Your Chamber Board 2024

Patty Carter – Maggie Valley Puzzle Rooms, President
Randy Fisher – Maggie Valley Embroidery, Vice President
Brad Pendley – Maggie Mountaineer Crafts, Treasurer
Melissa Pless – Premier Vacation Rentals, Secretary
Travis Bramlett – The Hot Tub Store/Valley Cigar & Wine
Christine Chamberlain – Organic Beans Coffee Company
Val Gene “Pop” Hamilton – Pop’s Place
Sonja Michels – Creekwood Village Resort
Anna Carver – Maggie Valley Restaurant
Teresa Smith – Chamber Executive Director


Delays Extend I-40 Lane Closures

The Mountaineer
Aarik Long, reporting

Lane closures on Interstate 40 west of Jonathan Creek were supposed to end before Memorial Day, when tourist season in the mountains picks back up. But delays have extended the lane closures — and the ongoing traffic nightmare for locals who use I-40 to get to town is now compounded by the additional tourist traffic.

I-40 lane reductions, which have been in place since Thanksgiving, will now continue until mid-to-late June, according to the NC Department of Transportation. The construction contract for the bridge replacements on I-40 stated that all lanes should be reopen by May 20, said David Uchiyama, spokesman for the NC DOT’s western region. However, due to “unforeseen circumstances during construction” and weather delays, the timeline was pushed back. The unforeseen issues include delays in being able to get materials.

Locals who use I-40 to travel from Fines Creek and White Oak into town face a choice: go the long way around using back roads or risk congestion on the interstate. That congestion has been made worse by the arrival of tourist season.

With additional traffic backing up on the interstate, even the backroads are feeling the impact.  Some occasional overnight lane closures will be necessary to complete the paving for the project — bottlenecking the interstate into a single lane each way.

The two bridges past exit 20 have been torn down and rebuilt in phases, half at a time to allow one lane in each direction to stay open.

Thus far in the project, the new high bridge for westbound traffic is completed, aside from installing some drainage underneath. The new high bridge going in the other direction is completed aside from a barrier wall and some paving on each end of the bridge to connect it to the existing I-40 lanes.

 


Maggie Valley Chamber Awards 2023

The Maggie Valley Chamber held its annual meeting on April 16th at the Willow House Social Barn. Approximately 50 guests were present.

President Patty Carter presented two awards. The 2023 Volunteer of the Year was awarded  to Brittany Heathman, Mountain Dreams Realty. The Spirit of Maggie Award for 2023 was given to the Shannon Young, Maggie Valley Fly Shop. The Chamber Board of Directors presented Teresa with a plaque in memory of Jackson (her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) who served as the Chamber Ambassador for the past 12 years.

Congratulations to all the 2023 Chamber Award recipients!


Blue Ridge Parkway 
325.5 million visits to national parks in 2023, 16.7 million visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway

This week, the National Park Service announced that 400 national parks reported a total of 325.5 million visits in 2023, an increase of 13 million or 4% over 2022. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, visitation numbers saw an increase of 1 million or 6% over 2022, with slight increases across most months of the year.
“The Parkway’s location, design, and proximity to so many gateway communities provide a wide array of rich natural, cultural, recreational, and historical experiences for park visitors,” said Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent Tracy Swartout. “Appealing to so many visitors of so many different interests and abilities is a hallmark of the Parkway experience across the decades.”
One of 429 sites managed by the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway was created as a national rural roadway with limited access, designed in the 1930s for pleasant motoring free from commercial traffic. The Blue Ridge Parkway travels the crests, ridges, and valleys of five major mountain ranges, encompassing several geographic and vegetative zones ranging from 600 to over 6,000 feet above sea level. It provides visitors with many varied vistas of scenic Appalachian landscapes ranging from forested ridge tops and mountain slopes to rural farmlands to urban areas. The parkway offers a “ride-a- while, stop-a-while” experience that includes scenic pullouts, recreation areas, historic sites, and visitor contact stations. It is known nationally and internationally for its designed landscape as a scenic motorway.

Visitation figures and trends guide how the National Park Service manages parks to ensure the best experience possible for park visitors. The Visitation Statistics Dashboard provides recreational visit statistics for every park in the US for 2023 and also for previous years, dating back to 1979 for some parks. There are 429 parks in the National Park System, and 400 parks counted visitors in 2023. For the first time, there are now parks reporting their visitation numbers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four US territories. Five national parks began reporting in 2023, and this is the first year a park from Delaware is included.


Beware of scam

The National Park Service is investigating an online scam selling fraudulent parking tags to visitors in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Someone posing as the National Park Service is directing people to a website titled “Smokies Park Pass.” This website looks like it belongs to the Great Smoky Mountains Association, but it is not an official website. Please don’t visit or buy parking tags from this website.

Official parking passes for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are available for sale online only through www.smokiesinformation.org or www.recreation.gov.

New this year, a parking pass is required for visitors stopping for longer than 15 minutes at any overlook, trailhead or recreation spot in the Smokies. Proceeds from the new “Park It Forward” program are used to improve visitor safety, increase park ranger presence and to repair, enhance and maintain public park facilities.


2024 Maggie Valley Visitor Guide

The 2024 Maggie Valley Visitor Guides are here! Stop by and pick up copies to hand out to your customers or call us at 828-926-1686 and we can deliver some to you!


UPCOMING FESTIVALS

 

 

July 19 & 20: SE Gas & Petroleum Expo/Moonshine Valley F-100’s/Maggie Valley Swap Meet/Broncos & Mustangs

July 26 & 27: Hillbilly Jam

August 17: Eurofest Maggie Valley

August 23 & 24: KKOA Icons of Hotrodding Festival

August 31 & September 1: Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show

For more information on these and all of the upcoming events, visit:www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.com


RISE and SHINE

9:00 a.m.
Maggie Valley Town Hall Pavilion
Coffee provided

July – Rise and Shine will not be held in July
August 6th – Ron Cushman, Hauntings in the Valley will present a magic show.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS in 2024!!

Blue Ridge Quilt Company

Scottish Inn – Business Partner
James Co Cabinetry – Business Partner
Three Pines Lodge & Suites – Business Partner
EconoLodge – Waynesville (Hotel) – Business Partner
NARDCO (Real Estate) – Business Partner
Stephans Magical Drops
Service Master of Haywood County – Business Partner
Shick Construction, LLC – Business Partner
Winchester Creek Farm – Business Partner
Blue Ridge Glass – Business Partner
Maggie Valley Woodworks – Business Partner
Hauntings in the Valley – Community Partner


Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Schedule

Visit this page often for the latest information on Festivals and Events held at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.com