GRO Fest is Proudly Presented by Bryan Easler Toyota
Located at Historic Harmon Dairy, now home to Looking Glass Creamery, this music festival is a celebration of local food, local farmers, and local libations. Perched at the top of an active pasture and with 280 degree views of the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains you can expect an amazing evening of bluegrass and rock from some of the premiere bands of our region. Lay back, get close to the fire, and while away an evening with your friends sipping local wines grown right down the road and beer brewed around the corner.
Our Premiere Sponsors:
May 12 2018
From the hard drivin' strings of the Town Mountain Band to the rocking tones of our local boy done real good - Aaron Burdett. GRO Fest aims to bring high energy bluegrass, Americana, and rock to the hills of our farmland. Come join pastured dairy cows as together we listen to the sounds of our mountains.
Click on pictures of the bands below to check out videos of their music.
TOWN MOUNTAIN BAND
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the bluegrass triumvirate of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle.
AARON BURDETT BAND
Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it is an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche; it’s something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.
Mountains call many to their bosom. Born sheltered by the winding valleys, amidst time-worn peaks, or discovered down a shady dirt road, songs and humans alike, have many origins. Hunter Begley found himself in an eastern descent past Asheville, past the weird, and staring at truth. In the small town of Old Fort NC, searching for a room to fit his bed and guitar,he found a loft belonging to Casey Kristofferson. What became of the friendship that followed was the band, Yellow Feather.
Town Mountain Band
Headlining GRO Fest 2018
Aaron Burdett Band
Presenting the Best in Local Music
We are really proud to present the lineup for GRO Fest starting with our headlining band.
Carefully crafted to keep you entertained all night long! Gates open at 4 pm and the Festival ends at 10 pm after Sunset - the highlight of last year's GRO Fest. Enjoy a spring night with us at beautiful Harmon Dairy.
May 12, 2018
Exact festival schedule subject to changes leading up to Festival.
Learn more about GRO
Starting Young Farmers
Advocating for Farmers
The Farmers' Market
The Next Generation
To start a farm from nothing is an amazing feat. Many people, young and old, are searching for their connection to the land and to create a livelihood from growing. It is not an easy endeavor – farming is difficult, tiresome work with great risk and often little chance of reward. These folks don’t do it for the reward though – they want to provide high quality food and make a living wage to support their families. See more here.
Together we form a Community
Barn Raising is the idea that together our community can and does support it’s local farmers and rural way of life. You will see us saying often that farming isn’t easy but neither is accounting, teaching, retail, or most lines of work. They all have their trials and tribulations but in the end we together form our community and together we decide what type of community in which we want to live. See more here.
Giving them a Voice
The AFF program ensures that farmers can work on growing our food while we ensure that their voice is heard in the community. This includes education of the community, representation in planning and forecasting, and a voice ensuring the case for food-producing agriculture in Polk is heard.
A Place to Sell & A Place to Buy
Today beginning and young farmers not only have to work alongside the dynamic forces of nature, but they have to compete with a global agriculture economy. This means that from the seed, to safe handling, to marketing, to transporting and to selling, Polk county farmers are involved in all aspects of food production. The TFM program ensures that they have growing and vibrant markets in the country where the community connects with its farmers. See more here
Sponsorships make GRO Fest shine and are a great asset to those who sponsor our celebration of local farmers, local food, and local music. Sponsorships come with their own set of perks too - recognition at the event, banners, complimentary tickets, and promotion year round of your organization or business.
Inaugural GRO Fest Sponsors
We could not have had GRO Fest without the support of all the sponsors listed here. Please visit their websites, patronize their businesses, and support those that support local!
Interested in being a GRO Fest Sponsor? We have fantastic packages for you - click here to see all the info!
2017- Sponsors of the Inaugural GRO Fest
Feel free to contact GRO with any questions about the event, sponsorships, tickets, vendor spaces, and more! Please follow our event on Facebook and join our newsletter to keep up with activities of GRO!
Physical: 156 School Rd, Ste 207, Mill Spring, NC 28756
Mailing: PO Box 339, Columbus, NC 28722
Phone: (828) 436-0040
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1. What's the deal? On Saturday, May 12th, starting at 4pm and ending around 10 pm, GRO will present amazing music to celebrate local farmers and local food.
2. Will food and drinks be available? Yes! Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be for sale throughout the event.
3. What kind of food & drinks? We will be keeping an updated list of availability on the GRO Fest website but imagine the best of local food, wine, and beer.
4. Where is it going to be? Looking Glass Creamery at Harmon Dairy, one of Polk's oldest and largest farms, is hosting GRO Fest and celebrating a new era of dairy in our area. The dairy is located at 335 Harmon Dairy Ln, Columbus, NC 28722.
5. How much are tickets? Well just for you, tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show, and $60 for VIP (see more about the VIP Experience below.
6. What is the VIP ticket? The VIP GRO Fest ticket gets you premiere parking, VIP Lanyard,access to a VIP area with catered food and beer (not wine - sorry), VIP bathroom (no waiting for you), and anything else we can figure out between now and then. Maybe a free ride on a tractor. Only so many VIP tickets are available so order yours lickity split.
7. Where can I buy tickets? Online and in person at the following locations: Mountain View BBQ, Overmountain Vineyards, Meanwhile Back in Saluda, Manna Cabanna Tryon Market, Mill Spring Farm Store, and the Farmers' Markets as they open!
7. Can I bring my kids? You sure can, GRO loves the next farming generation. Ticket wise, kids over 12 need a ticket and those under do not!
8. Will I get to meet a farmer? You better believe it.
9. What do I need to bring? Chairs, blankets, jackets, a small flashlight, and readiness to have a great time. This is a rain or shine event so please plan accordingly.
10. What can I not bring? No outside alcohol or food please. No weapons, animals, fireworks, unicycles, ninja equipment, or books about pandas either (service animals admitted with certification).
11. Anything else to note? We will have bonfires and lawn games to keep you warm one way or another. Also, we are partying on a farm...in a field...with cows...so please respect the land we reside on, respect the animals of whom we are their guests, and tread lightly.
12. I have additional questions: well fine, we will answer them asap - send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-436-0040.
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