Presented by the Cove Ridge Center Foundation to promote the musical heritage of Appalachian Mountain Culture,the festival honors the tireless work of “Papa Joe” Smiddy, well-known musician, entertainer, and educator.

In addition to being an old-time banjo picker, “Papa Joe” is also known as Dr. Joseph Smiddy, Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Monies raised will go to the festival funds scholarships for local students. Festival tickets are general admission and may be purchased for $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children 12 years of age or younger are admitted free with a paying adult. For more information call (276) 940-2674.

Located at Amphitheater