Digital Training Package Available

As a part of SMN’s partnership with Association of Alternative Newsmedia, we’ve been given the opportunity to participate in a digital summit: The New Digital Normal, Succeeding Online in a COVID World, and wanted to pass along the opportunity to our community. This three-session digital training package helps small businesses maximize their digital landscape. The course is $49 which includes all three 90 minute sessions and recordings.

We thought that it would be a great resource for small businesses in the community. For more information click here. COVID flyer

 

 Meeting Schedule For US 23/74 Road Improvements

A public meeting regarding proposed roadwork to U.S. 23/74 that’s slated to cause major disruptions to traffic flows leading to Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley and Waynesville is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2.

Impacts from Tropical Storm Fred postponed a meeting originally scheduled for Aug. 19.

Thursday’s meeting will be held in the Harrell Center Auditorium at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center, 710 Lakeshore Drive.

For more information, please visit https://ncdot.publicinput.com/H8230


URGENT:

Due to Tropical Storm Fred we have many displaced families in our community. The HCTDA is assisting with the search for temporary housing. This could be as short as 1-2 nights or as long as a few months.

If your property has availability, please contact our office at 828-944-0761 or email lynn@visitncsmokies.com.


Maggie Valley Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show


ATM NOW AVAILABLE
Chris & Friends Antiques


MV Civic Association Calendar

September
14 – Covered Dish Dinner (5:00 p.m.)
19 – Summer Band Concert (6:30 p.m.)
24 – Board of Directors Meeting (11:00 a.m.)

October
12 – OKTOBERFEST Dinner (5:00 p.m.)
17 – Fall Band Concert (6:30 p.m.)

Board meetings held in the Civic Association office. Concerts and Dinners are held in the Pavilion.


Study begins for Maggie Valley Obstacle Course Project

Businesses in Maggie Valley will soon consider a new project to attract more visitors and to provide a first-of-its-kind amenity for adults and teens who enjoy athletic recreation.

During the June 1st “Rise and Shine” meeting hosted by the Maggie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce (MVACC), Tony Malinauskas, a MVACC Patron Member, proposed a draft concept to build a permanent obstacle course that winds through green spaces among Maggie Valley parks, public lands and the many businesses on or near Soco Road. The concept was created after a year of informal discussions with area officials and organizations involved in local tourism and recreation.

An obstacle course is similar to a fitness trail, but instead of stations where you do exercises, there are obstacles that you complete before progressing. Components on the obstacles are periodically changed – for example, a monkey bar obstacle may have some bars replaced with thicker or square ones that are harder to hold onto – so the same course provides new challenges frequently. This entices repeat visits, which provides repeat exposure for the many businesses along the course route. Additionally, it is envisioned that at each obstacle will be an instructional placard with a smartphone holder that lets runners video record themselves on the obstacle. They can then share the videos online, creating further buzz to attract more visitors.

According to Malinauskas, who is also founder of Western North Carolina Obstacle Course Racers (WNCOCR), an obstacle course can attract a broad demographic of adult and teenage visitors because obstacle course racing (OCR) is gaining popularity among people of various fitness levels and ages. Additionally, many obstacle runners have unmet needs for both frequent and affordable access to courses. “The best races are set up by a racing company for a weekend, then taken down and moved to another state for a race a few weeks later. All that moving around results in fairly expensive entry fees, and you don’t always have a race nearby. A permanent public obstacle course solves both those problems; Maggie Valley could be the pioneer to address them.”

Malinauskas also says that Maggie Valley is a perfect place for this kind of course.  “Among our various attractions, we have two especially notable recreation facilities – the ski area and golf course. Building the first-ever public obstacle course would build our image as a vacation or relocation destination for athletic recreation.” In addition, Maggie Valley’s main business strip is spread out, as opposed to the business district of many other downtowns, so there are small plots of land scattered about that could each accommodate an obstacle.

Over the next two months, many businesses on and near Soco Road in Maggie Valley will be contacted and interviewed for their ideas on the project; results will be included in a more detailed concept for discussions with the city. In the meantime, those interested in more information are invited to connect with Tony Malinauskas at WNCOCR@gmail.com


Parkway Visitors Use Soco Entrance Most

The Haywood County section of the Blue Ridge Parkway saw the biggest jump in visitation in 2020 of any other section along the 469-mile scenic road. It’s the second year in a row that the Haywood section led the rest of the Parkway in visitation growth. In fact, the Haywood section is the only segment that saw an increase at all in 2020. The rest of the Parkway saw a decline in visitation last year.

