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Jefferson hosts Autumn Leaf Festival, inaugural Octoberfest

During Octoberfest, the cruise in will be located on the four-lane between Main Street and Worth
Street. Vendors will be set up on the four-lane from Worth Street down the remainder of the
four-lane. Just before Ivy Street, in front of J&J Chophouse, a stage and dance area will be set
up for festival-goers.

Originally published: Oct. 24, 2013
Last modified: Oct. 27, 2013

Heather Samudio

Members of the Olde Jefferson Towne Business Association are busy preparing for this weekend’s Octoberfest and 2nd annual Autumn Leaf Festival from the Museum of Ashe County History. The events will feature a cruise-in, entertainment, children’s activities, an Olde Towne market and more.

Festivities will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. along East Main Street and at the museum.

The four-lane from J&J Chophouse to the stop light at the Jefferson United Methodist Church will be closed to through traffic from 5 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday.

This is a free event with the only cost being to purchase food, drinks or vendor’s items.

Organizers are expecting more than 25 vendors in the Olde Towne Market with a variety of items, from handmade canes by Brian Coffey to grass fed beef by Highland Meadows Cattle Company.

“This is a great place to start your Christmas shopping this year or even finish it,” said Loni Miller, an organizer of the event.

The Autumn Leaf Festival is being held in conjunction with Octoberfest.

“We are thrilled to partner with OTJBA and Octoberfest to create a really special event in Jefferson,” said Ramona Renfroe, director of MACH.

As part of the leaf festival, heritage skills will be on display, from quilting and weaving to cider making, Civil War exhibits, living history and book signings.

The 26th North Carolina Regiment will be set up on the museum lawn along with heritage crafters. Craft demonstrators include individuals as young as 12 years old.

The museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and everyone is invited to visit the Virginia Creeper Exhibit, “Over Here, Over There: Ashe County’s contribution to WWII,” and the Ashe County Sports Hall of Fame.

“Progress is being made on our commemorative brick display facing our parking lot and commemorative bricks can still be purchased and designed for $100 each,” Renfroe said.

The museum will also hold the raffle drawing for the .410 double barrel shotgun that features artwork by Stephen Shoemaker. Tickets are $10 each and a few are still available.

The museum is now accepting memberships for 2014.

“Members receive 10 percent off all gift shop purchases and a quarterly newsletter to let them know all of the wonderful things happening at the museum,” she said.

Children are not being left out of Saturday’s activities.

The National Guard will provide pedal cars and basketball hoops for children in the lawn near the museum’s parking lot. Other children’s activities will include face painting side walk chalk activities and more.

Organizers said children would also enjoy a visit to the museum, especially to view the Virginia Creeper trail exhibit and the train which features a real train whistle.

The National Guard will be bringing a combat hummer and full-attire soldiers. Retired Marines are planning to attend as well.

“Surrounding local businesses will be open during the event and attendees are encouraged to visit them,” said Stacy Maye, president of the OTJBA.

Octoberfest and 2nd annual Autumn Leaf Festival events


5 a.m. – Four-lane on East Main Street closes for event

8 a.m. – Olde Towne Market and Museum of Ashe County History opens

10 a.m. – Opening ceremonies with assistance from Marine Corps League of Ashe and surrounding counties. Featuring the national anthem, opening comments and “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes.

10:30 a.m. – Author Clint Johnson speaking at the museum about his various books, “Touring North Carolina’s Civil War Sites,” “Touring Virginia’s and West Virginia’s Civil War Sites,” and “Civil War Blunders.”

11 a.m. – Harbour Towne Fest Band begins performing on the stage in front of J&J Chophouse. The band will perform throughout the day until 4 p.m. and presents traditional, German Bavarian music with traditional dance lessons available while they play.

11:30 a.m. – Douglas Butler, author of “A Walk Atop America,” and “North Carolina’s Civil War Monuments,” will speak about his monuments book at the museum.

12:30 p.m. – Author Michael Hardy will speak. His books include “North Carolina in the Civil War,” “Remembering North Carolina’s Confederates,” and “Civil War Charlotte: Last Capital of the Confederacy.”

1 p.m. – Cruise-in begins and runs until 5 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – Author Al Corum will discuss his book, “Fired with Enthusiasm.”

2-4 p.m. – Prize drawings to be held, including a 50/50 drawing.

6 p.m. – Events end.

8 p.m. – Four-lane re-opens to traffic.

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