This two-day event is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned competition. BBQ teams from all over the country will cook Friday and Saturday preparing their best BBQ vying to be named Grand Champion earning a North Carolina State Championship.
Friday & Saturday Festival admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Come on down and grab lunch for your office from one of our BBQ vendors during the special free admission Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Summer Brooke & The Mountain Faith Band will present a concert Friday at 7 p.m. A Cruise-In will happen from 6 to 8 p.m. previewing some of the cars that will be on hand Saturday at the official Car Show Competition sponsored by SCC Automotive Club.
All new on Saturday will be a“Kids Day.” Professor Whizzpop and Jef the Mime will be on hand with both stage shows and roaming the crowd with magic, balloon tying, juggling and so much more. There will be a rock painting area, a music area and a few surprises. Also on hand will be crafters and vendors featuring wood works, jewelry, candles, home décor and much more. Bring your whole family out for a fun-filled day.
On Saturday, don’t miss the True Outlaws Concert – A Willie & Waylon Tribute Band scheduled for Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday will also feature the KCBS Professional and Backyard Competitions and Franklin’s own “Tastin’ Tent.” If you want to taste what the judges taste, the “Tastin’ Tent” is where you’ll want to be. Your “Tastin’ Tent” ticket will get you 10, 2 oz. cups of BBQ pork from 10 different teams, where you’ll be asked to pick your favorite. The ballots will be tallied and Franklin’s Finest will be crowned at the Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Only 200 “Tastin’ Tent” tickets are sold and are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce for $5 with a paid festival admission. Tickets will also be sold at the gate while they last. The “Tastin’ Tent” will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. In addition to the great BBQ from the vendors, there will also be burgers, hot dogs, Italian ice, ice cream, funnel cakes and more.
This year’s Car Show is again being organized by Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Club. The cruise-in will be held Friday from 6 until 8 p.m., and all day Saturday. All makes and models are welcome. Registration forms are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Trophies will be awarded to category winners with cash prizes awarded to the first and second place winners of “People’s Choice.” The Car Show Award Ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday and is sponsored by Parts City.
Each attendee will be given a chance to enter a drawing for a gas grill to be given away at the awards ceremony on Saturday. In addition, chances will be sold to win a Traeger Pellet Grill. This grill/smoker package is valued at $1,200. The grill is on display at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and will be at the festival. Tickets are $5 each, 6 for $25 and 13 for $50. They are available at the Chamber for purchase and at the festival. The drawing will take place at the Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m on Saturday. Traeger Grills and Appalachian Ace Hardware are donating this grill.
Traeger BBQ experts will be on stage offering tips and techniques to add zing to your backyard grilling. Demonstrations will be held throughout the festival. A complete schedule will be listed in ads in local newspapers, posted at the festival and is currently on the bbq website www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com.
This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Lakes End Grill and Marina, where you’ll find everything you need for a great time on beautiful Lake Nantahala.
The festival is also supported by The Franklin Tourism Committee and Franklin Tourism Development Authority.
For more information, visit wwww.MountainHigh BBQFestival.com or call (828)524-3161.