The 46 miles of Parkway through Haywood County saw a 28% increase in visitation in 2020, with an estimated 540,000 visitors getting on the Parkway at one of the four Haywood entrances compared to 423,000 in 2019.

The Parkway as a whole saw a 6% decrease in visitation. Visitation along the Virginia section of the Parkway was down 21%. The North Carolina section of the Parkway held almost steady, but that was only thanks to the Haywood County section of the Parkway making up for visitation declines along the rest of the Parkway in North Carolina.

Below is a breakdown of visitation by entrance. It only includes travelers who got on the Parkway at the particular entrance — not those who’d already gotten on the Parkway prior to entering the Haywood County section. Counters tally vehicles when they enter the Parkway, and then presume a certain number of people per vehicle.

• U.S. 276: 142,157

• N.C. 215: 54,120

• Balsam (U.S. 23-74): 124,342

• Soco (U.S. 19): 221,884

(The Mountaineer, Becky Johnson)


Leave No Trace

Trash and litter create major ecological and social impacts in the outdoors. Managers of parks, forests and protected areas will tell you that the waste generated by visitors is a massive problem. In U.S. national parks alone, over 100 million pounds of waste is generated annually. Though the National Park Service promotes visitation and enjoyment of parks, the agency is also charged with providing sustainable parks.

The Maggie Valley Chamber is proud to announce our partnership with LEAVE NO TRACE. The Chamber will play a critical role as a leading voice in the spread of the Leave No Trace movement. We encourage our Maggie Valley businesses to participate by educating our visitors, from hikers to mountain bikers, picnickers to backpackers, paddlers to birders, fishermen to pedestricans, skiers to car campers to “Leave No Trace.”

Through education backed with research, one of Leave No Trace’s primary goals is to provide people with the skills and knowledge they need to become stewards of natural areas. Disposing of waste properly is one of the most vital skills sets — and it’s not just a matter of keeping parks visually appealing. Food waste, for example, attracts wildlife and erodes their natural instincts to avoid humans. It can take common items like plastic bags and aluminum cans up to 100 years to decompose.

Leave No Trace works with Seven Principles, including over 16 versions for different activities and environments.

  1. Plan Ahead & Prepare
  2. Travel & Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

The Chamber will have materials available soon to share with our membership.



ELEVATED MOUNTAIN  Distilling Company


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!!

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday!
Check out their FaceBook page for more details.

Food Truck on site, serving beer, wine and cocktails


MaggieValley.org and MaggieValleyFestivalGrounds.com

 

Chamber Website Statistics – August 2021
Website Visits: 118,040
Top Pages: Attractions, Elk, Lodging
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 47,006
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 31,098

Chamber Website Statistics – July 2021
Website Visits: 120,277
Top Pages: Attractions, Elk, Lodging
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 42,042
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 42,343

Chamber Website Statistics – June 2021
Website Visits: 126,336
Top Pages: Attractions, Elk, Lodging
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 18,035
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 46,263

Chamber Website Statistics – May 2021
Website Visits: 109,275
Top Pages: Attractions, Elk, Lodging
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 25,503
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 38,138

Chamber Website Statistics – April 2021
Website Visits: 105,931
Top Pages: Attractions, Lodging, Elk
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 1,988
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 32,398

Chamber Website Statistics – March 2021
Website Visits: 104,137
Top Pages: Attractions, Lodging, Elk
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 2,557
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 35,427

Chamber Website Statistics – February 2021
Website Visits: 94,953
Top Pages: Attractions, Lodging, Weather
Visitor Guide Viewed On Line: 1,722
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds website views: 33,990

 


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!

 

Carolina Asphalt Maintenance, Executive Member

Up The Creek Cabin, Premier Partner

Fox Web Design & Computer Service, Premier Partner

Homestead RV Park For Seniors, Business Partner

Valley RV Repair, Business Partner

Clarketon Motel, Business Partner

Valley Tavern, Business Partner

Roses in the Valley Florist, Business Partner

Tony Malinauskas, Patron Member

Scott’s Automotive & Lockout, 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


RISE and SHINE

1st Tuesday of Each Month

9:00 a.m.

Next Meeting October 5!!
Come and meet the Candidates running for the Board of Aldermen

Note new time – 9:00 a.m. We will be serving coffee and pre packaged sweets. Please come and join us!