5 Tips for Planning a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden in Murphy, NC

Growing vegetables in our Murphy, North Carolina mountains is always an adventure. You’ll encounter wild weather swings, alternating drought and monsoon conditions, and ravenous deer who munch their way through your carefully cultivated garden.

But sometimes, it all comes together and you get an impressive summer harvest of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and lots more tasty vegetables. While you’re basking in the moment, however, note that the fall and winter gardening season is right on the doorstep. With some initial preparation, and careful timing of your plantings, you can enjoy fresh vegetables right up until springtime. Continue reading “5 Tips for Planning a Fall & Winter Vegetable Garden in Murphy, NC”

Enjoy Lake Time & Ice Cream Treats in Murphy, NC

There’s nothing like spending some time at a cool mountain lake near Murphy, NC. You herd the family into the car (or truck), pack a picnic lunch and some sunscreen and cold water, and get ready to chill out for the day. When you arrive, you soak up some fresh mountain air and decide whether you’d like to swim, fish, or do absolutely nothing. And sometime during the afternoon, you decide to top off this splendid day with a delicious ice cream treat. It really doesn’t get much better than this!

So, decide which beautiful mountain lake you’ll visit today. To make your decision easier, you’ll find all three lakes located along Route 294 just a stone’s throw west of Murphy, North Carolina.

CHEROKEE LAKE
Enjoy a good old-fashioned summer picnic at this scenic lakeside spot with plenty of room for everyone. Bring some sandwiches and snacks from town; or pair some grilled burgers and hot dogs with salads and cold drinks. While you dine like kings, enjoy Cherokee Lake’s serene setting, and soak up the peace and quiet.

After lunch and a quick pit stop, stroll the walking trails, or spend a few lazy hours casting your line from the dock. With a current North Carolina fishing license, and equipped a good rod and tackle, you’ll be ready to face off against those crafty, elusive mountain fish.

Directions: Take Highway 64 West, and turn right on Highway 294. Travel just a few miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 313 to enter the Cherokee Lake picnic area.

HIWASSEE LAKE

Scenic Overlook
As mountain lakes go, Hiwassee Lake is pretty impressive. This sprawling lake covers almost 6,100 acres, has nearly 180 miles of winding shoreline, and extends for a generous 22 miles. In other words, you’ll find plenty to see (and plenty of fish) there.

If you enjoy picture-postcard mountain scenery, you’ll have some stunning photo ops here. Hiwassee Lake is completely nestled in the Nantahala National Forest, and the view from the dam-area overlook is simply amazing. The lake stretches on forever, and it’s bordered by miles and miles of wooded shoreline.

Directions to scenic overlook: Take Highway 64 West, and turn right on Highway 294. Travel several miles, and look for the U.S. Forest Service sign on the right.

Water Activities
Now, let’s assume you’d like to do some serious fishing, boating, or water-skiing. Or, you’ve had enough of the hot, steamy weather, and you’d like to splash around the lake to cool off. Or, maybe you want to enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a leisurely hike through the woods. You can access those activities at Hanging Dog Recreation Area, located just an easy drive from Murphy.

Directions to Hanging Dog Recreation Area (from Murphy): Drive about 4 miles northwest on Peachtree Street, which turns into Joe Brown Highway. Look for the entrance to Hiwassee Lake on the left.

APALACHIA LAKE
If you’ve been looking for a serene, unspoiled mountain lake with amazing views, put Apalachia Lake on your “must see” list. This gorgeous 10-mile-long lake feeds into the Hiwassee River, and the Nantahala National Forest is right next door.

As the crow flies, you’re not too far from Hiwassee Lake, but Apalachia Lake has a remote character all its own. With very little shoreline development, and virtually no recreational facilities, Apalachia Lake is one of the purest mountain lake settings you’ll ever find.

If you want to enjoy some laid-back fishing, kayaking, or canoeing, you can take advantage of a convenient launch ramp. Or, you can meander through the woods on a scenic hiking trail. In other words, you make your own fun at Apalachia Lake, and you probably won’t have much company.

Directions: Take Highway 64 West, and turn right on Highway 294. Stay on 294 for quite a distance, and you’ll eventually see the Apalachia Lake turnoff sign.

