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Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started Tour Photo

Leanne Morgan: Just Getting Started Tour

After 22 years in comedy, Leanne Morgan has cemented herself as a must-watch comedian. Leanne was feeling the lure of Hollywood after graduating high school, but the idea of moving there was unheard of and too daunting for a country girl who had never been away from home. She enrolled in college at The University of Tennessee, where she graduated (by the skin of her teeth) with a degree in Child and Family Studies. Shortly after that, she married her husband Chuck and they moved to Bean Station, TN in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. To stay busy after having her first baby, Leanne started selling jewelry at home parties. She was supposed to talk about the jewelry but instead conversed about breastfeeding, hemorrhoids and being a mama. The party guests thought that she was hilarious to the point somebody peed on a couch, and before she knew it, she was booked out a year in-advance. The jewelry company saw what was happening and asked her to speak at their sales rallies. It was there that women started saying, “you need to do stand-up!” That gave Leanne the courage to really go for it! Leanne finally had access to comedy clubs when her family moved to San Antonio in 2001, and her career in comedy quickly started to skyrocket.

Leanne's comedy has landed her at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has brought her development deals for her own sitcom with ABC and Warner Brothers, writer/producer Matt Williams (Rosanne and Home Improvement), TV Land and with Sony Television. Leanne has garnered over 2 million followers across social media and her popular stand-up special, So Yummy, has reached over 50 million views on YouTube. Her fan base continues to grow with her relatability as she discusses everything from being a housewife, sharing Jell-O recipes, to having a new grandbaby. She has appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show, The View, Nick at Nite's Funniest Mom and toured with the Southern Fried Chicks.

Now that her children are grown, Leanne is currently on The Big Panty Tour for her 100-show theater run across the U.S. with Outback Presents. In December 2022, Leanne will tape her first special for a major streaming platform and then will be back on the road with her next 100-show theatre and arena Just Getting Started tour with Outback Presents in 2023.

Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival Photo

Blue Ridge Trout and Outdoor Adventures Festival

6th Annual Blue Ridge Trout AND Outdoor Adventures Festival in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park. Pt on by the Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter.Cast - Paddle - Hike - Climb - Ride - Axe Throwing - Outdoor Art- Live Music - Craft Beer and Food and much more.More than a dozen local outfitters and guides can help you learn why fly-fishing is a growing sport, especially among anglers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains who chase the rainbow, brown and brook trout in the region's cold-water streams.NEW! Trout Fest Program Tents present expanded programs including mountain biking and kayaking. Professional fishing guides and outfitters share their fishing programs that tell our visitors what they need to know for a successful day of trout fishing in the Trout Capital of Georgia.NEW! Trout Fest Activity Zone opens up outdoor fun for our visitors with a climbing wall, a trout-fishing pond, long-saw crosscutting, axe throwing, gem mining and more!Browse, admire and shop a large selection of fine outdoor art produced by local and traveling artists who feature the resources of the Appalachian Mountains in both their materials and their visions.Trout Fest Food Court features new and returning food vendors, and our Beer/Wine Garden will include local craft beer from Grumpy Old Men Brewing a local favorite as well as hard cider from Mercier Orchards.Check out blueridgetroutfest.com for more details.

Trout Trot 5K Photo

Trout Trot 5K

Join us for a 5K series like NO OTHER, one that crosses two state lines! The Riverwalk Run Series hosts seasonal cross-state 5Ks four times a year.Our course takes runners through the charming downtown areas of McCaysville, Georgia and its sister city, Copperhill, Tennessee – two cities united by a state line at the heart of historic Copper Basin. Covering 3.1 miles, participants will not only cross from Georgia into Tennessee and back into Georgia, but they will also run through our iconic steel bridge, with one amazing story!Food, drinks, and music can be found before and after the race on the regions largest river deck of Riverwalk Shops, located just across the street from the starting line.Race Timeline4:30 PM - Race Setup6:30 PM - Race Starts at McCaysville Information Center7:00 PM - Awards on Riverwalk Shops River Deck8:00 PM - Race Cutoff

