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Burning Mountain Festival promises a fun weekend in New Castle

Participants enjoy the parade at a previous Burning Mountain Festival in New Castle.
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Friday, Sept. 11

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: New Castle Branch Library book sale and silent auction

5 to 10 p.m.: Food and craft vendors, Burning Mountain Park

5 to 10 p.m.: Beer garden, Burning Mountain Park

5 to 6:30 p.m.: John Noel Band, Burning Mountain Park

7 to 10 p.m.: The Ralph Dinosaur Band, Burning Mountain Park

Saturday, Sept. 12

8 to 10 a.m.: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, Community Center

10 to 11:30 a.m.: Parade on Main Street

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: New Castle Branch Library book sale and silent auction

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: New Castle Museum open

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Community Center open as cooling area

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Food and craft vendors, Burning Mountain Park

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kids games, post office parking lot

11:30 a.m.: Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, Main Street

11:30 a.m.: Gus the Bus, Main Street

Noon to 9:30 p.m.: Beer garden, Burning Mountain Park

1 to 4 p.m.: Entertainment, pie eating contest, wood chopping contest (men’s and women’s divisions), Burning Mountain Park

5 to 6:30 p.m.: Smuggler Mountain Boys, Burning Mountain Park

7 to 10 p.m.: Already Gone, Burning Mountain Park

New Castle will celebrate its Burning Mountain Festival today and Saturday.

This year’s festival theme is “Honoring the Past, Creating the Future.” The logo was designed by Keith Ketchern of Silt, and New Castle’s own Max Leboyne was the winner in the children’s division of the logo contest.

Festival attendees can expect the same activities and great entertainment, Debbie Nichols, New Castle administrative assistant, said.

Festivities begin today at 5 p.m. in Burning Mountain Park. Food and craft vendors will offer a wide variety of goods and services throughout the evening, including the beer garden, which will be open from 5-10 p.m. John Noel will take the Mr. T’s stage from 5-6:30 p.m. followed by the Ralph Dinosaur Band — performing for the second year in a row — from 7-10 p.m.

Saturday’s activities begin with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. with tickets priced at $5 for adults and $4 for children.

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The Burning Mountain Parade will make its way down Main Street starting at 10 a.m. With around 20 entries, the parade is about on par with previous years, Nichols said. Motorists should be aware that the street will be closed for the duration of the parade.

Burning Mountain Park will be a buzz of activity throughout the day, with vendors, bands, the beer garden, games and contests. This year, the festival will have a men’s and women’s division for the pie eating contest, as well as the wood chopping contest — both offering some pretty good prizes, according to Nichols.

In addition, the Friends of the Library will host a book sale and silent auction on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the New Castle Town Museum will be open on Fourth Street. Featured bands on Saturday include the Smuggler Mountain Boys and Already Gone.

This year will be the second that town staff and volunteers have organized the festival instead of the New Castle Chamber, which temporarily disbanded prior to the 2014 festival. At one point that year, the town was worried the festival would not happen, but the team of town officials and volunteers came together to make last year’s event a success.

While it definitely required a little more work, the were not many complaints.

“I thought it went pretty good,” Nichols said.

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