Alexander County, NC – Mark your calendars for RockyFest 2017, set for Saturday, April 22 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Hiddenite. This family-friendly daylong event features trail races, live music, free rock climbing and rappelling sessions, children’s activities, food, arts/crafts vendors, and much more.

The event begins with the RockyFest Trail Race 5k/10k/20k at 8:00 a.m. The fee for either race is only $25 if postmarked by April 10, with an additional $10 fee if submitted after April 10, including race day. T-shirts are not included in the registration fee, so please include $10 more if you want a race t-shirt. Online registration is available at, or you can download an application, course map, and complete details at

Following the trail races, free rock climbing and rappelling sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. Sessions will be available (as space allows) at 9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:45 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit and search for “RockyFest FREE Rock Climbing Sessions,” and choose the time and number of tickets you need.

The rest of the festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 6:00 p.m., including three inflatables for the children, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, a wide variety of food, live music, and much more.

The entertainment lineup is sure to please at RockyFest 2017. Headlining this year’s event will be the multi-award winning, old-time string band, The Slate Mountain Ramblers. Returning to RockyFest by popular demand will be Strictly Strings and ShadowGrass, as both of these groups were a crowd favorite in 2016. In addition, attendees will enjoy Alexander County’s own Carolina Express Bluegrass, and award-winning guitarist Danny Wicker. Newcomer and multi-talented vocalist/fiddle player Madison Elmore will also perform. One of bluegrass music’s newest up-and-coming young groups, The Trailblazers, will also grace the RockyFest stage. Adding to the entertainment throughout the event will be flatfoot dancer Rodney Sutton, an early member of the Green Grass Cloggers who has traveled across the United States, Canada and throughout the British Isles performing, teaching, and calling dances. There will also be a picking tent, so bring your instrument and join in the fun.

Alexander County Government and Rocky Face Park would like to express their appreciation to this year’s fine sponsors of RockyFest 2017: Platinum Sponsor – Duke Energy; Gold Sponsors – Craftmaster Furniture, Alexander Railroad Company; Silver Sponsors – EnergyUnited Electric, Huntington House, Schneider Mills, Paragon Films, West Consultants; and Bronze Sponsors – Taylor King Furniture, McGill Associates.

For more information about the RockyFest 2017 event, contact Alisha Stamey at or (828) 632-1093, or visit