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43rd Annual Grayson Highlands Fall Festival is here

Staff note: Fall is here. Along with the changing leaves and cooler weather, fall festivals have arrived. Keep an eye out for local festivals beginning this October.

(Mouth of Wilson, VA)—Grayson Highlands State Park’s 43rd Annual Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a $10 per day parking fee. This event is sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad, Fire Department, and ladies auxiliary.

Live bluegrass and old-time music are featured on Saturday. Music starts at 10:00 am and is played all day. This year’s lineup includes: 10:00am – Recorded music, 11:00a.m. Steve Kilby & the Fox Creek Ramblers 12:00pm – Middle Fork Blue Grass, 1:00pm – Dry Fork Ramblers, 2:00 pm – Whitetop Mt Band, 3:00 pm – Spencer Branch , 4:00 pm – Brian Osborne & the Ashe County Boys.

Gospel music is featured on Sunday. It also starts at 10:00 am and is played all day. This year’s lineup : 10: am – Morning of Glory Singers, 11:00 am – Moretz Family Singers, 12:00pm – Homeward Bound , 1:00pm – Ambassadors of Christ), 2:00 pm – The Blevins Family , 3:00 pm – Nathan Wagner , 4:00 pm – The Farmer Family.

The fire department and rescue squad provide the concessions which include BBQ chicken, hot dogs, and BBQ sandwiches. There are children’s activities and a variety of arts and crafts exhibits. You can watch molasses and apple butter being made.

Ponies from the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association will be auctioned at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 28. The wild ponies graze in the park and adjoining U. S. Forest Service’s Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the park’s picnic areas, visitor center and hiking and biking trails. Park campgrounds will be full; reservations must be made in advance by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) during regular business hours, or online at For information about other accommodations or other information about the area go to and click on visitor info.

Proceeds from the festival go to the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. for emergency equipment and training. The festival goes on rain or shine. So come join us for a day of fun, great music, delicious food, and great handmade crafts.