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Area Festivals
Plan your trip to the High Country to take in one of these area festivals.

An Appalachian Summer, Boone, N.C.  Series of concerts and other cultural events at Appalachian State University and other nearby sites.  (800) 841-ARTS.  

Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, N.C.  High quality art and crafts displayed on selected Saturdays in May, June, July, August, September and October.  (828) 295-7851.  

Avery County Heritage Festival, Newland, N.C. June.  (800) 972-2183.

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, North Wilkesboro, N.C.  A huge street festival celebrating the annual apple harvest.  First Saturday in October.  (336) 838-8662.  
Christmas in July, West Jefferson, N.C.  Three-day festival celebrating the area's Christmas tree growers.  800-343-2743.

Damascus Trail Days, mid May, Damascus, Va.  Festival celebrates the annual arrival of through-hikers attempting to traverse the 2,150-mile Appalachian Trail.  More than a thousand hikers participate in the hiker parade and hiker talent show.  (540) 475-3831.

Merlefest, Wilkesboro, N.C., last weekend in April.  Massive four-day Americana music event on the campus of Wilkes Community College.  The event is named for Doc Watson's late son Merle.  Admission charged.  (336) 838-6100 or (800) 343-7857.  

Mountain Glory Festival, Marion, N.C., October.  Live entertainment from gospel and bluegrass to rock; food and craft vendors, children's events. (828) 652-2215.

Mountain Heritage Festival, Sparta, N.C.  Mountain music, food and crafts.  Held annually the last weekend in September.  (800) 372-5473.

Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Galax, Va., second weekend in August. Admission charged.  (276) 236-8541.  

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville, N.C.  Three-day festival in June.  (800) 227-3912.  

On the Square Arts and Crafts Festival, Newland, N.C.  July.  Friday night street dance, Saturday craft show with more than eighty vendors.  (828) 898-8755.

Overmountain Victory Trail Celebration, Spruce Pine, N.C.  Revolutionary War reenactment in late September.  (800) 227-3912.

Shady Valley Cranberry Festival, Shady Valley, Tn.  Crafts, food, music, rides and cranberry bog tours are featured at this festival on the grounds of historic Shady Valley School.  Second full weekend in October.  (423) 739-5077.  

Todd New River Festival, Todd, N.C.  Ducky derby, food and mountain music.  Second Saturday in October.  (336) 877-1067.

Trade Days, Trade, Tn.  Dancing, moonshine making, apple butter and more.  Last full weekend in June.  (423) 727-3007.

Valle Country Fair, Valle Crucis, N.C.  Mountain music, arts and crafts.  Third Saturday in October.  (800) 852-9506.  

Wooly Worm Festival, Banner Elk, N.C.  Festival honors this larva reputed to predict the severity of the coming winter.  Wooly worm race offers a $1,000 cash prize to the winner.  Mid-October.  (800) 972-2183.

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