Travis Tritt LIVE Photo

Travis Tritt LIVE

Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist, Travis Tritt, on Saturday, June 10th at Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee.This show, which will include Tritt's band, will give attendees an opportunity to hear some of the performer's biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It's A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.” Plan to sing along with Tritt's vast catalog of crowd favorites like “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” and “Here's a Quarter — songs that have created a devoted fan base that continues to sell-out shows across the globe. Tritt will also perform favorites off his new album, Set In Stone. Bringing his award-winning songs to life, the Grand Ole Opry member will leave the audience with a truly memorable experience.

Walk the Line 5K Photo

Walk the Line 5K

Join us for America's ONLY 5K that crosses two states! The Riverwalk Run Series offers four opportunities, all in McCaysville, Georgia. The next event is our Walk the Line 5K on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 6:30pmThe course takes runners through the charming downtowns of McCaysville, Georgia and sister city Copperhill, Tennessee. The community is united by a state line at the heart of historic Copper Basin. Covering 3.1 miles, the course crosses from Georgia into Tennessee and back into Georgia. Participants will also run alongside the famous Toccoa River and across the city's iconic steel bridge—one of only a few left in America.Food, drinks and music will be available before and after the race on the river deck of Riverwalk Shops. Parking is free and plentiful, located right across the finish line at McCaysville's City Park.

2nd Annual Travis Bowlin's Cigar Box Guitar Party Photo

2nd Annual Travis Bowlin's Cigar Box Guitar Party

THE 2ND ANNUAL TRAVIS BOWLIN'S CIGAR BOX GUITAR PARTY & HAND CRAFTED ARTISANS FESTIVAL 
October 7th & 8th, 2023 at 
Bear Claw VineyardsMark Your Calendars!
Benefiting TOYS FOR TOTS
Suggested entry fee: New/Unwrapped Toy or Monetary Donation
Complete Artist Lineup COMING SOON!
Two Days of Music, Art, Fun, Games, Raffles, Prizes Food Trucks, and more!

Chimp or Treat at Project Chimps Photo

Chimp or Treat at Project Chimps

Saturday, October 28th, and Sunday, October 29thTickets available from 10:30 am -1:30 pm - actual tour time determined at event check-in. Children are invited to "Chimp or Treat" in costume to see the sanctuary and enrich the lives of the chimps! Tickets are $10 per child 15 & under. Each child's ticket comes with a free adult ticket. Additional adult tickets may be purchased for $35 each. Children 2 and under are free! EACH CHILD WILL RECEIVE A 45-60 minute, guided, walking tour special "treat" bag to Trick or Treat for vegan candies as well as non-food treats items such as temporary tattoos, erasers, and other goodies chance to see our chimps in their habitat from one of our viewings windows you would like your child to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project and receive only non-food goodies, please indicate this at checkout. We are offering opportunities for this event to families who could not otherwise afford the ticket price, if you would like to contribute and underwrite the cost of a ticket for another child, please add this as a donation during checkout. Donated tickets will be provided to various Fannin County coordinators who work with families and children in need. Visit their website for ticket availability guide Guided Walking Tour Details -Tour groups will be limited to accommodate for social distancing and to ensure that both chimps and humans can enjoy the tour. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before the start time of your tour window. You may be in a group with other guests. Please try to keep 6 feet in between your group and other groups. Will We See Chimps on the Tour? Chimpanzee sightings are very likely but are not guaranteed as the chimps have the option to be visible or to hide in the forested outdoor habitat. How Hard is the Walk around the Sanctuary? Please Read! -Expect a 45-60 minute, moderate hike on gravel roads with some steep inclines. The hike can be challenging for young children, less active adults, and those with limited mobility. If you have guests in your group who may not be able to complete a moderate hike, PLEASE request mobility assistance when purchasing tickets. We regret that we may not be able to accommodate day-of-event requests for mobility assistance.