- Matthews Park by Oxbow Center
- 16622 East Riverside Drive
- Matthews Park near Oxbow Center
- St. Paul,
- Region Heart Of Appalachia
- Locality Wise
- Saturday, September 27, 2014 (10:00 AM-10:00 PM)
- Coordinator's Cell: (276) 393-6599
- Festival & Contest Site clinchrivermandolinfestival.com
The town of St. Paul, VA, is only 35 minutes (on easy four-lane roads) from I- 81 (exit 14) at Abingdon, VA. On Saturday, September 27, 2014 (rain or shine), the town will sponsor an all-day festival immediately next to the pristine, tree-lined Clinch River, called "America's Crown Jewel" by the Nature Conservancy.
The CLINCH RIVER MANDOLIN FESTIVAL AND CONTEST includes an evening open-air (bring lawn chairs) concert by the band Grasstowne (grasstowne.com), with mandolinist Alan Bibey, plus festival foods/vendors; a mandolin player workshop (for a fee -- limited numbers); and unplanned jams.
There will be an acoustic (any nonelectric instrument) "open microphone" on stage for preteens only; a nice playground, new handicapped toilets, a bluegrass miniconcert (band TBA) for ATV drivers on the 70-mile Mountain View trail daytime(spearheadtrails.com), a pre-concert band performance that evening, etc.. The Clinch is great for kayaking, fishing, etc. (boat rentals and ATV rentals are available).
The bluegrass/old timey mandolin CONTEST will be during the day and Mr. Bibey will be a judge.
THIS IS JUST A GREAT SMALL TOWN EVENT DONE BY TALENTED LOCAL PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR TOWN.
For more info: Dr. Gary Crum, 276 393 6599, or clinchrivermandolinfestival.com.
Also, remember the multi-day Clinch River Festival held every spring (clinchriverfestival.com)!
Admission Fee: reasonable entry fee for festival and registration fees for mandolin contestants
Last Updated: 6/26/2014 1:18 PM