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Click for a look back at Wilkesboro, N.C.'s
most beloved music festival, MerleFest.

Robertson. "The whole town is involved in it."
The Fall Festival at Massanutten (massresort.
com/fallfest) happens Oct. 11 at McGaheysville, Va.,
with chairlift rides and music plus gourmet grilled
cheese, a beer garden, wine tasting and craft vendors.
Several miles south, on Oct. 11, take a journey to
Independence, Va., along U.S. 58, for the Mountain
Foliage Festival, where contestants comically roll
outhouses down the road in the Grand Privy Race
(independenceva.com). Another place to be:
Tennessee's Foothills Fall Festival takes place in
Maryville on Oct. 11-13 (foothillsfallfestival.com).
Near the site of the original Mast General Store,
look for the Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis,
N.C., on Oct. 18 (ValleCountryFair.org, 828-9634609). On the same weekend, Home Crafts Days
of Big Stone Gap, Va., happens on Oct. 17-19 with
old-time music, crafters and food at Mountain
Empire Community College. And when the sun goes
down? Stick around the school for the annual
Haunted Forest: a frightening yet fun fundraiser
held during the Halloween season.
What's always on the third weekend of October?
The long-running Woolly Worm Festival (woollyworm.com), which gathers lots of laughs as contestants race woolly worms in downtown Banner
Elk, N.C.
You can walk on the New River Gorge Bridge in

Fayetteville, W.Va., during the Bridge Day Festival
& Chili Cook-off on Oct. 18 (newrivergorgecvb.
com, 800-927-0263). Then, in Ferrum, Va., see
mules jump and moonshine stills a'brewin' at the
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, held on Oct. 25 at
Virginia's Ferrum College (blueridgefolkfestival.
com).
On Nov. 1, the Western North Carolina Pottery
Festival unites more than 40 potters at Dillsboro,
N.C. (mountainlovers.com, 800-962-1911), offering demonstrations and displays. The following
month, Dillsboro's Festival of Lights and
Luminaires takes place on Dec. 7-8 and 14-15 as
the town's streets become lined with more than
2,500 candles in white paper bags.
Down in Tennessee, the three-month-long
Smoky Mountain Winterfest (visitsevierville.com)
returns on Nov. 10 with millions of twinkling lights
- from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg.
And, yes, it's always warm in the glow of all those
bulbs - a most picture-perfect sight to cap another
great year. 

The band FSDK has
performed at Merlefest,
which takes place April
24-27 this year on the
campus of Wilkes
Community College.

Want More?
Visit BlueRidgeCountry.com/Festivals for additional
videos and even more information about upcoming
events around the region!
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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
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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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