2012 Mineral City Heritage Festival


Mineral City Heritage Festival


What started out as a simple street fair many years ago has grown into a full blown food, fun, and music festival!

Join lots of locals and visitors on Saturday, October 13th, 10AM – 4PM for the Mineral City Heritage Festival in Downtown Spruce Pine.  There will be music, food, and demonstrations of mountain skills such as making apple butter and caning a chair.

The Festival continues with music into the evening from 6 PM until 10:30 PM.

Bridge Closure

As most locals know already, the bridge over the North Toe River on US Highway 19-E is now closed in all lanes.  (Two lanes of the bridge have been closed since last year).  Since it was built in 1977, the 19-E bridge has become a major thoroughfare between downtown Spruce Pine and the Grassy Creek area, as well as the main road to Yancey County and Burnsville (south) or Avery County and Boone (north) and points beyond.

According to a press release from the Department of Transportation, the work is expected to be completed by August 31.


Bluegrass and BBQ Festival

Downtown Spruce PineThe Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival will be held in downtown Spruce Pine, July 20 & 21, 2012.

The event features a sanctioned professional BBQ competition, wings contest, tastings, live bluegrass music, dancing, and local crafts and vendors.  For more information, see the Festival website.

2012 Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show

Gem Display

Rocks and gems from the Grassy Creek Gem Show

The 28th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show will be held Saturday July 28 – Sunday August 5, 2012.  There are 72 vendor spots selling various items of interest to rockhounds.  The Grassy Creek show overlaps the NC Mineral and Gem Festival, so be sure to catch both.  The fire department will be putting on their famous BBQ on Saturday.

Admission is free.  The show is located at: Parkway Fire and Rescue 12966 South Hwy 226 South Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

2012 North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival


The North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival in Spruce Pine, NC


The 55th annual North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival will be held in Spruce Pine August 2 – August 5, 2012.  The festival site is the same as the last several years, at the former site of the Pinebridge Coliseum near downtown Spruce Pine.  For a complete schedule or vendor information, see the festival’s website at ncgemfest.com.

Also, see our guide to Mineral and Gems in Spruce Pine, including information about mining tours and other ideas for rockhounds.