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BRC

Click for highlights from Bridge Day 2013,
held in Fayetteville, W.Va.

The mega-popular New
River Gorge Bridge in
Fayetteville, W.Va., is the
place to be during the
Bridge Day Festival &
Chili Cook-off on Oct. 18.

... FALLING INTO FALL ...
The last weekend of September officially kicks off
the mountain-lovers' dream season. And that's when,
on Sept. 25-28, you'll find about 30,000 people tune
in as fans of "The Andy Griffith Show" at Mayberry
Days on the streets of Mount Airy, N.C., the hometown of the show's star (MayberryDays.org, 336786-7998). At the same time, in southwest Virginia,
the annual Burke's Garden Fall Festival enlivens a
hidden valley on the last Saturday of September
(burkesgardenfallfestival.com). Nearby, the Grayson
Highlands Fall Festival offers crafts, old-time music
and a wild pony auction on the same weekend at the
ultra-scenic landscape of Grayson Highlands State
Park (276-579-7092) near Rugby, Va.
In Tennessee, on Sept. 26-27, Townsend rolls out
the Smokies Heritage Festival with food, arts and
crafts (smokymountains.org). Soon after, Sevierville
sets aside the entire month of October for the Smoky
Mountain Harvest Festival with specials on shows,
shopping and attractions (visitsevierville.com).
While still in Tennessee, be sure to enter Erwin,
Tenn., for its Unicoi County Apple Festival, on the
first weekend of October, with about 350 crafters
amid a crowd that sometimes soars to 100,000
(unicoicounty.org). On the same weekend, check
out the big circus tents of the National Storytelling
Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., for unforgettable

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outdoor programs by various voices plus late-night
performances for adults and ghost story concerts
(storytellingcenter.net).
Just above the North Carolina border, at Ararat,
Va., the birthplace of Civil War hero J.E.B. Stuart
(jebstuart.org) becomes the site of a popular Civil
War re-enactment with a cavalry, rifles and booming
cannons, plus period crafters and musicians, on the
first weekend of each October.
For a complete change of pace, wear your
Scarecrow, Dorothy or Wicked Witch outfit to
Beech Mountain, N.C., on Oct. 4-5, during
Autumn at Oz, a gathering that celebrates the old
Land of Oz theme park that operated in North
Carolina's High Country in the 1970s (autumatoz.
com, 800-468-5506).
For the entire month of October, the Alpineesque town of Helen, Ga., holds its biggest celebration, Oktoberfest, with German music, food and
drinks (helenchamber.com).
At the north end of the Blue Ridge, reach the
mountains of Maryland along U.S. 15 for the
Catoctin Colorfest. This sprawling party on the
second full weekend of each October (colorfest.org)
began as a nature walk in 1963 and soon became a
craft show with hundreds of artists. Today, Colorfest
floods tiny Thurmont with about 125,000 visitors.
"It's like a sea of people," says show president Carol


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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
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