If you’ve been around our hometown of Black Mountain for a while, you’ve come to know and love the annual Sourwood Festival, now in its 38th year. Downtown Black Mountain is the perfect backdrop for the festival with its pedestrian friendly downtown full of shops and restaurants, the old train depot and Town Park with its interactive water fountains.
Things kick off on Friday night, August 7th at 7:00 PM with the “Sourwood Idol Contest“. Yes, this is a knock off of the hit show, American Idol and is limited to single voices. Entry is free, but you must submit a contest application. The winner receives a $200 cash prize with $100 and $50 going to second and third place contestants. I’m not aware of any recording contracts resulting, but who knows? Maybe this is the year. Starting at 11:00 AM Saturday, there will be live (professional) music every hour on the hour throughout the festival until 8:00 PM Sunday.
The main festival gets going the following morning, Saturday the 8th and runs through Sunday the 9th. Streets are cordoned off and made into one large sidewalk lined with up to 200 vendors. There will be artists of all sorts showcasing their talents, vendors promoting unique crafts and household items. Of course no festival is complete without food, and it will be there in plenty. As might be expected, Sourwood honey plays a feature role in the festival. There will be beehives on display and beekeepers on hand helping to educate visitors on the importance of the honey bee to our economy.
This year also features the 27th Sourwood 5K and the Cheshire Pump and Run. This is put together by the Cheshire Fitness Club here in town and begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday the 8th. Runners can get their race time reduced by doing bench presses at points during the run. Talk about a cardio workout!
So plan on making your way downtown to the 38th Annual Black Mountain Sourwood Festival, the weekend of August 7th – 9th.