Event Schedule

The schedule below is for 2016.  It gives you a good idea of what the BRFF includes.  Our 2017 schedule will be posted in late summer.

Last minute changes to the schedule will be noted on the festival grounds or in the festival program handed out at the entry gates.  

Activities and performances run all day except where times are noted.

MUSIC  (All music stages run 10:00 to 5:00.)

Farm Stage–Across Route 40 at Blue Ridge Farm Museum

  • Slate Mountain Ramblers—An Old-Time Family String Band  (Farm Stage: 10:00 and 2:30)
  • WORKSHOP:  Traditional Guitar Styles of the Virginia Piedmont and Blue Ridge—Featuring Scott Fore, Wayne Henderson, Darren Moore, Doug Rorrer, Jeffrey Scott, and Taylor Rorrer (Farm Stage: 10:30)
  • Jeffrey Scott—A Fine Piedmont-Style Blues Picker and Singer Carrying on a Long Regional and Family Tradition (Farm Stage: 10:30, 12:00, 2:00)
  • Sheets Family Band—An Old-Time Family String Band (Farm Stage: 12:30 and 2:30)
  • Larry Sigmon & Martha Spencer—An Unforgettable Mountain Dance Music Sound From a High-Energy Duo (Farm Stage: 1:00)
  • WORKSHOP:  Keeping It in the Family: Family Musical Traditions—Featuring the Sheets Family Band and the Slate Mountain Ramblers (Farm Stage: 2:30)
  • Scott Fore—A Multi-Stylist Guitar Player and National Flatpicking Champion (Farm Stage: 10:30 and 3:30)
  • The Dry Hill Draggers—Franklin County’s Favorite Old-Time Dance Band Setting Everyone’s Feet in Motion (Farm Stage: 4:00)

 Bowl Stage–Above Adams Lake

  • Friday Night Old-Time Band—Toe-Tapping String Band Dance Tunes From a 40 Year Band (Bowl Stage: 10:00 and 12:00)
  • Wolfe Brothers—A Grayson-Carroll String Band Institution (Bowl Stage: 10:30 and 1:30)
  • Wildfire Band—Bluegrass From Moonshine Country (Bowl Stage: 10:30 and 2:30
  • Gerald Anderson & Friends—Sweet Old-Time Songs and Tunes From Southwest Virginia (Bowl Stage: 11:30 and 2:00)
  • Rorrer Brothers & Son—Tunes and Songs in the Style of 1920s Greats Charlie Poole and Posey Rorrer (Bowl Stage: 12:30 and 3:00)
  • Wayne Henderson & Friends—Hot Picking and Fine Old-Time Songs (Bowl Stage: 1:00 and 3:30)
  • Cabin Creek Boys—Fine Old-Time String Band Music From the Wilds of Carroll County (Bowl Stage: 4:00)
  • Darren & Bailey Moore—Songs and Tunes From the Carter Family Tradition (Bowl Stage: 4:30)

Chapel Stage–Across From Vaughn Chapel Below Adams Lake

  • The True Life Travelers—The Gospel Message Delivered in a Package of Traditional Bluegrass Picking and Singing (Chapel Stage: 10:00 and 4:30)
  • Trinity Chorus—Inspirational Southern Virginia African-American Gospel (Chapel Stage: 10:30 and 2:30)
  • Larnell Starkey & the Spiritual Seven—Joyous, Family-Cooked, Praise-the-Lord African-American Gospel (Chapel Stage: 11:00)
  • Rev. Robert Akers & the Full Gospel Holiness Band—The Holy Spirit Rockin’ to a Hard-Charging Vintage R&R Beat (Chapel Stage: 12:00 and 3:00)
  • WORKSHOP:  The Legendary Gospel Singing Master L. V. Jones: His Songs and InfluenceFeaturing Jerry Moose and Gregg Kimball (Chapel Stage: 12:30)
  • Robertson Family—The Gospel in a Country Bluegrass Sauce (Chapel Stage: 1:00 and 3:30)
  • McMillan Ministries Workshop Choir—Voices in Praise From Deep in the Virginia Blue Ridge  (Chapel Stage: 1:30 and 4:00)
  • The Moose Family—Gospel Harmonies Guaranteed To Move Your Feet and Send Chills up Your Spine (Chapel Stage: 2:00)


  • Team Horse Log Skidding Contest—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (10:00)
  • Virginia State Championship Coon Mule Jumping Contest—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (12:30)
  • Horse Pulling Contest—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (1:00)
  • Plowing Demonstrations—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (11:00, 1:00)
  • Sheep Herding—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (10:00, 2:00, 4:00)
  • Coon Dog UKC and Grade Bench Show—Beside Adams Lake (10:00)
  • Coon Dog Treeing Contest—Beside Adams Lake (12:00)
  • Coon Dog Open Water Race—Adams Lake (1:30)


  • Corn Meal Grinding—Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Antique Engines and Tractors–Below Adams Lake
  • Wheat Threshing and Hay Bailing Demonstrations–Below Adams Lake (10:30, 12:30, 2:30)
  • Rock Crushing Demonstrations—Below Adams Lake (11:30, 1:30, 3:30)


  • Moonshine Still—Beside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Moonshine Lore:  Building the “Hauler”Beside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum (11:00)
  • Moonshine Lore:  Making the ProductBeside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum (12:30)
  • Moonshine Lore:  Tales From Makers and Revenuers—Beside Creek at Blue Ridge Farm Museum (2:00)
  • Virginia’s Forgotten Canneries:  A History in Labels Exhibition & Discussion—Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building Gallery & Classroom
  • Crooked Road Royalty and Crooked Road Music Styles Exhibitions—Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building Gallery
  • Crafts (Outside)—Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Crafts (Inside)—YMCA-Ferrum College on Wiley Drive
  • Foods—Blue Ridge Farm Museum, Adams Lake Field, Beside Ferrum College Fitness Center, Car Area, and Along Wiley Drive
  • Molasses and Apple Butter Making—Blue Ridge Farm Museum
  • Children’s Games—Blue Ridge Farm Museum (10:00 to 4:00). Visit Games Area for Schedule of Individual Games. (Children’s Games Are Coordinated by the Ferrum College Recreation & Leisure Program.)
  • Car Culture & Show Area—Field Just West of Blue Ridge Institute & Museum Building
  • Ferrum College Alumni Hospitality Center—Stanley Library Patio (11:00 to 3:00).  See Alumni Schedule Page for Alumni Breakfast and Ticket Packages.
  • Golden Panthers Center—Beside Information Booth Below Adams Lake.

For more information:  540-365-4412 or bri@ferrum.edu.  Order advance tickets at 540-365-4412.

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