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Labor Day LakeAlooza at Fontana Village
The 5th annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza fireworks celebration will be held Aug. 29-31 at Fontana Village Resort.
The celebration will be in full swing with a performance by the Josh Fields Band at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. The group blends southern rock, classic and contemporary country, and bluegrass amid tight three-part harmonies.
Although the event is being held at the marina, you donât need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard/kayak races, and even a frozen t-shirt contest.
On Saturday evening, Fastgear will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Wildwood Sundeck. Guests will then be treated to Fontanaâs famous fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green
The resort is also offering free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy River on Saturday and Sunday for guests wanting to cool off or to lounge poolside.
www.fontanavillage.com or 800.849.2258.
Pigeon River Fest in Canton
The Pigeon River Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 23 in downtown Canton.
The festival will be a relaxing walk along the Pigeon River in historic Canton. A welcome and information area will be at the RiverView Feed Store downtown. Heritage craft vendors will be dispersed along the trail for you to enjoy between RiverView Feed and The Turner Stage. The antique tractor show and Mary Hardin Antique Show will be located between River View and Pisgah Memorial Stadium.
There will also be a car show by Sunset Cruisers at the armory, a kidsâ zone, and other various activities along the river. Food vendors include McCleod Concessions, Holy Smoke BBQ, Lenoir Creek Beef and Bakery, Gigiâs ice cream and smoothies. The Lil Miss and Mr. Labor pageant will also take the stage during our festival. At 6 p.m. music will be performed by Grey Wolf and The Band of Oz at 6 p.m.
The event is coordinated by Focus On Canton and the group underwrites the cost through merchandise and food sales, along with sponsorship from businesses and individuals in the community.
Open call for Taste of Sylva
The Mainstreet Sylva Association will host the 5th annual Taste of Sylva culinary tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.
This yearâs event will feature both downtown restaurants at their locations and other Sylva restaurants set up at McGuire Gardens. All participants will provide a âtasteâ of their menu or product to patrons, offering a complete experience of the incredible culinary variety in Sylva.
With close to 20 restaurants, breweries and other food and drink based establishments participating, attendees will be able to sample a delightful variety of foods provided by almost every restaurant in Sylva.
The event will also feature street musicians, childrenâs activities, samples from local farmers and growers from the Jackson County Farmersâ Market, and much more.
Tickets will be on sale at participating restaurants starting Sept. 8, and are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds will benefit community programs and initiatives.
â˘âPAWS will be hosting their 11th annual wine tasting and silent auction from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, in Harmony Hall at Lands Creek Cabins in Bryson City. Proceeds will benefit PAWS, Swain Countyâs only animal shelter. Tickets can be purchased at the PAWS Thrift Store. 828.333.4267.
â˘âThe Kitchen Showdown Competition will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva. The event is part of the Tuesdays to Thrive series the hospital is putting on to focus on timely health topics. Attendees must sign up for the competition and submit their recipes by Thursday, Aug. 28. Full rules and information is at www.westcarehealth.org/tuesdays-to-thrive/kitchen-showdown-rules.
â˘âWNCâs Largest Fall Yard Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. 828.586.2155.