The John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet hosts its 21st annual lumberjack competition organized by Haywood Community College. This year also holds a special celebration for the 100th anniversary of Pisgah National Forest.
*More than 100 traditional craftsmen, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forests, forest heritage, and Pisgah National Forest’s centennial.
*In addition, Forest Festival Day includes fun activities for children like crafts, wagon rides and falconry programs.
Friday, September 30th 6:30-8:30
Saturday, October 1st 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Downtown Rutherfordton, Main Street
The 45th annual Hilltop Festival will have for the public to enjoy- Live bands, local arts and crafts, kids activities, food and beverage vendors, and amusement rides.
Friday night “Race for the Gold” Soapbox Derby (7:00 pm)
Saturday morning is the annual Overmountain Victory Trail 5K (8:00 am) http://bit.ly/2b6CMoX and the 11th annual Tour De Pumpkin (takes off after the 5K). http://rutherfordoutdoor.org/outdoor-activities/biking/pumpkin
A new addition to our 21st annual Forest Festival Day, this family-friendly contest invites all groups to create a fun and unique theme surrounding your scarecrow.
*Registration is FREE, but participants must pay the Cradle of Forestry entrance fee to the Forest Festival Day on arrival.
*Deadline for registration is extended thru September 27th.
*Registrants will be given one straw bale and one t-post.
*Scarecrows and a display that fits within an 8’x8′ area can be preassembled or assembled between 10:00am-2:00pm on Oct.1, voting lasts until 4:00pm
*Scarecrows will be moved and displayed in the Heritage Garden until October 21-22 for the Tommy Hodges Outdoor Drama.
Celebrating 21 Years! LEAF Festival, featuring Carnival of Wonder
October 20-23, 2016
Music, art, and culture has the power to inspire our minds, enliven our hearts, and awaken our souls. In this powerful time of transformation, may we never forget the importance of living our creative dreams and sharing what we love with the world. For the 43rd LEAF Festival, we dare you to come experience the magic, the mystery, and the magnificence of a Carnival of Wonder! Be prepared for sights that astound, performances that ignite your imagination, and a family adventure that you will remember – forever.