The fifth annual Reevestock Musical Festival got off to a rocking start Friday night with a free British Invasion-themed concert at The Liberty in downtown Elkin.
“Last night was awesome, it really was amazing,” said event founder Sam Tayloe just as the full line-up of musicians were about to take the stage on Saturday. “I couldn’t believe the numbers we had, the growth was just exponential from last year.”
“It’s great, it’s going to be awesome,” Tayloe added of Saturday’s concert.
Local music lovers and visitors from near and far gathered at what is known as Elkin’s hidden amphitheater on Ivy Circle to enjoy a day full of music, food and local wine and beer.
The event raises funds for scholarships for area students interested in pursing their college education in the arts.
Tayloe said that providing great entertainment and showcasing the Elkin area is also a part of the Reevestock mission.
“We have a lot of non-residents that come back every year for Reevestock and enjoy it and bring money into the community,” said Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce President Myra Cook.
Cook said it was a terrific event not only as a way to introduce visitors to the area, but to provide such a special scholarship for local students. Cook added that the weather for Saturday had turned out perfectly for the festival.
“Look at that blue sky, it is a chamber of commerce day,” she said.
The chamber had a booth at the festival to promote the inaugural beer festival which will take place later this fall. Cook said that festival-goers at Reevestock were a great audience to which to promote the new festival, Big Elkin Brewfest, which will follow the Pumpkin Festival on Sept. 24.
“We want to promote the Brewfest not only for locals, but to people outside of our area,” she said.
Reevestock attendees were getting a sneak peek at the local brews from Skull Camp which was on hand serving beer at the event.
Musicians playing the festival had a lot of positive feedback as the event began on Saturday.
“It seems like a very positive atmosphere,” said Raleigh-based musician Kate Rhudy who performed in the opening slot at the festival. “Since we’ve been here everyone’s been super hospitable and really lovely.” Rhudy said she’s hoping to do more performances at music festivals around the state.
Locals, too, were thrilled about the festival.
“Everything just looks awesome and we’re just so happy to have this great festival in Elkin,” said Denise Lyon.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter or Instagram @RippleReporterK.