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Retro game tournament in Canton

The Retro Gamer will host its Retro Gaming Tournament from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Canton.

This fun event brings folks together for some retro game playing, prizes and to raise money for the Canton Middle School Backpacks of Love program. Teams of three will compete for the highest score in game categories, with prizes for the winners. During the entire event The Retro Gamer will be giving out door prizes from the store and other area merchants.

Teams will compete in the categories of maze, action/adventure and shooter games. Each team member will literally roll the dice to see which game in each category they will play. The highest scoring team will win the grand prize.

The Retro Gamer is located in the Home Computer Services company. Owner Rob Worth started the computer business in 2000 and has opened four stores and offers retail sales and repairs of PC’s and laptops.

Registration is $5 per person and is paid the day of tournament. 

828.648.1200 or or RetroGamerWNC on Facebook.


Oktoberfest returns to Maggie Valley 

The 2nd Annual Maggie Valley Oktoberfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the festival grounds.

Visitors will sample traditional German foods, beverages and enjoy Oompah music under a 320-foot tent that seats 800. There will be fun activities for the kids, as well as arts, crafts, raffles and “Gemuilichkeit” — a warm atmosphere of open and generous hospitality. 

Admission is $2 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under.


Cashiers festival welcomes fall

The 6th annual Leaf Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10-12 at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers. 

Held each year as the leaves begin to change in this beautiful mountain village nestled at 3,487 feet in elevation, the event features more than 100 artisans and merchants scattered throughout the Village Green and Commons Park. Visitors will find unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more on display and available for purchase throughout the weekend.  

Live music is scheduled from 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 on two different stages. Most of these performers are local and regional acts, ranging in genre from singer/songwriters to jazz, blues to Americana, as well as bluegrass, rock, soul and funk.

Event sponsorships, volunteers and vendor opportunities are still available for artisans, merchants, nonprofits and more. The festival is put on by The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association (GCAMA).

Free. or 828.743.8428.


Pickler to headline Cherokee Indian Fair

Country music star and American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 during the 102nd Cherokee Indian Fair.

The fair runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 11. Events include traditional Cherokee storytelling, stickball games, Junior Miss Cherokee pageant and Cherokee Idol contest. The fairgrounds will also include food and craft vendors, carnival rides, agricultural/historical exhibits, children’s activities and more. Fireworks will be held at dusk on Oct. 11.



• The PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express will hit the rails at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5 and 10-12 from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. Charlie Brown and friends will be on-hand for the festivities, which also includes a narration of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” Halloween family activities and more. For ticket information, click on or 800.872.4681. 

• The Maple Leaf Fall Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 in downtown Whittier. Area artisans and crafters, holiday exhibits, flea market, food and live entertainment. 828.497.2393 or 

• The 7th annual Macon TRACS Blue Jean Ball will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. BBQ, live music, silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Macon TRACS operation expenses. 

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