All day long Saturday, the Mountain Glory festival will have no shortage of entertainment. Here’s a lineup of who will be performing.
City Stage – North Main Street
Sara King – 10 a.m.
Sara King is a musician, singer, and song writer. Her voice and musical style has been compared to Kim Walker-Smith, Hayley Williams, Lauren Daigle, and even Adele. She began her own musical journey at the age of 16, after her grandfather gave her a guitar for Christmas. Once she received that first guitar, she immediately fell in love with singing and playing guitar. Her musical influences are evident in her own singing. A unique blending of passionate lyrics and bluesy vocals make her unique. Sara has the ability to move from rocking the house to delivering smooth acoustic tones with ease, according to a news release.
11:30 a.m. – Greg Conley
You do not want to miss this powerful performance. Known for strong vocals, Greg makes chills up and down your spine. Greg grew up in Marion singing with his family and you want to be there, according to the news release.
12:30 p.m. – Addie’s Chapel Gospel Choir
If you want your heart warmed and your spirit lifted, then Addie’s Chapel is who you want to hear. Singing together for over 30 years, Addie’s Chapel is a local gospel choir that has been a mainstay at Mountain Glory Festival for many years. Always a crowd pleaser, many are original members and the wonderful harmony of years practice shines in every song. They do a variety of gospel music and hymns. We don’t want to miss this wonderful choir.
2 p.m. – The Eual Owens Band (EBO)
The Eual Owens Band has been together and performing for more than 20 years. Even though some of the members have changed throughout the years, the core members have remained the same. Playing classic country with some blues added in, EBO is another great McDowell County talented band.
4 p.m. – Mamaw’s Angels
Chris McGinnis is a singer-songwriter based in Boone. His songs draw heavily from blues, jazz and country to synthesize a unique brand of impassioned American music. With Mamaw’s Angels, these songs become greater than any one of their players. Chris McGinnis and Mamaw’s Angels make it their goal at every performance to totally eliminate the distance between stage and audience using the connective power of song. For the Mountain Glory festival, Mamaw’s Angels will include Marion native Chandler Bell on bass, according to the news release.
Family Stage - Courthouse Lawn
10:30 a.m. – Best Dressed Pet Contest
A delightful part of every Mountain Glory Festival, see the innovative ideas of a “Best Dressed Pet.” An all-time favorite was a goat dressed as a ballerina.
11:30 a.m. - Lake Lure Cloggers
Noon – Carolina Dance Company
12:45 p.m. - 2018 Little Miss McDowell, Kayleigh Freeman
Kayleigh is the 13-year-old daughter of James and Leslie Freeman of Nebo. Kayleigh is an AB honor roll student at East McDowell Middle School. She is in her 11th year of dance at Le Petit dance studio in Marion. She is active in her church youth group and student council at EMMS. Kayleigh has enjoyed representing McDowell County so far this year and is looking forward the rest of her time as Little Miss McDowell 2018.
12:45 p.m. - 2019 North Carolina Junior Rhododendron Queen Kaylyn Fairchild.
Kaylyn is the 13-year-old daughter of Jonathan and Amanda Fairchild and lives in Marion. She is a competitive dancer of 10 years and sings.
1 p.m. – local talent
2 p.m. - The JackTown Ramblers
The JackTown Ramblers perform acoustic music ranging from bluegrass to swing, dawg music and more. The Ramblers bring energetic acoustic performances and vocals to an entertaining stage show with comedy, and a very high level of musicianship. Western North Carolina is home to some of the best acoustic musicians you can find and The JackTown Ramblers represent the very best of the bunch. The Ramblers consist of many musicians who play in various configurations ranging from duets and trios to full on bluegrass bands.
Shannon Leisure is from Morganton and is on the guitar and vocals. He is a powerhouse on guitar who brings years of experience to the stage and has played The Wisemans, the Typical Mountain Boys and many more. His swing style of guitar gives the Ramblers a different sound than any other bluegrass band around.
Sawyer Whitman from Lenoir is on banjo and is one of the area’s most prolific banjo players. From hard driving straight ahead bluegrass to gypsy jazz, he can do it all.
Isaac Aiken from Wilkesboro is on guitar and vocals. His soulful vocals and tight rhythm playing anchors the band’s sound.
Jason Siedel from Morganton is on bass. He sets the timing and holds the backbeat down playing the upright bass.
Gabriel Wiseman from Marion is on mandolin and vocals. He hails from a very musical family and has played and recorded with The Wind Riders, The Wisemans, and many more. His mandolin work includes swing, gypsy jazz and grass with a twist of flare.
4 p.m. – Miss Mountain Glory Festival Review of 2018
The Mountain Glory Festival Quilt Show
On display for the month of October, see the mountain tradition of quilting alive and well with dozens of quilts and quilted pieces. The Quilt Show has been a beautiful and colorful addition to Mountain Glory Festival for many years and all are one of a kind works of art. Free admission and enjoy the MACA Art Gallery while you are there.
Restrooms are located beside the courthouse, at the City Stage and at the First Baptist Church.
Handicapped restroom Main Street Stage. Handicapped parking behind State Farm Insurance.
Shuttle service available beside Kirksey Funeral Home to McDowell Senior Center every 30 minutes.