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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 07, 2012
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Grayson Highlands Fall Festival to be held Sept. 29-30

The Grayson Highlands Fall Festival will be held Sept. 29-30 at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson Virginia. Sponsored by the Rugby Rescue Squad and Ladies Auxiliary, the festival celebrates Virginia's unique, traditional mountain heritage and is among the Virginia State Parks' longest running and most popular festivals.  The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. There is a $6 parking fee.

The festival features a host of artists and crafters who demonstrate their craft and sell their wares during the weekend. Many also provide a taste of what life was like for the pioneers who settled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia hundreds of years ago.  A sale of wild ponies who roam the park and surrounding area will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. The sale is sponsored by the Wilburn Ridge Pony Association.

Traditional blue grass and mountain music is also a highlight of the festival with local acts performing throughout both days of the festival. The barbeque chicken dinners and home-made fried pies sold by the rescue squad and ladies auxiliary are also festival favorites.

With portions of the park reaching a mile above sea level, Grayson Highlands offers true alpine scenery. The park features campgrounds, an equestrian campground, visitor center and miles of trails featuring scenic overlooks.

For more information on the festival or other park offerings, email graysonhighlands@dcr.virginia.gov or call the park at (276) 579-7092. 

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about Virginia State Park activities and amenities or to make reservations for one of more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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