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310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is Saturday
39th annual event is Virginia’s largest celebration of regional traditions
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Courtesy Photo: The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival includes traditional crafts and music, country foods, mule jumping, antique cars, and horse-pulling competitions (above).

Monday, October 22, 2012

The 39th annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ferrum College.

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 (ages 60 and over.)

Called "thoroughly authentic" by The New York Times, 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 music includes 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 at www.blueridgefolklifefestival.org. For more information, email bri@ferrum.edu or call 540-365-4416.

 
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