Augusta Festival

Augusta Festival

August 10-11, 2018

Friday, August 10 – Saturday, August 11, 2018
The Augusta Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance and craft, the grand finale to our summer session.

FRIDAY FESTIVAL DANCE
Friday, August 10, 8 p.m. Augusta Dance Pavilion.
Kick off the Augusta Festival by square dancing to live music in the open-air Augusta Dance Pavilion.  General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. Bluegrass and Vocal Week students: Free.

AUGUSTA FESTIVAL & CRAFT FAIR
Saturday, August 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elkins City Park.
Join us for the festivities in tree-shaded Elkins City Park. The Augusta Festival includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on two stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions, and children’s activities. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Main Stage
10:00 The West Virginia Highlanders
10:15 – 11:00 Tom & Betty Druckenmiller with Norm Williams, Old-Time Tunes
11:15 – 12:00 Emily Eagen, Eclectic Songs and Sing-a-longs
12:15 – 1:00 Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass Music
1:15 – 2:00 Penny Anderson & Flawn Williams, Sing Some Favorites
2:15 – 3:00 Gerry Milnes & Mike Miller, West Virginia Old-Time Tunes & Stories
3:15 – 4:00 Sophia Rehak & Hannah Pence, Ethereal Folk from Southern West Virginia
4:15 – 5:00 Michael & Carrie Kline, Appalachian Stories & Songs

Shelter Stage: WEST VIRGINIA OPEN FIDDLE & BANJO CONTEST!

10:00 – 11:00 Register for West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
11:00 Fiddle Contest
1:00 Old-Time Banjo Contest
3:00 Bluegrass Banjo Contest
* The Maybelles – Carter Family Tunes & Old Country (perform between contests)

Workshop Stage
10:30 – 11:30 Augusta Festival Waltz Party Cindy Harris & Friends, Play along or dance.
11:45 – 12:45 Body Percussion & Song, Kristin Andreassen
1 – 2:00 Beginning Clogging Workshop, Will Roboski
2:15 – 3:15 Community Sing, Emily Miller

Pickin’ Porch
11:00 – 12:30 Old-Time Jam with Margo Blevin Denton

FESTIVAL CONCERT FEATURING MOUNTAIN STAGE!
Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. Harper McNeeley Auditorium. 
The Augusta Festival concert will be recorded live for the internationally syndicated radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce. Heard weekly on NPR stations across the country, Mountain Stage is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and is celebrating its 35th year on the air. The live performance features special guest host Bil Lepp, country music legend Kathy Mattea, award winning bluegrass group Darin & Brooke Aldridge, West Virginia-based honky tonk group Blue Yonder, old-time multi-instrumentalist Joe Newberry and other special guests.  Tickets available here.

SATURDAY FESTIVAL DANCE
Saturday, August 11, following concert.  Augusta Dance Pavilion. 
The final dance of the summer will be held following the concert in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. Featuring Red Run with Round Robbin Square Dance Calling.
General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. (Included in Mountain Stage concert admission.)