The sound of marching bands, dance groups, and bluegrass music, the smell of kettle corn, hot dogs, and barbecue, and the view of a mountain river through leaves beginning to change into their fall colors; all evidence that the 43rd Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan will once again be the place to be on Sept. 9 and 10 at Moratock Park in Danbury. Held on the banks of the beautiful Dan River, the 43rd Stokes Stomp will showcase the best in traditional and Americana music groups, visual arts and craft demonstrations, river activities, dance troupes, children’s area visual and performing arts, and local food vendors.
A talented lineup of music and dance artists will be featured in the Main Stage area and include the North, South, and West Stokes marching bands, One Fret Over, The Grassifieds, Eddie Atkins & Co., Charity Hampton, Danbury Songwriters, Miss Joyce’s Dance, Travis Frye & Blue Mountain, Will Easter, Diamond Creek, Grass Cats, Mason Via and Hot Trail Mix, CC Dance Company, and the Old Dominion Cloggers.
Kid’s activities will also be in abundance at the 43rd Stokes Stomp including supervised kayak and tube floats on the Dan River by the Dan River Company and the Triad Paddlers Association, the Young Artist Tent, and the Next Generation Stage with a performance lineup that includes Charity Hampton, Django Burgess, One Fret Over, King Music Center Kids All-Star Band, Maya Burgess, Miss Joyce’s Dance, Taylor Mason, Hunter Grace Simpkins, CC Dance Co., and Hot Trail Mix. The North Carolina WoodWorker Outreach Program will also be offering free woodworking activities in the Children’s area throughout the weekend.
The Dan River Duck Race will take place on Sunday at 4 p.m. with the winner receiving the coveted Rubber Ducky Trophy and a $50 gift card to the Arts Place Market. Attendees will also be able to dunk local Stokes celebrities in the “Take a Bath for the Arts” Dunking Booth including Superintendent of Stokes County Schools Dr. Brad Rice.
The 43rd Stokes Stomp festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 with the Town of Danbury’s annual Stokes Stomp Parade and this year’s theme, “Music Celebrating the Mountains to Sea Trail.” This year’s parade coincides with the Mountains to Sea In a Day 40th Anniversary. Both the parade and festival are along Stokes County’s segment of the trail.
YVEDDI will once again provide a shuttle service from the Stokes County Government Center parking lot to the Stokes Stomp on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan is organized each year by the Stokes County Arts Council and remains a free Admission, free parking event thanks to sponsorship support provided by the Reynolds American Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Food Lion, Riverstreet Networks, First National Bank, NC Arts Council, Town of Danbury, General Dan Tubing, Artists Way Creations, Priddy’s General Store, Burroughs Funeral Home, Dan River Company, Industrial Fire & Safety, Sam’s Pizza, Tar Heel Paddlers Association, Stokes Pharmacy, Dan River Family Restaurant, LuLu’s Restaurant, and Stokes County Economic Development.
Safety, parking, medical, and maintenance support for the Stokes Stomp is provided by the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department, Stokes Public Works, Stokes County District Resource Center, Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, and Stokes County Emergency Medical Services.
For more information on the 43rd Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, including the complete entertainment lineup, visit stokesarts.org.