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Maple Leaf Festival in Whittier
The annual Maple Leaf Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Whittier.
The event features artisan crafters and vendors, live music, holiday exhibits, as well as a flea market and other activities. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and other community projects. The festival is hosted by the Whittier Community Club and Whittier Information & Historical Center.
Bryson City Chili Cook-Off
The 25th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot in Bryson City.
Trophies awarded for first, second and third place, People’s Choice and Showmanship. Cash prizes will also be awarded in each category: $400 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third. To enter, applications must be submitted to the Swain County Chamber of Commerce.
Cherokee Indian Fair celebrates 103 years
The 103rd annual Cherokee Indian Fair will run from Oct. 6-10 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds.
The fair features an array of the usual country fair offerings, from carnival rides to amusements, live music and craft/food vendors. There will also be nationally known entertainers and the numerous competitions.
It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds — a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch: a Ferris wheel, fireworks and stickball.
Stickball has long been known as the “Little Brother of War,” and you’ll find thrilling demonstrations of it mixed into all the traditional fair fun and food. There will also be an array of authentic Cherokee culture, including archery and blowgun demonstrations, local art, dance, music, and more. Award-winning musical guest Erica Nicole will perform on Oct. 10.
Admission is $10 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12. Under age 5 is free.
www.visitcherokeenc.com or 800.438.1601.
Want to learn bartending?
There will be a bartending course held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Oct. 12 to Nov. 23 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.
The classes cover all aspects of the bartending career, including Alcoholic Beverage Control requirements, information on Alcohol Liability Education certification, drink recipes, customer service, and more. Demonstration, lecture and hands-on participation are all part of the class. Cost is $125, and the book is about $15.
• An Oktoberfest Celebration will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. www.bwbrewing.com.
• A gem show will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15-18 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Lake Emory Road. Sponsored by T&D Shows. 828.371.9618 or www.franklin-chamber.com.
• An Oktoberfest Tailgate sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Spooky Storytelling will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Tales of the spirits, “Haints, Boogers and Witches of the Southern Highlands,” spun by storyteller Tim Hall. Free. www.greatsmokies.com.
• Brad Butkovich will present a discussion on the “Battles of New Hope Church and Pickett’s Mill” during the Western North Carolina Civil War Roundtable at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Free.
• The Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express will depart at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16, and noon and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and 17-18 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train depot in Bryson City. Peanuts characters in costume, children’s activities, and more. For more information and ticket rates, call 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.