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Greening Up the Mountains

The Maggie Valley Band will play Sylva April 27. File photo The Maggie Valley Band will play Sylva April 27. File photo

Presented by the Town of Sylva, the 26th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, April 27, in downtown Sylva. 

The festival will host over 150 vendors and attendees from around Western North Carolina. Arts/crafts and nonprofit vendors will be located along Main Street and at Bridge Park. Food trucks and beverage arts vendors will be in the paved parking lot beside Bridge Park. 

Water stations, installed by the Tuckasegee Water and Sewer Authority, will once again be available on Main Street and at Bridge Park. Paper cups will be available at each station. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own personal refillable water containers as the festival does not allow plastic water bottles.

The day will begin with a 5K Race kicking off at 9 a.m. Registration is available online at The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. The race starts and ends at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. All proceeds benefit the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department.

Live music will be performed throughout the day at the Bridge Park music stage. WRGC will be providing live interviews and information from their sponsor booth located at Bridge Park in between performances.

Musical acts include the Maggie Valley Band (10-11 a.m.), PMA (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), Whitewater Bluegrass Co. (1-2 p.m.) and Shane Meade & The Sound (2:30-4 p.m.).

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Blacksmithing and glass blowing demonstrations by vendors from the Green Energy Park will take place in the Southern and Sunkissed parking lot across from First Baptist Church.

Children’s activities will also be scattered along Main Street with Fusions Spa being one location of interest. The Jackson Amateur Musicians will be performing from the Fusions Spa porch at 11 a.m. 

Some parking spaces will be available around the Sylva pool, the Presbyterian Church and the old courthouse/library parking lots, but most of the available spaces will be found at Mark Watson Park and at the Jackson Plaza. Limited handicapped parking will be available in the lot behind the Sylva Police Department.

First Methodist will offer parking spaces in their large parking lot for a $5 fee, which will be used for church mission projects. Pinnacle Relief, located across from Bridge Park on Grindstaff Road, will also have parking spaces available for $5.

Jackson County Transit will offer shuttle service from the Jackson Plaza parking lot between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Cost for shuttle service is $1 per person. JCT Policy does not allow children under 80 pounds or under the age of 8 years old to ride without a car seat.

Restroom facilities will be scattered throughout the festival on both Main Street and in Bridge Park.

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