Saturday, October 3, 2021

10:00 AM to 3:00 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, even with the rain coming. The kids enjoyed corn hole contests, coloring bookmarks of Cole Lumbus and pumpkins.
The vendors were thrilled with sales and all want to come back next year – the committee sold out of Festival buttons by 11:00!
To all who came out, braving the weather, the vendors, the buyers the lookers and music lovers – Thank you!
If you’d like to be included in our email list and kept in the loop for the festival next year and our other events,

The Discover Columbus Committee announces an event for the whole family.  We are hosting a Wood Carvers and Whittlers Festival on October  3rd. 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 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 it’s 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, appealling style, 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, vendors selling merchandise or food is $25. Food vendors must apply at the Health Dept. by Sept. 18th.

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

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

Download Vendor Exhibitor Packet

  Application deadline is September 21st.



Festival Flyer 2019

Please download the Woodcarvers and Whittlers Festival Flyer 2019  and post it in your church and other appropriate venues! 

Festival Flyer 2019



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

Town of Columbus
Discover Columbus Committee
Cole Lumbus