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Wilkesboro, NC – September 1, 2016 ––Carolina In The Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. received one of five nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for 2015 Event of the Year Momentum Award. “We certainly never expected to receive a nomination and are honored to be considered alongside some of the nation’s best festivals”, said Dale Isom, Festival Organizer. “This will inspire us to work even harder to make Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival an event that all of Wilkes can be very proud of.” The IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The IBMA Awards Ceremony Show will take place on September 29, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. The IBMA Event of the Year Award recognizes events (festivals, concerts, other live performance productions) for their outstanding accomplishment and service to bluegrass music in the field of event production. The event must have taken place during the current IBMA Award eligibility period. The recipients will be judged by the committee for their overall contributions to the field of event production, professionalism and quality of presentation, work furthering bluegrass in their area of service and demonstrated ability to foster bluegrass music's image. In its’ second year, Carolina in the Fall continues its’ tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. This year’s festival will be held on…
Carolina in the Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. announced their list of Festival Partners/ Sponsors for this year festival. “We are very thankful to have so many local and national companies that share our vision of celebrating everything western North Carolina has to offer”, said Dale Isom, Festival Organizer. “Bringing folks from all over the U.S. and many parts of the world to Wilkes County is a wonderful opportunity to share our culture, our music and our food.” The Presenting Partner for the festival is once again Wilkes Communications, Inc. and River Street Productions. “This is home”, said Eric Cramer, CEO of Wilkes Communications, “we love Wilkes County and want to be a part of Carolina in the Fall. We strive to improve the quality of life of our region of the state for everyone.” Platinum Stage Partners for this year’s festival include the Wilkesboro Tourism Development, Carolina West Wireless and Window World Inc. Gold Event Sponsors are the Town of Wilkesboro, Hampton Inn of Wilkesboro, Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro, Deering Banjos, Heart of Folk, LLC, Bob Kogut Violins and visitwilkesboronc.com. Silver Level Partners are WNCW88.7 and Deering Banjos. Bronze Level Partners are LP Building Products, Venture Properties, Interflex Group, Farm Alarm, Horton Design, Addison Inn, Rick’s Electrical Service, Tyson Foods and Bluegrass Today. Carolina in the Fall™ is celebrating its’ second year of festivities in Downtown Wilkesboro on September 23rd and 24th. Artists scheduled to perform are the Kruger Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters,…
Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications will host Contra Dances both days of the street festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The Kruger Brothers 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. Additionally, Clogging classes will be held after the Clogging performance by the High Country Cloggers. Clogging is a type of folk dance in which the dancer's footwear is used percussively by striking the heel, the toe, or both against a floor or each other to create audible rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm. Clogging is the State Dance of North Carolina and was the social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as far back as…
Carolina in the Fall™ presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. today announced the line-up of Food Trucks and Beverage Vendors for Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival. The Food Trucks will be competing in the Food Truck Championship that awards a First Prize of $500.00, Championship trophy and Truck sticker. Additionally, trucks will be competing for the Best Themed Truck trophy. This year’s competition brings a diverse menu and the best of the best of western North Carolina’s Food Trucks. The Trucks scheduled to serve festival attendees this year are: 1. Poor Man BBQ and More… Pork, Chicken and sides; 2. PorterHouse Burger Truck (winner of last years Grand Prize)… Burgers and Fries; 3. Baconessence… Sandwiches, Melts with Bacon; 4. King Queen Haitian Cuisine… Haitian Chicken/Pork/Fish and sides; 5. Bebo’s Mac Shack… variety of Gourmet Mac and Cheeses; 6. DOGS… Hot Dogs, Wild Sausages and sides; 7. Wingz On Wheelz…Hand breaded wings and tenders and fresh cut potato chips; 8. Cameron’s Funnel Cakes… Funnel cakes with variety of toppings; 9. The Stinging Nettle… Cornbread waffles topped with burgers and carnitas, etc; 10. A Boa Time… Asian street food, Steamed buns. “We have a great variety of Food Trucks for the Food Truck competition this year” says Championship Director Caitlen Isom, “everyone should be able to find a few favorites to enjoy during the festival”. “We have some excellent judges for this year’s championship” Caitlen said, “Judging this year’s competition will be local chefs, Blake Sebastian of Blake’s Catering, Lia…
Carolina in the Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. announced today that they will be hosting the 1st Annual Chad Lovette Memorial Trail Run to benefit the American Cancer Society. Daniel Isom, of Heart of Folk, LLC and one of the Festival Organizers will serve as the Trail Run Chairman. “Carolina in the Fall is very thankful to be the host for the Chad Lovette Memorial Trail Run. The festival is the wonderful setting for an event that focuses on helping those who are dealing with this disease and those that are working to find a cure”, said Daniel. “It is a perfect fit for our festival mission. Our Trail Run will wear the name of Chad Lovette to remember and honor him and his love for this region’s music.” Chad Lovette, a native of Wilkes County passed away on July 9, 2016 after an extended battle with brain cancer. Chad was a graduate of Wilkes Central High School and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He was a singer/songwriter and most enjoyed playing music with his band, Green House, and with his brother. His passions were traveling far and wide, hiking, surfing, camping and living large with his family and friends. Chad played in the inaugural Carolina in the Fall Festival in downtown Wilkesboro with his brother Shay’s band, Brushy Rides. Chad’s parents, Rick and Beth Lovette will serve as the honorary Trail Run Official Starters. The Trail Run is presented by Spectrum Hospitality,…
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