Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

Join us for the 41st Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

October 25, 2014  |  10:00am – 5:00pm  |  Ferrum College Campus

Blue Ridge Folklife FestivalFestival tickets are sold at the gates on the day of the event. 

Advance tickets can be purchased with a credit card by phone (540.365.4412) or with a check by mail (Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, P. O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA 24088). Tickets will be mailed to your address.

ALUMNI:  Special festival ticket + parking packages are available through the Alumni Office. Get the details:  540-365-4216, email at  alumni@ferrum.edu or 1-877-FERRUM1.

See more photos of last year's 40th Blue Ridge Folklife Festival.

For more information visit www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org, email bri@ferrum.edu, or call 540-365-4412.

More About This Year's Festival

Now in its 41st year, the Blue Ride Folklife Festival brings together an unmatched host of traditional musicians, craftspeople, cooks, antique tractor and engine buffs, car builders and hot rodders, horse and mule teamsters, dog handlers, moonshiners, tale tellers, slingshot masters, and much more. A selection of this year's activities and highlights include:

• Two special music workshops--On the Road with Bill Monroe (featuring former Blue Grass Boys trading tales and tunes of traveling with the Father of Bluegrass) and Old-Time Harp Players: (masters of the harmonica from Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina).
• Three music stages—21 solid hours of string band, bluegrass, gospel, blues, and ballad singing.
• Slingshot masters—Hot shot target shooters from Virginia and North Carolina, plus plenty of slingshots for the public to try.
• Amazing Grace, the movie star trick mule—She acts, she paints, she high jumps, and she can dunk a basketball.
• Wheat threshing and rock crushing demos—The raw power and beauty of dozens of restored vintage tractors, engines, and farm/industrial machinery.
• Slick Patterson's '39 Ford—Virginia's first custom car, along with 300 vintage cars, street rods, racecars, and hot rods.
• Working animal contests and demos—Sheep herding, coon dog water races and treeing contests, and horse and mule weight pulling contests.
• Virginia Championship Coon Mule Jumping Contest—Mule jumping as only mules can.
• Real Blue Ridge folk crafts—From guitar making to tobacco twisting, sales and demonstrations by over 50 heritage artisans from the region.
• Country foods—From Brunswick stew to fried apple pies, over 20 traditional Virginia foods
• Children's folk games—Old-time play, no battery needed.
• Moonshine still and tales—The cats and the mice together on stage trading stories from the heyday of Blue Ridge "spirits."

Held rain or shine, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is a true one-of-a-kind event and a full day of family entertainment. Priced with the family in mind, admission is: Adults--$10; Youth (6-15)--$5; and Senior Citizens (60 and over)--$5. Advance tickets can be purchased by check or credit card at 540-365-4412. Parking is free.

For more information visit www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org, email bri@ferrum.edu, or call 540-365-4412.