ENJOY ICE CREAM TREATS AT THE SWEET TOOTH
Wrap up your lake excursion with some delicious ice cream confections from The Sweet Tooth. This incredibly popular family ice cream shop is located at 658 Andrews Road, not far from downtown Murphy, NC. During the summer season, The Sweet Tooth is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This little walk-up ice cream shop has a quirky character, and the building features lots of ice cream-y photos that you can view while waiting for your order. There aren’t any one-size-fits-all ice cream cups here – perish the thought! Instead, you’ll enjoy your own personal ice cream treat that comes with your choice of toppings. So, dig in and enjoy every bite as you reflect on the perfect ending to a great summer day at the lake.

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Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Brings Expanded Services to Murphy, NC

If you love living in our beautiful mountains, or are considering a move to Murphy, NC or the surrounding counties, you likely appreciate our region’s gorgeous scenery and feast of outdoor activities. However, you’ve probably wished that premier medical facilities, and highly regarded specialists, were much more accessible – especially for those facing serious or chronic health issues.

Fortunately, Chattanooga, TN-based Erlanger Health System has stepped in to provide a solution. In April 2018, after two years of due diligence and planning, Erlanger announced plans to acquire Peachtree-based Murphy Medical Center (MMC). By bringing our 40-year-old community hospital into the Erlanger family, our residents and visitors will benefit from an expanded menu of services and specialists. Continue reading “Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital Brings Expanded Services to Murphy, NC”

Bring the Train Home to Murphy NC! A record is made in the Guinness Book of World Records!

On October 5, 2018, Downtown Murphy NC had thousands of residents on the square whistling and singing a custom version of “She will be coming round the mountain when she comes!” and signing a petition with the goal of bringing the train back to Cherokee County. It would stimulate tourism, commerce, and more. Watch to see what it was like to be in the crowd!

It was a great event led by many of our area’s leaders including: Mayor of Murphy NC Rick Ramsey, Mayor of Andrews NC James Reid, Representative Kevin Corbin,  Jim Davis, and more. It shows our community spirit here in Murphy NC. We are proud to be here!

Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Mountain Garden

fall-gardening-photoButtoning up your Murphy, NC garden during the fall is like cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner. On Turkey Day, you just feasted on a tasty 20-pounder with all the fixin’s – and now you must clear the table before scraping and washing the dishes. And when fall catches up with your garden,  stop growing your vegetables or flowers, and begin that less-enjoyable cleanup operation.

Pick Your Passion: Vegetables or Flowers
When your garden’s harvest came in, you enjoyed a huge bounty of vegetables from early summer until fall. When you exhausted your recipes, you canned or froze every ripe vegetable that crossed your path.

Or, maybe flower gardening is your passion. You carefully prepared your beds, planted seeds and transplants, and watered them daily throughout our bone-dry drought. You weeded often, and you managed to drive off the deer so your plants would have a fighting chance. Finally, your garden exploded with a riot of colors that made all that hard work worthwhile.

Now that the growing season’s over, though, it’s time to round up those wilting plants and restore some order to your vegetable plot or flower beds. After all, you want to get a head start on next season’s garden.

Wrap Up Your Summer Garden
First, encourage your current garden to keep on giving. If you grew some tasty heirloom vegetables, for example, save and store a good assortment of seeds for the next planting season. Try the same strategy with your colorful annual flowers. Either way, store the seeds in paper envelopes, and stash them in a glass jar in a dry spot indoors.

Next, tidy up the garden by picking up fallen vegetables that could rot on the ground. Dispose of dead annuals, and cut back perennials that have finished blooming for the season. By reducing the amount of debris on the ground, pests will be less likely to choose your garden for their winter hibernation spot.

Put Those Millions of Leaves to Work
Of course, living in the woods means you have an endless supply of leaves, a highly beneficial ingredient of your household compost pile. Rake (or blow) a respectable quantity of leaves, and add them to the pile’s green kitchen scraps. Believe it or not, mixing both types of materials helps to generate compost more quickly. Don’t throw in plants with disease or bug problems, and avoid composting dairy or meat products, as they’re a magnet for rodents.

If your property includes an expanse of lawn, give the grass one final mowing for the season. Gather the grass clippings and shredded leaves, and spread them over your flower beds to provide protection during the upcoming cold weather.

