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 18th annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will be held at the Natural Tunnel State Park amphitheater on Sunday, September 5 beginning at 5pm. Because the pandemic forced us to cancel last year’s event we will not be charging admission to this year’s festival! That being said, you can still expect the same high-quality performances as in the past, food and craft vendors as well as a craft or activity for children of all ages.
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