On behalf of the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2011 Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival. The Festival, held Oct. 7-9 once again brought thousands of visitors and tourists to the Valley and was a resounding success in every way.
Numerous volunteers, local attendees and their guests, highly talented artists, vendors, musicians and performers as well as local businesses, media and restaurants all contributed to the festival’s phenomenal attendance and success for participants. The unique Cashiers Village Green and Commons provided an unequaled venue. Members of the Glenville Community Development Club and the Sapphire Resort added their own special flavor to the activities, enhancing the heightened level of interest while earning rave reviews from attendees and their participants.
No event on the scale of this Leaf Festival can be accomplished without the generosity of those who make our financial commitment possible. A very special thank you is owed to all of our sponsors: Golden Level: Cashiers Travel and Tourism Board, Bounds Cave, Crossroads Chronicle, Hampton Inn and Suites, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Landmark Realty Group, The Laurel of Asheville, The Rinker Family, Signal Ridge Marina; Silver Level: Avalon Cruises, Duke Energy, Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Old Edwards Inn, Remax Summit Properties, WHLC FM Radio; Bronze Level: Betsy Paul Properties, Cashiers Exxon/BP, Coca Cola Consolidated Bottlers, Freeman Gas, Ingles Markets, Macon Bank, McNeely’s Store and Rentals, The Preserve at Rock Creek, RBC Bank, Smoky Mountain News, Straight Eight, United Community Bank, Webb Insurance Agency, The Woods Family, Trillium Links and Lake Club, Wendy’s Restaurant and Zoller Hardware.
Our plans are already being developed for the fourth annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival on Columbus Day Weekend 2012. The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association members look forward to another opportunity to entertain, delight and provide enjoyment for festivalgoers in our local community and those from throughout the Southeast.
— Judy Brown, Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association
Pat Grady, Chair, Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival 2011