Watermelon Park Fest!
Schedule Page

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Monday September 19

The park is closed to all campers on Monday September 19 only. Park will let people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

 

Tuesday Sept. 20

9 am Park opens The Park will begin letting people into the Festival starting at 9 am Tuesday morning.

Early arrival camping in the park

Wednesday Sept. 21

Early arrival camping in the park.

Thursday Sept. 22

5-6 pm Southern Brewed Bluegrass Band Main Stage Join Southern Brewed winners of the 2015 Band Watermelon Park Fest Band Competition as they open up the Festivities.
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6:15-7:15 pm David and Mason Via. Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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7:30– 8:45 pm Wild Ponies Main Stage. Sponsored by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.More info. on Bands page.
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9:00-10:30 pm Bruce Molsky's Mountain Drifters Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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10:30 -Midnight The Woodshedders Dance Tent. More info. on Bands page.


Friday Sept. 23

11 am-noon Mike Wards everybody Jam Dance tent. Let's Pick, again! Check out this popular workshop and join Mike Ward in a jam session for players of all ages and skill levels, but especially geared toward beginners. Learn the unspoken rules of playing in an open circle jam. This workshop will focus on playing and singing classic bluegrass tunes at a moderate pace for all to enjoy.
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Noon-1 pm David and Mason Via Dance tent. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program. More info. on Bands page.
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1-2:00 pm Pollinators Seed Balls with Stacey Sinclain (Kids Tent) Mix wildflower seeds into a ball that will be flung in the 4:00 Seed Fling.
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1:15-2 pm Bruce Molsky Fiddle Workshop Dance Tent. Join Bruce as he demonstrates and shares the history of old-time southern Appalachian fiddling. A two-time Grammy nominee, he teaches regularly at the Mark O'Conner Fiddle Camp, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's 'Ashokan' and many others. With his honed skills and gentle spirit, Bruce is a much sought after performer and teacher, so bring your fiddle and try it out yourself. And be sure to stick around as he rounds up musicians and plays the Barn Dance at 3:30
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2:00-2:45 Story Telling with Frazer Watkins (Kids Tent) Once apon a time: Remembering and creating oral traditions....take part in creating an oral tradition of Watermelon Park Fest
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3:15-4:30 Colebrook Road Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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2:00-3:00 Bruce Molsky Barn Dance Dance Tent. Bruce and guest players provide the music, Kim Forry provides the calling, you provide the dancin' feet. Let's kick up some dust.
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3:15-4:15 pm Heather Berry and Tony Mabe Dance tent. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program. More info. on Bands page.
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4:30-5:30 Sam Bush Workshop Dance Tent. Sam Bush played at Watermelon Park Fest in 1972 and 73 with Newgrass Revival. We will be asking him about Bluegrass Festivals in the 1970's. Moderated by Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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4:45-5:45 The Honey Dewdrops Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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5:00-6:00 Watermelon Jack-O-Melon Dave and Lisa Coe (Kids Tent) Kids are invited to come carve a Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern for their campsite. Carving tools and tea lights provided. Please note that watermelons will be provided for this event on first come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own watermelon to ensure participation in this event. This event is brought to you by Mountain Media Systems, LLC:
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5:45-6 David and Mason Via Riverside Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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6-7 Taarka Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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7-7:15 The Spruce Brothers Riverside Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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7:15-8:30 Sierra Hull Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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8:30-9:00 Those three guys Riverside Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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9-10:30 The Sam Bush Band Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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10:30- Midnight Black Masala Dance tent. More info. on Bands page.
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Saturday September 24th

 

Noon-1:00 Fairbuilt Guitar and Eastman Mandolin Picking Contest (Side Stage) Enter to win a spankin' new Eastman Mandolin, Cash, and a side stage slot during the height of the festivities! CLICK HERE for more details.
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Noon- 1:00 Flatfoot & Clogging Workshop with Jan Scopel (Dance Tent) The award-winning, energetic and charming Jan Scopel is back sharing his skills flatfooting (a shuffling softshoe style) and clogging (powerhouse floor whacking). Get out those shoes and learn how dancing is done, mountain-style.
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Noon-2 Watermelon Boat Float Build Kids Tent. Kids & adults; EVERYONE at the festival is invited to come eat & build a watermelon boat for this years annual boat float! Please note that watermelons will be provided for the kids then the adults on a first come first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own watermelon to ensure participation in this event. This event is brought to you by Mountain Media Systems, LLC.
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1-2 pm Songwriters Workshop with Dori Freeman, Forest O'Connor and Kate Lee, Dance Tent. Join three young criticaly acclaimed songwriters as they share their craft.
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1-3 pm Band Contest Riverside Stage. Watch and vote for your faves as bands battle it out for the $1600 in prizes and brief Main Stage set from the winning band on Saturday night. CLICK HERE for more details
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2 pm Watermelon Boat Float Concert area. Float Plan on getting wet and being in the river to participate in this event. We will head to the river to launch boats at approx. 2:15 pm
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2:30-3:30 Mark and Maggie O'Connor workshop Dance Tent. American Classics identifies the cornerstones of repertoire, style and wonderful diversity of A New American School of String Playing.
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2:30-3:00 Watermelon Tie-Dyed Shirts with Stacey Sinclair and Michael Duffy (Kids Tent) Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest. Best of all, the shirts dry quickly, and are ready to wear in minutes!
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3:30-4:30 Dori Freeman Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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4:00-4:45 David Grisman workshop Dance Tent. Join David Grisman as he picks a few favorites and talks music with Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program.
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4:50-5:00 Announce the contest winners Riverside stage. Join Contest Coordinator Tara Linhardt as she announces the winners of the Band and picking contests
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5-5:50 Furnace Mountain Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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5:50-6:15 Picking contest winners Riverside Stage. Listen to the winner of the Eastman Mandolin contest and the winner of the Fairbuilt guitar contest pick some hot tunes
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6:15-7:30 Mark O'Conner Family Band Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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7:30-8:00 Band Contest winners Riverside Stage. Come listen as the winners of the band contest show their stuff.
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8-9:30 David Grisman Sextet Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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9:30-10 Cabin Creek Boys Riverside Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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10-11:30 Town Mountain Main Stage. More info. on Bands page.
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10:30 - Midnight The Revelers Dance tent. More info. on Bands page.
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Sunday September 25th

11-12 am Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes Dance Tent. This will be the band you do not want to miss! Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife Program. More info. on Bands page.