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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 00:00

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Bryson City spices things up

The 24th annual Chili Cook-Off will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad Depot in Bryson City.

Attendees can sample chili from mild to wild, with red, white and vegetarian recipes. There will also be live music, decorated booths and homemade desserts. Trophies awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, People’s Choice and Showmanship. Cash prizes will also be awarded in each category: $400 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd. or 800.867.9246.


Farm-to-Mug, Nicholson at Walnut Cove

Bluegrass group The Darren Nicholson Band will be performing during the Farm-to-Mug brewery and food event at 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Walnut Cove Farms in Waynesville.

Hops grown at the farm were given to Boojum, Tipping Point and BearWaters breweries to each make a keg of beer for the evening. Each patron will receive one craft beer from each brewery to taste and vote on. The winning brewery will receive all of the hops grown next year by the farm.

Tickets are $75 per person. or 828.400.0115 or 828.283.1353. 


Trail Magic release party in Bryson City

The Trail Magic Ale No. 9 Release Party will be Oct. 17-18 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City.

On Friday, the brewery will tap the first keg of the 9th Trail Magic Ale Release at 6 p.m. exclusively in their taproom. Following that, there will host a Rare & Wild Tasting. A performance by Americana band Freeway Revival will also be held at 8 p.m.

On noon Saturday, the brewery will offer a limited release of Trail Magic Ale bottles for sale. A limited number of 750ml bottles will be available for purchase.



• The 18th annual Pumpkin Fest will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 at the East Franklin Shopping Center and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in downtown Franklin. Hayrides, after-school treats and more on Oct. 24, with a street festival featuring the Famous Pumpkin Roll, crafters, vendors and other activities on Oct. 25. 

• The PEANUTS Pumpkin Patch Express is now running daily 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. 

• Haints, Boogers and Witches of the Southern Highlands will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 24-25 at The Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Spooky mountain storytelling. 828.488.5705. 

• A one-year anniversary celebration will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 18 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Live music from PMA, Bird in Hand and Rye Baby.

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