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Carrie Coffey (left) and Leigh Ann Coffey dressed as scarecrows for Down-Home Harvest in Dillsboro. The duo might make an appearance on weekends in October to pass out candy.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines down-home as “relating to or having qualities (such as informality and simplicity) associated with rural or small-town people especially of the Southern U.S., broadly meaning simple or unpretentious.”

Experience the word down-home throughout October during Dillsboro’s Down-Home Harvest. The town is decorated for the season, the locally owned shops are full of crafts and unique one-of-a-kind items, and numerous restaurants are ready to serve up a variety of award-winning foods.

Local crafters will demonstrate at several locations around town, and there may be a walking scarecrow or two passing out treats for the kids and the kids at heart.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will be arriving every day about 1 p.m., and for steam engine enthusiasts, the fully restored engine #1702 will be in town Tuesday through Thursday each week during October.