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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 12, 2013
Contact: Gary Waugh, DCR Public Relations Manager, (804) 786-5045, gary.waugh@dcr.virginia.gov

Albert Hash Festival to be held August 31

The 2013 Albert Hash Memorial Festival will be held Saturday, August 31 at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Due to the growth of the annual festival it was moved from Mt. Rogers School to the park’s Henderson Stage picnic area. The day-long festival runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

 

 The festival honors beloved fiddler and fiddle-maker Albert L. Hash. Hash started the old time music program at Mt. Rogers School and gave lessons there. His hard work and dedication to the school and his passion for music made an impact on his students and the community that still continues today. The festival hopes to preserve and promote traditional mountain music, dance, crafts and instrument making, while honoring Albert Hash and giving back to the community through music.

 

Local crafts, concessions, a farmers’ market, cakewalks and plenty of dancing will take place along with special music and dance performances and instrument making displays. Performers include the Whitetop Mountain Band, The Crooked Road Ramblers, Lonesome Will Mullins & the Virginia Playboys, Heather Berry & Tony Mabe, Dry Hill Draggers, Wolfe Brothers Stringband, Sheets Family Band, Wayne Henderson, Possum Runners Dance Group, and more. There will also be a Master Fiddlers’ Workshop with a fiddle demonstration from an array of old time/bluegrass fiddlers from the Blue Ridge.

 

There is a $10 per person admission fee and a $3 per vehicle parking fee.  Children 12 years-old and younger are free. Raffle tickets for a handmade quilt by Denise Hayball will also be sold. Each ticket is $1 each and can be bought through the festival’s website at http://www.alberthashmemorialfestival.com/about/. All proceeds from the raffle go toward funding future festivals.  

 

The Albert Hash Festival is a community event made possible by volunteers. For further information, or to serve as a volunteer during the festival, contact alberthashfest@hotmail.com. There will also be a collection of Albert Hash fiddles on display at the festival this year. If anyone has an Albert Hash fiddle and would like to bring it for display, you may also contact alberthashfest@hotmail.com. Crafters and luthiers interested in displaying can call 276-579-4322.

 

For more information on Grayson Highlands or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 1-800-933-7275 (PARK).

 

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