Plant Vegetable Seeds or Cover Crops
If you’re an avid vegetable gardener, fall is a great time to plant spinach, lettuce, and other cool-season vegetable seeds. If temperatures will dip below freezing, cover your plants with protective straw. Root crops such as rutabagas and carrots will also benefit from a nice straw blanket. Fall is also perfect for planting garlic and shallot bulbs.

If your garden didn’t materialize this year, get a jump on next season by planting a fast-growing cover crop. Evenly sow clover, rye, or similar seeds into bare soil. When spring arrives, turn the cover crop plants into the soil, adding essential nutrients your vegetables will love.

Spice Up Your Flower Beds
Plant colorful cool-season flowers such as mums and pansies, and add some ornamental kale for extra greenery. Chances are, these hardy plants will even survive most frosts.

Choose an enticing assortment of spring-blooming bulbs, designed to bring your Murphy, NC garden alive after months of cold weather. Hyacinth, crocus, daffodil, and tulip bulbs are popular choices. Plant your bulbs per the grower’s directions, button them up for winter, and get ready to enjoy a rainbow of color when you need it most.

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Cherokee County Fair Offers Old-Fashioned Family Fun

IMG_7257Visiting a local county fair gives you a chance to slow down and smell the popcorn…and the barbeque, corn dogs, and funnel cakes. At hundreds of county fairs around the United States, you can browse the exhibits, sniff the farm animal aromas, and listen to great regional entertainment with your family. And best of all, you can enjoy these simple pleasures at our Cherokee County Fair in Ranger – just a few miles from Murphy, NC. So put the third weekend in October on your calendar, head to the Mountain Folk Center, and enjoy some Cherokee County Fair fun.

Launching the 2015 Cherokee County Fair
Back in 2015, some Cherokee County residents got together, and sparked the idea of resurrecting the county fair. With the county’s history and pride in its agricultural roots, enthusiasm and ideas were flowing thick and fast.

After just a few months’ planning time, and with the support of local officials and the Cherokee County Tourism Development Authority, the Cherokee County Fair made its debut in late October 2015. Held at the Mountain Folk Center on US Highway 64 in Ranger, the first-year fair met with considerable success. After planners had time to catch their breath, they quickly began organizing a bigger 2016 event.

The 2016 Cherokee County Fair: Coming Soon
During the weekend of October 21-23, the Mountain Folk Center will again host the Cherokee County Fair festivities. Just 12 miles west of Murphy, this popular spot also houses the summer Farmer’s Market and Nora Starks Memorial Horse Arena. The Fair offers free parking, and a free shuttle van will transport visitors from offsite parking areas.

Enjoy a Full Slate of Family-Friendly Activities
After you arrive at the Cherokee County Fair, refer to your Fair Program for locations of specific attractions. For starters, head to the covered pavilion, where you’ll find a diverse collection of exhibitors. Learn about community groups, view food and craft displays, and browse a growing selection of craft vendors. In other words, there’s something for everybody.

Next, head over to the farm animal exhibits, always a hit with the younger set. Kids will also enjoy the bounce house, pony rides, and other kid-focused activities. Don’t miss the pie-eating contest, where competitors of all ages and sizes will chow down on gooey confections at lightning speed. And word has gotten out that this year’s Tractor Parade will include even more vintage and modern machines. You might also see some antique farm equipment.

Don’t Miss These Special Fair Attractions
Of course, a county fair wouldn’t be complete without live music and dance performances. Throughout the weekend, a variety of talented regional performers will take the stage. And back by popular demand, the Monroe County Vaulting Team will amaze visitors with their acrobatics on horseback.

New for 2016, Alan Kay will teach and demonstrate valuable survival skills. As fans of the History Channel’s “Alone” series already know, Alan won the Season 1 competition for his ability to survive in Vancouver Island’s challenging conditions. You might say Alan’s a pro at making the most of tough situations.

Enjoy Midway Rides and Tasty Food
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Cherokee County Fair’s exciting midway rides. And of course you’ll be tempted by lots of mouth-watering food. Just follow the enticing smells, and you might be rewarded with barbeque, corn dogs, wraps, and burgers. Of course, we can’t forget sweet treats such as funnel cakes, ice cream, candied apples, and more. In other words, you might want to come hungry.

Get the Lowdown on Fair Logistics
Whether you’re available during the day or evening, you can visit the Cherokee County Fair sometime during the three-day weekend. The fairgrounds are open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the Fair’s website below for full admission cost details.

