Introducing Rootsfest: New Festival To Celebrate Appalachian History and Culture

Published Friday, April 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

April 19, 2013. The unique culture of Valle Crucis will be on display at Valle Crucis Community Park’s inaugural Rootsfest.

The festival, to be held on June 15, will feature live music, arts and crafts vendors, historical and educational displays and demonstrations, and activities for children of all ages. 

Located on the banks of the Watauga River, Valle Crucis Community Park is one of the High Country’s most popular venues for outdoor vccplogo-base-final230recreation, fly fishing, live music picnicking and more. A private, nonprofit organization, the park is funded almost entirely by donations from the community.

“We hope that Rootsfest can grow to be a major annual fundraiser for the park,” executive director Caroline Gandy said. “People are drawn to Valle Crucis and the park because of our unique history, culture and landscape. We want Rootsfest to showcase all of the things that make Valle Crucis a special place, as well as remind people that our park cannot exist without the financial support of the High Country Community.”

Live music for the event will be provided by the Todd Wright Trio, Carolina Crossing and The Sheets Family Band.

Activities for children will include a dunking booth, bounce houses, races and traditional carnival games. Adults can join in on the fun by trying their hand (or mouth) at the pie-eating contest or watermelon seed-spitting contests. Local artists and craftspeople will be on hand to sell their work, and food will be available for purchase.

The event will take place at Valle Crucis Community Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 15. Admission to the event is free. Parking will be available at the park or at Valle Crucis School for $5 per car. 

For more information, including a list of activities, vendors and exhibitors, please visit their website. 

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