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38th Annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festivala

Largest Celebration of Authentic Regional Traditions
Oct. 22 festival to feature working moonshine still, three new music workshops

Ferrum College’s 38th annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, set for Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature a variety of new workshops as well as the museum’s new operating moonshine still. The festival – a Crooked Road Music Trail “Major Venue” – features four stages of the region’s best fiddle-and-banjo, bluegrass, gospel and blues music and storytelling, along with more than 50 old-time crafts, two dozen country foods, hundreds of show cars, horse pulling, mule jumping, coon dog racing, farm machinery demos, heirloom apples and vegetables and much more for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region.

“The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is the largest event of its kind in Virginia, and there’s nothing like it in the Commonwealth,” explains Roddy Moore, director of Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. “The festival features performers, artisans, foods and activities not found at typical craft shows, fairs and festivals. Our festival participants are the real thing, sharing folk traditions that have been a part of their families and communities for years. ”

In addition to a special performance and old-time dance by the Dry Hill Draggers, a popular band that captured second place in the Old-Time Band competition at the 2011 Galax Fiddlers Convention, the festival will feature3 new music workshops:

  • With a Banjo on My Knee: Regional Banjo Styles Workshop–Featuring Kirk Sutphin, Kevin Fore, Tyler Hughes, Rick Ward, Jimmy Costa, Jamie Boyd and Moderator Kinny Rorrer. (10:30 a.m.
  • The Texas Gladden Legacy: A Workshop of Stories and Songs—Featuring Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle and special guest Vicki Brown, granddaughter of Texas Gladden (12:30–1:30 p.m.)
  • Sawing the Devil’s Box: Regional Fiddle Styles Workshop—Featuring Johnny Haskins, Timmy Martin, Sam Wood, Chris Prillaman and Moderator Kirk Sutphin (2:30 p.m.)

The 2011 music schedule, horse and dog events, antique tractor and engine activities and all other schedules can be found at www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org.

Advance tickets can be ordered now by calling 540-365-4412. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-15) and senior citizens (ages 60 and up). Rain or shine, the festival gates open at 10 a.m. and activities run through 5 p.m. Parking is free, and directions are simple: Follow the Crooked Road (Route 40 west) 10 miles from Rocky Mount, Va. to Ferrum College. For more information, call 540-365-4416, email bri@ferrum.edu, or visit www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org

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