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Blue Ridge Folklife Festival turns 40

Published On: Oct 22 2013 08:22:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 10:56:41 PM EDT

This year, whistling will be in the spotlight.


Roddy Moore says no one whistles any more, but the director of the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival hopes to change their tune.

Every October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival brings thousands of people to Ferrum College. The crowds will return on Saturday to sample many southwest Virginia traditions, including regional music, crafts and food.

And this year, whistling will take center stage.

"We know that years ago, people did whistle when they played music, so we started looking for old-time whistlers," Moore told us. "We found several and we're going to sort of do that. And the thing is if we have any great whistlers listening, or people that are good whistlers, let us know and come up on the stage at the festival, because we would like to see whistling start again."

With cool weather in the forecast, Moore says everyone should bundle up. The weather won't affect the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, which runs from 10AM to 5PM Saturday, rain or shine.