Important notes: Plan to pay for your admission, food, purchases, and midway tickets with cash. Leave your pets at home, as they could rile up the livestock or make some Fair-goers nervous.

Now that you’ve put the Cherokee County Fair on your calendar, spend some time in Murphy, NC before heading out to Ranger for the festivities. Because new Fair events and performers are added frequently, check the Fair’s Facebook Page or website for full details:
http://www.cherokeecountyfair.com/?utm_source=www.visitnc.com&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=downstream-referral .

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Cherokee County RV Campgrounds Offer Scenic Beauty and Modern Amenities

Memorial_Day_Weekend_2015_058.145111104_largeTraveling in a recreational vehicle, or RV, is like taking your studio apartment on the road. You still enjoy all the comforts of home, and you can change your surroundings at the drop of a hat. And when you find a spot you especially like, you can settle down and enjoy it for awhile. Here in Murphy, NC and Cherokee County, we’ve got four nicely outfitted RV parks just waiting for you to pull in and hook up. Each facility’s setting and amenities give it a distinctive appeal.

Creekside RV Park and Campground
First, check out the Creekside RV Park and Campground, slightly more than two miles east of Murphy on US Highway 19/129/74 (also called the four-lane). Each convenient pull-through site has a Valley River or Rogers Creek setting, and you’ll find stunning mountain views all around. Besides full hook-up services, you’ll enjoy a bath house and laundry facilities, plus wireless Internet so you can catch up with famiy and friends.

If you thrive on fishing, try your luck against those wily trout by casting your line right from Creekside’s banks. Finally, take advantage of the pavilion, picnic tables, and fire rings – all great gathering spots to swap stories with other RVers. Contact: Creekside RV Park and Campground, 68 Old Peachtree Road, Marble, NC 28905. 828-837-4123.

Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins
Also just east of Murphy, you’ll find the Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins. This versatile riverfront campground caters to both RVers and vacationers, with several full hook-up RV sites and cabins.

This award-winning KOA campground offers a well-rounded selection of amenities. Besides laundry and bath house facilities, you’ll find a swimming pool, kids’ playground, and gameroom. Finally, this pet-friendly campground also welcomes your furry family members, so pack extra kibbles and supplies. Contact: Murphy-Peace Valley KOA Campground and Cabins, 117 Happy Valley Road, Marble, NC 28905. 828-837-6223.

River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort
Next, travel west of Murphy to the River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort, featuring direct access off Highway 64 just past the Route 129 intersection. This nicely maintained facility offers Nottley River frontage plus super-wide paved RV sites and adjacent roads. Many sites offer pull-through access, while others provide a waterfront setting.

Enjoy River’s Edge’s full electric hook-ups, water, sewer, cable, and wireless high-speed Internet. And speaking of creature comforts, you’ll be delighted with the spotless granite and marble bathrooms, onsite laundry, and comfy computer lounge. Contact: River’s Edge Mountain RV Resort, 1750 Hilltop Road, Murphy, NC 28906. 828-361-4517.

Persimmon Creek Campground
Finally, if you’re itching to park your RV in an absolutely gorgeous waterfront spot, and chat with folks who seem more like family than campground operators, visit charming Persimmon Creek Campground. To get there, travel out Highway 64 toward Tennessee. Turn right on Route 294, and then turn left on Sunny Point Road to Persimmon Creek Campground. You’ll access this family-run property via a wide, gradually sloping driveway, and park your RV on a roomy site overlooking a scenic pond. Nearby, you’ll find 1,700 feet of creekfront, perfect for indulging your trout fishing obsession.

Persimmon Creek Campground amenities include water/electric hookups, showers and laundry facilities, and free WiFi service. Each wooded site features a picnic table and fire ring, and a horseshoe pit is nearby. For a real taste of home, buy some firewood and free-range pasture eggs. Blueberries, home-grown fruits and vegetables, and shiitake mushrooms will also be available in season.

Finally, this pet-friendly campground provides your favorite pooch with many enticing smells, courtesy of the nearby wildlife population. Because Persimmon Creek is just a short drive from Murphy, NC and the Ocoee River, your RV will make a terrific base camp for a wide variety of day trips. Contact: Persimmon Creek Campground, 200 Sunny Point Road, Murphy, NC 28906. 828-644-5800.

