The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will be held October 5th through 7th
Arts and crafts shoppers, music and entertainment lovers, food mavens and even energetic kids will find that the 4th Annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival three day event, October 5th through 7th, promises and delivers something for everyone! This is a festival of extraordinary abundance destined to be the highlight of fall trips, tours and yearly tradition. Accommodations at inns, cabins and hotels are plentiful and the Cashiers Valley is within easy driving distance for most in the Southeast.
Visitors, leaf-lookers, travelers, tourists, local and near-by residents are invited to enjoy the breathtaking blaze of mountain color and the crisp, refreshing mountain air as well as the Festival’s remarkable features and entertainment. Community residents with their guests and friends, local leaders, visitors, previous attendees, craft and merchant vendors, and members of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association, festival organizers, all acknowledge that the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is the area’s premier festival. It is the only local festival encompassing the three Cashiers Valley villages – Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire. The three-day, three venue Festival features a bounty of entertainment from bands of all musical genres, artisan crafts, vendor and local merchant booths, a variety of food offerings and kid-appeal activities.
Each of the three venue villages brings their own character to the festival while businesses and shops all over the Cashiers Valley welcome festival-goers, with fitting shop and roadside décor. Throughout the Valley many shops and local organizations compete in the “Scarecrow Contest.” Judges will award prizes for the best scarecrow display prior to the Festival – see if you agree while browsing the villages! As an add-on advantage, merchants throughout the Cashiers Village feature shop sales and specials all weekend.
The Festival core-venue, the Cashiers Village Green and Commons, located at the Cashiers Crossroads, is Festival Headquarters. Here music and performance-lovers enjoy all-day theatrics and diverse musical entertainment on two stages. Booths showcase carefully selected juried art and a variety of retail vendors. Food and beverages from specialty food vendors and local restaurants are located in two food courts with spots to relax and observe all the “goings-on.” Kids needing active play-time, will find challenges at the permanent state-of-the-art Village Green playground as well as amusement at the Festival’s kids-fun section with a bounce house, face painters, clowns and street entertainers.
Glenville Village, about five miles north of the Cashiers Village on the shores of pristine Lake Glenville, offers more folksy fare in a local artists tent highlighting some of the area’s most talented crafters and artists ranging from potters to woodworkers. Here festival-goers can wet whistles and curb appetites with apples, cider and hot dogs with trimmin’s. Unique attractions at this eclectic village include Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farm’s Pancake Breakfast and Wagon Ride Farm Tour, a Saturday morning tradition. Also, beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day Signal Ridge Marina’s pontoon boats launch for cruises to view Lake Glenville’s wooded shoreline with stunning waterfalls and to hear a bit of lake-lore. Prominent non-profits among the Glenville participants are the Glenville Community Development Club, the VFW and the Glenville
Moving east from the Cashiers Crossroads on Highway 64, you will find a variety of shops and eateries at Sapphire Village. Sapphire is the home of the Festival’s “Big Cup Golf Tournament” held on Festival Saturday, October 6th. Prizes for “tournament” winners include beach resort stays and selections from many local merchants and restaurants.
The distinctive Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, located in the heart of North Carolina’s mountain/lake region, is a very special event all wrapped-up in a blaze of amazing Fall color and refreshing mountain air. The three Festival villages, Cashiers, Glenville and Sapphire are well worth your visit. Come give yourself, family, group or organization a treat at this fun-filled Festival. You’ll be glad you did!
The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is a free family and community event organized by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. For additional information call (828) 743-5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.visitcashiersvalley.com.
Contributed by Carol Adams