PICKENS — The third annual Founders Day Music Festival will be held Sept. 13 on West Main Street in Historic Pickens.
Five bands will provide the entertainment on the Pickens Amphitheater stage throughout the day. Headliners include Volume Five and DejaBlue Grass Band. Closing out the line-up are the Sweet Potato Pie Kids, The Traveling McCollums and the Blue Flame Bluegrass Band.
The event will center around the new Pickens outdoor amphitheater on West Main. The free event, celebrating Pickens’ music and cultural heritage, will begin at 11 a.m. and end around 9 p.m.
“We will once again have the Big Jam to close out the night, and it’s open for anyone who wants to jump on stage and participate,” said Daniel Brazinski, chairman of music events. “We also encourage any bluegrass, old-time, country or folk musician to join others in jams throughout the day and evening.”
Founders Day celebrates both the musical and cultural heritage of Pickens, featuring much more than just music. Living history reenactments will be staged with musket, long rifle, and canon firing demonstrations.
A large number of specially selected vintage vehicles will again be on display.
The Hagood-Mauldin House and the Pickens County Museum, where Pickens’ history can really be seen, will be open for tours. Vendors will offer traditional items, original arts and crafts, and food and beverage such as homemade ice cream, with face-painting for the kids.
Experts in “lost crafts” will provide demonstrations on blacksmithing, quilting, musical instrument construction, gunsmithing, and more.
Andrew Pickens will again be there throughout the day for photo opportunities and stories of his life. He will also share his 275th birthday cake with everyone.
Visit www.historicpickens.com for more information.