38th Annual Sourwood Festival in downtown Black Mountain

Photo courtesy of Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.
Photo courtesy of Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.

Locals and tourists are all invited to come enjoy the weekend, August 8 – 9, in downtown Black Mountain for the 38th annual Sourwood Festival.

With over 200 vendor booths, free entertainment, children’s area, and more — families are guaranteed a fun time at this years festival that draws over 30,000 people each year.

Please note that this is a free, non-alcoholic event.

Press Release from Gretchen Howard, with Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce:

August 8-9, Downtown Black Mountain, NC

Sourwood Festival is a free, non-alcoholic, family-oriented festival with over 200 vendor booths, free entertainment, children’s area, and more in historic downtown Black Mountain, NC. The festival is a local and regional favorite, drawing over 30,000 people. Local residents and visitors from all over the southeast return year after year to enjoy the festival.

This year’s festival items include gourd art, pet treats and accessories, jewelry, art, photography, pottery and glass, hand-turned wood bowls, birdhouses, and plants including iris, orchids and carnivorous. Children’s items include toys, books, clothes, hair bows, and novelty items.

The array of food and drink at Sourwood satisfies every taste. Foods include festival favorites – blooming onions, funnel cakes, cheese cakes on a stick, gyros, turkey legs, Philly cheese steaks, ribbon fries, fried apple pies, home-made ice cream 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. A full schedule is below.

This year’s amusements include a Ferris wheel, swings, merry-go-round, rock climbing wall, moon walk, and other fun children’s activities including free games in the Kids Fun Park.

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

Sourwood Festival schedule:

Friday – August 7 – Sourwood Idol Contest at the Big Tent next to Depot – , 7-10 p.m

Saturday, August 8– Sourwood Festival 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 – Sourwood Festival 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

While you’re in town for the festival, experience Black Mountain “The Little Town That Rocks.”  Relax in one of our many rocking chairs. Cool off in the new Town Square’s Rotary Splash Fountain, or sit by the waterfall. Black Mountain offers shops, galleries, and over 40 restaurants.

Visit www.exploreblackmountain.com  for a complete guide to the area.

For more information, contact the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce at 800-669-2301. Vendor applications and information available at www.sourwoodfestival.com.

Sourwood Festival entertainment schedule:

Saturday, August 8:

11 a.m. – Kevin Lorenz/ jazz guitar

12 p.m. – Rewind, country/ rock

1 p.m. – Lake Lure Cloggers/ dance

2 p.m. – Carolina Express/ old time

3 p.m. – Black Mountain Ramblers/ bluegrass

4 p.m. – Jay Whitman/ folk

5 p.m. – Sorella Jack/ eclectic

6 p.m. – Joe Hallock and the Deals/ mountain music

7 p.m. – Fried Pies/ soft rock

8 p.m. – Gary Cody Band/ rhythm and soul

Sunday – August 9:

1 p.m. – Mountain Thunder Cloggers/ dance

2 p.m. – BJ Leiderman/ composer and songwriter

3 p.m. – Folk Heritage/ square dance

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