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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 30, 2001
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Grayson Highlands State Park to Host 25th Annual Fall Festival

(MOUTH OF WILSON, Va.) -- Grayson Highlands State Park's 25th Annual Fall Festival will be Sept. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There is a $4 per day parking fee.

"Southwest Virginia has some the most beautiful fall foliage on the East Coast," 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, the festival features live bluegrass, old-time and gospel music, food, children activities and arts and crafts exhibits.

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. Park campgrounds will be open through Dec. 3, 2000.

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 U.S. 58 west for eight miles.

For more information about the festival, call the park at (540) 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 or in Richmond (804) 225-3867.

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