Burning Mountain Festival to feature good music, fun activities
For the 42nd consecutive year, New Castle will celebrate the Burning Mountain Festival on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12.
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.
Despite calculations from previous years, this year is actually the 42nd consecutive year, explained Debbie Nichols, New Castle administrative assistant. A look back through records revealed that the first Burning Mountain Festival was in 1972 making this year the 42nd — meaning the town actually celebrated the 40th anniversary one year early in 2012.
Regardless of the actual year, festival attendees can expect the same activities and great entertainment, Nichols said.
Festivities begin on Friday 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 to 10 p.m. John Noel will take the Mr. T’s stage from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by The Ralph Dinosaur Band — performing for the second year in a row — from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s activities begin with the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. with tickets priced at $5 for adults and $4 for children.
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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