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And the Survey Says . . . Swannanoans Share Their Views at Mill Around the Village Festival

Mill Around Village Festival Survey BoardSwannanoa residents who stopped by the Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) booth at the Mill Around the Village Festival on October 12 had the chance to respond to two questions that FANS posed on our “Question Board” (pictured to the left).

What’s your favorite place in Swannanoa?: The mountains; the Welcome Table (at Swannanoa United Methodist Church); Eye Scream Parlour; ArtSpace Charter School; First Baptist Church of Swannanoa; Okie Dokie’s Smokehouse; the Swannanoa Ingles; Owen Park; the Swannanoa Community Garden; the Swannanoa River; Warren Wilson College hiking trails; Redmon’s Automotive; The Village Trading Company; Native Kitchen; and the Swannanoa Library and park/playground.

What would you like to see on the old Beacon Mill Site?: Town square and park, with housing and shops (mentioned multiple times); artist studios and art shops; walking paths/sidewalks; housing, businesses and jobs; green space, restaurants and retail shops; park and community event center; amusement park; dirt bike track for kids; pond; restaurants; playground; small replica of the Beacon Mill (with several dittos); and affordable housing.

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Another Successful Mill Around the Village Festival

The Sixth Annual Mill Around the Village Festival drew large crowds to the streets of the old downtown Swannanoa on Saturday, September 22.  The annual event included live music all afternoon, food from local caterers and restaurants, and over 50 booths hosted by local crafters and artisans, businesses and nonprofits.  The kids enjoyed a large play area, bouncy house, face painting, and ice cream floats.  The festival is a showcase for all the wonderful talent in our Valley, and a great place to “mill around!”
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FANS Makes A Splash at Mill Around the Village Festival

The Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) booth was a busy place at the 5th Annual Mill Around the Village Festival on Saturday, September 17.  Hundreds of Valley residents stopped by our booth to learn more about FANS, sign up to help out with community projects, and register for our free raffle.  We received lots of positive feedback about our new logo and name, and enjoyed talking with so many of our Swannanoa friends and neighbors.


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FANS would like to extend a special thank you to the following local businesses that generously donated raffle prizes and discount coupons for our festival giveaways:


Black Mountain Chocolate
Breakfast Shoppe
Davidson Homes
Eye Scream Parlour
Faith Chiropractic
Get Vocal
Madden Ace Hardware
Redmons Automotive
Swannanoa Flower Shop


We’d also like to thank Asheville Quickprint for its ongoing support of FANS through printing and copying discounts. We’re fortunate to have so many community-minded businesses in Swannanoa.


Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners, who are enjoying free food, Swannanoa merchandise, Ingles gift cards, and much more!
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Mill Around the Village 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Application

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Around the Village 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, October 3, 2009. 1 Mile – 4:30 pm. 5K – 5:00 pm.

Mill Around the Village Festival, Downtown Swannanoa starts on Railroad
St. behind the Swannanoa Fire Department. Run the Downtown area and
the Upper Village. 

Register on line at Print the form and the Drop off
options are at Realty World- Marketplace 6 East Chestnut St. Asheville
(Five Points building) drop box is at backdoor/ or / Beacon Pub @ 204
Whitson Ave Downtown, Swannanoa for direction go to  pub opens after

Entry Fee: $20 (Pre-registration)
or $25 (Race day registration).

Email to for more information. 

Course Description: 
5K USATF certification pending. Relatively flat and fast. The surface
is paved with one small stretch of gravel. The course winds through
the historic Beacon employee housing area known as the Upper Village.

Packet pick-up
and day race registration:
  Corner of Whitson Ave and Alexander
Plaza the entrance to the Festival in Downtown Swannanoa directly across
from the old Beacon Plant the day of the race from 10:00 am to 4:15

Portable toilets will be available at various sights throughout the
festival including the starting line at the Fire Department.

Awards: 5K awards will be presented to overall
top three Male and Female finishers, and to the top three Males and
Females in each of the following age groups: 
12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over

1 Mile awards
will be presented to overall top three Male and Female finishers ribbons
will be presented to all finishers. A special award will be presented
to the first three Girls on the Run finishers.

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Last Name______________________________
First Name______________________


State_____ Zip ____________ Sex:
Male or Female

Date of Birth: ___/___/____;
T-shirt Size: S     M    L   

E-mail Address___________________________________
for confirmation and updates

Mail or drop
off Entry Form, make Checks payable to: Mill Around the Village, PO
Box 1191 , Swannanoa, NC 28778.

For additional
information email;

I know that running a
road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and
run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide
by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely
complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in this
event including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants,
the effects of the weather, traffic and conditions of the road, all
such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver
and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry,
I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive  and
release Milling Around the Village
Association, its directors, officers, and staff, and all sponsors, their
representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any
kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that
liability my arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of
the persons named in this waiver. 
I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion
pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate
purpose. I understand that headsets of any kind, dogs on leashes, in-line
skates, bicycles and vehicles to transport children are prohibited and
that violation of this prohibition will result in disqualification.

Signature _____________________________________
Date ____________

Parent’s signature ______________________________
Date ____________

(if under 18 years of age)