By Jesse Wood
Sept. 22, 2014. Organizers of The Blowing Rock Music Festival, which featured some world-class musicians such as Wayne Henderson performing on the grounds of The Blowing Rock attraction on Saturday, considered the first-time event a success and already have plans in the works for the second-annual festival.
“Well, I feel like – thanks, to the Town of Blowing Rock Police and Fire Departments and in general, town personnel, and all of our bands, volunteers and sponsors, it was a great success for a first-time event,” Charlie Sellers, owner of The Blowing Rock and visionary for the festival, said. “We are now looking at making it an annual event. The music bands and entertainers were excellent, and I was really overwhelmed.”
Helping out also was the weather, which was perfect for the outdoor event, which included two stages on the grounds of oldest travel attraction in North Carolina. One of the stages was located in the parking lot and the other was adjacent to the rock outcroppings, for which the attraction is famous. The grounds are also home to one of the finest views of the John’s River Gorge, which descends 3,000 feet below Blowing Rock.
Sellers took over The Blowing Rock attraction at the beginning of the year and immediately began “thinking outside the box” for the attraction to remain a prominent fixture in the state’s tourism industry for years to come. Sellers said he envisioned weddings, corporate meetings, family reunions and, in particular, The Blowing Rock Music Festival, helping to attract new visitors to retain The Blowing Rock attraction as prominent fixture in the High Country’s tourism industry.
Sellers mentioned that The Blowing Rock has wine tastings with live music scheduled in October.
Read this recent High Country Press “Business Spotlight” on The Blowing Rock attraction.