Every October this three-day event begins with a Friday evening campfire and storytelling. Saturday begins with a 5K race and a one mile fun run. The Festival gets underway at 11 am with crafts, country fair, demonstrations, quilt show, music, food and much more. Saturday night at 7:30 concert there's a concert; and Sunday there's a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm.
Here's a tentative schedule for October 18-20, 2013.
6-8 pm. An old-fashioned sing-along and marshmallow roast around a bonfire. Hotdogs, hot coccoa and soft drinks available. Look for a visit from Civil War era soldiers on patrol from their nearby camp. Free admission.
Saturday starts at 8 am with a 5K run and a "One Mile Fun Run" (entry form).
Then from 11 am - 5 pm, the grounds are filled with the sounds of mountain music and dancing feet. The opening ceremony will be at 11 am; followed at 11:20 am by the Stecoah Jam Kids; the Britthaven Band at Noon; Valley River Gospel Trio at 12:45; Leftovers Band at 1:15; Dixie Darlin's Cloggers at 2 pm; 2:30 performers to be announced; and closing with The Welch Family at 3:15 pm.
Hit and miss engines, antique tractors and the corn-grinding exhibit provide more excitement. Admission for Saturday is $3 for adults; students & children (K-12) are free.
Local artists offer their handmade crafts and foods for sale, often conducting demonstrations of their craft as well. Vendors also offer BBQ, hot dogs, hamburgers, Indian tacos, ice cream and drinks.
The Country Fair features competition and exhibits of jams, jellies, pies, cakes, quilts, needlework, quilts and much more. There's even a flat foot dance demonstration and instruction.
Saturday night concert. 7:30 pm. $15 for Adults. Students (k-12) $5.
Free gospel singing at 2 pm featuring local groups.