37th Annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, Aug. 9 & 10

From a press release:

37th Annual Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain, Aug. 9 & 10

The Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce announces the 37th Annual Sourwood Festival – August 9 and 10, 2014 in historic downtown Black Mountain. “Sourwood” is a family-oriented festival drawing over 30,000 people from all over the Southeast – many returning each year after year..

Got talent? The Sourwood Idol Contest is an amateur singing competition that opens the festival on Friday, August 8 at 7 p.m. The contest is open to individual singing performers with no entry fee and the chance to win cash prizes.

With over 200 vendor booths, the non-alcoholic festival is free to the public and offers something for everyone. This year’s festival items include gourd art, pet treats and accessories, jewelry, art, wildlife sculptures, hammocks, hanging swings, handcrafted leather, airbrush tattoos, photography, pottery and glass, hand-turned wood bowls, birdhouses, and plants including iris, orchids and carnivorous. A sampling of children’s items includes wooden toys, books, clothes, hair bows, embroidered clothes, and novelty items.

The array of food and drink at Sourwood satisfies every taste. Foods include festival favorites – blooming onions, funnel cakes, shrimp baskets, crab cakes, shrimp skewers, Chesapeake fries, crab soup, kettle corn, fried pies, gyros, turkey legs, Philly cheese steaks, ribbon fries, fried apple pies, home-made ice cream, grilled kebabs (beef, teriyaki chicken, sausage and Hawaiian), sweet potato fries and hand-dipped corn dogs, shrimp baskets, collard greens, cornbread and more!

Free entertainment in the big tent includes old favorites as well as exciting, new performers: bluegrass, country, folk, cloggers, square dancers, gospel, and rock & roll – a different act about every 30 minutes. Performers are regional artists who donate their talents for the pleasure of festival attendees.

Carnival rides include Dixie Twister Swings, the El Paso Train, Ferris Wheel and Turbo Tub. There is also a rock climbing wall, moon walk, and other fun children’s activities including free games in the Kids Fun Park.

Sourwood Festival schedule:
Friday – August 8-  7-10 p.m. – Sourwood Idol Contest at the Big Tent next to Depot
Saturday, August 9 – Sourwood 5K; registration begins at 6:45 a.m.
Saturday, August 9 – Sourwood Festival 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 10 – Sourwood Festival 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For more information, contact the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce at 800-669-2301. Vendor applications and information available at www.sourwoodfestival.com.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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