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Mountain Heritage Festival celebrates 40 years

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By Natasha Colbaugh

The Mountain Heritage Festival has been held in the mountains of Stinking Creek for the past four decades. The festival took shape at a kitchen table as friends planned the first event to be held down by the water.

The community event quickly outgrew the small creek side where it started and moved 10 miles down the road to the Mountain Heritage Field where it is still held annually.

The 40th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Festival will take place on Sept. 4, 5. Gates open at 9 a.m. and festivities will begin at 11 a.m. both days.

A detailed lineup begins with a mule pull starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday and music from the Ole Spice Band, Bluegrass Mountaineers and Skyway Boys will play throughout the day. The Stanfield Drama Team will also perform on Saturday.

On Sunday several church choirs and gospel bands will perform and on both days bounce houses and games will be available for children. An opportunity to take an old time photo will also be among the options for visitors.

Co-organizer Trina Baird said the hometown singing, crafts and good country cooking are some of the best offered in the area.

The family oriented event has something for everyone.

“I remember going when I was a little girl,” said Baird of the fond memories she has of the large tents, crafters and food.

The event is much like it was 40 years ago, with friends and families reunited on common ground. Baird said the event is like a reunion and was more of a homecoming in year’s past when relatives returned home from their northern jobs.

With home cooked food and friendly faces, this year’s event will be no different then it has been before, and maybe that is why it has lasted so long, said Baird.

There is a $5 parking fee for visitors.