Get Ready: The Blue Ridge Folk Festival at Ferrum College

This is, without question, one of the very finest folklife festivals in the country! The Blue Ridge Folk Festival returns to Ferrum College Saturday, October 28th, and it’s is as authentic as it gets. Where else can you take in real horse pulls, mule jumping contests, coon dog contests, traditional crafts, country foods, Blue Ridge roots music, moonshiner stills & storytelling, kid’s folk games, custom & vintage Cars, sheep herding demos, threshing & baling demos, vintage tractors & engines, and more at one place and one day?

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Terry Peters of J&P Meat Processing, LLC in Wirtz, Virginia rolls a hog carcass out of a scalding hair-removal bath before slaughtering the pig during a demonstration. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
Steve Foster jumps his mule. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
One of Roy Johnson’s sheep dogs herds sheep during a demonstration. Johnson controls the dogs using just his voice. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
A team of horses pulls a 3,000-pound sled. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
George Saunders, original member of the Spiritual Four, sings during a gospel workshop. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
A dash-board hula girl sits on the cab of a Chevorlet Bel Air wagon. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
Nell Townley works on a quilt in the craft area.Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
Pigeon keeper Connie Marsh holds a flightless pigeon bred for rolling. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
Hounds compete in a coon dog water race. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)
Michael Thomas holds tight on his hound, Blackie, before the treeing contest. Thousands attended the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (photo by Pat Jarrett)