Annual Appalachian Folk Arts Festival set for Oct. 11 at RU


Radford University's Appalachian Events Committee (AEC) is presenting the 29th annual Appalachian Folk Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, on Heth Lawn.

The festival is part of RU’s 2014 Homecoming Weekend.

The event will include such crafts as apple butter making, cornhusk doll making, broom making, basket weaving, beekeeping, woodturning, pencil drawing, leather working, tatting, quilting, blacksmithing and green woodworking; making objects out of unseasoned wood.

Each crafter will have examples of their work for sale.

Live music will also be a part of the festivities. Scheduled music performances are:

10 a.m. – Grassy Hollow Boys

11 a.m. – Country Connection

1 p.m. – Wolfe Brothers String Band

2 p.m. – Little Sparrow

3 p.m. – Deer Run Drifters

At noon, an auction will be held to benefit the Robert Glen and Cora Green Toney Appalachian Studies Scholarship. Each of the crafters donate an item for the scholarship auction.

The Appalachian Events Committee is made up of RU students, faculty and staff members who are interested in the Appalachian region, its history, culture and preservation. Each year, AEC sponsors a number of events on campus that are open to the campus community as well as to the general public.

To learn more about the festival, contact Victoria Curtis at (540) 831-5366 or

Sep 30, 2014