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    2nd Annual Grayson County Fall Festival, VA 2012

    The dates for the Grayson County Fall Festival "GCFF" will be Sept 29 & 30, 2012.
    Since 1976 the Rugby 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. Step back into a simple age when horses and mules ground cane into juice to be boiled into sorghum or molasses; when apple cider was the soft drink of the time; when fresh apples were cooked in a copper kettle over an open fire all day long to render apple butter; when Saturday night was reserved for fiddling; and making music with the neighbors. Such was the lifestyle of the early Appalachian pioneers..

    Last fall's group hang & Hammock Demo at this rather large, yearly event was such a blast that people in our group were quickly ready to declare it an annual event.
    I have been corresponding with Grayson Highlands State Park (GHSP) Ranger Marcia Holland about the arrangements. She talked with another GHSP Ranger, Kevin, who was also extremely helpful to our group last year, & here is the latest email from Marcia.

    Kevin said “Heck yeah, we want them back for the Fall Festival!” I went ahead and booked the site at no charge for you. Warren Morgan was the one who booked it last year, so I just did it again in his name. He should be receiving a confirmation letter/email shortly.

    Also, would anyone be interested in coming up to demo during the Great American Backyard Campout on 6/23? We have contacted a local outfitter and they are going to be showing off tents and packs, so we figured we should give you equal opportunity to lure people over to the dark side. We are also opening up the high country for camping that weekend, so I won’t be writing any tickets for rogue campers.

    I think we are going to try to do the demos in the field at Massie Gap, but there are some hammock opportunities just across the fence (and in the shade!)
    Marci


    If you would be interested in talking part or just have questions about the "Fall Festival" or the "Great American Backyard Campout", this is the place.

    I'm not familiar with the June event, but it sounds like fun too. If there is interest, we will start another planning thread for it.

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    It's a long way off, but I'd love to get down to that area. Count me in as a "probably" for right now.
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    I will try to make the fall event again this year if you promise it doesn't rain again.
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    It rained last year? I could hardly tell with that GIGANTIC tarp Tim had up!

    The Back Yard Campout sounds interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner76 View Post
    I will try to make the fall event again this year if you promise it doesn't rain again.
    Ummmm... don't think I can make that promise
    Surely we won't get that much rain two Fall festivals in a row, but I will bring the tarp if there is any real chance of rain

    I got the following email from Marcia...

    "I have the group site set aside for you on Friday and Saturday nights for both the Great American Backyard Campout (6/22-23) and the Fall Festival (9/28-29). Anyone interested in participating in the demo in June can either stay in the group site or can take advantage of the free camping in the high country. We don’t have a schedule for the demos that day yet, but depending on the number of people that are interested in participating, we may try to schedule a given timeframe for a short educational/informational talk.
    Marci
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    As yo can see, she has reserved the group site for HF members for the June 22-23 event (the Great American Backyard Campout) as well, with the understanding that we will participate in the events by demoing hammock camping on Saturday.
    I feel it only right to see if there is enough interest to have her hold it. So I started another thread... http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...013#post695013
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    Pudden, Spanky, and I all plan to be there.

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    I'm in

    Here's hoping no sideways rain... and if it does, I have a real tarp now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudden View Post
    Here's hoping no sideways rain... and if it does, I have a real tarp now...
    That'll make all the difference. Rain can be pretty nice when you're well covered.
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    We had a great time at the hang last year, despite the rain. We would certainly like to participate again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Detail Man View Post
    We had a great time at the hang last year, despite the rain. We would certainly like to participate again.
    I certainly hope you can. We greatly enjoyed having you & your family with us last year.
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