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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

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Gemboree returns to Macon 

Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 49th Annual Macon County Gemboree July 24-27, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. 

The gem and mineral show is the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast, and is known across the nation as one of the region’s finest events.

Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adult, with those ages 12 and under free. A Run-of-Show ticket is only $5 and will allow you admission to the event all four days for one low price. All Macon County residents can enter for $1 on Sunday.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. 

800.336.7829 or 828.524.3161.



• Competition entrants are still being sought for Mountain Heritage Day on Sept. 27 at Western North Carolina. Entrees for baked goods, the 5K road race, craft juried competitions, and more are still available. 

• Old Crab Day will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Cruso Community Center. Barbecue, hot dogs, live music, cloggers, craft vendors and voting for the Old Crab of your choice. 828.648.5633 or 828.235.8280.

• The Highlands Road Gem Show will be from 9 a.m. until dusk July 23-27 at the corner of U.S. 411 and Highlands Road in Franklin. Free. 828.369.6341.

• The Way Back When Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The dinner showcases a recreation meal, music, storytelling and atmosphere of a 1930s Appalachian trout camp. $31.95 per person, which includes food and beverage. 828.926.1401 or 800.868.1401 or

• A street dance will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 25 in downtown Waynesville. Live music by Eddie Rose and Highway 40 and The Trantham Family, with clogging by the Green Valley Cloggers. Dancing led by Joe Sam Queen. All skill levels welcomed to participate. 

• The 21st annual Haywood Christian Ministry Charitable Golf Classic will be July 22-23 at the Waynesville Inn and Laurel Ridge Country Club. Deadline to enter is July 18. 828.456.4838.

• The T&D Gem Show will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 21-27 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Lake Emory Road in Franklin. Free. 828.371.2954.

• A program about Western North Carolina’s logging train history will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 19 at the Cradle of Forestry. Visitors will learn about the locomotive and explore the rich history of a time when many livelihoods depended on logging trains. 828.877.3130 or

• The Annual Parish Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville. The church’s largest fundraiser, which has been on-going for more than 30 years, will be held on the church grounds and will include the ever-popular flea market, as well as a boutique of unique items. Donations can be dropped off at Thatcher Hall at the church from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday prior to the sale. Proceeds benefit Haywood County non-profits. 828.456.6029.

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