Elk Knob Headwaters Day

Article Published: Sep. 12, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 15, 2013
Elk Knob Headwaters Day

With its summit at 5,530 feet, Elk Knob is offering high-altitude fun with the Elk Knob Community
Headwaters Day Sept. 14.
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Nine years ago, members of the Meat Camp and Tamarack communities came together to brainstorm ideas on how to promote Elk Knob State Park and its amenities.

“What we formed was the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization,” board member Evelina Idol said. “Our purpose was to promote the natural and cultural heritage of the communities surrounding Elk Knob State Park through natural resource protection, education and historical preservation.”

Central to the organization’s promotional activities is the annual Elk Knob Community Headwaters Day in September.

This year’s community potluck will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Elk Knob State Park. The event, as always, is sponsored by EKCHO.

“What we wanted to do was have a fun day for people to come get familiar with the park and know what’s there,” Idol said. “We started out real small, but as the years have gone by, we’ve had hundreds and hundreds of people attend, not just locals but from other counties and states. We’ve felt good about continuing it year after year.”

Organizers of the event truly believe it really is one of a kind.

“It’s actually a covered dish deal,” Idol said. “In the beginning, we were told we couldn’t sell food because it was a state park, so we came up with the idea that if we can’t sell food, we will bring it. That’s why it is listed as free admission. We are one of the only potluck events at a state park.”

In addition to some good old-fashioned Southern cooking, the fun day will also feature booths and live demonstrations pertaining to the home arts, bee keeping, pottery, lessons on oral history and environmental programs.

“One of the main demonstrations we enjoy seeing is the gristmill, where they grind the corn into meal,” Idol said. “That is really an exceptional demonstration because you don’t see that hardly anywhere except locally.”

What High Country festival would be complete without some traditional mountain music?
This year’s festival will feature regional foot-tapping acts that will keep the revelry continuing long into the afternoon.

Just don’t forget to bring a covered dish.


Coming from Boone on U.S. 421, take N.C. 194 North before merging onto Meat Camp Road on the left. Travel approximately 5.5 miles, and the park entrance is located on the right side of the road.
For more information, call Idol at (828) 264-2042 or the park office at (828) 297-7261.

Musical lineup
11 a.m. - Dollar Brothers
11:40 a.m. - Maggie Idol
12:10 p.m. - Garrett Munday and Megan Sheppard
12:50 p.m. - Dashboard Hula Boys
1:30 p.m. - The Winkler Family
2:10 p.m. - George Wilson and Friends
2:50 p.m. - The Appalachian Cloggers
3:30 p.m. - Public jam, bring an instrument

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