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Bring Your Hiking Boots for Some Memorable Mountain Day Hikes in and Around Murphy NC

wayah_bald_tower1If your hiking boots and walking stick are itching for a good day hike, our region is chock full of great hiking destinations. In fact, you’ll find some beautiful wooded trails right here in Cherokee County – and one in the Murphy, NC town limits. In fact, let’s start there – after fortifying yourself with an incredible cup of liquid energy, otherwise known as coffee, and pastries at The Daily Grind.

Next, stroll over to the Murphy River Walk, with a trailhead right behind the historic L&N Depot. While you trek along two miles of shaded walking trails, enjoy the marshy wetlands, hardwood forests, and meadows. You’ll see plenty of native plants, and you might encounter some birds and small mammals. You’ll also get up-close-and-personal with the Hiwassee and Valley Rivers, which just so happen to converge right in front of you on the trail. This walk is especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

Maybe you’re up for a more adventurous hike, with lots of elevation changes and a surprise around every bend. Check out the Nantahala National Forest, criss-crossed with so many trails we’ve lost count. In fact, this forest is so large that it’s divided into three regions: the Cheoah, Nantahala, and Tusquitee Ranger Districts. Regardless of your destination, you’ll see tons of native plants, some unique to this part of the world. You might even encounter some roaring waterfalls, especially if we’ve had a few rounds of rain.

If the legendary Appalachian Trail is on your bucket list, the Nantahala National Forest contains a great AT day-hike destination: Wayah Bald near Franklin, North Carolina. If you’d prefer the easy route, enjoy a pleasant one-mile round trip from Forest Service Road 69. For a more energetic hike to Wayah Bald, take the Winding Stair Gap route, with lots of high-elevation climbing along well-graded trails. You’ll also pass several springs and campsites. Either way, you’ll end up at the historic stone fire tower, built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. On a clear day, you might see North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee – all at once. Bring the camera!

Or, maybe you’d like to take a moderate-to-difficult day hike along the beautiful Fires Creek Rim Trail, which rings the Fires Creek Wildlife Management Area. Starting near Hayesville, North Carolina, the entire Rim Trail encompasses 25 miles, but you can choose a manageable chunk that provides some spectacular ridge-top views. Fires Creek has several trails to choose from, the Rim Trail just happens to be a favorite. Besides viewing lots of native plants and birds, you could encounter deer, Russian boars, or bears – so be on your best behavior.

Of course, this snapshot barely scratches the surface of day-hike possibilities. For more detailed information, contact the United States Forest Service Station in Murphy, NC at 828-837-5152. For maps and hiking gear, visit the outdoors-savvy staff at Appalachian Outfitters on Tennessee Street in downtown Murphy. And who knows – we might see you on the trail!

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Making the Most of Your Murphy, NC Weekend

Aerial-view-of-Murphy1If escaping to the mountains has been on your bucket list, and you’ve finally cleared your calendar for the weekend, program your GPS for beautiful Cherokee County, North Carolina. Specifically, plan a trip to Murphy, NC, where you can experience peace and quiet, small-town charm, and drop-dead-gorgeous vistas everywhere you look.

Next, reserve that secluded cabin where you can ogle the wildlife and marvel at the stars while you relax on the deck. Contact the folks at Mountain Country Cabin Rentals to find that perfect getaway spot. To get the most from your Murphy weekend, plan to check in on Friday afternoon (or if you’re really lucky, Thursday afternoon so you have an extra day!).

After you arrive, take time to soak up the solitude and put yourself into slow-motion mode, or “mountain time” as we call it. Next, head into town for a glass of wine and Happy Hour entertainment at The Daily Grind in downtown Murphy. For dinner, Murphy’s Chophouse and Shoebootie’s are always good bets. Back at the cabin, settle down for a good night’s sleep, with your weekend still stretching ahead.

On Saturday morning, wake up with visions of a hearty breakfast dancing in your head. Make that dream a reality with a weekend breakfast buffet at Brother’s Restaurant, or fill up on the delectable pancakes at Blue Mountain Grill. After that, walk off your meal by browsing the downtown Murphy shops. You’ll find antiques and collectibles, art galleries, handcrafted baked goods and olive oils, and even a well-stocked outfitters store…plus much more. If you’re in the mood for lunch, the Red Brick Deli serves up hearty overstuffed sandwiches.

