus shuttle will run continuously from Franklin High School’s parking lot to the Recreation Park beginning at 5 pm.  There will be four buses running after the fireworks to help get folks back to their cars as quickly as possible. Since no parking is allowed along Wide Horizon Drive, everyone is encouraged to use the shuttle this year.

For more information about upcoming events visit or contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce at 828-524-3161.

We thank our additional gold sponsors – Macon County Recreation Park, The Town of Franklin and the Franklin Tourism Development Commission and everyone who donated to help make this celebration successful.

Remember, Franklin’s Fourth of July festivities will begin with the Parade on Main Street at 10 am downtown. Everyone is welcome to participate. The parade lineup will begin at 9:30 am in the lower town hall parking lot. The Most Patriotic Pet Contest will begin in the Gazebo at 11 am.  Free kids games and more will begin at 11 am with watermelon served at noon.  While downtown, be sure to stop in and shop with our Main Street Merchants.

We hope to celebrate the 4th of July with you!

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Taste of Scotland Weekend

Taste of Scotland Festival - Franklin, NC

Taste of Scotland Festival – Franklin, NC

Every Father’s Day weekend in downtown Franklin, NC there is a touch of Celtic tradition and a whole lot of Scottish history on display during the annual Taste of Scotland Festival. The festival begins on Thursday evening with a Clan Gathering and entertainment at Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St. The dinner is open to the public and begins at 6 PM.

The festival picks back up Friday evening with a Ceilidh. It is being held on Stewart Street, across from The Rathskeller and in front of The Attic. The entertainment will be provided by My Three Kilts. The show starts at 7 PM and continues until 9 PM.

Saturday is when the festival kicks into full swing. Downtown Franklin transforms into a historic Scottish community with demonstrations, games, vendors, entertainment and more. If you have the courage, the Braveheart 5k race begins at 9 AM downtown. If you’re more of a walker and want the company of the same, the Rob Roy 1k is right up your alley and begins at 8:30 AM. To register, see race officials before the events.

Taste of Scotland Parade begins at  10:30 am

Taste of Scotland Parade begins at 10:30 am

The day continues on into the evening until 6 PM, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over in downtown. Franklin’s Pickin’ on the Square will come in at take over the entertainment until after dark, so if you’re wanting some entertainment after dinner, stop in and sit a while as you’re brought into the early summer evening with friends and neighbors.

For a complete listing of all the events of the Taste of Scotland Festival this weekend, please visit their website here Taste of Scotland Festival Schedule. And for an in depth look into all things Franklin, please visit the Franklin, NC Chamber of Commerce website here Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

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