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 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.

Performers include the Stecoah Appalachian Musicians kids program, The Jones Girls, Larry & Blue, Britthaven Bunch, Dixie Cloggers, The Welch Family, The Jones Boys 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.

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

Call for Entries – Harvest Festival Quilt Exhibit

It's time again for quilters to strut their stuff. Everyone is invited to submit one or more quilts in this year's exhibit.

Quilts will be received and hung for display on Friday, October 16th. The exhibit will be open for viewing on Saturday, October 17th.

Stecoah Valley Center is sponsoring two Viewer's Choice awards 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 in each of two categories: Adult (18 & over) and Youth (17 & under). The winner in the adult category will receive a $100 award & the winner in the youth category will receive a $25 award.

Download Entry Form (pdf)

Entries received after October 9, 2015, will be accepted subject to space availability. Questions? Please call 828-479-3364.


Friday, October 16, 6 – 8 pm
Free Admission

Storytelling with Amy Ammons Garza & Doreyl Ammons Cain

Marshmallow Roast

Hotdogs, Hot Cocoa & Soft Drinks for sale

Saturday, October 17, 11 am – 5 pm
Adults $3; Students/Children (K-12) free

Art, Crafts and Food Vendors

Mountain Music featuring:

— The Stecoah Appalachian Musicians kids program

— The Jones Girls

— Larry & Blue

— Britthaven Bunch

— Dixie Cloggers

— The Welch Family

— The Jones Boys

— The Oktoberfest Square Dancers

Saturday Evening, October 17, 7:30 pm

The Cleverlys in Concert
Adults $25; Students/Children (K-12) $10

A comedic band that pokes fun at mainstream hits via a bluegrass treatment.

Sunday, October 18, 2 – 4 pm
Free Admission

Gospel groups perform songs of praise

— Lone Oak Quartet

— Roger Webster

— June & Cecil Rogers

Want to be a part of a Stecoah festival? Download the vendor application (PDF)

In the Spring
Third Saturday in May

May 21, 2016

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 Appalachian Musicians kids program

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