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ELEVATED MOUNTAIN  – JULY Entertainment Schedule

Wednesdays: Karaoke
Fridays: Elevated Mountain Express Band (Bluegrass)
Saturdays: various live bands

Food Truck on site, serving beer, wine and cocktails

Chamber Website Statistics – June
Website Visits: 84,228
Top  Pages Viewed: Attractions, COVID-19 page, Cataloochee Valley Elk, Visitor Guide, Vacation Rentals, Campgrounds, Scenic Drives, Hotels & Motels
Visitor Guide Viewed OnLine: 2,023


Our Fall, September 11-13, 2020 Rally is still scheduled. However, we regretfully announce the Summer June 26-28 Thunder in the Smokies Rally in Maggie Valley, NC is canceled due to COVID-19. Current State Regulations are preventing us from holding the June event. We sincerely thank you for all your support over the years and hope to see you in the fall. Until then ride free and safe.Thunder in the Smokies Summer Rally Canceled


Chris and Lori

Thunder in the Smokies Rally Sept. 11-13, 2020

June 26–28 CANCELED due to COVID-19

Small Business Center Launches Reboot, Recover, Rebuild (R3) Program

The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College Launches Reboot, Recover, Rebuild (R3) Program, a Free Expanded Counseling Opportunity for Businesses Affected by COVID-19. Businesses in Haywood County encouraged to contact the Small Business Center for assistance.
The Haywood Community College Small Business Center (SBC) has announced an expansion in business services. Beginning June 1, the SBC will begin offering free expanded counseling services to Haywood County small business owners affected by the COVID-19 health crisis. In coordination with the NC Small Business Center Network and Haywood County business resource partners, the HCC SBC will launch the Reboot, Recover, Rebuild or R3 Program for Small Business. The R3 Program will offer expanded counseling opportunities in a wealth of categories uniquely suited for small businesses in Haywood County who have been affected by the economic effects of COVID-19. In direct response to the COVID-19 economic crisis, North Carolina’s General Assembly passed H1043, providing additional funding to Small Business Centers with the express goal of providing counseling services to businesses affected by the pandemic. The R3 Program, made possible by this funding, will provide free expanded counseling, coaching, information and resources to local small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

“The COVID crisis has had a profound impact on small business. Shifting operational requirements, regulations, market perception and the small business climate alike are forcing many small business owners to take a step back, evaluate the field, pivot and punt,” said Katy Gould, Director of the Haywood Community College Small Business Center. “The R3 Program is an excellent opportunity to provide focused counseling support to small business owners with the in-depth assistance needed to address their unique business needs as they reboot, recover, and rebuild.”
Small businesses are experiencing a time of unparalleled need, where challenges like managing employees, understanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or other loan repayment requirements, and/or marketing their business in a rapidly changing consumer landscape are at the
forefront. It is also a time of opportunity, where changing needs for services and supplies create new entrepreneurial spaces for creative and innovative individuals and teams.

The R3 – Reboot, Recover, Rebuild Program was created to address such concerns and opportunities by providing consulting services in the form of CPA, legal, marketing, branding, stability, and general business support. Applicants will also have access to professional content experts, one-on-one remote counsel, and 100 percent confidentiality.

This HCC SBC R3 Program is open to any Haywood County small business affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Interested businesses are encouraged to apply. Visit, email or call 828.627.4512 for additional program information. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services, and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network facilitates an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit for more information. ###


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Maggie Valley Festival Grounds to host first event of the season

Good news! The Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will soon be hosting events.

The July 4th Fireworks are still planned. The fireworks will begin at dark on Saturday, July 4th. For more information contact the Town of Maggie Valley at 828.926.0866. The Festival Grounds will not be open for viewing.

Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Festival – The Maggie Valley Chamber will host the Summer Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This is a FREE event to the public. For more information please contact the Chamber at 828.926.1686.

We can’t wait to see the Festival Grounds buzzing with visitors!

New Owners for Cataloochee Ranch

The Cataloochee Ranch has recently been sold. Extensive renovations are planned for the immediate future.

In the past, the Ranch has been a very popular place for our locals and visitors to hike. Due to safety precautions that are currently in place, the new Ranch management is asking that folks please refrain from hiking on the property while the renovations are underway.

Thank you for your understanding.

Stay Safe @ Meadowlark Motel

The safety of our guests and employees has always been our number one priority. Now as we work to reopen Meadowlark Motel, we want to ensure our guests that Meadowlark Motel  will be cleaner and safer than ever before when we are ready to resume traveling once again. To meet the new health and safety challenges and expectations presented by COVID-19, Meadowlark Motel is launching the “Stay Safe @ Meadowlark Initiative” . This new initiative is crafted on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) recommendations. It is focused on enhanced hotel cleaning practices, social interactions, and workplace protocols, while ensuring transparency throughout the guest journey.

