In the Spring
Third Saturday in May
11 am to 5 pm
Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors
(2015 schedule; check early next year for May 21, 2016)
Performing on the Outdoor Stage
• Stecoah JAM Kids
(Junior Appalachian Musicians)
• Jackson County 4-H Music Competition**
• Graham County Line
• The Wilson Family
• Jonah Riddle
• The Pressley Girls (shown)
• Jam Session with Larry Barnett
**Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest is designed to discover, develop, and encourage talent in traditional music in youth and to provide an opportunity for youth to perform on stage before an audience. Performances are judged; ribbons and cash prizes are awarded. Ages 5-18 are encouraged to participate.
The contest is co-produced by Jackson County 4-H and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
To Enter: Read contest guidelines and judges criteria and complete the on-line or paper entry form here. For information contact Heather Gordon, Jackson County 4-H, 828-586-4009 or by email.
The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day
Stecoah's Festivals celebrate the beginning and end of summer in the southern Appalachians with music, dance, food, and mountain arts and crafts.
Want to be a part of a Stecoah festival? Download the vendor application (PDF)
In the Fall
Third Weekend in October
October 16-18, 2015
Every October this three-day event begins with a free Friday evening campfire and music jam.
Saturday begins at 8 am with the Dry Creek Climb 5K race and a one mile fun run.
The Festival gets underway at 11 am and closes at 5 pm. Saturday admission is just $3/adult and free for kids K-12 and younger; parking is free.
Performers include the Stecoah JAM Kids, Graham County Line, The Britthaven Band, The Wilson Family, Grandpa’s Music, The Jones Girls, The Welch Family, Valley River Trio and The Oktoberfest Square Dancers.
Local artists offer their handmade crafts and foods for sale, and demonstrations of corn-grinding, apple cider pressing, rail splitting add to the excitement. Don’t miss Breedlove Farm’s Fainting Goats and the horse show on the ball field.
The Country Fair features competition and exhibits of jams, jellies, pies, cakes, quilts, needlework and much more. There's even a quilt exhibit and the Quilts of Valor will also be on display.
There's always a 7:30 pm Saturday evening concert in the auditorium featuring a bluegrass headliner. This year we have The Cleverlys, a highly comedic band that pokes fun at mainstream hits via a bluegrass treatment.
Tickets are $25 adults and $10 students (K-12).
The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm.