This Saturday, downtown Marion will be packed with vendors, musicians and crafts as the city celebrates the 35th annual Mountain Glory festival.

Marion celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during the Mountain Glory festival. For 35 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the second Saturday in October. The festival celebrating small-town life in the mountains will last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release.

Visitors looking for original handicrafts will find plenty of choices for shopping with three jam packed blocks, featuring 150 craft, food, non-profit and sponsor booths of locally made arts and crafts; festival foods and local wines and beers. Plus, there are two stages presenting some of Marion’s finest musicians.

Folks won’t want to miss the annual Mountain Glory Quilt Show inside the McDowell Arts Council Association gallery. The quilt show is the gallery's featured October exhibit. The kids will have fun in the "Children's Arena" with hands-on activities, local entertainment and the ever popular best-dressed pet contest.

“You might even see Marion’s official animal - Bigfoot!” reads the news release.

The festival is sponsored by the city of Marion. For festival information visit www.mtngloryfestival.com or call 828-652-2215. To find additional area events, attractions and lodging information, visit www.blueridgetravelers.com or call toll free (888-233-6111) to receive a free visitor guide and map.

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