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TRYON, N.C.—In a proclamation received last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decreed that the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival “shall be known as a North Carolina State Championship,” and June 10-11, 2016, “shall be ‘The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Days’ in North Carolina.” The proclamation urges all citizens to commend the observance.
The proclamation marks the Festival’s 23rd year as a North Carolina State Championship and the 23rd year the event will attract thousands of people to Harmon Field in Tryon where, from 10 am–11 pm on June 10 and 11, there will be live music, the best in regional crafts, family fun in “Kiddie Land” and the opportunity to dine on the best barbecue in the nation. On Saturday only, the 6th Annual Classic Car Show will fill up the soccer field, featuring up to 200 beautifully restored/maintained vintage cars and trucks, and a grand finale fireworks show will wrap up the festivities. Admission is only $8 per person at the gate, with no charge for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Active duty military (with valid military ID) are free any time. And, again this year EVERYONE gets in FREE on FRIDAY, from 10 am until 2 pm—get in free and stay until closing if desired.
As a special thank you to the people of Polk County and Landrum, who have supported the Festival over the years, FREE on FRIDAY will be extended for them for the full day. Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) residents get in FREE ALL DAY on FRIDAY just by showing ID that includes address!
Eric McKaig, chair of the Festival’s steering committee explained why the Governor’s proclamation is so important. “Each year around 90 or more of the best cookers in the country gather here to compete for more than $20,000 in titles, trophies and prizes. But the most coveted is the Governor’s Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring North Carolina team. That team will have earned the title ‘North Carolina State Champion,’ and be entitled to all the braggin’ rights that go with it,” McKaig said.
Festivalgoers can stroll right into “Hog Heaven” and see the cook teams in action. Then they can head to the main field to chow down on award-winning barbecue—as well as grilled corn-on-the-cob, fresh-squeezed lemonade and many more selections—and be treated to one of the region’s most consistently impressive line-ups of live music on two stages. Visit www.blueridgeBBQfestival.com for the line-up and music schedule to be posted soon. In addition, the Festival’s “Kiddie Land” has rides, games and activities for kids of all ages. Craft lovers will want to make plenty of time to browse the “The Foothills Craft Fair,” with approximately 50 carefully selected artisans representing the region’s best.
Once again, on Saturday, there will be a Hawg Run that originates at the Harley-Davidson store in Greenville and ends at the Festival. This is a motorcycle “poker run” in which participants collect one card when they sign in, then pick up another three cards—one each at three stops along the route—and draw a final card upon arrival at the Festival. The top five-card stud hand wins a cash prize.
The Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is an event by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the Festival help support Chamber operations, and all additional proceeds go to the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to be returned to the community through distributions to a variety of charitable and civic programs. As always the Festival committee needs hundreds of volunteers and has begun its annual recruiting push. For further information and to volunteer, visit the website:
BlueRidgeBBQFestival.com, or call the Festival Office at 828-859-7427.
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BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST – 8TH ANNUAL
Where: Blue Ridge Community College
The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest theme is “Mountain Life–Then and Now.” Friday afternoon begins with a sequence of three free workshops for writers and those who want to write. Our evening tradition begins with a reception and mixer - our only ticketed event at $25. At the doors open to a free featured author interview. Meet and get to know Sara Gruen, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge, and others. begins at and concludes at . Over thirty authors from around the southeast will meet the public and sign books. Twelve select authors will make classroom presentations with Q&A. Box lunches and other food will be available for purchase. A special feature will be presentation on the lives and writing of Carl Sandburg and Thomas Wolfe – legendary western NC writers. Ample parking and all indoors in the TEDC building. Visit the website for more.
Don’t miss this as it will be one of our best. Those who write or have always wanted to write should start with the free workshopsafternoon and stay on for Sara Gruen that evening. Get some sleep and come back for more free fun . Bring the young readers with you.
- Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park will close next week for repairs to the mountain's elevator.
Park officials said Duke Power will install new electric lines to solve the parks recent power issues.
Officials said Chimney Rock will be closed from April 11 to 15.
Henderson County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and Aprill 20 at 9 a.m. was the date and time set for a public hearing on incentives to attract a new industry to the East Flat Rock area.
The incentive will be for what's being called "Project Bavaria."
It will be held at the county commission meeting room.
The land is located on the old fairgrounds site, near the Elkamet car parts plant.
The company would bring additional industrial investment and about 50 jobs to the area.
Wyatt said the company could make their final decision in the next several week
The Henderson County Department of Public Health has released the 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA). The CHA is a profile of the current health of Henderson County residents based on socioeconomic factors, key health indicators, local data and community resources and gaps.
The following four health priorities were selected as the focus for the next three years:
1. Access/Quality of Mental Health Services
2. Substance Abuse
4. Safe and Affordable Housing
The next step in the process is for county residents, local hospitals and community partners to form Community Health Assessment Action Teams. These teams will develop action plans and strategies to address the selected health priorities.
The full 2015 CHA Report can be accessed by clicking the Community Data link at www.hendersoncountync.org/
Pardee Hospital Foundation will host the 21st Annual Tournament of Champions golf tournament on at Kenmure Country Club. The entry fee is $275 per player; sponsorships are also available. Participants can enjoy 18 holes of golf in either the morning or afternoon, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in the evening.
The goal for this year's tournament is to raise $75,000 to purchase a comprehensive swallowing and voice tower for Pardee Hospital's new Comprehensive Cancer Center, set to open in fall 2016. This equipment will enhance quality of life for cancer patients, streamline the coordination of cancer, and decrease dental-related restrictions and costs.
Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $2 million to benefit Pardee Hospital services, equipment and patient care.
"If you're a golfer, we invite you to join our 21st Annual Tournament of Champions," said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation. "Each year at this memorable event, participants enjoy friendly competition on one of the area's finest golf courses while giving back to their community hospital. We hope to see you there."
For more information about the tournament, visit http://
Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit Foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit www.pardeehospitalfoundation.
Pardee Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. The hospital has several locations separate from the main campus and a comprehensive physician practice network. For more information or to find a physician, visit www.pardeehospital.org.
TWO HENDERSON COUNTY BRIDGES OVER I-26 SCHEDULED FOR REPAIRS
Two bridges along I-26 near mile marker 58 in Henderson County that span Macedonia Road (SR 1834) will receive improvements starting on April 11.
In conjunction with NHM Constructors LLC, the NCDOT will close one of two lanes of westbound traffic between mile markers 57 and 59 at all hours of the day in order to repair the surface of the 48-year-old bridge.
NHM Constructors have until May 16 to complete the project at a cost of $774, 890.
“They're using a tried and true method to provide a smoother surface,” assistant resident engineer Shep Cordray said in a news release Friday. “They will also work to have as little impact on traffic as possible while they're working,”
The eastbound bridge has already received several upgrades and the month-long improvement on this stretch of road will be done underneath the bridge.
Both lanes of traffic headed toward South Carolina are expected to remain open over this stretch during the improvements.
NCDOT reminds motorists along this stretch of I-26 to slow down through the work zone, stay alert while driving and obey construction and speed-limit signs. They should also allow extra time for their travel, especially heading west.