Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia” Festival

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival is the second oldest folk festival in the region and was started in 1967. Bascom Lamar Lunsford, for whom the festival was named, hoped to distinguish the festival by celebrating the region's fine music, dance, and crafts, while creating an atmosphere for preservation and authenticity. Lunsford and festival co-founder Ed Howard created an environment that supported the sharing of knowledge and passion from the older generations to the younger ones, building continuity in the traditions that have been unique to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. During its 50th Anniversary, the festival continues this tradition, attracting people from across the region. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival is perfect for families. Admission charge for Friday evening concert, Saturday all-day activities are Free. 

50 Years: Bascom Lamar Lunsford “Minstrel of Appalachia”

Friday, October 6 - Tickets $10.00 advacne/$12.00 at door for adults, $5.00 for all children 12 years and under.

  • 7:00 pm - Golden Anniversary Concert - Join us for an evening of top-notch old-time and bluegrass music, including performances from Whitewater Bluegrass, The Midnight Plowboys, the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, and fiddlers Rhiannon Ramsey and Roger Howell. The evening will also include special tributes to Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley, as well as the presentation of the Lunsford Award to clogger Jeff Atkins.  Events at Moore Auditorium at Mars Hil University. Click to purchase:

Saturday, October 7 - FREE All Day Event!

  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Traditional music & dance stage, Exhibitions, Crafts, Fun & Games on the Upper Quad at Mars Hill University
  • 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Ballad & Story Swap

Event Details

Location Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Friday concert $10.00 advance/$12.00 at door for Adults, $5.00 for all Children 12 years and under (plus taxes).
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Shaped-Note Singing
Square Dancing
Event Type Concert / Performance, Festival
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Picnic Space

Contact Info

Phone (828) 689-1115

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