Appalachia Brasstown

Want Tickets To JCCFS’s 44th Fall Festival? I’ve Got some to Giveaway!


The John C. Campbell Folk School’s famed Fall Festival is just around the corner. Here’s the details from their website.

October 6, 2018 — October 7, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Adults $5; Ages 12 – 17, $3; under 12, free.

Visit over 250 fine craft exhibitors tucked along the school’s winding wooded paths. Watch more than 30 artisans demonstrate traditional and contemporary crafts. Fill your ears with bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music on both days. Tap your toes to clogging, Morris, Rapper Sword, and Garland dance performances throughout the weekend.

Children will enjoy the pony rides, petting the alpacas, and visiting the animals at the Humane Society’s pet adoption booth. Face painting and arts and crafts activities will be offered by the Cherokee County Arts Council.

Hungry festival goers can satisfy their appetites with a tasty lunch, dessert, or snack. Vendors’ concession proceeds benefit several non-profit and community organizations.

The Folk School’s renowned Craft Shop, containing fine crafts from over 600 juried regional artists, will draw visitors throughout the weekend and be offering a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Craft Shop.


No pets allowed.

While many vendors accept credit cards, attendees are encouraged to bring cash to pay for tickets and food.


The Pressley Girls will perform on the Festival Barn Stage at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday Oct 7. If you make it to our performance PLEASE come up and say hello!

If you live close enough to attend the festival leave a comment on this post for a chance to win free tickets. The Folk School generously donated four tickets for me to giveaway. The tickets are good for one day of the festival, whichever day you decide to attend.

Two winners will be chosen with each winner receiving two tickets. To be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me you want to win the tickets. The giveaway will close on Thursday September 27 at 3:00 p.m.


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  • Reply
    Don Byers
    September 27, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I hope to make it.

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    September 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Every time late September rolls around, I think of 2015 and my visit to Murphy, Brasstown and the John Campbell Folk School. Just like the rain and flooding of Florence, 2015 saw the heavy rains from another hurricane and it fell very hard on Brasstown….cancelling the JCCFS Fall Festival….for the first time. I missed the Fall Festival and some how I don’t believe that I will ever get back your way. Makes me very sad as I loved my trip to Western NC. That fall the colors were especially beautiful. Wish I could meet you again and enjoy the Pressley Girls at the Fall Festival. Maybe I could fly down to Ashville and rent a car. Don’t think I have such a long solo road trip in me any more. Darn freeways are bumper to bumper of semis moving 80 and above. Makes me a little nervous……but I did have fun. Hope the weather treats you all good and the festival is a huge success…..again.

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    Marshall Reagan
    September 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    as much as I want to come it is too far to walk from Dawsonville to Brasstown. I totaled my truck last week.

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      September 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Marshall-so sorry about your wreck!

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    September 25, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    I saw the JCCSF at the Mother Earth fair in Asheville some years back, but ya’ll weren’t there. :(. We’d love to come & look at the local goods & listen!

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    Agnes A. Farr
    September 25, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I want to win the tickets…not for myself…but for my Son (Arthur) and daughter-in-law (Rachel). They have had her aged Mother in their home for many years and she has been bed-ridden for about 7 years. I thank that being in the mountains at this time of year would be such a Blessing for them. They do so much to help others, including me. Rachel is a very talented quilter and artist.

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    Jeanette Queen
    September 25, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Good Afternoon, Tipper… love the Blind Pig blog, reminds me of home, family and music, that have been
    in my life always. So excited, maybe I’ll win, I’d love to see your girls perform !

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    Rooney Floyd
    September 25, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Wow! And thanks for the picture of the 1989 Fall Festival banner. Haven’t seen it in a long time. It’s special to us as my wife, Marolyn, made it for the school.

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    September 25, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Well, shoot, so near yet so far. lol When I saw the heading of your blog today I thought this is going to be great as we are going to be in the Smoky Mountains for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. I thought the dates looked good until I noted that the Pressley girls are going to be preforming on Sunday and we won’t get to Pigeon Forge til the following Monday. We have been through that area years ago but didn’t know about the John Campbell School so unfortunately we missed it even then. Maybe one of these years before I get too old, I will make it to the festival as it now takes us two days to get to that area.

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    Ken Roper
    September 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I’ve got things going on right now, but maybe next year I can participate. This is the biggest thing our area gets and it’s only once a year. Hope everyone enjoys. …Ken

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    September 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Sounds like a wonderfully fun event, Tipper! Thank you for the opportunity to win tickets! God bless you with a great day. 🙂

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    Sharon Hall
    September 25, 2018 at 9:44 am

    So enjoy finding The Blind Pig in my inbox daily. Having been born in W.Va. it sparks many memories that bring a smile to my face. I now live at the other end of the Appalachians – Dahlonega, Ga. – and find little difference in its folk ways or it’s people’s strength of character, generosity and grit. I have never been to JCCFS, and would LOVE to go. I’ll bet I have a friend or two exhibiting there even. Tommye Scanlin is often a teacher there for weaving, but I’ve never been able to go. I am now semi-retired, and had already planned to do a little traveling this fall. Perhaps now is the time ‘- )

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    Pamela Danner
    September 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I love visiting the John C. Campbell Folk School! What a nice get away for the day this would be! Free tickets AND a chance to win a 100.00 gift certificate to the gift shop, WOW!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Cynthia Morris
    September 25, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Would love to finally hear the Pressley girls perform!

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    Ed Ammons
    September 25, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Two very important people in my life are having birthdays today. Sometimes I forget, today I didn’t. I think you know who they are and so when you see them them please tell them I said “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!”

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    Evan Kruppenbach
    September 25, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Good morning Tipper- we are planning to come to the festival again this year and would love to win a couple of tickets! Hoping for pleasant weather so you guys don’t get rained out like last year.

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    September 25, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Good morning, Tipper! I went to the festival for the first time last year and it was amazing! A friend is visiting me in Ellijay next week and we planned her trip to coincide with the festival. I’m not able to get to JCC as often as I’d like, but I was able to go to the shaped note singing and the cookbook release with my granddaughter. We love JCC!

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