By Patrick Bryant

HNG Chamber of Commerce President

Summer is upon us in the gorge! License plates from across the country can be seen in Chimney Rock Village, tourists wander the aisles at the grocery store, and scores of people descend on the beach to relax in the cool waters of the lake. While they are here, it is our opportunity as citizens to provide our visitors with quality events and entertainment. The Chamber’s most highly anticipated event of the year is just around the corner, and the “Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure” is slated to draw a crowd of 3500-5000 people this year!


The chamber is seeking volunteers to assist us in our efforts to create an incredible festival celebration, Friday August 24 and Saturday, August 25, 2018. Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with registration/check in, merchandise sales, security/safety, and transportation/parking attendants and other areas. Volunteer hours are available for 3-4 hour time slots, and we can work with your schedule. All festival volunteers will receive FREE entry to the festival for both days, as well as a FREE Festival T-Shirt. Volunteers will receive complimentary parking also. Dedicated shuttle services have been secured for the festival, so satellite parking areas will be setup to reduce traffic congestion and improve flow of traffic through the main corridor.


The Chamber is only as strong as our community of supporters, and we thank you! Support local business, foster strong relationships in your community, and join us to make this the best Dirty Dancing Festival yet! You can inquire for volunteer hours by emailing, and our team will get back with you.


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See you all in August at the Dirty Dancing Festival!