Plott – Toberfest 2023
October 5 - October 8
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.
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.
Beginning Thursday Oct. 5th at the Smathers Farmers Market, a traditional Bavarian themed band will provide entertainment. Then, on Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th, the festival will feature various Plott Hound competitive events sanctioned by the UKC Worldwide, hosted by Bob Plott – a direct descendant of Henry Plott, who brought the dogs to Haywood County. After these events, Plott-Toberfest will conclude with bluegrass performances by local bands “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.
As a special finale, on Sunday October 8th, a Shape Note Singing in Dutch Cove at the Morning Star United Methodist Church will celebrate the legacy of Quay Smathers, the singing master and recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Folk Heritage Award. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the tradition and have the opportunity to sing shaped-notes as originally sung in the Southern Appalachians
in the Blue Ridge style. The singing will begin at 1:00 pm.
“Although there are many details to work out, this first Annual Plott-Toberfest promises to have something for everyone. Live demonstrations of early Appalachian skills such as hide-tanning, blacksmithing, and pit-sawing are in the works. These events combined with the Plott Hound competition and exhibits at the Museum of Haywood County History in Clyde and the Canton Historical Museum in Canton will give participants a choice of ways to engage with our Haywood County beginnings”, says June Smathers-Jolley, Member of the Board of Directors of the HCH&GS.
Visit nchchgs.org or call (828) 564-1044 for more information about how to get involved.