40 Years of Folklife Festival

At times the barking of the coon dogs sounded a bit like “Happy Birthday” as the college celebrated not only the school’s centennial but also the 40th Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. As always, the festival presented the best of the region’s folk heritage, and the classically bright October weather had everyone smiling. Along with an array of rural crafts, music, foods, and kids’ games, the 2013 festival highlighted country whistlers, piano players, and, of course, Franklin County’s well-known moonshiners, spinning an entertaining mix of truths and half-truths. The custom car and antique tractor/engine aficionados showed off tons of machinery while the pulling horses showed off tons of horsepower. And the coon dogs? They yelped and treed and swam the entire day, all to the elusive scent of a raccoon who was not there.

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Blue Ridge Folklife Festival—October 25.

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