|Hot weather didn’t keep visitors from music, food and fun|
Staff Photo by Leigh Prom:
Calvin Young, from left, Brad Kennett, Alan Arant, Hunter Wray and Freddie Hodges are ready to keep cool in the heat during Saturday’s Strings and Spirits Festival.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
By LEIGH PROM - Staff Writer
Despite Saturday's high temperature of 101 degrees, a crowd of more than 600 came out for the first Franklin County Strings and Spirits Festival.
Festival founders Wendy Webster and Matt Funk said they received positive feedback on the event.
"We absolutely want to have another Strings and Spirits Festival, hopefully this fall," Webster said. "We learned a lot (from this experience)."
Those who came to the festival enjoyed the food, spirits and music, Webster said.
"It's hot outside, but the music's hotter," said Josh Grice.
Webster and Funk, both Franklin County High School and Radford University graduates, started the festival to bring a fun and unique family event to their hometown.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit Community Vines, a new non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the arts.
"We had about 80 volunteers, and 20 Franklin County High School football players helped with the festival. They all did a great job," Webster said.
Musical groups included Corey Hunley, Erin Lunsford & the Smokey Bandits, Blue Mule, Grass Monkey, Rootstone Jug Band and Tara Mills With Strings Attached.
Area breweries and wineries at the event included Roanoke Railhouse, River Company, Jefferson Street Brewery, Bull and Bones, Brooks Mill Winery, Peaks of Otter, White Rock Vineyards & Winery and Savoy Lee Winery.
Food vendors included The Hill Billy Shak and Homestead Creamery. A number of local artisans were also on hand, along with activities for the kids, including face painting and temporary tattoos.
Four-year-old, Alexa Robertson, said her favorite part of the festival was the glittering tattoos booth. Her 6-year old sister, Savanna, said it was the milkshakes.