Albert Hash Festival in Grayson Highlands Aug. 31
The 2013 Albert Hash Memorial Festival will be held Saturday,
Aug. 31, at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
Due to the growth of the annual festival, it was moved from Mt. Rogers School to the park’s Henderson Stage picnic area. The day-long festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The festival honors beloved fiddler and fiddle-maker Albert L. Hash, who started the old-time music program at Mt. Rogers School and gave lessons there.
According to festival organizers, “His hard work and dedication to the school and his passion for music made an impact on his students and the community that still continues today. The festival hopes to preserve and promote traditional mountain music, dance, crafts and instrument making, while honoring Albert Hash and giving back to the community through music.”
Local crafts, concessions, a farmers’ market, cakewalks and plenty of dancing will take place at the festival, along with special music and dance performances and instrument making displays.
Performers include the Whitetop Mountain Band, Big Country Bluegrass, Crooked Road Ramblers, Wayne Henderson and Friends, New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Hard Cider Band and Possum Runners Dancers.
There will also be a master fiddlers’ workshop, with a fiddle demonstration from an array of old-time and bluegrass fiddlers from the Blue Ridge.
Admission costs $10 per person, along with a $3 per vehicle parking fee. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
Raffle tickets for a handmade quilt by Denise Hayball will also be sold. Each ticket is $1 and can be bought through the festival’s website at http://www.alberthashmemorialfestival.com. All proceeds from the raffle go toward funding future festivals. The Albert Hash Festival is a community event made possible by volunteers.
For more information, or to serve as a volunteer during the festival, contact (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There will also be a collection of Albert Hash fiddles on display at the festival this year. If anyone has an Albert Hash fiddle and would like to bring it for display, they may also contact (email@example.com) Crafters and luthiers interested in displaying can call (276) 579-4322.
For more information on Grayson Highlands or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks, visit http://www.virginiastateparks.gov or call (800) 933-7275.