Out and About

Let's get hustlin'

By Rachel Robles | Apr 18, 2017
Courtesy of: Kelly Donaldson/ Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Pictured is the crowd from the 2016 Greening Up the Mountain Festival in Sylva.

Easter is over, so we can all catch our breath now, right? Afraid not, dear readers. With spring in full bloom, Haywood County heads into the busy season. With festivals, fairs and fundraisers (oh, my!) on the far horizon, this weekend offers a glimpse into the hustle of summer.

A long time in the works, The Mountaineer and Haywood Regional Medical Center will host the Health and Fitness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the fitness center, 75 Leroy Drive, Clyde. There will be demonstrations, hands-only CPR, free fitness classes, blood pressure and BMI screenings, fire trucks, Sparky the Dog, face painting, a food truck, vendors and more. The event is free and family friendly.

One of the biggest events in the region, the Greening Up the Mountains Festival, is all day Saturday in downtown Sylva. This family-friendly all-day affair features live music, fine art and handmade crafts, a children’s talent show, demonstrations, vendors and more.

The first day of Carolina Readiness Supply’s sixth annual Heritage Life Skills conference is Friday at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville. This three-day event features hands-on classes that teach "old time" skills such as canning vegetables and meat, properly storing food, beekeeping, soap making and more. A one-day pass for classes costs $50. Visit the vendors for free and hear the guest speakers for $5. Visit www.carolinareadiness.com for more information.

The Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center will host a yard sale while serving up fresh chicken and waffles from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 452-7232 for more information or to set up a table at the yard sale.

The Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will host its annual springtime American Kennel Club dog show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. I’ve been to this show before. It was fun to see the different dog breeds, most of them groomed to the nines. The breeders, vendors, and owners I met were friendly and happily explained to me what was going on, which was a good thing since I was utterly clueless.

The Haywood County Schools Foundation’s annual Spring Bingo fundraiser is 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Canton Armory, 71 Penland St., Canton. Pay $20 for 20 games, with a grand prize of $1,000.

And finally, Saturday rounds out with STAR Ranch’s “Horsin’ Around” dinner show at 6 p.m., featuring Jeff Foxworthy impersonator Jamie Simpson, at Rendezvous, 70 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Tickets cost $30.

Feel winded yet? We’re just getting started. For more information about these events and everything else going on this weekend, check out the calendar at www.themountaineer.com.