Alexander County, NC – The public is invited to attend RockyFest 2017 on Saturday, April 22 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area (Rocky Face Park). The event will feature 5K/10K/20K trail races, live music, rock climbing and rappelling, children’s activities, food/arts/crafts vendors and more. Get ready for some great bluegrass and old-time music at RockyFest 2017 on Saturday, April 22 at Rocky Face Park in Hiddenite.

TrailblazersThe Alexander Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will kick off the music for RockyFest at 10:00 a.m.

Alexander County’s own Carolina Express will follow at 11:00 a.m., with award-winning guitarist Danny Wicker performing at 12:00 p.m.

Multi-talented vocalist and fiddler Madison Elmore takes the stage at 1:00, followed by one of last year’s favorites, ShadowGrass, at 2:00 p.m.

The Trailblazers, one of bluegrass music’s newest up-and-coming young groups, will perform at 3:00 p.m.
Strictly Strings, another 2016 favorite at RockyFest, will play at 4:00 p.m.

Headlining the event will be multi-award winning, old-time string band The Slate Mountain Ramblers at 5:00 p.m. Accompanying the musicians will be flatfoot dancer Rodney Sutton, who is an early member of the Green Grass Cloggers. There will also be flat-foot dancing demonstrations throughout the day. Also, remember to bring an instrument to join in at the picking tents. Visit for complete details.

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, Hancock & Moore, West Consultants; and Bronze Sponsors – Taylor King Furniture, McGill Associates.

For more information about RockyFest 2017, visit or call Park Ranger Alisha Stamey at (828) 632-1093.

About Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area
Rocky Face Mountain is located in the northern part of Alexander County and is considered to be the southern edge of the Brushy Mountains. Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is approximately 318 acres in size, with five miles of hiking trails leading to the mountain summit. The 100-foot cliff face is perfect for rock climbing, with 58 established climbing routes that range from beginner to expert. In addition, there is a one-third-mile paved walking trail located in the former quarry area. The site also features a picnic shelter and restroom facilities along with a park office. Approximately 25 geocaches are hidden throughout the park. The mountain is a dome shaped mass of granite with a maximum elevation of approximately 1800 feet above sea level. The summit is approximately 600 feet above the surrounding terrain. In addition to its scenic beauty, Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is on the North Carolina Registry of Natural Heritage Areas.

Shadow Grass


Music Headliner, The Slate Mountain