Highlands’ Annual Dazzling Dahlias Festival

The Dahlia Festival will be celebrated Saturday, September 14, at the Highlands Recreation Center.

The Dahlia Festival will be celebrated Saturday, September 14, at the Highlands Recreation Center.

Join the Highlands Historical Society to celebrate the beauty of dahlias on the Plateau.

This year’s Dahlia Festival will be held Saturday, September 14, from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Highlands Recreation Center, just a few short blocks from Main Street.

Everyone is invited to enter their dahlias by picking up registration forms at stores throughout the Highlands-Cashiers area, the Old Edwards Inn, The Highlander Newspaper, The Highlands News office and at the Highlands Historical Society.   Flowers to be judged can be brought to the Civic Center from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, September 13, and from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M.  Saturday,
September 14.

The public is invited to the Dahlia Exhibit from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M.

There’ll be blossoms of every size – from the tiny anemone to the gigantic dinner plate variety. You can expect them in a near-spectrum of colors – gardeners have yet to perfect the blue dahlia.

Local gardener Barry Jones will share his green thumb tips at “How to Grow Dahlias,” presented at 2:00 P.M.

Enjoy refreshments and entertainment during your visit to the Highlands Historic Village adjacent to the Civic Center.  There you can tour the Highlands Historic Museum and the Prince House — the oldest home remaining within the town limits.  Proceeds from the Dahlia Festival benefit the many programs of the Highlands Historical Society.  This year’s Festival Patron Party will be held at 6:30 P.M. on Wednesday, September 11, at the Old Edwards Farm.

To make reservations for the Patron’s Party or for more information about exhibiting your dahlias, please call Joyce Franklin at (828) 526-9418.

By Wiley Sloan


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