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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Scheduled for Saturday, October 28th

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, coordinated by the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th from 10am to 5pm. The annual event is held on the Ferrum College campus and features a variety of historic exhibits, demonstrations, and concerts inspired by the traditions of the region.

Fan favorites include horse pulls, sheep herding demos, coon dog contests, and moonshiner still and storytelling exhibits. Visitors can also choose from a variety of authentic food options including pork barbecue, fresh apple pies, Brunswick stew, and black pot chicken.

The craft exhibit features rare finds from distinguished artisans specializing in quilting, blacksmithing, and custom musical instruments such as mandolins, banjos, and guitars.

Admission for the event is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 60 and older, and $5 for children aged 5-15. Children under 5 are free. For information on vendors, attractions, and admission, visit www.BlueRidgeFolklifeFestival.com.

Your Guide to Smith Mountain Lake October Events

Now that we’ve officially opened our arms to the fall season, our sights have shifted from flip-flops and jet skis to fluffy scarves and warm apple cider. Autumn-themed festivals have begun popping up across the community just as the colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains meld into a gorgeous array of golds and coppers. Here’s your guide to upcoming fall festivals in and around the Smith Mountain Lake area so you can start celebrating all things autumn:

Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour
Friday, October 6-Sunday, October 8
This three-day event gives ticketholders the chance to tour Smith Mountain Lake homes known for their unique architecture, landscaping, and interior decor. Tickets are available at

Bridgewater Fall Festival
Saturday, October 14, 11am
Shop and dine at your favorite Smith Mountain Lake gift shops and restaurants during this free family-friendly event. Attractions include local craft vendors, face painting, a petting zoo, and free pony rides. Accessible by vehicle or boat.

Annual Artisan Studio and Harvest Tour
Saturday, October 14, 10am
A free event comprised of 13 different sites throughout the county where guests can meet artisans, tour their studios, and shop from handmade gifts ranging from artwork to fine jewelry.

SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race
Saturday, October 14, 10:30am

Celebrating its 5th year, the SML Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race welcomes live entertainment from authentic Bavarian-style musicians, food, children’s activities, and special Oktoberfest beer from Sunken City Brewery. Located at Westlake Towne Center. Visit www.SMLOktoberfest.com for admission pricing and information.

Annual Franklin County Lord’s Acre Sale
Saturday, October 21, 8am

Located at Franklin County High School, the 53rd annual Lord’s Acre Sale is a fundraiser hosted by area churches selling handmade crafts, art, furniture, and baked goods.

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Saturday, October 28, 10am

Experience live music, exhibitions, and delicious food inspired by Franklin County’s heritage. Located at Ferrum College. Visit www.BlueRidgeFolklifeFestival.org for directions, schedule of events, and ticket information.

Selling Your Home? Don’t Fall for These Pricing Myths.

Putting your home on the market isn’t a decision that one casually makes over weekend brunch. It’s a calculated move that involves a lot of moving pieces, and we’re not talking about carting furniture from one address to another. Still, you’ve invested so much time and money into upgrading your home that you’re certain a real estate windfall is in your future.

Or is it?

Before you fall victim to real estate misinformation, take a moment to brush up on these common pricing myths:

  • Renovations Equal Instant Profit. Yes, updating your shag carpeting will make your home more attractive to prospects, but that doesn’t mean that you’re going to get back every penny that you’ve invested. On average, you can realistically expect to get back 64% of every dollar you spend on renovations.
  • Price It High and Adjust Later. Setting your asking price too high will detract interested buyers, especially if there are comparable properties with lower price tags in your neighborhood. And house-hunters might assume there’s something wrong with your home if you keep lowering the price after it’s been on the market for a lengthy amount of time.
  • You’re Going to Make a Profit. This is, of course, the goal…but there are a lot of factors that go into whether or not your real estate investment will turn a profit. What are homes going for in your area? What does the market look like at the moment? If waterfront condos are selling quickly, then your single-family home may not be of interest.
  • If You Price Your Home Too Low, You’ll Lose Money. An experienced real estate agent will help determine the market value of your home, and a fair price will entice qualified leads. And the more interested buyers you have, the better chance you have of starting a bidding war, which could work to your favor.

The bottom line? Navigating the everchanging landscape of residential real estate is far easier when you have an experienced real estate agent on your side. Debbie Shelton guides her clients through every phase of buying and selling a home, and has over twenty years of expertise in the Smith Mountain Lake market. To view current listings, visit www.DebbieShelton.com.

Source: Realtor.com