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Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates its 75 Anniversary

2010 Marks 75th Anniversary


Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates its 75 Anniversary

In 2010, the Blue Ridge Parkway is being recognized and celebrated for its 75th anniversary. This celebration brings an opportunity to create awareness and take action to ensure a strong future for the Parkway. Blue Ridge Parkway 75, Inc. is providing a variety of events, culminating with a September 10-12 celebration at Cumberland Knob and the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Check out just a few of the highlighted events happening now:

August 26: Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Every Thursday (May-October) Hotel Floyd and Mitchell Music Co. will be hosting a “Live After 5 Concert Series" with bluegrass music, food, drink, and more!

August 27-28: Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam

Capitalizing on local talent, the Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam is a showcase for the musical traditions of the Appalachian Mountains.

August 28: Geneva Hall Square Dances

A traditional square dance complete with a caller, live bluegrass band, and lots of local character are just a few things visitors experience.

August 28–29: Nelson County Bike Festival

Cyclists enjoy the Parkway as a challenging and scenic route. August 30: “The Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration” Reception and Exhibition

This rotating exhibit gallery will feature through panels of pictures and text about the history of the Parkway.

September 4: Heritage Day

The Banner House Museum, Avery County’s only house museum, is a restored 1865 home that is owned and operated by the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation.

September 4: 2nd Annual Founders Day Fair

The Transylvania Heritage Museum will be holding their 2nd Annual Founders Day Fair, celebrating the Founding Families of Transylvania County.

September 5: 8th Mile-High Kite Festival

The first 200 children at this family-oriented event will receive free kites to decorate and fly.

September 10-12: Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival

The official 75th Anniversary celebration - a multi-day, multi-venue festival staged in and around Cumberland Knob, NC, where Parkway construction began on September 11, 1935.

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