Fall festival season is fast approaching and Historic Downtown Mocksville’s charming Oaks Festival should be at the top of your list. This free festival will be held on October 14th from 10 a.m – 7 p.m.
Although the four majestic Willow Oaks that have anchored the historic square for decades became diseased and had to be removed, the festival’s free family fun lives on! Come say “hello” to the new baby Willow Oaks that will grow to take their place.
Shoppers will be delighted with the unique array of crafts, holiday gifts and decor offered by 56 different vendors. New this year are Living the Dream Farms with muscadine jams, jellies, and juices; and Yellow Bell Farms offering baked goods, artisan breads, cakes, and holiday candies.
While the entertainment schedule is still being finalized, we can confirm some of the top acts now. You will not want to miss this:
12:00 PM – Rylie & Damon…straight out of Nashville
1:50 PM – Mel Jones & Bag O Bones
3:25 PM – Wafer Thin featuring Brent Naylor
5:15 PM – Exit 180 ( Joel Tenery)
Tantalize your taste buds with traditional festival food including fried Twinkies and pork sandwiches. Hands of Hope Church will again be cooking fish, pork, and BBQ, as well as offering delicious cakes.
Music lovers will appreciate the live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater starting at noon with Rylie & Damon, who are straight from Nashville. Mel Jones & Bag O Bones will take the stage at 1:50 and Wafer Thin, featuring Brent Naylor, will perform at 3:25. Exit 180, which includes local artist Josh Tenery, will rock the evening from 5 – 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket. No coolers, please, as alcohol will be available for purchase.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the inflatables as well as the amazing balloon sculptures created by artist, Michael Decker.
The non-profit organization, Supporters of Guardian ad Litem (SOGAL), will be raising funds by offering a number of children’s activities including a pumpkin seed spitting contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, and free pumpkin cutouts for taking pictures.
SOGAL promotes the work of the Guardian ad Litem program of Davidson and Davie Counties by providing assistance to GAL volunteers as they advocate for abused and neglected children. Funds raised by SOGAL have been used to pay for clothing and shoes for abused and neglected children entering foster care, send neglected children to summer camp, purchase Christmas gift cards for foster children placed with relatives, and provide ongoing training for GAL volunteers as well as recognize and celebrate their selfless work.
For more information about the Oaks Festival, call Tami Langdon at 336.909.2263.