West Jefferson — The music lineup for the 2019 Christmas in July Festival in downtown West Jefferson has been confirmed with many favorites once again returning to perform at the annual event, as well as some new performers making their festival debut this year. The festival has once again lined up a great variety of local and regional musical acts featuring a great mix ranging from traditional bluegrass to “newgrass,” country to classic rock hits, and a few other surprises sprinkled in which will surely entertain people of all ages.

Live music is scheduled to begin during the afternoon of Friday, July 5 at 3 p.m. until 10 p.m. during the festival kick-off event of music, food vendors, farmers market & street dance. Musical acts slated to perform on the afternoon and evening of Friday, July 5, include:

3-4:30 p.m. Alex Key & The Locksmiths

5-6 p.m. Restless

6:30-8 p.m. The Lucky Strikes

8:30-10 p.m. Blue Country

The music will continue all day Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. when the full festival is open and also includes arts and craft vendors, food vendors, non-profits, street performers, children’s activities, community stage, farmers market & historical war re-enactments in the West Jefferson Park. Musical acts slated to perform on Saturday, July 6 include:

9-10 a.m. Amantha Mill

10-11 a.m. Whitetop Mountain Oldtime Band

11 a.m.-noon Cane Mill Road

noon to 1 p.m. Jeff Little, Appalachian Piano Man

1-2 p.m. Wayne Henderson & Friends

2-3 p.m. ClayBank Band

3-4 p.m. Backporch Bluegrass Band

4-5 p.m. Cabin Creek Bluegrass Band

5:30-7 p.m. 421 West

The 2019 Festival ‘run-down’

The 33rd Annual Christmas in July Festival will be held in Downtown West Jefferson, NC (rain or shine) on Saturday, July 6 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. The festival’s offerings will not only include great live music featuring from talented performers throughout the region, but also a variety of more than 100 handmade arts and crafts vendors, numerous food vendors, children’s activities, local and regional non-profits and the Ashe County Farmers Market. Further, the festival Community Stage will represent talent from local community groups & individuals to include dancing, clogging, singing and playing music. Street performers will be roving the crowd showcasing talents such as magic, juggling, stilt walking, uni-cycling, and balloon art. Straight from the North Pole, Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to attend the festival as well.

Furthermore, the annual historical war re-enactment group plans to set up throughout the duration of the festival at the West Jefferson Municipal Park.

Ashe County Christmas tree farmers are invited to join the “People’s Choice Favorite Christmas Tree” competition and enter their best-looking tree for festival goers to view and vote on. The tree farmer(s) voted as the People’s Choice winners will win prize money and have the official bragging rights for one year with a trophy & presence on the festival website. If you are an Ashe County Christmas tree farmer and are interested in being part of this tree competition, visit our website for more information or contact Travis Birdsell, Agriculture Extension Agent, at (336) 846-5850.

Come early, Friday, July 5 (rain or shine), for early festival kickoff events including live music from 3-10 p.m., food vendors from 4-10 p.m. and a special Farmers Market from 4-8 p.m. A special opening ceremony is planned for 6pm at the main stage with special guests to officially kick off the festival.

Visit us online at www.christmasinjuly.info or like us on Facebook, @CIJFestival, for more information.

About the Festival

The Christmas in July Festival began in 1987 to showcase the Ashe County Christmas Tree Industry and its importance on a regional (and national) scale. Over the years, the festival has still held on to its heritage of recognizing and honoring the Ashe County Christmas Tree Industry while also incorporating talented musicians, artisans, food and fun activities into the event. The Christmas in July Festival is identified as a 501c(3) nonprofit organization by the IRS and its board of directors & committee members are entirely comprised of unpaid volunteers who work tirelessly most of the year to put on a fun, safe, family-friendly event for the entire community while also attracting visitors to Ashe County.

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