  • Signage–  Health and hygiene reminders shall be placed at high-traffic areas on property, including the front lobby area at a minimum, indicating the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks.
  • Personal Hygiene– Washing hands with soap and water is the preferable method. In situations where soap/water is not available, alcohol-based sanitizer is recommended. Dispensers shall be placed at key guest and employee entrances and contact areas; lobby reception areas and employee entrances, breakfast room, lounge room, backporch, pool. Employees must wear Personal Protection Equipment during work hours.
  • Employee Training– Prior to re-opening and throughout the year, employees must take COVID-19 training courses designed by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Reporting– Employees & guests are  encouraged to report any presumed cases of COVID-19 immediately to the management.
  • Front Desk Operations– Front desk agents shall practice social distancing including utilizing every other workstation to ensure separation between employees whenever applicable and possible. The use of technology to reduce direct contact with guests, lobby population and front desk queue is encouraged, where feasible. In addition, contactless payment processes are encouraged, and when not available, employees should minimize contact as much as possible.
  • Physical Distancing & Queuing– Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them, including any area where guests or employees queue. Encourage one-way guest flow with marked entrances and exits. Lobby furniture and other common seating areas (including The Back Porch , pool area) will be reconfigured to promote social distancing.
  • Food & Beverage– Food and beverage service shall reduce in-person contact with guests and buffet service and also minimize dining items for increased sanitation. The use of prepackaged foods and ‘grab & go’ items shall be the preferred method of food delivery.
  • Guest Room Recovery Protocol– Room will be taken out of service for 24 hours after each check-out. Two night minimum stay is required during weekends and holidays.
  • Guest Room  Cleaning & Disinfecting– This will require two separate phases – cleaning and disinfecting.  Particular attention is paid to high-touch, hard nonporous items including television remote controls, toilet seats and handles, door and furniture handles, water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, in-room control panels, light switches, temperature control panels, alarm clocks, luggage racks and flooring.
  • Servicing Stay-overs– In anticipation of individual concerns of guests, housekeeping shall not enter a guest room during a stay.  All stay-over rooms will be treated as “Do not Disturb”. Towels and other room supplies will be provided upon request.
  • Cleaning Common Areas– Cleaning and disinfecting shall be frequent (multiple times per day) with an emphasis on frequent contact with hard non-porous surfaces including, but not limited to, front desk check-in counters, bell desks,  door handles, public bathrooms, vending machines, ice machines, room keys and locks, stair handrails, pool seating and surrounding areas, dining surfaces and all seating areas.
  • Cleaning Back of House–  Physical distancing among all employees shall be practiced in employee dining rooms, uniform control areas, training classrooms, shared office spaces, and other high-density areas.
  • Shared equipment– Shared tools and equipment shall be disinfected after each shift or transfer to a new employee.

This initiative represents a new level of focus and transparency for Meadowlark Motel. With the “Stay Safe @ Meadowlark”  initiative, we are enhancing these standards to boost our guests confidence and doing so in accordance with guidance issued by public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We look forward to the day when our guests are confident to travel freely. When that happens Meadowlark Motel  is ready to safely welcome everyone back. We can’t wait.

The Town Board voted and approved the following changes to the Festival Grounds Calendar of Events.

Slingshots in the Smokies:
Original Dates: May 27-30, 2020
New Dates August 10-16, 2020

Kustom Kemps/Icons in the Smokies
Original Dates: May 15-16, 2020
New Dates August 22-23, 2020

SE Mini Truckin’ Nationals
Original Dates: Dates April 24-26, 2020
New Dates: October 23-25, 2020

Hillbilly Jam
Original Dates: June 24 & 25, 2020
New Dates: October 30 & 31, 2020

The following events have been cancelled

    • Elk Fest: August 22-23, 2020

The Crafty Bear is making masks to keep us from spreading germs. The mask is tie up and washable; elastic is not available due to the shortages.  They are $10, that includes tax. Can deliver within Maggie Valley area at no extra charge. Usually can have them ready within a couple hours of ordering.

They can email me at or call me at 828-242-9073 if interested.

The HOLSTON ANNUAL CONFERENCE is being rescheduled. Visit our Covid-19 page for more details.

WNC Conference at Lake Junaluska Postponed

Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet have made the decision to postpone the Western North Carolina Annual Conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of our traditional three-day event, the decision has been made to hold a one-day Annual Conference session on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8 at Lake Junaluska.

 A Message From Thunder in the Smokies

We will see you at the Fall Rally, September 11-13, 2020. Until then ride free and safe.

-Chris and Lori
Thunder in the Smokies

Here is a link to the Small Business Administration Loans and Applications

CARE ACT – Here’s a link that can answer some of your questions about the Care Act.

Care Act Info – Click here



Schedule/Event Changes For Lake Junaluska

 For  June events at Lake Junaluska, we will post updates as they come in.


Road to Cataloochee Valley

N.C. Department of Transportation officials recently awarded a contract to stabilize a hillside on Cove Creek Road about five miles from Jonathan Creek Road in Haywood County.

The road has partially reopened to Palmer Chapel. Work continues beyond that point.
For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on social media.

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in
Disaster Assistance Loans

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation:

“The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and customer-focused response possible during these times of uncertainty.”

Process for Accessing SBA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending

  • The Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
  • Any such Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with the state’s or territory’s Governor to submit the request for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance.
  • Once a declaration is made for designated areas within a state, the information on the application process for Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance will be made available to all affected communities.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
  • SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinated response, and the SBA is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible.

For additional information, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail

Changes To Unemployment During Pandemic

Important changes to unemployment has been implemented to offer relief to workers who have lost their jobs or hours due to COVID-19.

  • Removes the one week waiting period
  • Removes the requirement for the worker to look for a job.
  • Employee can apply remotely
  • Employers will not be held responsible for compensation paid.

More information can be found here:


2020 Visitor Guides are Here!

Stop by and pick up your copy today!



Maggie Valley Festival Grounds Schedule

The 2020 Event Calendar has been placed on the Festival Grounds website:
We will provide updates on our page as they come in about cancellations and events who have rescheduled.


1st Tuesday of Each Month

Next meeting unknown

Waiting on the Governor to announce his plans for public gatherings.
Stay tuned!