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Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival

by Luke Osteen

The only thing more beautiful than a gloriously green summer on the Plateau is watching it fade into the golden hues of fall. Everyone has their favorite thing about the autumn season, whether it be blazing fires, beautiful scenery or pumpkin spice everything.

Quite possibly the most anticipated event of the season in Cashiers is the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival on Columbus Day weekend. Selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Tourism Events in October, the Leaf Festival takes advantage of this season of brilliant color as our seasonal guests return for one last visit to our beloved mountains.

On October 11 through 13, over 100 vendors and artisans will spread out over the 13-acre park. Beautiful woodworks and metalworks will sit alongside meticulously crafted fiberworks and pottery. One of a kind pieces like jewelry, paintings and photography will be available. Check out the juried art show and browse the merchant mall, where you will find specialty food vendors and giftware. You’re sure to find the perfect gift for that hard to shop for person on your Christmas shopping list.

On Friday night, a concert will send off another incredible season. Other concerts will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday on the Green and at the Gazebo. Pick up some lunch at one of the many food trucks and enjoy the last vestiges of summer on the Village Green. As always, the Leaf Festival is free to attend.

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