Summer 2014 Annual Events in Madison County, NC

Summer in Madison County, NC, kicks off the SART play schedule in Mars Hill as well as fun Fridays in Marshall–the once-a-month French Broad Fridays. Hot Springs, NC, hosts the Bluff Mountain Festival of traditional music which is known to attract premier musicians and festival goers from miles around. Youth rodeos continue and the annual Rodeo with fireworks happens on 4th of July weekend. Check out the other events on the calendar both on this page and those updated weekly on the Events Page.

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre

June through August 2014 in Mars Hill, NC
Owen Theatre, College Street
Mars Hill NC 28754
828 689-1239 (box office)
http://sartplays.org

BigCriminals SART playThe Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) is dedicated to presenting theatre of the highest professional quality thereby enriching the Southern Appalachian Region through artistic programming, education, and outreach. SART presents the mainstage summer season of productions each year in the historic Owen Theatre on the campus of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill NC.

Marshall Arts District French Broad Fridays

Summer 2014 in Marshall, NC
Main Street
Marshall NC 28753
http://downtownmarshallnc.com/events-calendar.html

French Broad Friday Dog DazeCome on out and join us for food, dancing, shopping, performances, river activities, and more. This years events include “Mermaids in Marshall” (June 6), “Bike-A-Licious” (July 11), and “Dog Daze” (August 1), and “Drovers’ Road” (September 5). Lots of fun things to do for the whole family. Stores and restaurants stay open late and the evening is capped off with live music.

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Every other Saturday from April through October in Marshall, NC
No competition around the 4th of July weekend

Each month there are two opportunities to watch or participate in a rodeo which includes all ages of competitors. Events begin at 7:30pm and even give three to five year-olds a chance to ride a sheep. There’s calf-riding for six to ten year olds, junior bull riding for ten to fifteen year olds as well as team roping barrel racing and, of course, bronco riding. With the focus on kids, there is a dance contest for ages 12 and under at halftime. There are some serious regional and national level competitors to balance out the fun that the amateurs have. Here’s a great chance to see what it’s like to be in a rodeo or to perfect the skills if you are dreaming of a career as a rodeo rider. For information, contact Kenny Treadway at 828 206-6969.

Bluff Mountain Festival

June 14, 2014 in Hot Springs, NC
Bridge Street
Hot Springs NC 28743
http://madisoncountyarts.com

Bluff Mountain FestivalThe festival is FREE to the public and features some of the region’s best Traditional Old-Time and Bluegrass Music, ballad singing and clogging followed by an evening Square Dance until dark! Bring the family and the lawn chairs to enjoy a day full of music under the shade trees! This year’s festival will be held on on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Hot Springs, NC.

Marshall Rodeo

3rd and 4th of July in Marshall, NC
Fairgrounds
Marshall, NC 28753

As an annual event, the Marshall Fire Department brings a rodeo to Madison on the day before the 4th of July for 2 nights. Experience the calf-roping, rodeo bulls, and rodeo clowns and all the other traditional events. Beginning at 8pm and on the 4th of July, followed by fireworks. Adults $10 and Children $5. For information, contact The Marshall Fire Department 828 649-2660.

Hot Doggett 100 Bicycle Ride

July 12, 2014 in Mars Hill, NC
Mars Hill College Campus
Mars Hill NC 28754
http://hotdoggett100.org

Hot Doggett Bike RideMark your calendars now to come join us in July for the 6th Annual HOT DOGGETT 100 and DEVIL’S FORK METRIC CENTURY RIDE. This year’s event was a great time for all of the riders and next year’s event will be even better. We had over 300 riders this year and we are expecting many more in 2010. We will have the same challenging 100 mile and 100 kilometer closed loop courses as last year. Our 100 mile course covers some of the most scenic and lightly traveled roads anywhere in western North Carolina. Those of you who are seeking a challenge will find it in the 9,600 feet of ascension on that course.

Skirmish at Warm Springs Encampment (Civil War re-enactment)

May 31 – June 1, 2014 in Hot Springs, NC
Bridge Street
Hot Springs NC 28743
http://2ncmi.org/

Skirmish-at-Warm-Springs-reenactmentCome visit and experience the Confederate and Union Armies clashing in battle. Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry elements will be engaged in controlling this vital ground. Visit period vendors and buy what the soldiers would have bought. Stroll through the camps and talk with the soldiers, listen to their stories, enjoy the camaraderie of their fires and songs. Saturday, the grounds are open from 8am to 10pm and on Sunday from 8am to 4pm. On Saturday, there will be a street battle that continues to the grounds for the battle re-enactment at 2pm. (The battle will also be re-enacted on Sunday at 2pm). At 6:30pm on Saturday, there is a Ball on the grounds of the Hot Springs Spa.

Watch a You Tube of the Re-enactment: Skirmish at Warm Springs