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    VA - Mt Rogers - 6th Annual Grayson Fall Festival Hang

    6th Annual Grayson Highlands Fall Festival
    Mt Rogers, Virginia
    Grayson Highlands State Park
    September 22-26, 2016


    • Hammockers! come join the fun again! Family-friendly event!
    • Free camping and free parking at group campsite
    • Bonus for Hikers! The Appalachian Trail runs through the park if you want to plan a backpacking trip or day hike before or after the festival.



    SEE PICTURES BELOW!!

    The Annual Grayson Highlands Harvest Fall Festival is mountain music, crafts, old time living history activities, and LAST but not LEAST, the annual pony sale from Grayson Highlands/Mt Rogers area.

    Since 1976 the Ruby Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. and Grayson Highlands State Park have entertained tens of thousands of people each year with their live exhibits of Appalachian culture. We participate in the festival by manning a hammock demonstration area and in return the state park allows us to camp for free in the group campground.

    Step back into a simpler age when horses and mules ground cane into juice to be boiled into sorghum molasses; when apple cider was the soft drink of the time; when fresh apples were cooked into apple butter in a copper kettle over an open fire all day long; when Saturday night was reserves for fiddling, and making music with the neighbors. Such was the life style of the early Appalachian pioneers.

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    Free Registration: Google spreadsheet link here.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...R6c/edit#gid=0
    Please register on the spreadsheet. It helps greatly with planning. The sheet is setup so you can change your answers at any time if your plans change or if you need to add or delete information.

    IMPORTANT: Campers need to stop at the Park Entrance and tell the gate they are with the Hammock Forum group -- this way you can enter at no cost. If anyone travels before Thursday or stays later than Monday, you will have to pay the parking fee for those days and park at the backpacker parking lot.
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    Schedule for Hammockers! What goes on when.


    • • The Hammock Demo will take place on Saturday only, from 10 am until 5 pm.
    • We have a group breakfast Saturday morning before time for the set-up crew to drive over to the festival area (about a 5 minute drive). Some stay and clean up from breakfast.
    • • Go to the Google spreadsheet to see what is needed for breakfast and supper on Saturday.
    • We usually have about 5-7 hammocks set up in our Hammock Demo area which is in a shaded wooded area with a short path between the music pavilion & the food area.
    • Not everyone joining the group hang needs to be there. We usually like to have at least 5-7 (or more) hanging around to answer questions about hammock camping as people stop by. The same people don't need to stay at the Hammock Demo the whole time. We switch out while others do whatever they like (see other parts of the festival, the pony auction at 2pm, go for a day hike,etc).
    • • As 5 pm approaches, some will go back to camp to start preparing for the evening group meal which will be followed by the raffle.


    Hammock Forum Contacts for Hang: Private message Slowhike, Home Run, or Rockdawg69.


    General State Park Information

    Grayson Highlands Fall Festival Website: Here - http://ghfallfestival.50megs.com/

    Park Weather Link: Here - http://graysonfriends.org/pages/ww.html

    Park Link: Here - http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-pa...al_information

    Driving Directions: Use Grayson Highlands State Park, VA

    Google Map: Here - https://www.google.com/maps/@36.6069...4691334,11.84z

    Address: 829 Grayson Highland Ln., Mouth of Wilson, VA, 24363
    GPS: Latitude: 36.628322 Longitude: -81.496889
    Park Phone: 276-579-7092
    Email: [email protected]
    Emergency: Dial 911

    FAQ’s

    Where are we hammock camping?
    Group Hang Site: Anyone who wants to hang for free should go to the group campsite located near the Country Story, the Amphitheater and the Hickory Ridge Campground.

    Free Parking
    Available at edge of group camp site.

    Group Camping Check-In: Can be as early as Thurs morning.

    Group Camping Check-Out: Most leave by late morning or noon on Sunday and those that want to will drive to the Log Cabin restaurant for a group brunch. Some folks seem to always stay Sunday night and do some hiking or just hang around for some additional socializing. For example, last year a few of us drove back to the group site & stayed Sunday night as well. They will probably let some stay an extra night if we ask.

    Campground Quiet Time: 10 PM to 7 AM.

    Can I bring my dog?
    Yes! Dogs should be kept on leash at all times.

    Is there water for camping?
    There are two fresh water spigots at the edge of the group site.

    Are there picnic tables in the camping area?
    Yes.

    What about bathrooms? I don’t poop good in the woods.
    Group camping has flush toilets for both men and women.

    Where can I get a showers?
    There is a shower house a short walk or drive from our camp.

    Will there be campfires? It ain’t camping without a fire.
    We will have a large fire area in the center of camp. We will look into having local firewood delivered.

    Are there grills?
    There are at least two permanent charcoal grills. You will need to bring charcoal if you want to use it.

    What happens if it rains?
    We will have a 20' x 30' tarp strung high, under which we will assemble 6 picnic tables for food prep, eating & socializing. There is a large pavilion at the edge of group camp but we don't spend much time there during this event. They have a few park events at the pavilion during the weekend.

    How can I find out about pre and post hikes?
    We don’t keep track of them but feel free to start a separate hiking thread on HF.

    What are the rules on alcohol?
    State Park rules say no alcohol in the park.

    Last Year’s 2015 Trip Report: Here - https://hammockforums.net/forum/show...-gt-Sept-25-28

    Don't forget to bring your camp chairs!

    Wild ponies! Did we mention there are wild ponies in this park?!
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    Glad to see this posted.. will ask for time off.
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    Google Spreadsheet is up and working. Someone post to both the sheets to verify we are good to go.
    Pics added. Other links to follow.
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    Wife and I will be there rain or shine.
    Straight out of Clayton.

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    I attended last year and will again...even in the rain.

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    Happy to see y'all again. If the past holds true, this is our "sunshine" year.
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    It looks like all the links and spreadsheets are working. IF anyone finds a problem, PM me so that I can work out the issue.
    Thanks ----- and Good Hanging for ya!!!
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    Nice job on the opening post Rock Dawg!
    Thank you!
    Kingsford & Hot Lips, look forward to finally meeting you guys.
    BuckeyeFan , Tocoma96, look forward to seeing you guys again too.

    I feel the excitement already!
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    Putting it on my calendar. I hope to finally make it this year.
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    Plan to be there again.
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