Ferrum News

Traditional Crafts and Music, Country Foods, Mule Jumping and Antique Cars Highlight Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Sat., Oct. 27


Called “thoroughly authentic” by The New York Times, Virginia’s largest celebration of authentic regional traditions is in its 39th year.

Ferrum, Va. (Oct. 18, 2012) – Virginia’s largest celebration of authentic regional traditions – the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival – will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. Oct., 27, 2012, at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Va. Held rain or shine, the Festival features traditional music, crafts and country foods, antique cars and tractors, horse pulls and mule jumping, and much more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 6 to 15) and seniors (aged 60 and over.)

Called “thoroughly authentic” by The New York Times and now in its 39th year, this year’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival lineup promises to exceed expectations with more than 50 traditional crafts people; over 20 country foods prepared on site; 21 hours worth of traditional music; working dogs, mule jumping and horse pulling; vintage cars, tractors and farm machinery; moonshiner’s still and storytelling; children’s folk games and numerous other attractions. This year will also include two Jack Tale Players Reunion performances, which are expected to feature more than 70 former members from throughout the troupe’s 37-year history.

This year’s Festival music highlights include dozens of bands and performers from Southwest, Piedmont, and Central Virginia as well as the Carolina Blue Ridge. The musicians will perform authentic regional Piedmont-style blues, old-time fiddle-and-banjo dance tunes, bluegrass, boogie-woogie, rockabilly, western swing, and gospel music. Other musical attractions include a cappella singing, guitar and piano workshops; The Dr. Pepper All-Stars (a.k.a. The Java Brothers); and The Dazzlers Reunion performance with Billy Joe Burnette.

A full schedule of planned events may be found by visiting www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org. For more information, email bri@ferrum.edu or call 540.365.4416.

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