Carolina in the Fall audience at night

May 20, 2015

Carolina in the Fall™ presented by Wilkes Communications will host Contra Dances both days of the street festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet will be joined by Bob Kogut on the fiddle and by Roberta Kogut, who will be the caller. Roberta will provide all of the basic instruction needed for the dance. No partner is needed and no experience is required. Roberta likes to say, “If you can walk, you can Contra Dance!”.

Contra dance refers to a folk dance that is similar to square dance, except instead of squares, the couples dance in a line. This type dance has its’ roots in Appalachia and is often referred to as Appalachian Folk Dance.

The typical music for contra dancing is Irish, Scottish, old-time and French-Canadian tunes. The dance is led by a caller who teaches the sequence of figures in the dance before the music starts. The dance consists of 6-12 figures which are repeated as the couple progresses up and down the line.

Carolina in the Fall™ is making its’ festival debut this year in Downtown Wilkesboro on September 25th and 26th. Gates will open for the festival each day at 9 A.M. with music beginning at 11 A.M.cand will continue until 9 P.M. in the evening. Each evening of the festival, VIP ticket holders will be treated to the Carolina Jam™ at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the Wilkesboro Holiday Inn Express. This once in a lifetime band jam experience is scheduled to begin each evening at 10:00 and conclude at Midnight.

Included in the Festival is the first annual Carolina in the Fall Food Truck Championship. Food trucks from around the State will converge on Main Street to feed festival goers and compete for the $500 first prize and the championship trophy. Additionally, local wineries and craft beer brewers will be onsite to serve attendees some of their best beverages.

Two day festival passes are $20.00 and two day VIP passes are $60.00. Tickets are limited and are available online at Carolina in the Fall is a production of Heart of Folk, LLC and is presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. Visit their website for more information about the festival and its’ sponsors.