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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 06, 2012
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Hungry Mother Festival to be held July 20-22

The annual Hungry Mother Festival, sponsored by the Art League of Marion, will be held July 20-22 at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Va. The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. It features artists, crafters, musical artists, dancers, musicians and a variety of food vendors. This is the 39th Hungry Mother Festival, making it the longest running festival held in a Virginia State Park.

 Exhibitors and vendors will be throughout the park, including overlooking Hungry Mother Lake. Items for sale include baskets, decorative wood, pottery, furniture, jewelry, candles, fine art, soaps, stained glass and more. Demonstrations of frontier life will be provided by The Frontier Men.

 Parking fees are $6 per vehicle. A special three-day weekend pass is available for $9. The town of Marion will run a free shuttle between the park and downtown, where several weekend events are planned. A free shuttle within the park also will be provided to assist with remote parking.

 The Art League of Marion uses festival proceeds to fund college scholarships to deserving Smyth County students continuing their education in art, music and theater. In addition the Art League of Marion uses proceeds to sponsor a county wide high school art show and supports a variety of programs and community causes that promote the arts.

 The 39th Annual Hungry Mother Festival is presented by the Art League of Marion in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and in partnership with Charter Media. Other sponsors include Mountain States Medical Group Cardiology, Rock 102.5, Z103.5 FM, WMEV- Radio FM 94, WUKZ FM 101.1, the Bank of Marion, Food City in Chilhowie and Marion, General Dynamics Employee Benevolent Fund, Berry Home Centers and Slemp-Brant-Saunders and Associates, Inc.

 For further information or to serve as a volunteer during the festival, you may call the Hungry Mother Festival message line at 276-783-2901 or visit the festival website at www.hungrymotherfestival.com .

 For more information on Hungry Mother or any of Virginia's 35 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 1-800-933-7275(PARK).

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