From the December 1949 issue of Extension Farm-News
Haywood Festival Attracts Thousands
Everyone but the weatherman cooperated in making Haywood County’s third
annual Tobacco Harvest Festival one of the biggest and most successful farm
events ever staged in Western North Carolina.
Spectators had to brave chilling winds and a full-scale snowstorm to see the
festival parade, but they came in droves and stayed until the very end. The
colorful event drew an estimated 12,000 persons, as large a crowd as the one
that lined the streets to greet the late President Roosevelt.
More than 3,000 jammed every nook and corner at the Waynesville Armory on
the final night to witness a demonstration by five expert square dance teams
and to see Mrs. Jennie Mae Early of Thickety community crowned queen.
The festival, held Nov. 22-26 under sponsorship of the Merchants
Association, offered a program of information, inspiration, and recreation
which attracted the attention of the entire Western part of the State. Among
the speakers were Congressman Monroe Redden; U.S. Senators Clyde R. Hoey and
Frank P. Graham; Judge Camille Kelley of Memphis; Dr. E.L. Butz of Purdue University;
and Mrs. Perry Taylor vice-president of the Federated Women of North Carolina.