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In the Fall


Third Weekend in October

October 14-16, 2016

Every October this three-day event begins with a free Friday evening campfire and storytelling.

The Festival gets underway Saturday 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.

Local artists offer their handmade crafts and foods for sale, and demonstrations of corn-grinding, apple cider pressing, rail splitting add to the excitement.

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. Ticket prices: $25 Adults; Students / Children (K-12) $10.

The festival concludes on Sunday with a free gospel singing beginning at 2:30 pm.

Quilters — It’s time to enter your work in the Harvest Festival Quilt Exhibit. This year, we’re sponsoring a Viewer's Choice award for quilts made by the person entering them. Members of the public who attend the exhibit will be given a ballot to select their favorite quilt. The winner will receive a $100 award.

A copy of the exhibit rules and an entry form can be obtained by calling the Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364, or by downloading it here A copy may also be picked up at the Stecoah Valley Center Gallery.

Entries received after October 7th, 2016, will be accepted subject to space availability, so get your entry form in as soon as possible. Questions? Please send an email to or call 828-479-3364.


Stecoah's Festivals celebrate the beginning and end of summer in the southern Appalachians with music, dance, food, and mountain arts and crafts.


Friday, 6 – 8 pm
Free Admission


Marshmallow roast

Hotdogs, hot cocoa & soft drinks for sale

Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

Adults $3; Students/Children (K-12) free

Art, crafts and food vendors

Mountain Music

Saturday Evening, 7:30 pm

The Claire Lynch Band in Concert

Adults $25; Students/Children (K-12) $10 Purchase Tickets

Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is a perennial nominee and winner of IBMA awards and her band features award-winning musicians blending tradition and innovation. Band Website

Sunday, 2 – 4 pm
Free Admission

Gospel groups perform songs of praise

Want to be a part of the Harvest Festival?
Download the vendor application (PDF)

In the Spring

bluegrass festival

Third Saturday in May

May 20, 2017

11 am to 5 pm
Arts, Crafts and Food Vendors

2016 Performers (check back in the spring for 2017 line-up)

Stecoah Appalachian Musicians kids program

Jackson County 4-H Music Competition**

Graham County Line

Jonah Riddle

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.

The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day