SPARTA — Please join us for the 21st annual Mountain Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 19, an exhibition of the rich history and culture of the Alleghany County area. There will be food and craft vendors, live music, and many other attractions filling up Sparta’s Main Street.
Headline events for the Mountain Heritage Festival include the 2nd Annual Soap Box Derby at 1 p.m., the Jubilee Dancers at 11 a.m., a Chili Cook-off with judging at 10:45 a.m., the crowning of the ‘Possum Queen’ with emcee Hillbilly Wes at 4 p.m., and various musical performances. Gracing the stage this year will be HardTymes, The Crooked Road Ramblers, WestWend, The Rise and Shine Band, and the music is kicked off by Alleghany’s very own Junior Appalachian Musicians.
The Mountain Heritage festival has something for everyone, as the expertise of the craftspeople ranges from jewelry to woodcarving, from soap and candle making to pottery, and much, much more!
And the variety of food vendors will be sure to satisfy a wide array of tastes. The Cake Auction returns this year with many different types of cakes from local residents who are known for their baking skills, taking place at 12:45 p.m. on the stage. Also, new this year, a Chili Cook-off will add a new dimension to tantalize our taste buds! Tasting will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Children will enjoy the many treats that the food vendors will have to offer, as well as fun activities, including some rides, planned to keep them entertained throughout the festival.
This wonderful experience would not be possible without our sponsors: Alleghany Inn, Blevins Building Supply, Mountain Dreams Realty, Skyline Telephone, United Country Foxfire Realty, Jeff Johnson Chevrolet, Carolina West Wireless, Genesis Healthcare-Alleghany Center, Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Electric, Carolina Farm Credit, Grayson National Bank, Imaging Specialists, LifeStore Insurance, SECU, Tarheel Basements, Paglen Law & Mediation, Halsey Drug, Blue Ridge Medical Group, B&T Tire & Auto, and Alleghany County Agricultural Committee.
Several thousand visitors are expected to come up the mountain to enjoy a day of music and dance, and shop for handmade crafts as well as experience our native culture. Attendees will also enjoy antique cars, chain saw carving and metal art demonstrations along with other demonstrations and displays that illustrate our mountain heritage.
The Mountain Heritage Festival begins with the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. with the crowning of the Possum Queen. Experience the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, while celebrating the area’s unique music and crafts.