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  • Welcome to the Great Smoky 
    Mountains and Jackson County, North Carolina

  • Welcome Home Parade planned for Sylva's Mountain Faith on Sept. 10

            Jackson County is rolling out the red carpet for its favorite hometown heroes, Mountain Faith. 

    A “Welcome Home Parade” for the Mountain Faith Band is planned for 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10. 

    The Sylva-based bluegrass/gospel group advanced all the way to the semifinals of NBC’s nationally-televised show “America’s Got Talent.” The group performed live twice at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, before being eliminated from the competition on Wednesday, Sept. 2. 

    The parade will start at Mark Watson Park, proceed down Main Street, circle to Mill Street and conclude at Bridge Park. There will be a reception at the Bridge Park after the parade. Refreshments will also be provided. The public is invited to attend this free event.

    The Mountain Faith Band will greet fans, sign autographs, have CDs, apparel, and other merchandise available for purchase.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Triple Threat Dancers, the Smoky Mountain High School (SMHS) Marching Band and SMHS cheerleaders will participate in the parade.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend and fill Main and Mill Streets with supporters and well-wishers. 

    The parade is being organized by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and Jackson County Parks and Recreation. 

    For more information, call 828-586-2155 or visit www.mountainlovers.com.

  • Seventh annual Colorfest in Dillsboro Oct. 3

         As the blazing colors of autumn fall on the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Dillsboro, N.C., will once again host the ColorFest, now seven years old. 
         This popular Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  The setting for the fair is the walk-about, old railroad town of Dillsboro, which flourishes with authentic works of the hand in studios and galleries—pottery, weaving, painting, sewing and more. Drawn by the town’s old-fashioned charm and gracious hospitality, visitors are many times surprised by not only the art, but by the skill tucked away in these mountains.  
      Over 40 selected artisans will gather on Front Street (the street closest to the railroad tracks of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad), where they will be demonstrating their techniques and skills, displaying and selling their works of art.  Entertainment, mixed with the aroma of exceptional food, will liven the festive environment of the day.
      The artists will be located only a short walk from the entertainment stage. Most musicians have a need to perform/compose through their strong love of music, and this certainly shows with the fine array of local performers lined up for daylong entertainment at ColorFest
         ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County TDA, Champion Credit Union, and the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Located in the North Carolina Mountains and right in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jackson County is the ideal location for your next mountain getaway. Whatever it is you are looking for in your trip, we have it, from great accommodations, including cabin rentals, to wonderful activities, including rafting, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, and camping. Jackson county creek

    Once you’ve found the right place to stay, whether it is a quaint Great Smoky Mountain cabin, or a friendly bed & breakfast, you will be ready to start you adventure in the North Carolina Mountains. If you enjoy fishing, the Tuckasegee River and many lakes and streams offer superb options, or you can take in the mountain scenery and wildlife on one of the area’s many hiking trails. Maybe you want to test your golf game and you can do just that on one of Jackson County’s many classic mountain golf courses. 

    Dillsboro LuminariesJourney back to the days of yesteryear as Dillsboro presents its annual Festival of Lights and Luminaries. Experience the magic as the entire town is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter and song! 2500 luminaries light your way to shops and studios. Horse and buggy rides available each night from 5-8 pm (cost + tips). Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa. Carolers sing and children visit with Santa at Town Hall.

    When you plan your next mountain vacation to Jackson County and the Great Smoky Mountains, you will want to be sure that you select just the right accommodations for your visit. The options here in the North Carolina Mountains are certainly diverse and offer something for everyone and every budget. There’s so much just waiting for you to enjoy in North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.


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