While the Mars Hill Heritage Festival unfolds, the adjacent Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival will celebrate its 49th year pursuing a similar mission: championing and preserving Southern Appalachian traditions. The latter’s free daytime programming includes an outdoor stage with live music and clogging, a ballad and story swap led by native musician Joe Penland, regional arts and crafts booths and kids activities. An exhibit honoring the centennial of Cecil Sharp’s legendary song-collecting trip through Madison County will also be open. And by night, attendees can pay $10 ($5 youths) to attend an indoor concert featuring Penland, Roger Howell, Carol Rifkin, Rhiannon and the Relics, and repeat performances by Cole Mountain Cloggers and Bailey Mountain Cloggers. Attractions will be stationed throughout Mars Hill University at various times on Saturday, Oct. 1. lunsfordfestival.com. Photo courtesy of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival
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