The Haywood County Historical & Genealogical Society (HCH&GS) announces its recent approval by the Town of Canton to co-sponsor a fundraiser to benefit the Society and the Canton Historical Museum. As part of an increased effort in Haywood County to celebrate our rich history, the HCH&GS will hold a new event called “Plott-Toberfest” which combines the traditional PlottFest UKC Annual Competition, a celebration of our NC State Dog – The Plott Hound, and the rich German history of Haywood County.
Volunteers, Vendors, and Sponsors Needed – As a fundraiser for the HCH&GS, there will be many opportunities for support and participation in this event. Applications for Vendors and Volunteers as well as Sponsor opportunities will be available soon.
Traditional German Heritage to be Featured –The early settlers of Haywood County and their German roots will be celebrated during this four-day festival featuring those who initially resided in the German settlement of Deutsch Cove, now known as Dutch Cove. Among those settlers were the Shooks, Smathers, Rhodarmers, Messers and Plotts (with the first Plott Hounds). Various programs will discuss this history and share some of the family stories.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- Thursday, October 5th – At the Smathers Farmers Market at Sorrells Street Park
- Friday, October 6th – Various Plott Hound competitive events sanctioned by the UKC Worldwide at Sorrells Street Park
- Saturday, October 7th – Various Plott Hound competitive events sanctioned by the UKC Worldwide at Sorrells Street Park
- Sunday, October 8th – Shape Note Singing in Dutch Cove at the Morning Star United Methodist Church, singing will begin at 1:00 pm.
Events will be hosted by Bob Plott – a direct descendant of Henry Plott, who brought the dogs to Haywood County.
The Saturday and Sunday events will conclude with bluegrass performances by local band “Songs From The Road” and an All-Star ensemble of Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett, Reed Jones, and Audie Blaylock. These well-known performers will close each day with their high energy Appalachian Heritage music.