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Folklife Festival draws 10,000 visitors
Two-hour traffic lines to Ferrum reported
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The 41st annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival drew an estimated 10,000 visitors last Saturday with its food, music, crafts, demonstrations and competitions.

"It was a wonderful festival all the way around," said Vaughan Webb with Ferrum College's public relations department. "It was the best weather I believe we've ever had in the 41 years we've had the festival. And that's probably a huge key to the wonderful turnout we saw."

More than 20 food vendors prepared old-time Blue Ridge country food on site, and dozens of musicians performed on three stages. Well over 50 different craftsmen added to the attraction of the festival.

"The alumni from Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys put on a wonderful music workshop," said Webb. "It was one of the high points of this year's festival. The crowd loved it, and the musicians, themselves, loved it as well. We are looking to do something like that again for next year's festival."

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Chatham man killed in crash on Route 40

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Chatham man was killed Saturday afternoon in Redwood when the vehicle he was operating struck an oncoming pickup truck.

Richard Davis Jr., 57, was traveling west on Route 40 in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier when the sedan crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 1993 Toyota pickup truck, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police (VSP).

Davis was wearing a seat belt, Carpentieri said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Toyota, Timothy Warren Thompson, 42, of Glade Hill, was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he is listed in "good" condition, according to Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart.

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Haunted Forest event tonight at Ferrum College
Activities include treats, games and music

The Ferrum College Residence Hall Association will host the annual Haunted Forest, an evening of fun activities, on Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 11 p.m.

With the theme of "Horror Movies Come Alive," this year's event will be held beside the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum.

Family friendly events will include trunk-or-treat, games, music and a bonfire, and beginning at dusk, children may walk the Haunted Forest trail until 8:30 p.m.

The Haunted Forest Trail will open to college students and other adults at 9 p.m. The other Halloween festivities including the games, bonfire and music will continue until 11 p.m.

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Harvest Moon celebration set for Nov. 1
Event benefits child advocacy center
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The Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center will host its annual harvest celebration to support services to children and families in Franklin County on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The sixth annual Harvest Moon celebration will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin County Family YMCA.

The celebration will include a buffet dinner, silent movies, music, corn-hole competition, cash bar and a surprise or two.

This event is for those 21 and older, and costumes are optional.

A silent auction will also be held during the event. To see a list of offerings, visit Electronic bids will be accepted. Email for terms and instructions. Debit and credit card payments will be accepted for purchases.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person and $35 per couple or $100 for a table of six.

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Boones Mill officials want town, county to be part of Va. rail heritage designation
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By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Boones Mill officials want their town, as well as Franklin County, included in the official Virginia Rail Heritage Region.

Mike Smith, Boones Mill Town Council member, told the board of supervisors last week that Franklin County has plenty of railroad history and should be designated as part of that region.

"We have enough support," he said. "Just about everybody in the county has benefited from railroads."

Most counties and cities in the region north of the county are already included in the designation, he said, from Roanoke to Clifton Forge to Troutville.

Smith presented a slide show to the board, highlighting the county's railroad history, which included pictures of several depots.

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