Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is Saturday

The 40th annual event features music, food and crafts.

 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | Posted by The Franklin News Post
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

The 40th annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will be held, rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ferrum College.

This year's event promises to outshine other festivals across the country, said BRI Director Roddy Moore, with the addition of 23 music acts, three music stages and a variety of activities and crafts to suit young and old alike.

"This year's Folklife Festival presents the most robust music offering we've had in 40 years," said Moore. "Each year, we continue to grow and identify new ways to celebrate the rich history and folk culture of the beautiful Blue Ridge region, and this year is no different. This is, by far, the most authentic celebration of folk heritage anywhere in the country."

The 2013 Folklife Festival, a Crooked Road Music Trail major venue, also adds two new interactive workshops that pay homage to unique rural music styles -- whistling and old style piano playing.

The festival will include horse pulls, two dozen country foods, moonshiner's still and tales, 50 old-time crafts, mule jumping, vintage and custom cars, working dogs, antique engines and tractors, coon dog treeing and water race contests, sheep herding, kids' folk games, a Ferrum College centennial exhibit and more.

As Ferrum College celebrates its centennial year, the call is also being made for alumni to share their stories with a video testimonial, which can be created at the festival. A testimonial booth will be set up and videos will be preserved in the Blue Ridge Institute archives, perhaps for the next 100 years and beyond, said Moore.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6 to 15) and seniors (ages 60 and over). Festival tickets are sold at the gates on the day of the event.

Advance tickets can be ordered by calling (540) 365-4412 or mailing checks to Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, P.O. Box 1000, Ferrum, VA, 24088. 

Parking is free.

A full schedule of planned events may be found at www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org. For more information, email bri@ferrum.edu or call 540-365-4416.