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Clinch Mountain MusicFest Helps Preserve Appalachian Heritage

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Little Roy and Lizzy Long BanClinch Mountain MusicFest is gearing up for its seventh annual celebration of bluegrass and mountain music in Scott County, Virginia, on Saturday, June 9, 2012. This year’s festival will be held at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. The goal of Clinch Mountain MusicFest is to preserve and perpetuate the heritage of the Appalachian region through its music and to provide scholarships for young musicians at regional colleges and universities that teach heritage music.

This year’s festival is dedicated to Jay Dixon who chaired this festival for the past 5 years and passed away in January of this year. The festival features special talent -- some old friends and new faces: Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long, the Grayson Highlands Band, Lonesome Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys, Janie Dixon, the Country Pearls, the Virginia Whirlwind, and the Town Branch Blue Grass Band. Gates open at 12:00 noon for early seating.

Admission is $15.00 per person – all day. Artisan and food vendors as well as a pickin’ tent and flat footin’ dance lessons and demonstrations will be found around the grounds of the Carter Fold, along with the Carter Family Museum. The opening ceremony is at 2:00 p.m. Music starts at 2:30 with the Virginia Whirlwind. Janie Dixon will pay a special tribute to Jay Dixon at 3:30; the Country Pearls will perform at 3:45. The Town Branch Blue Grass will provide the dance music for the flat footin’ contest at 4:30.

A dinner break will allow the festival goers to visit the tents and attractions on the grounds. The Grayson Highland Band will kick off the evening at 6:30 followed by Will Mullins and the Virginia Playboys at 7:45. The featured band, Little Roy and Lizzy Long will take the stage at 9:00.

Clinch Mountain MusicFest 2012 is presented by the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc. and the Southwest Virginia Community Foundation, Inc. Donations to support the continuation of our Appalachian music heritage are welcome - CMMF, P.O. Box 519, Gate City, VA 24251. Sponsors include New Peoples Bank, Eastman Credit Union, Times News, Scott County Virginia Star, Bryant Label Company, the Appalachian Cultural Music Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. For more information about the musicians and the festival happenings at Clinch Mountain MusicFest 2012, go to: www.ClinchFest.net.

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