Celebrate Appalachia this weekend in Waynesville

Jun 11, 2014
Members of the Radio Hill Jam Group will return this year for the annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration.

Mountain music and dance is always the highlight of the annual Appalachian Lifestyles Celebration on Main Street.

The fourth annual festival put on by the Downtown Waynesville Association, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14 in downtown Waynesville.

Crowds are drawn to the toe tapping tunes. The Darren Nicholson Band, a local favorite, will be featured on the main stage.  E.T.S.U. DIRT Band, The Ross Brothers, Michael Pilgrim, Anne and Rob Lough, Productive Paranoia and Radio Hill Jam will perform.

The J Creek Cloggers and Fines Creek Flatfooters kick up their heels for crowd excitement. If a square dance is your thing, join Joe Sam Queen as he gives a special demonstration and invites crowd participation. Michael Reno Harrell, an award winning songwriter, veteran Appalachian mountain storyteller and well-known entertainer, is guaranteed to keep you entertained.

Bob Plott, with a Plott hound, will speak of frontier hunters, the items they used and how they were made. Don’t miss the experience of seeing these popular artists. Antique tractors will also be on Main Street.

There will be local authors, arts and crafts displays and demonstrations. From basket making, blacksmithing, quilting, weaving, wood working, wood carving, pottery, painting, soap making, to food vendors that serve only traditional foods featuring BBQ, smoked sausage, homemade ice cream, fried apple pies, kettle corn, baked goods, nuts and more. Lemonade, iced tea and water, no sodas allowed.

In conjunction with the Appalachian event, The Shelton House invites you to see a living history camp, reenactments and demonstrations on Saturday, 49 Shelton St.

Main Street will close at 9 p.m. Friday for set-up and will remain closed until around 7 p.m. Saturday when Main Street is cleared, clean and back in order.

Volunteers are needed for set up and take down, call 828-456-3517.  This event is sponsored by The Downtown Waynesville Association.