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Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day held Sept. 13

BOONE—The Annual Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day will be held Sept. 13 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Elk Knob State Park.

Billed as the region’s largest potluck, the event includes performances by local musicians, cultural demonstrations and activities, including hikes to the Elk Knob summit.

Admission is a covered dish and attendees are encouraged to bring food items at 11:30 a.m.. Beverages will be provided; no glass or alcohol please.

Elk Knob State Park opened in 2003. It is located off Meat Camp Road, 5.5 miles from Hwy. 194 in Watauga County and 9.5 miles north of Boone.

The celebration is sponsored by the Elk Knob Community Heritage Organization (EKCHO), Elk Knob State Park, and the Appalachian State University Sustainable Development Program with generous support from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

As in past years, Appalachian’s Center for Appalachian Studies will be record oral histories and scan photographs for future use in heritage exhibits.

Participants this year are asked to bring their favorite family recipe, along with any photos for the first Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day Cookbook.

Activities are:

Schedule of Events: (subject to change)

11:00 a.m.

Dollar Boys

11:40 a.m.

Maggie Idol

11:45 a.m.

Welcome – Larry Trivette, superintendent of Elk Knob State Park

Bernie Edwards, board president, EKCHO

11:55 a.m.

Prayer – Scotty Eller



12:50 p.m.

Sweet Briar Jam

1:30 p.m.

Back Porch Bluegrass

2:00 p.m.

Saunders Family

2:50 p.m.

Hubbards Family

3:30 p.m.

The Lost Faculty

Cultural Demonstrations and Activities: (subject to change)

Pottery by Jimmy Saverly and Jennifer Gardner

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides by RJ Main

Corn Shuck Dolls by Susan Hazlewood and Janie Dotson

Medicinal Herbs by Diana Donovan

Chair Caning by Amy Michels

Quilting by Evelina Idol and Geneva Roark

Yarn Spinning by Jane Plaugher

Old Time Games and Environmental Programs by North Carolina Park Rangers

“This is a wonderfully informal gathering where folks, families and kids can come out for a relaxing afternoon of great food, music, socializing, education, and more. The park staff looks forward to hosting this event again this year,” said Larry Trivette, Elk Knob State Park superintendent.

Contact: Meghan B Minton, EKCHO Community Organizer