Hillfest proves to be a success


Three-day music festival a great complement to Hillsville Flea Market

Photo courtesy of David Felts The Black Daggers, six members of a United States Army Special Operations group, parachuted into Hillfest on Saturday. Three days of incredible music, great weather and a very cool vibe in general were all hallmarks of the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville.


Allen Worrell/The Carroll News The Hackensaw Boys took to the main stage Saturday night and brought the house down with their energetic style and unique blend of music. The Central Virginia band was one of nearly 30 to perform at the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville,


Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Local band Stagecoach also proved to be a massive hit with Hillfest goers as the young group of Carroll County youth blasted attendees in the face with hard-rocking classic and Southern Rock music.


Photo courtesy of David Felts Hillfest goers also had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon if they wished during the three-day music festival in Hillsville.


David Broyles/The Carroll News Annabelle’s Curse moved from Hillfest’s main stage Saturday to the Pond Stage Sunday afternoon.


Three days of incredible music, great weather and a very cool vibe in general were all hallmarks of the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville.

Billed as a way to “shake off the fleas,” Hillfest certainly provided either a great alternative to the annual Labor Day Gun Show and Flea Market OR the perfect complement, depending on your own personal point of view. Regardless, there was no doubt attendees were treated to a unique atmosphere and some incredible local and regional talent as nearly 30 bands performed in the three-day show from Friday to Sunday.

“I think the music spoke for itself – we had three days of incredible musicians,” said Laura Beth Parnell, who organized the event along with her husband Brian. “The weekend was definitely a success! Looking around and seeing people enjoying themselves and not worrying about anything else is the definition of success for me. Of course we wish that more people would have gotten to come, but we had a good crowd, particularly on Saturday night.”

Indeed, Hillfest drew a very good crowd Saturday night as festival goers were treated to blues, bluegrass, rock, Americana, funk, and country on four different stages. Aside from the music, there was also a great mixture of food vendors and other activities, such as hot air balloon rides and The Black Daggers – six members of a United States Army Special Operations group that parachuted into Hillfest on Saturday.

“Most importantly, I want to recognize the many wonderful people who gave their time volunteering at HillFest. They worked more than their shifts, went above and beyond their duties, made guests feel welcome, and made the whole thing run more smoothly than I ever could have imagined,” Laura Beth Parnell said. “Everywhere you looked, there was somebody in a HillFest shirt, smiling and working and helping people. Nobody complained, nobody asked to leave early – the only thing they asked was how else they could help. I can’t find words to describe how wonderful they all are and how thankful I am for all of them. The other heroes of the event were the sound guys and the lighting and stage people. It’s amazing how much work has to happen to get bands on and off stage, get mikes hooked up, get the sound right. Eddie Day and his family, Will Jones, Josh Pickett – we couldn’t have done it without them.”

While the crowds Friday and Sunday weren’t as big as the good showing Saturday night, Parnell said organizers will evaluate everything from the inaugural festival to make next year’s show even bigger and better.

“HillFest 2017 is already in the works. We’re taking time to evaluate everything, listen to feedback from those who attended, vendors, volunteers, musicians, and then we’ll get to work on making next year even better from all that we’ve learned,” she said.

Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN

Photo courtesy of David Felts The Black Daggers, six members of a United States Army Special Operations group, parachuted into Hillfest on Saturday. Three days of incredible music, great weather and a very cool vibe in general were all hallmarks of the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_HFParachute.jpgPhoto courtesy of David Felts The Black Daggers, six members of a United States Army Special Operations group, parachuted into Hillfest on Saturday. Three days of incredible music, great weather and a very cool vibe in general were all hallmarks of the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville.

Allen Worrell/The Carroll News The Hackensaw Boys took to the main stage Saturday night and brought the house down with their energetic style and unique blend of music. The Central Virginia band was one of nearly 30 to perform at the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville,
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_HFHackensaw.jpgAllen Worrell/The Carroll News The Hackensaw Boys took to the main stage Saturday night and brought the house down with their energetic style and unique blend of music. The Central Virginia band was one of nearly 30 to perform at the Inaugural Hillfest in Hillsville,

Allen Worrell/The Carroll News Local band Stagecoach also proved to be a massive hit with Hillfest goers as the young group of Carroll County youth blasted attendees in the face with hard-rocking classic and Southern Rock music.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_HFStagecoach.jpgAllen Worrell/The Carroll News Local band Stagecoach also proved to be a massive hit with Hillfest goers as the young group of Carroll County youth blasted attendees in the face with hard-rocking classic and Southern Rock music.

Photo courtesy of David Felts Hillfest goers also had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon if they wished during the three-day music festival in Hillsville.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_HFBalloonAgain.jpgPhoto courtesy of David Felts Hillfest goers also had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon if they wished during the three-day music festival in Hillsville.

David Broyles/The Carroll News Annabelle’s Curse moved from Hillfest’s main stage Saturday to the Pond Stage Sunday afternoon.
http://thecarrollnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Annabelle-s-Curse.jpgDavid Broyles/The Carroll News Annabelle’s Curse moved from Hillfest’s main stage Saturday to the Pond Stage Sunday afternoon.

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Three-day music festival a great complement to Hillsville Flea Market
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