The second annual Brushy Mountain Peach & Heritage Festival is in the Carolina West Wireless Community Commons and the adjoining section of North Bridge Street in downtown Wilkesboro from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31.

The event is organized by volunteers with the Brushy Mountain Community Center, working closely with the Town of Wilkesboro. There is no admission charge.

This year’s festival will feature about 15 food vendors and about 50 craft/artist and other vendors. There will also be live gospel and bluegrass music from the Wilkes Communications Pavilion (stage), including the Gospel Voices, Clay Lunceford and Friends, Ben Baker and the Cherry Grove Baptist Church Choir.

Brushy Mountain orchardists Armit Tevepaugh, Gray Faw and Gregg Hendren and their families will have peaches they grew for sale. Food for sale will include freshly-made peach ice cream and peach pies. Call Distillery and Beekeepers of Wilkes will again be among those with displays.

There will be a children’s area with games and the Town of Wilkesboro’s nearby splash pad on the front lawn of the Wilkes Heritage Museum.

Downtown merchants plan to extend their hours Saturday.

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