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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.



60 $

  • Includes admission to GRO Fest
  • Premiere close parking
  • VIP Lanyard
  • Access to VIP area w/catered food & complimentary beer (wine not included)
  • VIP only Bathroom

 General Admission

30 $

  • Admission to the festival
  • General parking

Our Premiere Sponsors:

GRO Fest

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

Headlining GRO Fest 2018

White Coyote

Yellow Feather

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.

4:00 p

6:00 p

8:00 p

10:00 p

May 12, 2018

Exact festival schedule subject to changes leading up to Festival.

Learn more about GRO

Starting Young Farmers

Barn Raising

Advocating for Farmers

The Farmers' Market

and More

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

Click on the above logos for more information.

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.

Download Sponsorship Information by Clicking Here

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

Email: patrick@growrural.org


No benefit was bestowed upon this donor in exchange for a contribution other than the joy of giving to an organization that supports agriculture in Polk County. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 47-5091675.

Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. This license is not an endorsement by the State.



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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 patrick@growrural.org or call 828-436-0040.


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