Sunday of Labor Day Weekend

September 5, 2021
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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 PJS Fest planning committee elected to cancel the 2020 Festival in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the following press release: