The Blue Ridge Parkway is 75 years old

Kathy and I drove topless on the parkway on Sunday.  We stopped a while in Little Switzwerland and Mount Mitchell.  It was a clear, sunny day--something relatively rare on the mountain.  Little did we know that the Parkway was turning 75.  This is one celebration, not too far from here.

Blue Ridge Heritage Days Honors Parkway Anniversary September 11 to 19
The Town of Blowing Rock will host a series of events and activities honoring the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary beginning Saturday, September 11, with Art in the Park. Events will continue through Sunday, September 19, and will include the street festival, the showing of Disney’s Cars as the Movie in the Moonlight, tours of downtown Blowing Rock and various musical performances.

The highlight of Blue Ridge Heritage Days will be the street festival, however, and tents on Main Street will house artists who will demonstrate everything from broom making to pottery turning. Entertainment will also be provided throughout the day and will include a street dance, concerts, cloggers and a Liar’s Contest judged by audience response. For specific times of events throughout the festival, see the schedule of events below.

Car lovers can also appreciate vehicles of the past and present during a parade of cars beginning on Sunset Drive at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and ending on the Parkway. With the theme, “75 Cars for 75 Years,” it is the town’s hope the parade will feature a different car for each year of the Parkway’s existence. The cars will be available for viewing beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Sunset Drive.

The festival will affect two blocks on Main Street, but vehicular access to the street will still be available via Sunset Drive, Chestnut Drive, Chestnut Street and Park Avenue. Morris Street will be accessible via Chestnut Drive, and parking will be available at the Maple Street parking lot, the parking deck on Wallingford and Broyhill Park.

For more information on Blue Ridge Heritage Days, call the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828-295-7851 or click to


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