The 14th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival took place Saturday, April 23, in downtown Sylva.
This free festival celebrated the arrival of spring in the mountains, when the greening leaves work their way up the Great Smokies. It also celebrated the greening of the environment, with information about sustainable living and presentations by environmental groups.
Festival-goers participated in a full day of activities, including a parade, live music on two stages, 5K road race, displays from local artisans, a variety of food vendors, plus a children’s area with face-painting, a giant inflatable slide and other activities.
New this year was a “market square” providing open-air space for farms, CSAs, nurseries, beekeepers and others to showcase traditional agricultural practices.
The music lineup featured a trio of headliners: The Freight Hoppers, Vertigo Jazz Project and Big House Radio, along with local favorites: Marshall Ballew, Dan River Drifters, John-Luke Carter, Total War and the Buchanan Boys.
The popular youth talent show returned, along with performances by the Cullowhee Valley Cloggers and students from Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy.
Here are more images from the festivities!