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The 36th Annual Grayson Highlands Fall Festival with Bluegrass, Gospel and Old-Time Music Held Sept. 29-30

Sept. 17, 2012. Grayson Highlands State Park’s 36th Annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $6 per day parking fee. This event is sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and ladies auxiliary.

Live bluegrass and old-time music are featured on Saturday. Music starts at 10 a.m. and is played all day. This year’s lineup includes: 10 a.m. – The Mount Roger’s Ramblers, 11 a.m. – Jess Finley & the Dry Fork Band 12 p.m. – True Grass, 1 p.m. – Wayne Henerson, 2 p.m. – Flat Ridge Opry, 3 p.m. – Steve Kilby & The Fox Creek Ramblers, 4 p.m. – Bob Taylor & the Buck Mtn. Band.

Gospel music is featured on Sunday. It also starts at 10 a.m. and is played all day. This year’s lineup: 10 a.m. – The Moretz Family, 11 a.m. – The Old Time Way, 12 p.m. – Heaven Bound, 1 p.m. – The Blevins Family, 2 p.m. – Cody & Zach Hamm, 3 p.m. – Liberty Hill Gospel Band, 4 p.m. – Nathan Wagoner.

The fire department and rescue squad provide the concessions which include BBQ chicken, hot dogs and BBQ sandwiches. There are children’s activities and a variety arts and crafts exhibits. You can watch molasses and apple butter being made or a black smith at work. This year’s stamp cancellation was designed by Kayla Delp a student at Grayson Highlands School.

Ponies from the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association will be auctioned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The wild ponies graze in the park and adjoining U.S. Forest Service’s Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the park’s picnic areas, visitor center and hiking and biking trails. Park campgrounds will be full; reservations must be made in advance by calling

1-800-933-PARK (7275) or online at www.dcr.state.va.us. For information about other accommodations or other information about the area go to www.graysoncountyva.com and click on visitor info.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. for emergency equipment and training. The festival goes on rain or shine. So come join us for a day of fun, great music, delicious food, and great handmade crafts.