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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 02, 2009
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Grayson Highlands State Park Hosts 33rd Annual Fall Festival

(MOUTH OF WILSON, Va.) -- Grayson Highlands State Park will host the 33rd Annual Fall Festival Sept. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a $6 per day parking fee.

Sponsored by the Rugby Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the festival features live bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, food, childrens activities, and arts and crafts.

Ponies from the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association will be auctioned at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The wild ponies graze in the park and adjoining U.S. Forest Services Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Our Fall Festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the early autumn beauty and the stunning fall foliage of Southwest Virginia, said Park Manager Harvey Thompson. Visitors from North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and even farther, travel here for our Fall Festival, year after year, decade after decade. This is a very special time of year to visit Grayson Highlands State Park.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the parks picnic areas, visitor center, and hiking and biking trails.

Grayson Highlands State Park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence, Va., and Damascus, Va., or 35 miles south of Marion, Va. From Interstate 81 at Exit 45 in Marion, go south on Route 16 to Volney, Va., then take U.S. 58 west eight miles.

For more information about the festival, call the park at (276) 579-7092. Campgrounds at Grayson Highlands are sold out for the festival. For campground or cabin reservations at nearby Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK.

The parks full service campgrounds with water and electrical hookups will be open through Oct. 31, 2009, and primitive campsites are open until Dec. 1, 2009.

For more information about Virginia State Parks, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov .

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