Youthful traditional music performers make quite a statement as the festival added a 2nd stage this year primarily for youth. Photos by Tim Cox
BIG STONE GAP — A new generation of traditional mountain musicians infused the 42nd annual Home Craft Days Festival at Mountain Empire Community College with a fresh jolt of energy this past weekend in Big Stone Gap.
A second stage was added to the on-campus venue for the first time this year, primarily for the benefit of youthful performers as well as a possibly record crowd on Saturday.
On Monday, a bit tired but very happy Sue Ella Boatright-Wells, the college’s dean of workforce development and Home Craft Days coordinator, said the campus was packed Saturday for what has grown to become one of the region’s more popular of seasonal events.
“We’re packing up and straightening up this morning. We had, I believe, a record crowd on Saturday. Just a humongous crowd,” she said.
“It’s just really hard to estimate those things but that’s one of, if not the biggest, crowds I’ve ever seen. And (Sunday) was good. The sun came out, it was a pretty, sunshiny day and of course, everybody liked the new stage. It gave more people more of a chance to play, so everything went great.”Read more in the Tuesday print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.