News in review
Haywood County Fair starts next week
The annual Haywood County Fair will return to the fair grounds Aug. 20 through Aug. 24 and there will have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. There’s fair food, rides, animals, a spelling bee, a natural beauty pageant, a talent show and opportunities for artists, farmers, gardeners and cooks to show off their craft. And it’s not too late to get involved in one of these competitions. For the livestock contests, all chickens and birds will be inspected and tested by state veterinarian Ryan Higgins from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. If you want to enter a piece of produce from your garden or want to display your art or homemade crafts, there is still time to do so. Call the Cooperative Extension Office today at 456-3575.
Welcome back to Haywood Jamye Cooper
It was recently announced that Jamye Cooper was hired as the new executive director for Haywood Habitat for Humanity. While Cooper’s last nonprofit job with Dining for Women out of Asheville took Cooper out of Haywood County, many remember her fondly from her years spent as executive director of Folkmoot International Festival. Cooper brought many innovative ideas that helped revamp the festival after many years, including creating more interactivity between the visiting performers and the audience members. It was her idea to create workshops so that performers and spectators could learn more about each other’s culture — and that’s really what Folkmoot is all about. If Cooper brings that same energy and fresh perspective to Habitat for Humanity, we’re sure the organization has a bright future. Welcome back to Haywood Jamye.
Soda Jerks are finalists for entrepreneur award
A couple of Haywood Community College students have been the poster children for budding entrepreneurship in Haywood County lately. Waynesville Soda Jerks, comprised of Megan Brown and Chris Allen, are finalists for the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Student Entrepreneur Awards, which will be presented at the NACCE conference in October in Phoenix, Arizona. With the help of the entrepreneur program and the Small Business Center at HCC, these students have been able to grow their own business. They use local produce and all-natural ingredients to produce delicious artisan sodas. Not only do they sell the sodas at The Strand and the Historic Farmers Market, they are working on canning their product for distribution. Hats off to the budding business and we wish them nothing but success in the future.