John C Campbell Folk School Fall Festival was a Blast in Murphy / Brasstown NC!!

Every year, the Folk School Designs a Banner - this is 2009's!
Every year, the Folk School Designs a Banner - this is 2009's!

Every year, the John C Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC welcomes thousands of people from all over the United States to their annual Fall Festival – and this year’s was great! There were lots of vendors and artists who brought their talent and crafts for sale at the hundreds of vendor tents.


Not only that, there was authentic local music, dancing, and so much more. They hold all the music at the large barn and its always packed slam full of folks who are there to enjoy all the local talent. This year had choirs, bluegrass music, tap dancing, and everything else you can think of in between.

Just a Few Vendors and Artists
Just a Few Vendors and Artists

This Festival is not only for the adult – kids love it too! There are all sorts of things for the children to do – horse back riding, alpacas to pet, toys to find and buy, friends to see, and so much more!


Last year’s Folk School Festival was a lot of fun too, and as always, we can’t wait to enjoy the upcoming one in 2010!

Written by John Poltrock, Certified Residential Specialist – The POLTROCK TEAM at RE/MAX Mountain Properties – – Call us Toll Free – 1-866-687-7496 –


Katie & Friend Pet the Alpacas
Katie & Friend Pet the Alpacas

Fall is the time for Food, Fun, Frolicking! And Real Estate!

Fall is in the air!  You can most defiantly tell with the trees starting to turn in the higher elevations, cool crisp mornings and to die for evenings.  I think Fall is my favorite time of the year. Pumpkins, mums, pansies, Halloween, trees and festivals are just a few reason why.  If you check out the mountains in the Fall you will need to bring a light weight coat or sweater.  Jeans or shorts are fine and short sleeves are great during the day.  Temperatures range from 50’s in the morning and low 80’s to mid 70’s during the day.  Make sure you bring some walking shoes or boots because you will most defiantly want to take a walk…it is so beautiful in the Blue Ridge / Smokey Mountains! We love going to all the festivals in the area and surround counties.

Here are some of the best festivals that you need to check out when you come to Murphy, North Carolina in the Fall.


54th Annual Macon County Fair. Macon County Fair Grounds, Hwy 441S. Contact 828-524-3267. Franklin North Carolina

Valley River Mountain FestivalAndrews NC
Sponsored by Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters in Andrews. An all day event consisting of a bike race, a 5k run, all sorts of sport competitions, skeet, archery, games, food and bluegrass. Call 828-321-2210 for more information.

Kid’s FairMurphy, NC
Will be held in the Konehete Park from 10 am-2pm. For more information call Jill Thistle at Family Resources: 828-837-3460.


35th Annual Fall FestivalMurphy, NC
Held at the John C. Campbell Folk School from 10 am-5pm at the school campus. Featuring the craft of 200 craftspeople, continuous music and dance performances on two stages of old time, bluegrass, folk, and gospel styles. More than 40 craft-making demonstrations including a Mountain Life area, food, kid’s activities and much more. 828-837-2775, 800-365-5724 or

Jeep Jamboree
Will be held in Murphy. Registration will be held at the Rock Gym Thursday evening. Friday dinner will be catered by the Foster Sisters at their new barn facility. Saturday dinner will be at the John C. Campbell Folk School. Visit their website:

Fall Festival – Georgia Mountain Fair

1311 Music Hall Rd.
Hiawassee, GA30546
Location: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Contact: Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Phone: 706-896-4191
Cost: $9.00 per person – Children under 10 free
Description: With its mild temperatures and beautiful scenery there is no better place to be than the North Georgia Mountains in the fall. Each October, the 10-day event features exciting musical performances, educational demonstrations, a flower show and the ever-popular Georgia’s Official State Fiddlers’ Convention. Parking $2.00


16th Annual Smoky Mountain Art & Craft Fest will be held from 10am to 5pm daily at the Macon County Fair Grounds/Franklin, NC – featuring 80 of the finest and most unique Artisans ; live music; great food & over 100 free door prizes donated by the Artists and Crafters. Contact Laurie Keneipp for additional information at 828-524-6630.


Sorghum Festival At Meeks Park-Blaisville, GA

Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Event Description

Celebrate the Art of Sorghum Syrup Making!  Activities include Arts & Crafts, Syrup Making, Greased Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, “Baccor” Spitin’, Rock Throwin’, Live Music,
Face Painting and Food
Other festivities include:
Saturday,Oct.11th 9:00a.m – 5:00p.m. Sorghum Parade @ 11:00 (downtown)
Sunday, Oct.12th, 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Sorghum Events
Saturday, Oct.18th gates open 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.
Car & Motorcycle Show – TBA

Sunday, Oct. 19th,  9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Sorghum Events


12th Annual Pumpkin FestFranklin – Hayrides from East Franklin Shopping Center from 3pm – 6pm, After School Treats for the kids in East Franklin Shopping Center from 3pm – 5pm. Saturday, 10/25 Street festival along Main Street with crafters, Famous Pumpkin Roll, Live Music all day, Pie Eating Contest, Games, Costume Contest and Parade along with Food. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Town of Franklin, Franklin Main Street Program and Franklin Tourism Development Committee. Contact 828-524-0476.

Here are some of the more popular Fall Festivals in and around the neighboring counties!  I got the info from the county commerce sites.  There are more activities located on the sites…you should check them out if you are going to be in the area. The county commerce sites are so helpful and loaded with information!

Cherokee County- Murphy, Andrews and Brasstown

Union County- Blairsville GA

Towns County- Hiawassee and Young Harris GA

Macon County- Franklin NC