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Posted on: October 17, 2023

Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival this Saturday in Downtown Lenoir

Wood, Fire, Smoke festival logo

The Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival is happening this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Downtown Lenoir. Come enjoy delicious food, live crafting exhibitions, free music, and more!

"Wood, Fire, Smoke is a celebration of our heritage and commitment to art, design, and innovation,"  Event Organizer Matthew Anthony said. "We're looking forward to having many skilled craftsmen and chefs creating amazing food, sound, and sculpture this weekend in Downtown Lenoir."

More than 50 food and craft vendors will be on site. And, visitors can see live demonstrations of chainsaw carving, glass blowing, iron pouring, and metal forging.

A man cares a bear statue with a chainsaw at Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022James Miller, Nature's Wonderland Carvings, carves a bear during last year's festival.
A blacksmith works at at Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022Workers from The Metaled Company forge pieces during the 2022 Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival.A picture of a stained glass dragonfly and flower at Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022A stained glass dragonfly and flower at last year's event.

Western North Carolina Sculpture Center staff will heat raw metal to molten lava before pouring it into artistic molds during their iron pour exhibition. There will be one special piece raffled off to the public. Visitors can also buy and make a custom scratch mold, which will be poured and sent home with them that day. Sculpture Center staff will also pour the first round of molds for the Downtown Lenoir Clock Tower.

Stevens Forged Ironworks will demonstrate metal forging and show visitors how to heat, hammer, and shape metal into tools, art, and more.

James Miller, owner of Nature's Wonderland Carvings, will sculpt logs into works of art with nothing but a chainsaw and a lot of skill. James will carve two items during the festival that will also be raffled off at the end of the event.

NC Glass Center's Mobile Glass Unit will bring the captivating world of glass art to Wood, Fire, Smoke. Visitors can watch as artists transform molten glass into a finished masterpiece in just 60 minutes. The artists will be available to answer any questions about glass blowing. Several glass pieces will be raffled at the end of the festival as well.

Visitors can buy raffles tickets for a chance to win the chainsaw carvings, special iron pour, and glass pieces. The tickets are only $1.00 each and will be on sale at the Downtown Lenoir booth.

Click the following link to see a list of the festival vendors,

Members of the WNC Sculpture Center pour iron into molds at Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022WNC Sculpture Center staff pour molten iron into scratch molds during the 2022 Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival.A woman blowing glass at the NC Glass CenterA woman works glass at the NC Glass Center.

Several barbeque vendors will be selling brisket, beans, pulled pork, and more. Visitors will have plenty of opportunities to get their fill of smoky, spicy goodness. There will also be hot dogs, sweets, and chimney cakes.

Bands will play live music throughout the day. The Neighbors will take the Hog Waller Stage at 11:00 am followed by Run Down at 1:30 pm. FracXured will close out the evening from  4:30 to 6:30 pm.

People wait in line at Sweet Lew's during Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022People wait in line at Hickory Smokehouse during Wood, Fire, Smoke 2022
People wait in line to buy barbeque during last year's festival.

The Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival is located at 902 Harper Avenue in the parking lot behind the Caldwell County Administration Building. The event opens at 10:00 am and closes at 7:00 pm. Check out the full event schedule and festival map below.

Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival is organized by the City of Lenoir Main Street Department and supported by generous sponsors including:

Visit the Wood, Fire, Smoke Festival website at, and follow the festival on Facebook at

#WoodFireSmoke, #WFSFestival, #WoodFireSmokeFestival, #DoMoreInLenoir

Wood, Fire, Smoke 2023 Schedule

WFS Festival and Parking Map 2023

The festival area, shown in red, is located off Harper Avenue. Public parking areas are showing in blue.

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