June 1947 saw the first of the Rhododendron Festivals, conceived and carried out by the Roan Mountain Citizens Club as a two-day celebration to memorialize and perpetuate the most gorgeous display of natural beauty on the North American continent.
This festival has continued uninterrupted for over fifty years. The festival is held the third weekend or fourth weekend of June, depending on the peak of the rhododendron bloom. Originally the festival was held at the top of Roan Mountain. This year the festival dates are: Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2012, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The festival is held in Roan Mountain State Park, located at the foot of Roan Mountain and features handmade crafts, food, and a variety of traditional music, plus an array of old-time folkway demonstrations.
Do not miss a chance to experience this special time of year!
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