The Bosses return to Rhododendron Festival this weekend

Published 11:45 am Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Bosses will perform Saturday at noon at the Rhododendron Festival at the Roan Mountain State Park. The festival, which has been presented annually since 1947, features live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food and drink, and a chance to drive to the top of the mountain to view the spectacular bloom of the Catawba rhododendron in the naturally occurring Cloudland gardens. The event is always scheduled for the third week of June, which is the time when the rhododendron usually reach peak blooms at the gardens’ elevation of 6,200 feet. The entertainment schedule for Saturday includes storytelling by Mike McKinney at 10 a.m.; the Trailblazer Cloggers at 11 a.m.; the Boss Family at noon; T.V. Barnett & The Roan Mountain Moonshiners at 1 p.m.; Scholarship awarded at 2 p.m.; Will Easter at 2:05 p.m.; Jim and Cheri Miller at 3 p.m.; Fiddling Leona and J.P. Mathes at 4 p.m. The schedule for Sunday includes the Rock Creek Ramblers at noon; Dan Henderson Family at 1 p.m.; Art and Friends at 2 p.m.; Greater Glory at 3 p.m.; and Tim and Sandra Hughes at 4 p.m. More than 100 arts and crafts vendors and a variety of food vendors are scheduled to attend the festival. The Roan Mountain Citizens Club will be selling cookbooks, souvenirs, cold drinks and bottled water. All proceeds will go to Roan Mountain community projects including schools and the volunteer fire department. A mini-auction will be held to raise money for the annual presentation of a scholarship to a student of Cloudland High School.

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