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44th Annual Autumn Leaves Festival Around the Corner

The Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the 44th Annual Autumn Leaves Festival, a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast,” in downtown Mount Airy on the weekend of Friday, October 8, through Sunday, October 10. 

Admission is free each day.  Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. 

“The festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as old-time, bluegrass and gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage,” said Yvonne Nichols, Festival Director. 

Nichols:  “The unique arts and crafts of more than 170 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations.” 

The “Food for the Soul” section will feature collards and cornbread, barbecue, hamburgers, ground steak and more, served with hospitality by local civic and community groups. 

“It’s a walker’s paradise with visual delights and mouthwatering treats at every stop,” continues Nichols. “It’s a toe-tapping, foot stomping, hand-clapping kind of weekend where old friendships are renewed and new friendships are made.  The Autumn Leaves Festival is a homecoming where guests become neighbors.” 

The event is sponsored this year by Carolina Carports, Inc.  The company has contracted with Paul Jr. Designs to build a custom Carolina Carports, Inc. chopper.  Paul Jr. Designs and his team are featured in the weekly TLC series “American Chopper:  Senior vs. Junior.” 

The custom chopper will be unveiled during the festival on Saturday, October 9, at 3 p.m. on Willow Street.  Camera crews will be filming the spectacle for a future episode of the TLC series, which will air in early 2011. 

“This great community once again puts out the ‘Welcome’ mat and invites one and all to come and experience the true spirit of America’s hometown,” concludes Nichols. 

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