Looking for real roots? With three music stages, two dozen country foods, 50+ craftspeople, vintage farm tractors, hundreds of custom cars, draft horse and coon dog contests, sheep herding demos, and old-time children’s games, Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival celebrates western Virginia’s folkways and rural life.
All the famed Blue Ridge music styles are here–bluegrass, ballads, blues, gospel, and string band music. The crafts area is alive with tradition as the festival artisans demonstrate longstanding handskills learned from family and neighbors. Beside a working still moonshiners and revenuers swap stories of their cat-and-mouse games.
Called “thoroughly authentic” by the New York Times, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival offers an unmatched day of rural entertainment and heritage.