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Carter Family Fold set to host Clinch Mountain Music Fest

April 19th, 2014 10:42 pm by Wes Bunch

Carter Family Fold set to host Clinch Mountain Music Fest

the ninth edition of the Clinch Mountain Music Fest will be held next month at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons. Photo courtesy of Kathy Ladley.

HILTONS — The Carter Family Fold is preparing once again to host lovers of old-time and bluegrass music as it holds the ninth edition of the Clinch Mountain Music Fest next month in Hiltons.

The festival, which features a total of four bands, will be held May 3 at the Fold, with guest speakers and music getting under way at 3 p.m. The grounds will open at noon for early seating.

Organizers said the festival's goal is to both celebrate and help preserve the heritage of the Appalachian region through its music.

Like last year's festival, the 2014 edition of Clinch Mountain Music Fest is dedicated to the memory of Scott County resident and old-time music lover Jay Dixon.

Dixon, who died in January 2012, served as chairman of Clinch Mountain Music Fest for five years prior to his passing.

In edition to honoring Dixon, Carter Fold Executor Rita Forester said the festival is also part of the Fold's 40th Anniversary celebrations.

"We're celebrating our 40th year and that's a big milestone for us," Forrester said.

Forrester described the old-time bands performing in the festival as "special talents" who are well known to the Fold's audiences.

The featured artists for Clinch Mountain Music Fest include the Whitetop Mountain Band, Mountain Park Old Time Band, Nick McMillian and Backstep, and the Dry Hill Draggers.

"Expect a day of traditional Appalachian style music and fun," she said.

The Dry Hill Draggers will open the festival before Nick McMillian and Backstep take the stage.

Following a dinner break, which Forrester said would allow guests to visit the tents and attractions on the Fold ground, the Mountain Park Old Time Band will kick off the evening set with the Whitetop Mountain Band closing out the festival.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. with a guest speaker and a rundown of the festival's history. In addition to music, artisans and food vendors will be present and attendees will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of chair caning and wood carving.

The Carter Family Museum and A.P. Carter birthplace cabin will also be open from noon until 7 p.m.

All day admission to the festival is $15.

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