Marion will host the 37th Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 8

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From staff reports

On Saturday, October 8, the 37th Annual Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion will celebrate the arrival of fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For nearly four decades, downtown Marion has hosted this popular festival on the second Saturday in October.

The organizers invite everyone to celebrate small town life in the mountains. Visitors looking for quirky crafts will find plenty of shopping choices with three jam-packed blocks featuring over 150 stalls from crafts, food, non-profits and local craft sponsors; festival food and pubs with local wines, mead and beers.

Additionally, there are two stages featuring the region’s top musicians, according to the press release.

Entertainment at Mountain Glory will feature bluegrass band Possom Creek, vocalist Greg Conley, Addie’s Chapel Gospel Choir and the Rockabillys. The popular Best Dressed Animal contest will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the courthouse. Carolina Dance Company, Little Miss McDowell Olivia Moore, Le Petit Dance Studio, Above the Barre Dance Studio and Americana group Skiffle Creek will perform on the courthouse lawn, according to the press release.

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Don’t miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council. The quilt exhibit is the gallery’s featured exhibit for October. The annual Mountain Glory Quilt Guild quilt show is now presented at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) at 50 S Main St. in Marion. The MACA is open Tuesday to Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come and vote for your favorite quilt, one vote per person. The quilt show will be taken down on Friday, October 28.

The Mountain Glory Quilt Guild has a raffle quilt displayed at MACA. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at MACA. The raffle quilt draw will take place on Friday, December 6 at their regular meeting. Proceeds from raffle tickets will be donated to Freedom Life Ministries. The Mountain Glory Quilt Guild meets twice a month at noon at St. Marks United Methodist Church on US 70 in Pleasant Gardens.

At the Mountain Glory Festival, kids will have fun in the “kids arena” with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever-popular Best Dressed Animals contest.

Shuttle buses will run from the Rose car park to the festival site every half hour. The shuttle service is free. Handicapped parking will be available behind State Farm Insurance.

You might even see Bigfoot, Marion’s official pet. The festival is sponsored by the town of Marion.

Other sponsors are Baxter Healthcare, First Bank, Hunter’s Liver Mush, JC Property Professionals, Jim Cook Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Little Law Firm, Lattimore & Ledford, MACS, MASA, Marion Family Dental, McDowell Chamber of Commerce, The McDowell News, Mission Hospital McDowell, McDowell Technical Community College, Pepsi-Cola, Premier Insurance, TS Orthodontics, US Cellular and Westmoreland Funeral Home.

For more information about the festival, visit www.mtngloryfestival.com or call 828-652-2215. To find other events, attractions and accommodation information in the area, visit www.blueridgetraveler.com or call toll-free (888-233-6111) for a free guide and map.

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