Autumn Leaves Festival Selected as “Top 20 Event” in the Southeast. Celebrating 50th Year.

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2016 Autumn Leaves Festival Coming Soon

One-hundred forty (140) days left until 2017 Autumn Leaves Festival.

Go to our website for a list of craft and food vendors.  Also, check out the bandstand schedule.

Free Entertainment @ the 2016 Autumn Leaves Festival


                                            BANDSTAND SCHEDULE


11:30AM                     Openning Ceremonies           

11:50 – 12:35              The Foothills Band                                                     (Blugrass)

12:35 – 1:20                Crossriver                                                                  (Gospel)

1:20 – 2:05                  Over The Hill Bluegrass Band                                  (Bluegrass)

2:05 – 2:50                  The Mountain Ivy Band                                             (Old Time)

2:50 – 3:35                  Hubert Lawson & The Bluegrass Country Boys    (Bluegrass)

3:35 – 4:20                  The Hard Times Band                                               (Bluegrass)

4:20 – 5:05                  Snow Creek Old Time Band                                     (Old Time)

5:05 – 5:50                  2 Young 2 Old                                                            (Bluegrass)

5:50 – 6:35                  The Nunn Brothers                                                    (Bluegrass)

6:35 – 7:20                  Mountain Park Old Time Band                                 (Old Time)

7:20 – 8:05                  The South Carolina Broadcasters                           (Old Time)

8:05 – 9:00                  Trish Fore & The Old Time Pals                               (Old Time)


9:15 – 10:00                Possum Hollow Old-Time String Band                   (Old Time)

10:00 – 10:40              Plank Road Bluegrass                                             (Bluegrass)

10:40 – 11:20              Farmington Bluegrass                                              (Bluegrass)

11:20 – 12:00              Bluegrass & Beyond                                                  (Bluegrass)

12:00 – 12:45              Twin County Ramblers                                              (Old Time)

12:45 – 1:30                Fisher’s Peak Timber Rattlers                                   (Old Time)

1:30 – 2:15                  The Dewey Murphy Band                                          (Bluegrass)

2:15 – 3:00                  Reed Island Rounders                                               (Old Time)

3:00 – 3:45                  Narrow Road                                                             (Gospel)

3:45 – 4:30                  The Country Boys                                                      (Bluegrass)

4:30 – 5:15                  The Buckstankle Boys                                               (Bluegrass)

5:15 – 6:00                  Slate Mountain Ramblers                                           (Old Time)

6:00 – 6:45                  The Woodchuckers                                                     (Old Time)

6:45 – 7:30                  The Marshall Brothers & Highroad                          (Bluegrass)

7:30 – 8:15                  The Zephyr Lightning Bolts                                       (Old Time)

8:15 – 9:00                  The Mainline Gravy Soppers                                     (Old Time)


1:00 – 2:00                  Cranford Creek Bluegrass                                         (Bluegrass)

2:00 – 3:00                  Crossroad                                                                   (Bluegrass)

3:00 – 4:00                  Rich In Tradition                                                        (Bluegrass)

4:00 – 5:00                  Highway 52                                                                (Bluegrass)

Arnold’s “Art Heart” — 2016 Autumn Leaves Festival Artisans


Jeff and Cheryll Arnold are both artists who paint and produce personalized Appalachian Folk Art.  They do all-original old-fashioned country paintings, in acrylic, of the area where they live—Appalachian mountain’s range.  The art they create includes cabins, barns, outhouses, covered bridges, old churches, etc.

They also produce limited edition prints from those paintings, cut their own mats, and then sell the art to their customers who can get each one personalized while they are at the festival.  Every aspect of their artwork is handmade and/or painted by the Arnold’s, from beginning to finished product.  Their “interactive” artwork allows the patron to become part of the painting itself, making each piece unique to the customer.

The bright, unique, folk art quality of their paintings fascinates their customers and keeps them coming back year after year!

Go by their booth at the 2015 Autumn Leaves Festival, October 9-11 and make your personal or gift purchase.

2016 Autumn Leaves to feature Thad Cox – Mayberry Artist & Potter

Thad Cox – The Mayberry Artist & Potter

Born in the North Carolina foothills, Thad Cox grew up just north of Winston-Salem in Stanleyville, NCThad Cox Face Jugs.  Whether it was drawing, painting or sculpture, he always had a great passion for art.  By the time he graduated from High School he had won several major awards and over a hundred ribbons for his work in state and local competitions.

Living just 30 minutes south of Mount Airy, Thad was inspired to begin his Mayberry series in the mid-1980s.  With his love for the show combined with his talent for portraits, he has released 10 Mayberry limited edition prints.  Thad has sold thousands of prints nationwide with some of the edition prints selling out.  He also has sold work to people outside the United States and several times his work has been on national television.

Over the last few years he has developed his style of pottery, creating his version and style of face jugs and mugs.  Thad was and is best known for his life-like portraits.

Presently, Thad teaches art at West Stokes High School and lives in King, North Carolina.  During the fall, he can be found at the “Autumn Leaves Festival” in Mount Airy, NC displaying and selling his creations.  When one sees his work for the first time there is no hiding the love he has for his home and state.

Thad will be demonstrating at his potter wheel at this year’s Autumn Leaves Festival October 9-11, 2015 at the corner of Main and Franklin Streets in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

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50th Annual Autumn Leaves Festival Selected as “TOP 20 EVENTS”


The Autumn Leaves Festival is one of the Southeast’s largest outdoor festivals and 2016 marks the 50th year of this award-winning event.  The Autumn Leaves Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events” for October 2016.  The Chamber’s FREE three-day event attracts over 200,00 people who come out to enjoy the food, arts and crafts, children’s activities, music, and of course, the town’s wonderful and friendly hospitality.

The 50th Annual Autumn Leaves Festival, sponsored by The Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, will take place October 14-16, 2016 in downtown Mount Airy, N.C.  Hours of the festival are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

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alflogo_whitebkgrdThe Autumn Leaves Festival 2015 is set from October 9-11 marks the 49th anniversary of one of North Carolina’s longest running and most successful events held in Downtown Mount Airy.

The Autumn Leaves Festival has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 20 Events” in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The roster of artisans and craftspeople covers such media as pottery, paintings, textiles and jewelry. The unique arts and crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations.
“Food for the Soul”, ham biscuits, collards and cornbread, barbecue, Amish doughnuts and pretzels, ground steak and more served with hospitality by our local civic and service organizations.

Autumn Leaves Festival is a walker’s paradise with visual delights and mouthwatering treats at every stop.

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