Saturday, October 1, 2022

10 AM to 3 PM,

in front of the Courthouse.

“To promote the unique history of Columbus, carved out of the wilderness, and encourage the continuance of the handmade arts through education, public display, and civic involvement.”


The First Annual Woodcarvers & Whittlers Festival was a grand success! We can wait to see what this year will bring. 
The vendors were thrilled with sales and all want to come back this year – the committee sold out of Festival buttons by 11:00!
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The Discover Columbus Committee announces an event for the whole family.  We are hosting a Wood Carvers and Whittlers Festival on October 2nd. The festival promises to be a unique, fun-filled day with a variety of local and regional amateur and professional wood carvers, whittlers, turners, and suppliers showing, selling, and giving demonstrations. With inflatables, other kids’ activities, and music, this family-friendly festival is sure to please. The Festival is located on the historic Antebellum Courthouse lawn in conjunction with the Columbus Farmer’s Market on Courthouse Street.

Enjoy this video of the 2019 Festival.

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The Discover Columbus Committee is thrilled to welcome back the musical stylings of Tom Fisch.

“I found myself getting into singers and players like Doc Watson, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, Tony Rice, the Byrds, and traditional folk and country artists. My playing and writing were also greatly influenced by singer-songwriters such as David Mallett, John Prine, Steve Goodman, and Jonathan Edwards.”

In 1991, Tom moved to Nashville, TN, to further his songwriting career. He co-wrote with many writers in Nashville and formed his own publishing company, Tom Fisch Music. His songs have been recorded by a diverse number of artists, including the Oak Ridge Boys and Swiss country singer Erica Arnold. While in Nashville, Tom also did studio work as a singer and acoustic guitarist. After thirteen years in Music City, Tom was ready for a change, and in 2004 he relocated to Western North Carolina and its thriving acoustic music scene.

Now, with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains for inspiration, Tom and his music have found a comfortable place to call home. Wherever he performs, audiences continue to connect with the warm, appealing style, a diverse range of material, and talent this seasoned performer brings to the stage


Discover Columbus is seeking:

Tanglebeard by Albert Oldham

Wood Carvers, Turners, Whittlers, Amateurs, Professionals alike.

Cole Lumbus, Town Mascot by Chris Carroll

New and Vintage




The space fee for exhibitors and vendors selling merchandise is $25. 

PLEASE NOTE: Hobbyists that sell are not required to provide a tax ID.

Anyone seeking information about participating in this event contacts Ms. Ernie Kan by phone:828-899-5111 or Email


  The application deadline is



Festival Flyer 2022

Please download the Woodcarvers and Whittlers Festival Flyer 2022  and post it in your church and other appropriate venues! 



Volunteers are also needed to help. Contact us here or call 1-828-894-8236

Town of Columbus
Discover Columbus Committee
Cole Lumbus