Fire on the Mountain- 10 Year Anniversary! 

April 30th, 2016
Downtown Spruce Pine NC. Locust St, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Featuring Master Blacksmith Jay Burnham-Kidwell. Jay Burnham-Kidwell received his BS in Studio Art, Emphasis in Jewelry at the University of Delaware in 1974. He received his MFA at the University of Georgia, Athens, in 1977. In 1987 he traveled to Aachen. Germany to apprentice with Manfred Bredohl at the International Teaching Center for Metal Design. In 1999-2000 he attended the Fine Metalwork Conservation and Restoration course at West Dean College, Chichester, England. He has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft, Peter's Valley Craft Center, Mendocino Center for the Arts, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and has led numerous (106) workshops in the US and in Europe. His work has been exhibited in 155 state, local, national and international exhibitions including 1st, 2nd, 3rd National Ring Shows; University of Georgia - Athens, GA; Craft Alliance Gallery-St. Louis, MO; National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum - Chicago, IL; Ludwig Forum - Aachen, Germany; Mesa Art Center - Mesa, AZ; Cork Gallery - Lincoln Center for the Arts - NYC; National Gallery of Art - Washington, DC; United States Capitol Rotunda - Washington, DC; and the National Ornamental Metal Museum - Memphis, TN.

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Artist Blacksmith Exhibit is on display at the Toe River Arts Council through the end of the festival. This exhibit is always full of extraordinary works of art so don't miss it.


June 4th, 2016
Always the First Saturday in June, Troutacular is a celebration of Spruce Pine's Mountain Heritage Trout Waters designation.

This one day event is designed for children to learn and enjoy one of Mitchell Counties greatest resources.

From Sun Rise on, this free event for children, ages 14 and under, compete in a fishing tournament and enjoy other entertaining activities.

Everything a parent should know about Spruce Pine Troutacular

How much is it?
This event is completely sponsored meaning you pay nothing! It's FREE!

When exactly is it?
Troutacular is on the First Saturday of June.

When does this things start?
The event starts at sunrise but feel free to come anytime.

How long does it last?
The fishing tournament ends at 12:00 noon

Is there an age limit?
Yes, children 14 and under.

Where do I sign my child up?
There will be sign up tables at the picnic area at Riverside Park.

What should I expect?
The area at Riverside Park will be stocked the night before the event so expect your kid (s) to catch some fish. After the awards are given out there will be a bobber derby with a cash prize.

Do I have to know how to fish if my child doesn't?
No, there will be a few pro fishermen there and fishing enthusiast to help your kids. Ask at the sign up area.

What do I bring?
If you have a pole, tackle box, cooler bring them. If you don't the NC wildlife will have a limited amount to lend to you. And of course don't forget to bring your kids.

What is the takeaway?
There are many prizes to take away from this tournament, including a $180 rod and reel package for the child that catches the limit (7 fish).

Do we have to stay the whole time?
No you do not but awards will be handed out at noon. And there will be a bobber derby immediately after.

Where can I find more info?
Contact Spruce Pine Lions Club

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 Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival 

July 15th and 16th 2016
Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ competition teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, live bluegrass, award winning mouth watering BBQ from multiple vendors, jamming stage, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, artists & crafts vendors, BBQ equipment and supplies vendors, local food vendors, the Spruce Pine Skedaddle 5K and Fun Run, a kids play-area, and much, much more!

The Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival is hosted by Spruce Pine Main Street and the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, and is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network.

Note: Due to health department regulations, pets will not be allowed at the festival.

The Mitchell County Public Transportation Authority will be running continuous FREE shuttle service from locations in and around Spruce Pine for the festival. The FREE service will start 1 hour before opening time and continue until 1 hour after closing time both days of the Festival. FREE parking can be found by following the "Festival Parking" signs located at important intersections around town.

Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs for the performances.

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