Harvester Stage at the Franklin county Agricultural Fair

September 14-17, 2022

 

2022 Crooked Road Stage

Franklin County Agricultural Fair Offers Diverse Musical Performances

Attendees to the 2022 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be entertained and treated to a range of artistic styles performing Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 17 on the Crooked Road Stage at the Franklin County Recreation Park, 2150 Sontag Road in Rocky Mount. The Crooked Road Stage, sponsored by The Crooked Road | Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, will feature a dynamic lineup of professional bands and community musicians.

We will also offer daily entertainment on the Crooked Road Stage presented by local community groups! Come out and see your fellow classmates, neighbors, family, and friends perform for you as part of the community stage. More details and times to come!

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!

 

Wednesday


Wednesday, September 14

Miss Franklin County Agricultural Fair Pageant Showcase
(5:30 PM – 6 PM)

Join us for a showcase of the 2022 Franklin County Agricultural Fair Pageant Queens!

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Wednesday, September 14

JoJo Stockton and Solacoustix
(7 PM – 8:30 PM)

Solacoustix is a music phenomenon, performing everything from Blues, R&B, and country to rock. (well just about anything) Band leader JoJo Stockton holds down the bass or lead while Singer Stuart Brown mixes & mashes all types of current and classic music and truly makes it his own. Originally a Duo, Stu was the Soulful singer and JoJo brought the Acoustic guitar (hence the name Solacoustix). With a fast-growing  following JoJo added 2 members to round out the 4 piece.  Chris Eural the tight drummer and Adam Hill rocks the keys which making THIS band the ONE to book for any event ! Solacoustix has played to several festivals, and private, and college crowds. opening for American Idol Ruben Studdard, the legendary go-go band “EU”,  jazz great Adrian Crutchfield, Grammy award-winning Delbert McClinton,  Joslyn & the Sweet Compression, & guitar prodigy Brandon ‘Taz” Niederauer to name some.

www.solacoustix.com

 

Thursday


Thursday, September 15

“Orchestra Appalachia” – Ferrum College Folk Music Program
(5:30 PM – 6:30 PM)

Ferrum College’s new Appalachian Music Program, under the direction of Emily Blankenship-Tucker, welcomes all musicians, vocalists, and dancers, of any skill level, to join and celebrate the region’s rich Appalachian heritage and music while also recognizing the present time and place. The program is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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Thursday, September 15

Junior Sisk
(7 PM – 8:30 PM)

Junior Sisk is widely recognized as one of today’s top bluegrass vocalists and is a constant reminder that traditional bluegrass is still alive and well. A longtime resident of the Virginia Blue Ridge, his bluegrass pedigree runs deep. Influenced by a father who wrote songs and played guitar and a mother who sang, Sisk first learned to play around age 14.

www.juniorsisk.com

 

Friday


Friday, September 16

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Franklin County
(5 PM – 6 PM)

Franklin County JAM is a program that began in 2014 and is made possible by the Smith Mountain Arts Council. The program is held for 4-8 grade elementary and middle students throughout Franklin County at the Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration and offers instruction in fiddle, banjo, and guitar, with cultural enrichment and community performance opportunities!

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Friday, September 16

Unique Sound of the Mountains “Larry Sigmon and Friends”
(6:30 PM – 7:30 PM)

Old-time mountain music by Larry Sigmon.

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Friday, September 16

Twin Creeks Stringband
(8 PM – 10 PM)

THE TWIN CREEKS STRINGBAND is an old-time band from Southwest Virginia where their hard-driving music has been handed down to them through generations of music in Carroll and Franklin County.  The band is a continuation of The Dry Hill Draggers, a band formed in the early 1980’s in Franklin County, Virginia who played for dances and festivals for over 30 years. Though the name has changed, the high-energy sound and rock-solid rhythm remains unchanged.  The Twin Creeks Stringband continues to play hot fiddle tunes with a driving beat along with strong vocals that will entertain both listeners and dancers alike.  The members of the band include Chris Prillaman on fiddle, Jason Hambrick on guitar and vocals, Stacy Boyd on bass, and his son Jared Boyd on banjo.

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Saturday


Saturday, September 17

A-List Dance Academy Showcase
(2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)

A-List Dance Academy (ALDA) is a new studio started in 2021 offering a variety of dance styles to Franklin County and the surrounding areas. Our instructors are dedicated to sharing their passion and knowledge for dance with children throughout the community and bringing them one step closer towards excellence.

www.alistdanceacademy.com

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Saturday, September 17

Jack Tale Players with After Jack
(4 PM – 5 PM)

The Jack Tale Players presented entertaining and educational plays from 1975 to 2012, with traditional music and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The show has delighted young and old with its fast-paced action, energetic actors, innovative staging, and foot-stomping music. R. Rex Stephenson, the writer/director for the company, combines the art of traditional storytelling with theatre to create unique story theatre. The Jack Tale Players’ final reunion show was on Oct. 27, 2012. Rex and other performers continue to tell tales as the Jack Tale Storytellers.

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Saturday, September 17

Raise the Barre Dance Showcase
(6 PM – 7 PM)

Raise the Barre Dance Studio offers many styles dance for ages 3 years old to adults. This studio is for anyone interested in dance, from beginner to advanced, recreational to pre-professional.

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Saturday, September 17

WoundTight
(8 PM – 10 PM)

Formed in Southwest Virginia, WoundTight plays an energetic bluegrass style. With an emphasis on traditional bluegrass music, classic country tunes with a bluegrass twist, strong vocals, and original material, this band truly lives up to its name.

In 2014 they released their first self-titled album. The band then released their second project “No More Rain” in 2017 featuring original material, produced by Steve Dilling and Skip Cherryholmes of Sideline.
Two more single releases have followed: “Driving Me Insane” and “Why Did You Go Away” in 2019. If you enjoy tradition but are also attracted to new original material, follow WoundTight as they continue their musical journey while maintaining ties to their traditional roots

www.woundtightband.com

 

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Prices, policies, programs, schedules, attractions and entertainment subject to change or cancellation without notice. No Rainchecks. No Refunds. No weapons, guns or knives allowed at the event. The Franklin County Agricultural Fair and/or County of Franklin reserves the right to refuse admission.