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Dock Boggs Memorial Festival - More Info
6034 Kent Junction Road
Norton, VA 24293
Phone: (276) 431-3338
Held annually the second Saturday in September, this festival honors the lives of two local extraordinary musicians –banjoist Moran Lea "Dock" Boggs and ballad singer and songwriter Kate O’Neill Peters Sturgill. Dock Boggs was one of the truly great American folk musicians of the twentieth century.
The festival offers well-known local, regional, and nationally-known traditional musicians and dancers, as well as handmade mountain arts and crafts and home-cooked mountain foods.
Grillin at the Gate - More Info
156 East Jackson Street
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-3831
The Town of Gate City is home to the Annual Grillin at the Gate festival!! The event will feature live music from rock to bluegrass, so there's a musical style for everyone to enjoy! There may even be an Elvis sighting! Little grillers will have the opportunity to enjoy Piglet's Corner which will be full of children's events to please the entire family.
Now, let's talk about some good healthy competition! BBQ vendors from around our region will battle it out for their chance to be "Best of" four categories: chicken, ribs, pork and sauce in order to win the coveted cleaver trophy! Various food vendors will be set up as well, so if BBQ isn't your think, we've got you covered! This year, Wild Game category has been added to the competition!
A Beer Garden will be designated with breweries from around the region in a specific location during the festival with drink limits and security.
Visit the Scott County Tourism or Town of Gate City websites for more information!
Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival - More Info
Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Phone: (276) 964-4889
This yearly event is held in dowtown Cedar Bluff. A small and charming historical town that is one of the oldest on the Clinch. There's vendors, exhibitors, entertainment and more. You will find a little bit of something for everyone's enjoyment. Don't miss out, come join all the fun.
Burke’s Garden Fall Festival - More Info
6988 Burke's Garden Road
Burke's Garden, VA 24651
Phone: (276) 472-2346
This annual event has been held since 1987. Come and celebrate our agricultural heritage and high quality products such as homemade food , home-grown produce, handmade crafts and hands-on farm demonstrations in the beautiful valley of Burke's Garden. This festival will appeal to anyone who appreciates farm living and all it has to offer.
Contact us for vendor information. Mailing address: 7322 Burke's Garden Road, Burke's Garden, VA 24651
Clinch River Mandolin Festival & Contest - More Info
16622 East Riverside Drive
St. Paul, VA 24283
Phone: (276) 393-6599
The town of St. Paul, VA, is only 35 minutes (on easy four-lane roads) from I- 81 (exit 14) at Abingdon, VA. On Saturday, September 27, 2014 (rain or shine), the town will sponsor an all-day festival immediately next to the pristine, tree-lined Clinch River, called "America's Crown Jewel" by the Nature Conservancy.
The CLINCH RIVER MANDOLIN FESTIVAL AND CONTEST includes an evening open-air (bring lawn chairs) concert by the band Grasstowne (grasstowne.com), with mandolinist Alan Bibey, plus festival foods/vendors; a mandolin player workshop (for a fee -- limited numbers); and unplanned jams.
There will be an acoustic (any nonelectric instrument) "open microphone" on stage for preteens only; a nice playground, new handicapped toilets, a bluegrass miniconcert (band TBA) for ATV drivers on the 70-mile Mountain View trail daytime(spearheadtrails.com), a pre-concert band performance that evening, etc.. The Clinch is great for kayaking, fishing, etc. (boat rentals and ATV rentals are available).
The bluegrass/old timey mandolin CONTEST will be during the day and Mr. Bibey will be a judge.
THIS IS JUST A GREAT SMALL TOWN EVENT DONE BY TALENTED LOCAL PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR TOWN.
For more info: Dr. Gary Crum, 276 393 6599, or clinchrivermandolinfestival.com.
Also, remember the multi-day Clinch River Festival held every spring (clinchriverfestival.com)!