3rd Annual RockyFest at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Taylorsville, NC, Calls for Participation

Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the 3rd Annual RockyFest being held on Saturday, May 9 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park) in Taylorsville, NC.

Fees for vendors are non-profit ($0), arts/crafts ($25), commercial ($35), and food ($50) vendors. The vendor application is now available online at (www.rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest). Once submitted, vendor applications will be reviewed by staff who will ensure a good fit with the event. Vendors will need to be set up by 11am.

Sponsorships are also being sought for RockyFest 2015. If your business or organization would like to be a sponsor of this event, sponsorship levels are: $250 (bronze), $500 (silver), $1,000 (gold), and $5,000 (platinum). Gold, silver, and bronze sponsors will be listed on event t-shirts and the stage banner.

Other events during the day long festival which begins at 8:30 am include the Kurt Barkley 5K and the RockyFest 10K and 20K trail races. For complete race details and online registration, visit (www.alexandercountync.gov/events) or contact Rick French at 828/632-9332 or e-mail to (rfrench@alexandercountync.gov).

Free rock climbing and rappelling sessions begin at 10am and will be offered throughout the day by Rock Dimensions Climbing Guides of Boone.

Children’s activities/inflatables, food, and vendors will be available from 11am to 6pm. Guided nature hikes will also be offered throughout the day to encourage attendees to become more familiar with the park’s trails, views, and ecosystem.

Live music will run from noon to 6pm. RockyFest will feature a mix of traditional and roots music that encompasses folk, blues, contemporary acoustic, country, jazz, and bluegrass. The musical lineup includes: Thomas Garlow (12:00-12:40), J. Patrick Warren (12:50-1:30), Mary Elisabeth (1:40-2:20), The Message (2:30-3:30), The Neighbors (3:45-4:45), and The Idle Time Band (5:00-6:00). There will also be a “picking tent” where “unplugged” musicians can gather and play.

The musical lineup includes: Thomas Garlow (12:00-12:40), J. Patrick Warren (12:50-1:30), Mary Elisabeth (1:40-2:20), The Message (2:30-3:30), The Neighbors (3:45-4:45), and The Idle Time Band (5:00-6:00). There will also be a “picking tent” where regional “unplugged” musicians can gather and play.

Randy Everett, renowned chainsaw carving artist, will perform demonstrations throughout the day. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s “Sensory Safari” trailer will also be on site. In addition, the Piedmont Amateur Astronomy Club will have solar telescopes available for public viewing.

For more information about RockyFest 2015, visit (www.RockyFacePark.com/RockyFest) or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at 828/632-1093.

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