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Franklin County Christmas Event Announced

The 14th Annual Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas will be taking place on December 1st in Downtown Rocky Mount from 5:30p-9p. The event is held annually on the first Friday in December and is organized by the Community Partnership for Revitalization.

The event includes a full schedule of events including a parade, Christmas tree lighting, and horse and buggy rides at The Early Inn. Below is a schedule of events:

  • 5:30pm: “Biggest Little Parade”
  • 5:45pm: Christmas Tree Lighting
  • 6:00pm: The North Pole (at Historic Train Depot)
  • 6:00pm: The Friday Night Dance Band (at Farmers Market)
  • 6:00pm: Raise the Barre Dancers (at Franklin Glass)
  • 6:00pm: Downtown Music
  • 6:00pm: Horse and Buggy Rides (at The Early Inn)

Franklin Street will be adorned with white lights, and many food and craft vendors will be available throughout the event.

The Community Partnership for Revitalization was created to restore and preserve historic Downtown Rocky Mount. The volunteer organization was so successful with the project that a second grant was received for revitalization for Uptown Rocky Mount. Both projects have been completed, making both Uptown and Downtown Rocky Mount a more attractive location for established and prospective businesses.

For more information on Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas, as well as details on the Community Partnership for Revitalization, please visit

Veterans Day Observance at National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will be hosting a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Saturday, November 11th from 10am-12p. The program will feature music, guest speakers, recognition of veterans, and dedication of the latest installment of Veterans bricks.

Admission for this event is free until 12p, and guests are asked to bring their own chairs. More information can be found at

Chili Festival Promises a “Hot” Time

The 15th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th, and area participants are prepping their entries in hopes of taking home the top prize.

Held at Bridgewater Plaza and accessible by car or boat, this event gives guests the chance to sample chili from a number of participants vying for placement in one of three categories: Best Chili, People’s Choice, and Showmanship.

The SML Fall Chili and Craft Festival is sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $5 for adults. Children under six are free. For more information, go to