WILKESBORO — The fifth Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival, presented by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express, will offer world-renowned music talent, family entertainment, the region’s best food truck cuisine, and unique arts and crafts shopping along Main Street in historic downtown Wilkesboro on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20-21.
“We encourage everyone to come out and experience all that is Carolina in the Fall. The Main Street festival area is free and open to the public,” said Michelle Isom, festival director. “The only two areas that require a ticket purchase are the music stage venues and the Beer and Wine Garden.”
“This year’s entertainment lineup is phenomenal!” said Dale Isom, festival organizer. “Carolina in the Fall offers a mix of Americana, traditional and progressive bluegrass, and folk music; exciting activities and competitions; inimitable arts and crafts vendors; delicious sweet and savory selections; and a festival ambiance that enhances lifelong memories for all.”
Gates will open on Friday at 11 a.m. with music from noon until 11 p.m. On Saturday, the gates will open at 10 a.m. with music from 11 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. Carolina in the Fall offers four stages of entertainment: Carolina Stage, Foothills Stage, Hall of Fame Stage and The 1915 Stage. In addition to festival host The Kruger Brothers, guest will enjoy performances by Balsam Range; Chatham County Line; The Black Lillies; EmiSunshine; Hawktail; Trout Steak Revival; Scott Mulvahill; Cicada Rhythm; The Contenders; The Honey Dewdrops; Baucom and Jones; Williamson Branch; Hank, Pattie and The Current; Zoe and Cloyd; Red Wine; Newberry and Verch; Presley Barker; Lateral Blue; Nikki Talley; Thurler-Mosimann Project; Carly Bannister, S. Grant Parker and Jac Thompson; The Burnett Sisters; Cane Mill Road; Back Porch Bluegrass Band; Shay Martin Lovette; Alex Key and The Locksmiths; and Bob and Roberta Kogut.
On Saturday evening of the festival, VIP ticket holders will be treated to the Carolina Jam at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express. The jam is hosted by the Kruger Brothers and will feature other artists from the lineup, creating unique jam sessions and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations between the artists on hand. The jam will begin at 11 p.m.
“The Main Street festival area will feature the food and snack vendors, shopping, the splash pad and free entertainment offered in Sweet Smiles Candy Store. The Jamming Tent hosted by the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society is open to anyone who wishes to bring an instrument and join the jam. On Saturday, kids of all ages can meet Mr. Peanut and see his colossal Nutmobile,” said Isom.
Vendors for the Beer and Wine Garden are Booneshine Brewing Company, Botanist and Barrel Cider and Raffaldini Vineyards. The Beer and Wine Garden is sponsored by Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro
The Chad Lovette Memorial 5k and 10k Trail Run, sponsored by Farm Alarm Systems Inc., will occur on Saturday morning at Cub Creek Park in downtown Wilkesboro. The event is being professionally chip timed by Racing Toes Inc. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
“The park is a beautiful setting to spend the morning out in nature. If you are not a runner, still plan to come out and walk the trails,” said Daniel Isom, who organizes the trail run. “The festival is very thankful to host this benefit. With the help of over 500 participants over the last three years, we have raised $23,000 to help the American Cancer Society in their effort to find a cure.”
Check-in for the trail run begins at 7 a.m.; it will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Parking is at 200 S. Bridge St., Wilkesboro. For more information about preregistering for the competition and prizes, visit www.caro linainthefall.org and select the “Get Involved” button.
Accommodations consist of campgrounds and hotels. The town of Wilkesboro is opening the Sewerfest Campground for the festival. For information or to reserve a campsite, email sewerfest@wilkes boronc.org.
Ticket prices through Sept. 19 are $40 for a one-day general admission, $70 for a two-day general admission, and $140 for a two-day VIP admission. Ticket prices at the gate will be $45 for a one-day general admission, $80 for a two-day general admission, and $150 for a two-day VIP admission. Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free with a paying adult.
To buy tickets, see the performance lineup, or get information about the festival, its activities and competitions, vendors and sponsors, visit https://carolinainthefall.org or call 336-990-0747.