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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Schedule


Where & When

Festival activities run all day except as noted.  Last minute time and location changes will be noted on the grounds. 


Adams Lake Field

Blue Ridge Institute Visitors Center

Exhibitions:  “The Virginia Dulcimer:  200 Years of Bowing, Strumming, & Picking” With Live Performances by Phyllis Gaskins

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

South of Route 40

Crafts – Outside

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Crafts – Inside

Fitness Center on Wiley Drive


Blue Ridge Farm Museum, Adams Lake Field, Beside Ferrum College Fitness Center, Library Parking Lot, and Across From Vaughn Chapel

Moonshine Still

Beside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Moonshiners, Drivers and Revenuers Storytelling

Beside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum

1 to 3 p.m.

Music – Blue Ridge String Band Stage

Beside Fitness Center on Wiley Drive

(See schedule in Festival Guide)

Music – Blue Ridge Music Styles Stage

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Music – Blue Ridge Gospel Stage

Arboretum Area Across From Vaughn Chapel

Music Workshop – With a Banjo on My Knee:  Regional Banjo Styles

Blue Ridge Music Styles Stage (Blue Ridge Farm Museum)

10:30 a.m. to Noon

Music Workshop – Stories & Songs of Texas Gladden, Virginia Ballad Singer

Blue Ridge Music Styles Stage (Blue Ridge Farm Museum)

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Music Workshop – Sawing the Devil’s Box: Regional Fiddle Styles

Blue Ridge Music Styles Stage (Blue Ridge Farm Museum)

2:30 to 4 p.m.

Horse and Mule Events

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Amazing Grace (“The Movie Star Mule”) Performance – 11:30 a.m.

Virginia State Championship Coon Mule Jumping Contest – 12:30 p.m.

Horse Pulling Contest – 1 p.m.

Sheep Herding

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.

Farmers Market

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Chickens, turkeys, pigeons, and vegetables for sale.  Cages will be provided.

Molasses and Apple Butter Making

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Corn Meal Grinding

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Antique Engines and Tractors

Below Adams Lake

(The steam-and-gas area is coordinated by the Southwest Virginia Antique Power Association.)

Wheat Threshing, Hay Bailing, and Rock Crushing Demonstrations

Steam & Gas Area Below Adams Lake

Wheat Threshing and Hay Bailing – 10:30 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Rock Crushing – 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Children’s Games

Bowl on Wiley Drive Above Adams Lake

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Visit games area for schedule of individual games. 

(The children’s games are coordinated by the Ferrum College Recreation and Leisure Program.)

Coon Dog Contests

Lower End of Adams Lake

UKC & Grade Bench Show – 10 a.m.

Treeing Contest – Noon

Water Race – 1:30 p.m.

(The coon dog events are coordinated by the Back Creek Coon Club of Roanoke.)

Car Show and Car Crafts Area

Field West of Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Visitors Center

(The car show is coordinated by the Outlaw Cruisers Car Club of Franklin County.)

Alumni Social Area

ARC Patio at Stanley Library

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking Shuttle Stop

Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Parking Lot

Shuttles run only to the parking lot at Shively & Carter Cabinets on Route 40 west of campus and the grass parking field on Old Ferrum Road.  Be sure to catch the shuttle to your proper parking lot.  Last shuttle runs at 6 p.m.

Ferrum College Football Game

Adams Field

1 p.m.  Admission is free with festival hand stamp.


Below Adams Lake (East and West Sides of Creek)

Behind Blue Ridge Institute Visitors Center

Blue Ridge Farm Museum

Beside Fitness Center on Wiley Drive

First Aid:

Riddick Hall Parking Lot Above Blue Ridge Institute Visitors Center

Please bring lost children and found objects to the Information Booth below Adams Lake.

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