33rd Annual Sourwood Festival

Posted by Black Mountain Birdie | | Posted on Monday, August 02, 2010

Press Release:
THIRTY-THIRD ANNUAL SOURWOOD FESTIVAL IN DOWNTOWN BLACK MOUNTAIN

A Weekend of Family Fun

Saturday and Sunday, August 14 and 15

In Historic Downtown Black Mountain



Black Mountain, NC (July 2010) -- Birdhouses, handmade furniture, custom jewelry, local soap and fine art are just a few of the crafts offered at Sourwood Festival. For one weekend in August each year, the Sourwood Festival fills downtown Black Mountain with wholesome entertainment for both adults and children. With highlights like authentic arts and crafts; face-painting, bouncy rides and cotton candy for children; musical acts (MUSIC SCHEDULE BELOW) and dancing; fresh-squeezed lemonade and hot-off-the-grill BBQ, there’s something for everyone at the Sourwood Festival presented by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s thirty-third annual festival is Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 and features over 200 booths of arts and crafts, food of all kinds, rides and games for children, and musical acts performing every half hour. The non-alcoholic festival attracts over 30,000 each year from all over the country. Joan and Mike Glover from Sleepy Hollow Farm in Bryson City, NC are returning to the Sourwood Festival this year after their first year as vendors in 2009. The Glover’s are gourd artists and turn gourds into decorative, usable items like vases, bird houses, wall hangings, flower pots and bowls. They use natural and synthetic dyes to decorate the gourds.

“We had a blast at the Sourwood Festival last year,” says Mike. “We met a lot of great people and made friends with many of the vendors. The Chamber of Commerce does a wonderful job handling all the details of the festival, so all we have to do is set up our booth and then relax and enjoy the weekend.”

Black Mountain resident Aaron Harden has sold his bonsai trees at the Sourwood Festival since 1993. Harden says his repeat customers show up early Saturday morning to get the first pick of his trees, which take over six months to grow. He has both indoor and outdoor plants ranging in price from $25- $95. “The Sourwood Festival is a fun and well-organized event, and I look forward to returning year after year,” says Harden.

Rainbow Recycling, a nonprofit organization that encourages recycling and sustainability practices in the Valley, has put recycling in place at the Sourwood Festival. The group also has a booth at the festival with great educational resources.

It wouldn’t be a festival if there weren’t a great selection of food, and the Sourwood has something for everyone-- vegetarian dishes, homemade ice cream, funnel cake, handmade jellies, Polish sausage and corn on the cob and much more. Honey-making and bee demonstrations are a popular attraction.

“Owen High School Band’s BBQ fundraiser is always a big hit,” says Chamber of Commerce Director Bob McMurray. “You can smell the BBQ smoking from miles away.”

The Sourwood Festival is an important fundraising event for making local nonprofit groups.

Now in its sixth year, the Sourwood Idol Contest kicks off the Sourwood Festival on Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m. with regional talent of solo singing acts competing for the “Sourwood Idol” title. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

Sourwood Festival hours are Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Located at 201 E. State Street, the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce may be reached by calling 828-669-2300 or emailing bmchamber@juno.com. www.exploreblackmountain.com.

Sourwood Festival Entertainment Schedule
Friday, August 13: Sourwood Idol Contest 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, August 14
11 a.m.: Ruff Cut Country
11:30 a.m.: Black Mountain Ramblers
12:30 p.m. Shirley Stuve
1 p.m.: Motown Blue
2 p.m.: Dancespirations
2:30 p.m.: Dave Foraker
3 p.m.: Kurt’s Garage Band
4 p.m.: Green Valley Cloggers
5 p.m. Talent Finalists from the Great Blue Ridge Talent Search
6 p.m.: Storm
7 p.m.: Cheri Cagle
8 p.m.: Gary Cody and Friends

Sunday, August 15
10 a.m.: First Baptist Church
11 a.m.: Flat Creek Boys
12:30 p.m.: Faithwalkers
1:30 p.m.: Robert Swain Group
2 p.m.: Mountain Smoke Cloggers
2:30 p.m.: Mountain View Church Singers
3 p.m.: Asheville Clogging Co.
3:30 p.m.: Government Cheese
4:30 p.m.: Gary Cody

For more information, contact Gretchen Howard at

Gretchen Howard Public Relations,

828-669-9562 or gretchen@ghpr.net

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