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North Carolina features famous characters easing on down the Yellow Brick Road on Sept. 7-9.
tain, North Carolina, on Sept. 7-9.
This wildly popular gathering takes
place at the not-forgotten Land
of Oz theme park that operated in
North Carolina's High Country in
the 1970s (autumnatoz.com).
The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is being held on
Sept. 6-8 in downtown Burnsville,
North Carolina, featuring about 50
reading from numerous award-winning writers (cmlitfest.org).
The Mountain Music & Arts
& Crafts Festival invigorates Vo-
gel State Park in Georgia with a mix
of gospel music, blacksmithing and
bowl-carving on Sept. 8 (706-7452628).
Also on Sept. 8, you'll find Olde
Salem Days in Salem, Virginia,
with hundreds of arts and crafts
booths plus other exhibitors (oldesalemdays.org).
Taste the Bruce Street Brewfest on Sept. 15 in downtown Sevierville, Tennessee (888-889-7415).
On Sept. 15, in Georgia, look for
the annual Blue Ridge Blues &
Barbecue Music Festival at Blue
Ridge with craft beer and music (blueridgebluesandbbq.com).
The Blowing Rock Music Festival features bluegrass, country
and Americana sounds on Sept. 15
in Blowing Rock, North Carolina at
the iconic Blowing Rock (blowingrock.com).
You can also head to Cedar Bluff,
Virginia, for the Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival, featuring dozens of
crafters and artisans plus a car show
and carriage rides on Sept. 15 (visittazewellcounty.org).
Straddling the Tennessee-Virginia border, Bristol's Rhythm
& Roots Reunion on State Street
includes country, folk, bluegrass,
old-time, Americana and a little
rock (birthplaceofcountrymusic.org) on
Sept. 21-23. Artists this year include
Dale Watson, Sierra Hull, Acoustic
Syndicate and Revel in Dimes.
Discover agricultural traditions
during the Heritage Harvest Festival at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, on
Sept. 22 (heritageharvestfestival.com).
On Sept. 24-30, you can tune into
the Mayberry Days festival with
fellow fans of "The Andy Griffith
Show" at Mount Airy, North Carolina. Meet surviving stars of the show
plus look-alikes (mayberryDays.org).
Or, on Sept. 20-23, you can check
out InEuphoria (euphoriagreenville.
com) with cooking demonstrations
and music in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Yadkin Valley Pumpkin
Festival arrives on Sept. 22 at Elkin,
North Carolina, with pottery, funnel
cakes and the great pumpkin weighoff (yadkinvalley.org).
You can taste squirrel meat, bear
and deer in Marlinton, West Virginia, on Sept. 28-29, starting with
the Rockin' Redneck Square Dance,
at the WV Roadkill Cook-off &
Autumn Harvest Festival (pccocwv.com).
More autumn adventures may
mean motoring over a mountain or
two to reach the Grayson Highlands Fall Festival, offering crafts,
old-time music and a wild pony
auction at Grayson Highlands State
Park on Sept. 29-30, just off U.S. 58
in Virginia (graysoncountyva.com).
In Burnsville, North Carolina,
the Old-Timey Fall Festival
happens on Sept. 29, with heritage
craftsmen filling the town's streets
and collectors showing off classic
West Virginia's Cranberry Mountain Nature Center hosts the Cranberry Shindig on Sept. 30 (304653-4826) with homemade soap,
fudge and honey in Pocahontas
On the last Saturday of September in Virginia, you can also aim
for the Burke's Garden Fall Festival, held along the Appalachian
Trail in Tazewell County (burkesgardenfallfestival.com).
In Virginia, the Page County
Heritage Festival can be found
on Oct. 5-6 in Luray (pagecountyheritage.com).
Just off I-77 in North Carolina,
sample the Sonker Festival on
Oct. 6 at the Edwards-Franklin
House, just west of Mount Airy-
with focus on a cobbler-like dessert
Along the banks of the James River, the Mountain Magic in Fall
festival features bluegrass, antiques
and crafts in Buchanan, Virginia, on
Oct. 6. Next, head to Whitetop, Virginia, for the sweet Molasses Festival on Oct. 7 to spend a Sunday
afternoon enjoying food, crafts and
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