Special to Iredell Free News

RockyFest is back in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The family-friendly festival will be held on Saturday, April 23, at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Alexander County. The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features live music, food, arts/crafts vendors, free rock-climbing sessions, children’s activities, and more. This year’s event coincides with the 10th anniversary of Rocky Face Park.

Live music will be performed on stage under the tent. Bands include Southbound 77 (10 a.m.), The Burnett Sisters Duo (11 a.m.), Karlie Keepfer & Smokey Holler (12 noon), Gap Civil (1 p.m.), Whitetop Mountain Band (2 p.m.), and Kelley & The Cowboys (3 p.m.). These bands are sure to delight the crowd with a mix of old-time, bluegrass, and country music. Attendees can also join the fun by bringing their own instrument to play in the picking tent.

Free rock climbing and rappelling sessions will be offered throughout the day with 75 openings available. Registration must be completed online on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more at https://rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest.

The main food vendors include Teens & Deens Country Kitchen, Village Inn Pizza, the Vashti Ice Cream Man, and the Doughnut Shack. Vendor applications are currently being accepted online. Arts/crafts vendors are $30, commercial vendors are $40, and non-profit vendors are $10 for a 10×10 space. Electricity is an additional $10 fee. Applications will be reviewed by event staff to ensure a good fit for the festival. Vendor application deadline is April 8 by 12 noon.


The sponsors of RockyFest 2022 include Alexander County Government, Duke Energy, Alexander Railroad Company, Huntington House Furniture, Craftmaster Furniture, EnergyUnited Electric, McGill Associates, Taylor King Furniture, and WHKY.


For complete information about RockyFest 2022, visit https://rockyfacepark.com/rockyfest.

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