"¢ Canton will feature the oldest Labor Day celebration in the South, running Friday, Aug. 31, to Monday, Sept. 3, at Canton Recreational Park, 77 Penland St. Admission is free.
The festival features a parade, live musical entertainment (bluegrass, beach/shag, country, etc.), heritage day crafters, food vendors, kiddie rides, a bag-toss event, an outdoor movie night and a car show.
The parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 3, is known to be the oldest Labor Day parade in the south. This year marks the parade's 106th year.
The celebration will wind down on Monday, with a live musical performance at 3:30 p.m. by the Hoss Howard Band and special guest Chase Rice at 7 p.m. For a schedule of events and list of sponsors, visit www.cantonnc.com or call 648-2363.
"¢ Smoky Mountain Folk Festival "” Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The shows offer a wide variety of the region's finest traditional performers. Scores of the regions finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, and square dancers perform as well as sounds of the dulcimer, harmonica, Native American flute and a carpenters saw can be enjoyed. "¨ The Open Tent Show (5 p.m.) is free. The Main Stage Show (6 to 11 p.m.) is $12 (tickets available at the door) at Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska (children 12 and under are free). Call 452-1688, or visit www.smokymountainfolkfestival.com.
"¢ Maggie Valley Labor Day weekend craft show "” Sept. 1 and 2. Artists and crafters from the Southeast present a variety of handmade crafts and jewelry from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food vendors will be on hand at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. "¨ Admission is free. Call Maggie Valley Craft Shows at 497-9425 or 736-3245
"¢ Waynesville Block Party "”Sept. 1. Dance in the street in downtown Waynesville, with live bands, children's area, eats and treats, shops and restaurants open. The music and party run from 7 to 10 p.m. and Main Street is closed to traffic. There is limited bleacher seating available; bring a chair and dancing shoes.
Admission is free. Call 456-3517, or visit www.downtownwaynesville.com
For more information about Haywood County events, call 800-334-9036 or visitwww.visitncsmokies.com.