WISE — Besides the crafts, foods and activities packed into the annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling slated for Oct. 12-13, festival goers have come to expect music and plenty of it.
In addition to the traditional mountain music that is standard fare of the Fall Fling, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums have become as much a tradition at the event as the festival itself.
Based in Abingdon, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums brings enthusiasts from across the region who love to hear the soulful sounds of the highlands bagpipe.
The pipes help set the stage for a full slate of musical performers at two locations. The main stage will be at the Big Glades Community Square amphitheater and the Pickin’ Porch will offer informal acoustic jam sessions for scheduled groups and any others who want to join in.
This year’s lineup of performers at Big Glades offers a wide variety of traditional mountain bluegrass and gospel music.
The VFW will open the 35th annual Fall Fling at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 followed by Angel Mefford at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. Kelsey Copeland takes the stage followed by the Center Stage Cloggers. The 11 a.m. time slot will feature the Bluegrass Circle, one of the finest local bluegrass bands around, and from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. it will be the turn of southern gospel music of The King’s Messengers.
One of Kentucky’s finest groups, Wolf Creek Grass, gets the Oct. 12 afternoon energy flowing followed by the Bluegrass Kinsmen at 1:15 p.m. with Fiddling Billy Baker and the Virginia Sweethearts. Then comes the great harmony of Raisin’ Cane from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by the very best in old time music by the White Top Mountain Band.
Lee County’s finest, the Town Branch Bluegrass band, performs from 4 to 5 p.m., capped by the very best in classic country by Benny Jones and CMT Country.
Sunday’s, Oct. 13 lineup begins at noon with Jimmy Mullins and the Biscuit Burners followed by the best Scottish and Irish music this side of the Atlantic from the Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums.
The Sunday lineup continues with performances from the Dennis Cove Band, South Mountain Bluegrass Boys and Appalachian Strings. Winding down the festival at 4:45 p.m. on Oct. 13 will be Mr. Bluegrass himself, Kody Norris and the Watauga Mountain Boys, followed by gospel from The Principles at 5:45 p.m.
So bring a chair and spend the weekend just a-flingin’ at the Wise County Famous Fall Fling. For schedules and more information on all other Fall Fling offerings, visit the website at www.wisefallfling.com or call (276) 328-8184.