Or, take a spin through Foster’s and Decker’s Flea Markets, a few miles west of town at the Route 129 intersection. These almost-legendary establishments feature everything from handcrafted wood furniture to antique farm implements…and everything in between. If you find yourself with some extra time, head west into Tennessee’s stunning Ocoee Gorge, the site of the 1996 Olympics whitewater competitions. It’s well worth the short drive, and you’ll love the jaw-dropping scenery.

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite for dinner, head over to Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant for a delectable meal using many local ingredients. In fact, Doyle’s frequently hosts “Farm to Table” dinners featuring local farmers’ and growers’ bounty. After savoring your meal, stroll over to the Tiki Bar for some rousing live entertainment.

After a good night’s sleep, enjoy some R&R time on the deck, and then head off for another satisfying breakfast. Next, take a leisurely day to enjoy the mountain scenery. Ride through the Nantahala National Forest, which really is the “Land of the Noonday Sun.” Or, visit Hiwassee Dam and Fields of the Wood, both reachable via Route 294 west of Murphy. If you have some extra time, continue through Tellico Plains, Tennessee and return to Murphy, NC the long way. You’ll find that while you’re here, there’s no shortage of Things to do in Murphy NC so long as you enjoy the great outdoors, small town atmosphere, and enjoy a little exploring.

Sometime on Sunday, you’ll turn the car toward home and leave your weekend paradise. Of course, if you’ve been captivated by the mountains’ charm, you might consider living here. As luck would have it, we can help with that, too. You can search all the real estate for sale in Murphy NC right from our website and let us know what we can do to help 🙂 I will warn you – the more weekends you spend, the harder it gets each time to leave.

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Murphy NC High School Football Games Serve Up Some Hometown Flavor and Fun

If you’d like to soak up some good old-fashioned high school football, come on down to Murphy High School on fall Friday nights about 7:30 p.m. Before you hop in the car, dress for the weather, because football games aren’t cancelled for rain, wind, snow, or cold.

When you arrive in Murphy, NC, head for the Murphy Bulldogs’ stadium – on Bulldog Drive, of course. Park the car (come early if FullSizeRender 2you don’t want to park in the Lowes parking lot!), grab some refreshments at the concession stand, and stake out a spot in the roomy bleachers. You can even get some really good BBQ sandwiches or fried Oreos at the Band Booster Concession stand! Looking around, you’ll see how important football is to our community. On the playing field fences, notice colorful “Good Luck” banners sponsored by the team’s fans and local businesses. On the way to the stadium, you’ll even see The Poltrock Team at RE/MAX dog paw! The bleachers will also be packed with team members’ families, friends, and fellow students.

As the pre-game excitement builds to a fevered pitch, make sure your camera’s ready for action, because you’re likely to see some heart-pounding plays. Also, get ready for some real-life “Friday Night Lights” as the mega-watt floodlights kick on when the sun sinks behind the mountains.

Finally, it’s game time – and here come the Murphy Bulldogs, decked out in their black-and-gold uniforms. As they pour down the steps into the stadium, with legendary Coach David Gentry heading the ranks, the team’s cheerleaders crank up the crowd. The opposing team, generally from another regional high school, soon joins the Dogs for the coin toss.

Now, let the games begin. When the Bulldogs make an exciting play, or score a touchdown or field goal, watch the cheerleaders whip the fans into a frenzy (and I’m biased because my daughter is a Murphy Cheerleader!). During halftime, these energetic young ladies always put together an impressive routine.

Murphy High School Gentry Stadium
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Of course, maybe you’re lucky enough to attend the annual Murphy High School Homecoming Game, which falls on October 23 during the 2015 season. After the teams take their halftime break, the Murphy Homecoming Queen and her court literally stop traffic as they parade onto the field. Dressed in colorful ball gowns that would make Scarlett O’Hara jealous, these beautiful young ladies bask in the spotlight while cameras flash and videos roll away. Chances are, they’ll remember this moment for many years to come.

When the teams gear up for the second half, the chilly air certainly doesn’t affect the crowd’s enthusiasm. They whoop and whistle for the great plays, and moan and groan when Murphy misses the mark. Of course, the Murphy, NC hometown crowd wants their team to win. But either way, you’ll experience and enjoy some memorable Friday Night Lights – just be sure to do it in black and gold, of course 😉

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