Appalachian Heritage Festival is October 11-12

heritage festival collage pdfBreaks Interstate Park will host the fourth annual Appalachian Heritage Festival on October 11-12, showcasing regional crafters, musicians, and time-honored Appalachian traditions.

The Appalachian Heritage Festival will focus on traditional and cultural art forms, such as corn shuck dolls, oil painting, quilting, handmade crafts, and more. Regional authors will also be on hand, and on-site demonstrations and educational opportunities will be going on throughout the festival. Visitors will be able to see and learn about making apple butter and molasses, as well as food preservation.

Bluegrass Musicians Phil and Ann Case, and the Dennis Cove Band will perform on Saturday, with music running from 1 pm to 4 pm. On Sunday, music will run from 1:15 to 4:30 with Jim and Ada McCowan, and Virginia Whirlwinds.

During the festival, a ceremony will also be held to unveil the park’s new interpretive signs. Seven new signs detailing elements of the geological, cultural, and general history of the park, and three new trail signs will be introduced. The ceremony will begin at 1 pm on Saturday.

The molasses stir-off will begin at 7 am each morning; other festival activities will run from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. All events and activities will be held on Potter’s Knoll, adjacent to the Rhododendron Lodge. There is no admission charge for the festival.

For more information about the event, contact Carl Mullins at, or by calling 276-865-4413 ext. 3221.

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