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The festival has gained a reputation for providing a wide variety of great entertainment and this year promises to be the finest yet. The Main Stage features notable regional and national bands while the Riverside Stage, situated in the shade by the Pacolet River, showcases acoustic acts in a more intimate setting. Check out the complete Festival entertainment schedule. Or listen to songs from Festival artists in our exclusive Festival jukebox.
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Polk County Annual Blue Ridge BBQ Festival


Polk County's Fantastic Bicycle Tour. Training required. Not for beginners! (See climb chart below)

Training is a must for this Tour.
5,900 feet of Vertical Climbing in about 62.8 miles!

Phantom Riders Of Polk County


A Brief History of the Formation of Polk County

Source: History

Polk County was formed in 1855 from Rutherford and Henderson Counties. It was named in honor of Colonel William Polk "who rendered distinguished service in the Battles of Germantown, Brandywine and Eutaw, in all of which he was wounded." The act directed that the court and records should be kept at the home of J. Mills until a courthouse could be erected. It also named commissioners to obtain a site for public buildings, lay out a town by the name of Columbus, and erect a courthouse.The courthouse is almost as old as Polk County. Completed in 1859, the antebellum structure is the oldest courthouse in Western North Carolina and the eighth oldest in the entire state that still holds judicial functions in its courtroom. At the commemoration event, the county's history and legacy will be honored in speech and song, including a 150th Celebration Anthem, which has been written for the occasion.


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