Mountain High BBQ & Car Show set for Aug. 9 & 10 in Franklin


The 11th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show comes to town August 9 and 10 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, located on Highway 441 South. This year’s presenting sponsor is Lakes End Grill and Marina on beautiful Lake Nantahala.

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 and Saturday Festival admission will be $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 our special free admission Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

True Outlaws Concert – A Willie & Waylon Tribute Band will return on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“The Highway Legends,” a Waylon, Willie, Dolly and Patsy tribute band will present a concert Friday night at 7 p.m.  True Outlaws Concert – A Willie & Waylon Tribute Band will return on Saturday and will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

Saturday is “Kids Day” at the festival.  There will be an inflatable area with a Monster Truck slide and jump area, a 40’ Obstacle Course and a toddler inflatable.   There will be a rock painting area and a craft area.  Kids wristbands for the KidZone are $5 for kids 2 to 12 years old and can be purchased at the KidZone Area.

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 ten, 2 oz. cups of BBQ pork from ten different teams. The entries will be judged by you. 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 only $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 promptly at 3 p.m. In addition to the BBQ from vendors, there will also be burgers, hot dogs, Italian ice, ice cream, funnel cakes and more.

Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Club will host its annual car show at the Mountain High BBQ Festival Aug. 9-10 in Franklin.

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 the Car Show will be held all day on Saturday. Here’s your chance to show off your car. 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.

Also on the grounds is a line-up of  crafters and vendors featuring wood works, jewelry, candles, home décor and much more.

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. 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, as well as at the Festival. The drawing will take place at the Awards Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Saturday. 

Traeger BBQ experts will be on stage offering tips and techniques to add zing to your backyard grilling. Demos will be held throughout the festival.  A complete schedule is listed in ads in local newspapers, posted at the festival and is currently on the bbq website

For more information, visit or call (828)524-3161.