Mountain Heritage Day

Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University

The 43rd annual Mountain Heritage Day will be a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time, gospel, and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos, and clogging. Festival-goers are invited to join in workshops at the Circle Tent and participate in shape-note singing, one of the mountains’ sacred traditions. Admission and parking are free so bring your family and experience all that our rich heritage has to offer.


8:00 AM - 5K Race Begins

9:00 AM - Registration for Chainsaw Contest and Car Show Begins

10:00 AM - Festival Opens

5:00 PM - Festival Closes


10:00 AM - Deitz Family

10:45 AM - Queen Family

11:30 AM - Sheets Family Band with Bailey Mountain Cloggers

11:45 AM - Sheets Family Band

12:30 PM - Llyody Arneach

1:00 PM - Ol’ Dirty Bathtub

2:00 PM - Youth Talent Contest

2:45 PM - Warriors of Anikituwah

3:15 PM - Mountain Faith Band with Cole Mountain Cloggers

3:30 PM - Mountain Faith Band


10:00 AM - Eddie Rose and Highway 40

10:45 AM - Eddie Rose and Hwy 40 with Green Grass Cloggers

11:00 AM - Phil and Gaye Johnson

11:45 AM - Mountain Faith

12:45 PM - Whitewater Bluegrass Company

2:00 PM - Stoney Creek Band

2:45 PM - Country Current

3:45 PM - Country Current and Bailey


10:00 AM - Hollerin’ Home

10:30 AM - Jackson County JAM

11:00 AM - New Kituwah

11:30 AM - Ashton Woody

12:00 PM - Southern Appalachian Cloggers

1:00 PM - Cole Mountain Cloggers w/Dietz Family

1:15 PM - Cole Moutain Cloggers

1:30 PM - Deitz Family

2:00 PM - Uncle Ted White


10:00 AM - Jackson County Historical Society

11:30 AM - Outlaws and Inlaws with EddieRose and his band, CrystalDeitz and the Deitz Family, and Lawrence Dillingham

1:00PM - Ballads and Songs from Across the H20 with Phil and Gaye Johnson, and Summer MacMahan

3:00PM - Dance Tunes for Fiddle with Arvil Freeman, 2 member of the Sheets Family, and Danielle Bishop


10:30 AM - Sacred Harp Singing

12:15 PM - Ballad Circle with Sarah Elizabeth Burkey, Susan Pepper, and Jeanette Schrock

1:30 PM - Christian Harmony Singing


10:30 AM - Warriors of AniKituwah

11:00 AM - Big Cove Youth Stickball Team

12:00 PM - Black Powder Rifle Demonstration

2:00 PM - Hummingbird Stickball Team

3:00 PM - Black Powder Rifle Demonstration