Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Festival

Blue Ridge Parkway LogoThis Friday’s Blue Ridge Parkway Anniversary event will be a special one. On Friday, Sept. 10, the two governors of North Carolina and Virginia along with congressmen, senators, and other Blue Ridge Parkway dignitaries will gather at the location where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began on Sept. 11, 1935.

This 75th Anniversary occasion will be marked with a formal ceremony at Cumberland Knob, NC beginning at 11 a.m. Speakers include the governor of Virginia, Honorable Bob McDonnell, and the governor of North Carolina, Bev Perdue. Other speakers include Virginia Congressmen Bog Goodlatte and Rick Boucher and North Carolina Congressman Health Shuler and North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan.

Other Blue Ridge Parkway Events on Friday, Sept. 10

Cumberland Knob Area

11am     Formal Ceremony

2pm       Storytelling

3pm       Storytelling

4pm       Storytelling

Blue Ridge Music Center

2pm       Park Ranger Time Francis & Great Big Howdy

3:3pm   Commemorative Artist Recognition

4pm       Sierra Hull & Highway 111

Blue Ridge Music Center (Small Auditorium)

1pm       America’s Favorite Journey (WRAL Film)

2pm       The Parkway Idea & Construction – Panel

3:30pm The Blue Ridge Parkway: 75 (Film by Rebecca Jones)


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