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Burke's Garden Fall Festival continues tradition


Burke’s Garden, VA—Tradition is handmade, homemade and home-grown at the Burke’s Garden Fall Festival, celebrating its 28th year on Saturday, September 26th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  “The festival is such an enduring tradition for visitors and residents,” says event chairman Mike Bell. “We love to welcome back those that come every year as well as see the smiling faces of new visitors seeing the Garden for the first time.”

Driving around the Garden is a relaxing experience, admiring the gorgeous scenery and looking for the distinctive barn quilts. On the West End, Rolling Gardens Farm, Vernon and Elizabeth Schmucker’s, will have pumpkins, fresh produce, mums, homemade candies and baked goods available.  On Burke’s Garden Rd., the Burke’s Garden General Store, under the able management of Mattie Schlabach, is a welcome stop for baked goods, bulk foods, craft and souvenir items, or cold drinks.  At the Burke’s Garden Lutheran Church stop in for a quiet break in the 1871 sanctuary, relax under the great oak, or stroll to the top of the 180 year old cemetery for a spectacular view!  If genealogy is your interest, be sure to take a look at the newly updated cemetery directory.

The center of the valley on Burke’s Garden Road is the heart of the Festival.  General parking is on the north (or Gap) side of BG Methodist Church and handicapped parking on the south side of the grounds (past the old school).  The Burke’s Garden Volunteer Firemen will direct parking and gratefully accept donations to “The Boot” for this service.

Burke’s Garden Methodist Church will offer delicious sausage biscuits or fried pies with coffee early in the day, or hot dogs with homemade chili and baked goods as the morning yields to lunchtime.  Pick up a jar of fabulous locally made copper kettle apple butter! 

At the Burke’s Garden Community Center (a.k.a. The Old School), a number of new activities will enhance many of the old favorites.  Visitors may want to bring a folding chair or ground cloth to sit on and enjoy the full and varied slate of music on the outdoor stage, and a cooler to take home farm raised goodies.  Several hometown vendors will be featured, including: Burkes Garden Homemakers Club with apple butter, fried pies and wonderful BG designed & themed items; Burke’s Garden Community Association, with BG commemoratives; the Schlabach Family, with maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickled beets and baked goods; Garden Mountain Ice Cream, David and Mattie Schlabach’s sweet treats; Melvin Enterprises, Doug and Betty Melvin’s gourds, dried flower arrangements and antique tools; Marion & Pete Jones, handcrafted hats and scarves; Greever Graphics, with inspirational photos, framed or unframed; Bozang bead necklaces; Sisters House of Quilts, Sharon Rhudy and Donna Shumate’s quilts and table coverings; Dumpster Diva!, Kim’s Hall’s creatively repurposed finds; Christa’s Creations, Christa Brewster’s crocheted wares and paintings; and Hall’s Bar-B-Q, offering Texas-style BBQ with beans and BG potatoes, and pit-fired Brisket Pizza.

The Community Center will also include several vendor friends from across the mountain, including Darrell Fleming, Divine Crystal Jewelry, Linda Hudson Hoagland, Golden Harvest Creations, Bath Fitter, Victoria Fletcher’s Books, Claudia Ware, Levitt Family Crafts, Shan’s Kettle Corn, Tazewell County Historical Society, Friends By The Way, byKaki, Willie Jacobs, Timbo’s Concessions, Mayflower Concessions, Crazy Gals, Crafts, B & L Gifts, Tricey Treats, Connie Wohlford, Dixie Grillin’, Spider Hill Designs, Ellen Adams, D & C Concessions, Tammy Allison, Black Diamond Paranormal Society, Valley Baskets, Smith’s Fish, Photos by Whitney, Homespun Memories, Cobb Hill Alpacas, Misty Mountain Knives, Backyard Heroes BBQ, and Woodsgift Farm.

Also at the Community Center will be several exhibits, living history, activities and performances, including encamped Frontiersmen re-enactors and Miss Molly Tynes to commemorate her famous Civil War ride; horse-drawn wagon rides; live music on stage; the Giles Artillery with hourly cannon firings; and a Children’s Area with quick quilt crafts, tater critters and hands-on pottery demos by Andrea Cunningham.

If you like to hear tales of the old days, settle inside the Community Center to hear Kent Hoge’s 12:00 noon presentation on Native American village relics found on his BG property. Stay for the Tazewell Historical Society’s presentation on the early history of the Garden at 1:00 p.m.  And linger for Ed Metcalf’s talk at 2:00 p.m. about the unique and world-famous cattle raised in the Garden in the 1900’s.

Admission to the Burke’s Garden Fall Festival is free, so that attendees can share in the beauty of the valley and spend their money on crafts, food, produce, books, parking donations and more at the event.  Burke’s Garden Fall Festival brochures with maps and schedules are available at Crab Orchard Museum, JR’s Convenience Store, the Burke’s Garden General Store and other area locations. For more information, please contact 276-472-2565 or burkesgardenfallfestival@bgtco.net.

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