Saturday, September 19, 2009




The Old Timey Fall Festival on Burnsville’s beautiful Town Square is just that, a good old fashioned local festival. The Cultural Resource Commission of Yancey County (CRC) will host this event and invites everyone near and far to come out and be a part of this wonderful fun-filled day.

Since the theme is “Old Timey” we thought it’d be fun if folks who’d like to would dress old fashioned! So, if that sounds fun to you, put on your bibs and skirts and come on down. If not, just wear your comfy old Levi’s and come anyway. At this annual event, we invite heritage-crafters to demonstrate the old timey methods of producing their crafts so that the younger generations can see how our ancestors made these wonderful items. In the past there have been basket-makers, yarn spinners, corn grinders, beekeepers, candle makers, quilters, rug makers and many others demonstrating how they produce their heritage-craft. This year there’ll be all of these vendors and more, displaying, demonstrating and selling their wares.

The day will kickoff with the ever-popular Antique Tractors, Cars, and Trucks parade. Everyone loves to see these beautiful specimens of days gone by. You’ll have all the time you need to view each one as they’ll be parked around the North side of the Square for the day. You can even cast your vote for the Tractor and Car or Truck of your choice to win this year’s coveted plaques. To make your votes worth casting, there’ll be prizes to be had from random drawings at the end of the day. Check out the special tractor race too. Instead of a race of speed this one is for the SLOWEST tractor! You have to see it to believe it! And this year, for the first time, we’ll have a Kiddies Pedal-Tractor Pull for the kids! It’s gonna be fun!!

The entertainment for the day will be top-notch local talent. There will be singers, musicians, cloggers, wonderful children’s games, woolly worm races, horse-drawn wagon rides, John Deere tractor merry-go-round for the wee little ones, and pie-eating contests for adults and kids alike.

Of course, as with any good festival, there will be some great food. Soup beans and cornbread will be available on the Square from Nanny’s Kitchen, hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks from the Lions Club, the ever popular hand squeezed lemonade made on the spot by CRC volunteers, and booths with kettle corn and home-baked goodies, all here for your eating enjoyment. Something delicious for everyone!

None of this would be possible without the huge generosity of our local sponsors. The United Community Bank will be our Corporate Sponsor for this event. Our other sponsors are Fox Country Store, Heritage Lumber Company, Mountain Lifestyle Communities, Carolina First Bank, Fortner Insurance, Sam’s Oil, Bald Creek Tractors, Yancey Center for Ceramic Arts and Blue Ridge Art Guild (BRAG). Please stop by these businesses and give them a big “pat on the back” when you can!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26, 10am-4pm, on Burnsville’s Town Square. Grab your lawn chairs and blankets, load up your kids and neighbors, and come on down for a really fun family day at the CRC Old Timey Fall Festival. We’ll be looking for you!

Entertainment on the Square

The entertainment for the Old Timey Fall Festival will feature great local music and dancing. Here are some of the highlights:

The music will begin at 10:00 with Noah Gavenus singing the the Star Spangled Banner. After the Antique/Classic Tractor & Car/Truck Parade, Ray Dellinger and William Ritter will take the stage to play old-time fiddle tunes. Ray and William are musical neighbors from Cane Creek in Bakersville. Ray is a builder and player of traditional mountain instruments, and will be showing his instruments on the Square during the Festival. He is also a fine teller of tales, and a "professional socializer." William is a technical theatre student at WCU, and spends any and all spare time he has singing and fiddling old time mountain songs.
At 11:30, the Mountain Laurel Cloggers, from Avery County, will take the stage. These young kids have lots of fun clogging, and are also loads of fun to watch.
From 11:45 to 12:30, Bruce Greene and Rob Levin will perform songs & fiddle tunes. Bruce is known worldwide as one of the finest living exponents of old time Kentucky fiddle music, and has several recordings to his credit. Bruce and Rob played for many years with Fiddlin' Red Wilson, and they'll bring that same fun spirit to their playing and singing on Saturday. As an extra treat for the audience, Bruce & Rob will be joined by two great “flat-foot” style cloggers-- Travis Anderegg from Old Fort, and Kim Ross from Waynesville. They will demonstrate traditional Appalachian flat-foot and buck dancing.
After the Kids Games (12:30-1:00), “Doc Hill” will take the stage at 1:00 to perform some great bluegrass. Doc Hill features Yancey County pickers Kenny Jobe (fiddle, banjo), Keith Cole (upright bass), Kim McWhirter (rythm guitar), and Pete McWhirter (lead guitar). They play a traditional mix of music from the likes of the Carter Family, Bill Emerson, Flatt and Scruggs, and tunes so old, they don't know where they came from. With a combined musical experience of at least one-hundred and twenty years, they're pretty good to be so old!
At 2:05, after the pie-eating contests, the kids from Burnsville's Dance Express will take the stage to do some great clogging, sure to delight everyone in the audience. At 3:15, the Front Porch Pickers will perform. This group of young musicians, from Bee Log Elementary, began playing music through a study of the Depression Era and the Carter Family recordings. Last year these kids released a CD entitled “Fanning the Waning Spark”.

So come on out on Saturday for some great music, dancing, food, crafts, and fun for all ages!

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I won't have a booth at the show, but my store WILL be open, so stop by and see me! I'm located on West Main St., across from the movie theatre.

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