Saturday October 8, 2022, 10-4

We are so excited to be back in person this year! We hope you’ll join us on Lunsford Commons (MHU’s Upper Quad) for a fun day of wonderful regional music!

About the Festival

The Lunsford Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. The event is the second longest-running folk festival in Western North Carolina and was named in honor of Bascom Lamar Lunsford, who was a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians.

The festival brings out the region’s finest musicians, ballad singers, and dancers and it happens on the same day as the Madison Heritage Arts Festival, so Mars Hill is abuzz. We also encourage you to head over to MHU’s Weizenblatt Gallery, which will be exhibiting work by photographer Rob Amberg, known for his work with Madison County ballad singers, as well as work by ceramics artist Josh Copus. MHU’s Rural Heritage Museum will also be open! Everything is free of charge.

Join us in honoring the rich cultural traditions of the Southern Appalachians!

For more information, please contact Leila Weinstein at (828) 689-1115 or lweinstein@mhu.edu. Download a campus map here.

The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.

 

Thank you to our generous 2022 Festival Sponsors and Partners

Madison County TDA: 2019 Lunsford Festival Sponsors WNCW 88.7: 2019 Lunsford Festival Sponsor

Recover Brands: 2019 Lunsford Festival Sponsor

 

 

 

 

While you’re waiting for 2022 to roll around, please enjoy the 2020 virtual festival:

Trying out a potter's wheel.

Trying out a potter’s wheel

Bailey Mountain Cloggers

MHU’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers

Young musicians from the JAM Program

Madison County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) students playing “backstage”

Spinning wheel demonstration

Angel Ridge Farm demonstrates a spinning wheel

Making apple butter

Twirling at the festival

Parking

Because campus parking is limited, we strongly urge you to use the shuttle operated by the Madison Heritage Arts Festival. The shuttle will run from 8 am until 5.30 pm between the Ingles on Hwy 213 (where you can park your car) and 213/Cascade Street.