More of the August Weekend 'Rundown'

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By Paul Viau | Aug 13, 2014
Photo by: Paul Viau MAKE A RUN FOR IT — Don't let August's 5 weekends pass you by. Get out there and enjoy all the great events. Pictured is the Main Street Mile in downtown Waynesville.

You will recall that my last column in July was about all the weekends that abound in August — all five of them. Hopefully you have thoroughly enjoyed the first two action-packed weekends, and look forward to spending a good part of weekend #3 at the Waynesville Craft Beer Faire. I know I will.

If you are lucky, tickets will still be available and you can join in the fun from noon to 5 p.m. Sat., Aug. 16. Tickets are $35 for regular admission and $45 for a V.I.P. pass, which gives you a head start on the faire and allows you to belly up to the bar at noon. This fun-filled event will take place at American Legion Post 47 ball field, within walking distance of downtown Waynesville. For more information, point your browser to

Now, let’s take a look at some of the fun and games taking place the last two weekends in August

Weekend #4 — Aug. 22-24

Fri. Aug. 22 — 5th annual Waynesville Mainstreet Mile — Charity Race

6:30 p.m. marks the starting time for the 5th annual Waynesville Mainstreet Mile Charity Race — billed as the fastest and flattest mile race in North Carolina.

This is a fun and fundraising event for the whole family, with all proceeds going to Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville.

The first 300 runners to register will get the official race T-shirt and all participants will receive a loaded “Schwag Bag.”

Best of all, after the race there is a wonderful bock party featuring live music, Waynesville craft beer, food, fun, prizes and children’s games.

Pre-registration for the Waynesville Mainstreet Mile can be done online at

Sat. Aug. 23 —The Strand at 38 Main — Red Carpet Gala Release Party for the movie “Bigfoot Wars”

The release party starts at 6 p.m. with “Bigfoot Wars” screening at 7:45 p.m. If you can’t make the Gala, “Bigfoot Wars” will also be showing at 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Sun., Aug. 24 and 7 p.m. Aug. 25-28.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at, by phone, at 238-0079 or at the box office on movie nights.

Aug. 20-24 — Haywood County Fair — Critters, Crafts, Good Eats & Fun Rides

Don’t miss this annual summer festival, it’s fun for the whole family. Fore more information, call 456-4575.

Aug. 21-24 — Buy Haywood — Uniquely Local Food Crawl

Don’t miss this premier culinary event of the summer. You can taste Haywood County’s “Farm to Table” flavors — from small sample plates to full dinners — at a number of participating markets, cafés and restaurants.

Sample Frog Level Brewing Company’s recipe for Pub-Style Pot Roast, featuring their Tadpole Porter; dip into the colorful salsas of Juan Pena Mejia at Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market; taste how Chef Jessica DeMarco is “preserving the past” with cheese pairings on Friday afternoons, Aug. 21 and 29.

For a full list of Haywood County food crawl events and participants, visit

Weekend #5 — August 29-30

Aug. 29 — Kiwanis “Share the Harvest” Dinner — Laurel Ridge Country Club

The Kiwanis Club of Waynesville is celebrating the harvest, and raising funds for a world-wide health initiative — with a farm to table dinner extravaganza.

Executive Chef, Alton “Al” Terry, will prepare a special homegrown feast from meat and produce grown and raised in the Haywood County. Local musician, David Russell, will provide the entertainment, playing several instruments, singing folk music and telling some fun-filled folk tales.

I’ll be devoting my column next week to this tremendous event and the very worthy Kiwanis cause. In the meantime, tickets are available for $50 per person. Call Ann Kline at 734-4310, Judith Antross 813-390-1706 or email

Aug. 29-30 — Smoky Mountain Folk Festival — Appalachian Music & Dance

Joe Sam Queen, Haywood County’s ever-present state representative, will again emcee two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. The main shows begin at 6:15 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, at Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska. For ticket information, call

Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams, as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, Jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles.

Don’t miss this knee-slappin,’ foot stompin’ fun.  For reservations, call 800-222-4930.

Aug. 30-31 — Maggie Valley Labor Day Weekend Craft Show

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Sat. and Sun. to showcase the works of local artisans. Have fun and support our many talented and artistic neighbors.

Whew, after all the weekends this August, I plan to rest-up on Labor Day.