Sunday of Labor Day Weekend

September 3, 2017
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The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is a celebration of Appalachian music. Old Time and Bluegrass music have a long history in the mountains of Appalachia and the Cove Ridge Foundation wants to preserve these traditions as well as instill a passion for them in our youth. The Festival is named for University of Virginia at Wise Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy, a well-known educator, entertainer, and old time musician. The Cove Ridge Foundation has also established a scholarship in honor of “Papa Joe” as part of their efforts to educate younger generations on Appalachian musical heritage.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the Festival. Once the concert date nears, tickets can be purchased at Addington Oil in Weber City, Natural Tunnel State Park, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the UVA at Wise bookstore or by calling the Natural Tunnel State Park office at 276-940-2674.

Carson Peters and Iron Mountain will be featured at this year‘s Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival. Don’t miss it!