The Apple Country Antique Engine & Tractor show hits the Hendersonville Fall Harvest Days Oct 25-27, 2012 with tractor pulls, antique collectibles and more.Fall has definitely landed in Hendersonville. The leaves are changing. The air is coldly crisp. Can you believe we’re already in the middle of October? That means that Hendersonville Fall Harvest Days are almost here.

From October 25th through the 27th, the Apple Country Antique Engine & Tractor Association will holds it’s 27th Annual Antique Engine and Tractor Show at the Western North Carolina Fall Harvest Days. Gates will open at the WNC Agricultural Center in Arden, NC promptly at 6pm on Thursday and 8am on Friday and Saturday. In addition to the antique tractors, there will be an antique peanut roaster, a sawmill, crafts workers, blacksmiths, corn milling demonstrations and food vendors on-site throughout the entire three days. More than 250 vendors will be selling tractor and gas engine parts, toys, collectibles and other items as well. On Saturday, Hendersonville area residents can participate in the kiddie and adult pedal pulls at 12pm. The big boys will be competing in a tractor pull using farm tractors from 1964 and older at 10am the same day.

Admission is just $8 per day for anyone ages 12+ or $20 for all three days. Children under 12 will get in free with a paid adult. Come to the Hendersonville Fall Harvest Days October 25-27, 2012 in Arden, NC. It’s old fashioned country fun for everyone!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

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The Carolina Mountain Ribfest takes place near Asheville this weekend, 7/13-15/12. Live music, fun for the kids, arts and crafts and, of course, lip-smacking barbecue will be available all weekend long.Beginning tomorrow, Asheville will be hosting the Carolina Mountain Ribfest.  From July 13th through the 15th, barbecue wizards will be grilling up their specialties at the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds(actually located in Fletcher).  Some of the best chefs in the entire country will be competing to see whose lip-smacking, mouth-watering recipes reign supreme.

Yes, it is called the “ribfest” but there is so much more going on than just barbecued ribs here in the Asheville area.  Chicken, pulled pork and brisket will also be on the menu as well as some tasty desserts.  There will even be vegetarian and seafood fare to enjoy.  While you’re licking off the barbecue sauce from your fingers, you can peruse the arts and crafts show or take in some of the exhibits on display.  Kids will stay occupied with the rides and games designed specifically for them.  There is even a Custom and Classic Car Show scheduled for Sunday from 11am to 3pm.  All proceeds from the participants in the car show will benefit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

What Western North Carolina festival would be complete without some live music? Musical acts will be performing everything from Bluegrass to Pop and Funk to Southern Rock throughout the entire weekend.  There’s a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.

The festival will be open from 4pm to 11pm on Friday, 11am to 11pm on Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.  Tickets are available at the gate.  Tickets are just $7/adult, with children under 12 and active military (must show ID) absolutely free.  If you are interested in showing off your custom or classic automobile in the car show on Sunday, there is a $10 entry fee.  With that fee, you receive two free tickets for the ribfest itself (a $14 value).  Call the Hendersonville Antique Car Club for more information at (828) 329-4971.  Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, but leave the coolers, backpacks, pets and outside food/beverages at home.

If you love barbecue, good music and fun in general, you don’t want to miss out this weekend.  Asheville hosts the Carolina Mountain Ribfest this Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15th.  Visit the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds in Fletcher for some good old fashioned, lip-smacking, foot-stomping fun for the entire family.

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

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Memorial Day Weekend Events in HendersonvilleMonday, May 31st, is Memorial Day, a day we honor those who have served our country and lost their lives.  Some Memorial Day weekend events in the Hendersonville area include:

Music on the Rocks Concert Series Presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Greatest Hits – May 30-June 1, Flat Rock Playhouse (2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC), Second Stage, 8pm.  Tickets are only $19 each.  For more info, please visit the Flat Rock Playhouse website or call 828-693-0731 or 866-732-8008.

1st Annual BBQ Expo – May 29, Hendersonville High School Field.  Gates open at 10am.  In addition to great BBQ, there will be live music and entertainment.  Proceeds from the BBQ benefit the Henderson County Education Foundation.  For more info, please call 828-693-3461.

Bua, Traditional Irish Music – May 29, Diana Wortham Theatre (2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC).  For more info, visit the Diana Wortham Theatre website or call 828-257-4530.

