Baldaroo Festival

The air is beginning to cool, Labor Day is upon us, and the hustle and bustle of Summer is winding down. It’s been a glorious season here on the Plateau.

As we bid farewell to our seasonal residents, our community is getting geared up for one last hoorah with the Third Annual Baldaroo Festival.  Join the Boys and Girls Club on September 15 at Fairfield Lake at the base of Bald Rock Mountain in Sapphire for an all-star concert.  Local favorites Jay Drummonds and Hurricane Creek will be joined by Georgia natives the Kurt Thomas Band – they’re the cream of the crop when it comes to local and small-town music.

The gates open at 4:00 P.M. and Hurricane Creek will take the stage at 5:00 P.M.  Once you’ve found a seat, make your way down to the dance floor and work up an appetite. When you’re all danced out, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks that will be available.  If that’s not your thing, you’re welcome to bring a picnic and a bottle of wine.  An awe-inspiring fireworks show will bring the night to a close.

The proceeds from the festival go directly to the Boys and Girls Club.  Since it opened in 2014, the Boys and Girls Club has been an invaluable asset to the community.  The club’s mission is to help children reach their full potential as successful students and responsible citizens.  The club is planning expansion efforts to include programs for middle and high school students.

“Over a third of the students that attend Blue Ridge and Summit schools are enrolled in the club,”  says Board Chairman Allen Tansil.  “We want them to continue to attend the Club as they move up into middle school.”

There are three tiers of tickets available for purchase.  VIP tickets are $75 and include preferred seating and other special perks.  General admission for hillside seating are $40 for ages 12 and over.  Ages six to 10 are $10, and children under six get in free. Tickets for college students are just $25.

For more information, visit  baldaroo.com and bgcplateau.org.