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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 04, 2003
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Grayson Highlands State Park Hosts 27th Annual Fall Festival

(MOUTH OF WILSON, Va.) -- Grayson Highlands State Park's 27th Annual Fall Festival will be Sept. 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is a $6 per day parking fee.

"Southwest Virginia has beautiful fall foliage," said Park Manager Harvey Thompson. "The Fall Festival at Grayson Highlands is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the early autumn beauty."

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, children's 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 Service's Mount Rogers National Recreation Area.

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the park's picnic areas, visitor center, and hiking and biking trails. The park's full service campgrounds with water and electrical hookups will be open through Oct. 31, 2003, and primitive campsites are open until Dec. 1, 2003.

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 1-800-933-PARK. For more information about Virginia State Parks, visit the DCR web site at www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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