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We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 28, 2024 in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

The festival will run from 10:00am and close at 4:00pm.

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 150 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 and must be 18 years or older to enter.  
rules and Registration

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

  • Jim Boardwine, Salt Making
  • Nathan Bush, Copper Smithing
  • Nate Darnell, Tractor Rides
  • Kevin Fountain, Hit and Miss Engines
  • Louise Goings, Cherokee Basket Weaving
  • Butch Goings, Cherokee Wood Carving
  • George Edward Goings, Flint Knapping
  • David Russell, Cornshuck Chair Caning
  • Matthew Shirey, Blacksmithing
  • Dede Styles, Natural Dying
  • Richard Tichich, Quilting
  • James JR Wolfe, Copper Smithing
  • Nathan Woods, Horse & Mule teams

Stages, Tents & Stickball

Ingles’s Blue Ridge Stage

Running Cedar Springs Children's Stage

Jackson County Tourism Balsam Circle Tent

Shape Note Tent

First Bank Stickball Field

McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition

Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show


Ingles’s Blue Ridge Stage

dancing in front of stage

Schedule: TBA


Running Cedar Springs Children's Stage

Performer playing guitar at Mountain Heritage Day

Schedule: TBA


Jackson County Tourism Balsam Circle Tent

Child playing guitar

Schedule: TBA


Shape Note Tent

Shape Note tent performance

Schedule: TBA


First Bank Stickball Field

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

Schedule: TBA


McNeely’s Chainsaw Competition

chainsaw competition

Schedule: TBA


Andy Shaw Ford Classic Car Show

Car show

Schedule: TBA

 


Schedule is subject to change.

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