17th Annual Garden Jubilee Festival – May 29 & 30, Historic Downtown Hendersonville, 10am-6pm.  There will be over 200 vendors on-site both days.  Some of the things available for purchase and classes available include: plants, arts and crafts, experts give talks on gardening, lawn and garden accessories and more.  For more information, please call 828-693-9708 or 800-828-4244 or visit the Hendersonville Visitors Information Center website.

Sandburg Folk Music Festival – May 31, Carl Sandburg Home (81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock, NC), 10am-4pm.  Some of the live music will include instrumentals, spiritual music and folk songs.  For more info, please call 828-693-4178 or visit the Carl Sandburg website.

Memorial Day Services at Forest Lawn Cemetary – May 31, Hendersonville, NC, 9:30am.  The Hendersonville Antique Car Club and other local car clubs will gather at the intersection of Hwy 64 & Main St to escort Veterans to the Forest Lawn Memorial Services.  For more info, please call 828-696-4168 or visit the Hendersonville Antique Car Club website.

No matter which Memorial Day weekend event you go to in Hendersonville this weekend, make sure to stop and honor those brave men and women who gave their lives in service of our country.  Without them, we wouldn’t be US.

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Henderson County’s very own Jan King is named North Carolina’s Principal of the Year.  Jan King is principal of Mills River’s Glenn Marlow Elementary School.  Already named Henderson County Principal of the Year, Ms. King went on to win the regional title as well.  That put her in the running with seven other regional winners to ultimately win the Principal of the Year honor for the entire state.  As the 2010 winner, Ms. King will serve on the State Superintendent’s Principal’s Advisory Committee, serves as a State Board of Education advisor for one year, serves on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Public School Forum for one year and will head up the selection committee for the 2011 Wachovia Principal of the Year.

Please join me in congratulating Henderson County Principal Jan King for being named North Carolina’s Principal of the Year.  It’s an honor richly deserved and shows the hard work and dedication of our Henderson County Schools to the education of our children.  Way to go, Principal King!

After you’re done doing your early morning shopping to get in on those Black Friday “deals” at the stores, Hendersonville will be bringing Friday Night Lights to town.  The annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony will be taking place at the gazebo in downtown Hendersonville beginning at 5:30pm.  Bring the family down for free carriage rides, caroling, thousands of twinkling lights and a special appearance by Santa himself.  Anyone can participate in the Christmas caroling if they want to.  Song sheets will be available upon request.

Not only will Santa be available to listen to all the kids Christmas wish lists and pass out candy canes, but he will be flipping the switch to start the lighting ceremony.  Make sure to bring your cameras!  Even Hendersonville residents will be allowed to participate in the lighting ceremony in a “hands on” way for the very first time ever.  But, you’ll have to come to the Downtown Lighting Ceremony to see just how this will happen.  Just like past lighting ceremonies, four evergreen trees will be planted on Main Street for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.  Local nonprofit organizations have also decorated Christmas trees that will be visible around Main Street, with lots of lights in the flowerbeds and planters as well.  Make sure to bring your family to downtown Hendersonville when they bring Friday Night Lights to town on November 27, 2009.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

The Henderson County Swine Flu Clinic is scheduled to take place this Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 8-11:30am at the Henderson County Department of Public Health in Hendersonville.  Due to the limited availabilty of vaccine, only available those people in the designated priority group* will be allowed to receive vaccinations, which will be provided for free.  Vaccinations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Henderson County Health Department will continue to provide H1N1 vaccine clinics as vaccine is available Mondays through Thursdays from 9am-12pm by appointment only.  For more information and to make an appointment, please call the Hendersonville Flu Hotline at 694-4040.  Bilingual nurses are also available upon request.

*People in the priority group are pregnant women, people who live with or care for children ages 6 months or younger, healthcare and emergency medical personnel, children and adults between the ages of 6 months and 24 years and those people ages 25-64 who have health disorders or compromised immune systems that would make them at higher risk for adverse affects from the H1N1 virus.

Rich Cooke, your Hendersonville real estate specialist

Hendersonville will be showing its patriotic pride on Saturday, July 4th, in celebration of the birth of our country.  If you are a car enthusiast, head to Jackson Park from 2-9pm for the Fourth of July Cruise-in of antique cars sponsored by the Hendersonville Antique Car Club.  While you’re at Jackson Park, you can enjoy food, beach music by The Embers, crafts and fun for the kids.  Just make sure to bring a chair.  Jackson Park events will culminate in a fabulous fireworks display at dusk.

The Independence Day Parade will be held on Main Street at 11am, too.  Don’t miss it!  I’ll see you there.

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