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We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

The festival will run from 10:00am and close at 5:00pm.

General Activities

Festival Activities - Discover all our vendors for this year including the juried arts and crafts show, food vendors, and local non-profit organizations. There are over 120 vendors with thousands of unique items to choose from.

Kids Activities - Family fun for all ages! Take a wagon ride, learn traditional crafts, try your hand at old-time mountain skills, learn new dances and more. Be sure to stop by the Children's Tent for activities.

Cherokee Games - One of the most important elements of Mountain Heritage Day is the influence and culture of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The annual stickball demonstration is a highly ritualized contest you won't want to miss. 

Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show - They just don't make them like they used to! Showcase your classic automobile (25 years or older) in Mountain Heritage Day's Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show. Visitors can stroll amongst the beautiful machines and cast votes for their favorites.

Music - Bluegrass, Acoustic, Old-Time, Roots, Country, Mountain Swing, and Gospel, just to name a few. With two stages and dozens of performers, you'll want to dance the day away.

5K Race - The 5k Race is organized and hosted by the students at Western Carolina University Sport Management program. The money that is raised will go to help fund the Sport Management Association Scholarship.

McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition - Try your hand at this activity! The competition will be carried out in four categories: Homeowner, Box Stock, Stock Appearing, and Open.  There will be ten classes of saws:

  1. Class “E”
  2. Class “D”
  3. Class “C”
  4. Class “B”
  5. Class “A”
  6. Class “AA”
  7. “Hot Saw”
  8. AA Modified Motorcycle Parts 
  9. Cross Cut Saw (two person teams)
  10. One-man Bucking Saw 

There is a fee for each entry.  

Chainsaw Carving Demonstration - 1:00 PM immediately following the McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition in the same location.  (Not part of the McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition)

Mountain Heritage Skills, Crafts and Historical Demonstrations

  • Louise Goings, Cherokee basket weaving
  • Butch Goings, Cherokee wood carving
  • James JR Wolfe, Copper Smithing
  • Nathan Bush, Copper Smithing
  • Dede Styles, Spinning and Natural Dying
  • Brock Martin, Blacksmithing
  • Susan Leveille, Weaving
  • Kevin Fountain, Hit and Miss Engines
  • Nathan Woods/Ethan Fortner, Horse & Mule teams
  • Nora Mosrie, Corn Shuck Crafts

Stages, Tents & Stickball

Harrah’s Blue Ridge Stage

Children's Stage

Circle Tent

Shape Note Tent

Stickball Field

McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition

Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show

Harrah’s Blue Ridge Stage

dancing in front of stage


10 AM - Foxfire Boys with Lil Mountain Wildfire clogging team
11 AM - Whitewater Bluegrass Company with Bailey Mountain Cloggers
12:15 PM - Mountain Heritage Awards presentation
12:30 PM - Queen Family
1:15 PM - Phil and Gaye Johnson
2:15 PM - Becky Buller Band with Cole Mountain Cloggers
3:45 PM - Mountain Heart with Bailey Mountain Cloggers

Children's Tent

Performer playing guitar at Mountain Heritage Day


Haywood Ramblers and Haywood County JAM program
Simone Pace/ Let's Try Clogging
Jackson County 4-H/ FSA Livestock Club presentation
Ashton Woody: Jack Tales
Phil and Gaye Johnson
Blue Ridge JAM program
Cole Mountain Cloggers
Davy Arch: Cherokee Storyteller
Simone Pace and Lil Mtn Wildfire clogging
Play Party Games with Uncle Ted White

Balsam/Circle Tent

Child playing guitar


10 AM - Crossroads: WCU Public History Class presentation
11 AM - Liberty Baptist Church Choir
11:30 AM - Honoring Bobby McMillon with Sheila Kay Adams and William Ritter
12:30 PM - The Devil’s Box Fiddle Circle
1:30 PM - The Deitz Family
2:15 PM - Pickin’ and Fretting Guitar Circle
3:30 PM - Davy Arch: Cherokee Storyteller

Shape Note Tent

Shape Note tent performance


10:30 AM - Sacred Harp
1 PM - Christian Harmony


Stickball Field

Members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians playing stickball.


11 AM - Wolftown Indian Ball Team
2 PM - Wolftown Youth Indian Ball Team

McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition

chainsaw competition


9:00 - 10:00 AM - Registration (after 10:00 AM, a penalty will occur)
10:00 AM - Until all registered contestants have participated
10:00 AM - Homeowner Class Competition Begins


Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show

Car show


9:00 - 10:00 AM - Registration
10:00 AM –12:00 PM - Encouraging participation from the public to vote for their favorite car; collect ballots; engage with participants
12:00 PM - Voting closes
2:00 PM - Awards Announced (People’s Choice, Top 3)


Schedule is subject to change.

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