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You can go Red, White &
Boom at the Barnet Park of Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 4
The Greenbrier Classic-with
golf tournaments and concerts-
comes to White Sulphur Springs,
West Virginia, on July 2-8 (greenbrierwv.com).
Along the way, bands hit the
stage every afternoon for four days,
July 4-7, at the Catawba Meadows
Park of Burke County, North Carolina, for the Red White and Bluegrass Festival where you'll also
find contests in frog jumping and
doughnut eating (redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com).
You can also celebrate the Fourth
of July at Alderson, West Virginia,
June 29 to July 5, with a parade, flea
market, river races, field day, cornhole tournament and fireworks.
In North Carolina, the Grandfather Mountain Highland
Games highlights Scottish heritage
on July 12-15 (gmhg.org). A week
later, Durbin Days Heritage Festival features a carnival, bingo, music, hay-bale throwing and a Fireman's Parade in tiny Durbin, West
Virginia, on July 18-22 (pocahontascountywv.com).
Spruce Pine hosts the BBQ and
Bluegrass Festival in North Carolina on July 13-14 with two days of
music and food (828-765-9033).
Go camping, ride a bike or enjoy
morning yoga at the Red Wing
Roots Music Festival of Natural
Chimneys in Mount Solon, Virginia,
on July 13-15. Discover the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair in Tennessee on July 13-22 (craftsmenfair.com).
And, in Georgia, you can slip into
Meeks Park at Blairsville to see a juried show with craftsmen and artists
at the Butternut Creek Festival,
held July 14-15, with live music,
demonstrations and food (butternutcreekfestival.com).
The FunFest of Kingsport,
Tennessee, on July 13-21, focuses
on outdoor outings as well as music
and food (funfest.net).
Hit the lakeside beach of Virginia's Hungry Mother State Park, near
Marion, to find the annual Hungry
Mother Arts and Crafts Festival (hungrymotherfestival.com) on
July 20-22. This coincides with the
Marion Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival on Main Street on July
Look for the Georgia Mountain Moonshine Cruize-In, July
12-14, and the Georgia Mountain
Fair, July 20-28, at the Georgia
Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee
Then go "Be a Pepper" at the annual Dr Pepper Rural Retreat
Heritage Day on July 28 (276-6864221), just off I-81's Exit 60 in the
rail-side farming community of Rural Retreat, Virginia.
Along the Blue Ridge Parkway,
perk up your ears for one of the biggest musical parties of the year at
FloydFest, near Milepost 170.5, in
Patrick County, Virginia. This year's
celebration features Nikki Lane, ZZ
Ward and Old Crow Medicine Show
on July 25-29 (floydfest.com).
The Grainger County Tomato Festival celebrates agricultural
history in Tennessee with music,
food and the annual "Tomato Wars"
on July 28-29 (graingercountytomatofestival.com).
The long-running Virginia
Highlands Festival in Abingdon,
on July 27-Aug. 5, mixes antiques
and art, hiking and biking (vahighlandsfestival.org).
And do you want to just cruise
and look for bargains? Then follow
U.S. 21 south of Wytheville, Virginia, to Harmony, North Carolina,
for the Route 21 Yard Sale on
the last weekend of July (takeabreakfromtheinterstate.com).
Held Aug. 3-5, the Blowing Rock
Art & Antiques Show in North
Carolina includes heirloom-quality
furniture, pottery, clocks and crystal
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