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Looks for arts and crafts vendors and games in the expansive fields at Valle Crucis Community
Park at Rootsfest on Saturday, June 15.
Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2013-06-06 17:42:36
Last modified: 2013-06-06 17:43:21

Valle Crucis Park debuts Rootsfest June 15

by Anna Oakes

As if you needed another excuse to check out the Valle Crucis Community Park, here's one more: the inaugural Rootsfest, taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

Admission is free, but parking is $5 per vehicle at the park and at nearby Valle Crucis Elementary School.

The event features local art and craft vendors, live music, games and activities for children and historical exhibits and demonstrations.

Children's activities include bounce houses, slides and old-fashioned carnival games. Activity tickets are $1 each or $15 for all day.

The event is a benefit to help fund the upkeep of the nonprofit, community-run park, which offers expansive fields and recreation facilities, Watauga River frontage, a wetlands area, covered pavilions, walking trail, summer concert series and more.

"We've always thought it would be a great venue for some kind of music and arts festival," said Caroline Gandy, executive director of the park.

Vendors' wares will include woodwork and rustic furniture, jewelry, soaps, home décor, paintings, pottery and more.

The Todd Wright Trio, Carolina Crossing and Sheets Family Band will perform, and Feastie Boys food truck will be on site.

Gandy said vendors may still apply to participate in the festival if they contact her this week.

For more information, call (828) 963-9239 or email Visit for more information on the festival.