Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30

CHAD BRANTON

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Click for video from the
Bloomin' Barbeque &
Bluegrass Festival in
Sevierville, Tenn.

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of Blacksburg, Va.'s
2014 Fork and
Cork Festival.

CONNIE MANCHESTER

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Click for a preview of
the Lewisburg, W.Va.
Chocolate Festival.

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Get to Pikeville, Ky., April 24-26, to join about
100,000 people celebrating the backwoods of the
mountain frontier at Hillbilly Days. This annual
event (hillbillydays.com), along the Country Music
Highway, benefits the Shriners Hospital of Lexington,
Ky., and features three days of outrageous fun, food
and frolics.
On April 24-27, you'll find the memorable music
festival of MerleFest at Wilkes Community College
in Wilkesboro, N.C. (merlefest.org). April is, of
course, also known for April Fools, and the people of
Petersburg, W.Va., know that well: They build "anything that floats that is not a boat" and race down the
South Branch of the Potomac River - for fun - at the
Spring Mountain Festival (gowv.com), April 25-27.
By late April, the return of full foliage makes it a
grand time for Greening Up the Mountains
(MountainLovers.com, 800-962-1911) on April 26,
as Sylva, N.C., celebrates the green lifestyle. On the
same weekend, in Dahlonega, Ga., the unique Bear
on the Square Festival features musicians and crafters, on April 26-27, and recalls an incident when a
baby bear climbed a tree in town and had to be rescued (bearonthesquare.org).
Be sure to visit Blacksburg, the home of Virginia
Tech, for Fork and Cork on May 3, mixing food,
wine and art. Next, the town's Summer Solstice
Fest (downtownblacksburg.com) marks the longest
day of the year, June 20-21, with a dog parade, petting zoo, crafts fair and beach party. More fun happ e n s o n A u g . 1 - 2 a t S t e p p i n' O u t
(blacksburgsteppinout.com) when pedestrians fill
the colorful village center, browsing crafts, dancing
to music and discovering a giant sand beach plus a
dunking booth.
Art takes center stage in downtown Greenville,
S.C., during the Artisphere festival, May 9-11, an
annual three-day event (artisphere.us; 864-2719398) that gives arts patrons a rare opportunity to
meet exhibiting artists while purchasing original
works.
Come hungry: The International Biscuit
Festival celebrates all things biscuit (biscuitfest.
com) in Knoxville, Tenn., on May 15-17, with a
breakfast, brunch, bazaar, bake-off, entertainment
and pageant. Nearby, on May 16-17, you'll find the
largest event of the year in Sevierville, Tenn., with
the 10th Annual Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass
(BloominBBQ.com, 888-889-7415), featuring the
Tennessee State Championship Barbeque CookOff plus free bluegrass concerts and kids games.
Festivals mean fun for all ages, wine, and lots of
food. From the mountains of Maryland to Georgia's
Blue Ridge, the year 2014 holds much in store.


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Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
Letters/Worth a Click
From the Editor
Creature Feature
From the Farm
Great Home Buys
Digital Help Guide
Mountain Report
The Hike
Festivals & Events
Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Letters/Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Great Home Buys
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Racing Lawn Mowers
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Stamping Out Squirrel Sex!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: A Library as Big as a Breadbox?
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Mill from 1794 Still Turns!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Curios: Indian Mounds in Downtown!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Year of Great Festivals!
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - The Blue Ridge Parkway Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: A Foodie's Dream Journey
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Travel Guide 2014: The Retro Pilgrimage
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 52
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Wilderness Institute in the Smokies
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 56
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 58
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Mountain Garden
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: Royal Oaks Retreat
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 63
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 64
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover3
Blue Ridge Country - January/February 2014 - Cover4
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