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September 1, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Enjoy a picnic or live music in the tent both days!
Gem mining, mine tours, gold panning and mineral collecting will be available (for a fee) all day long both days. At 10:00 AM each day kids help feed the Rainbow Trout inside the Bon Ami Mine. A free talk and guided hike each day at 11:00 AM will lead to a small but historic “hidden” mine. Catch a mountain-music concert under the tent at Noon each day followed by others during the afternoon, with 7 great toe-tapping groups over 2 days. Join us at 1:00 each day for a fascinating talk at the entrance to the Big Deal Mine. At 3:00 PM daily a second guided hike leads to another “hidden” mine and to view old mining equipment.
Children (12 and under) will enjoy a free Kid’s Treasure Hunt both days. While at Emerald Village be sure to explore all 10 levels of the Discovery Mill exhibits, including a Music Museum, a Black Light Exhibit, a model railroad display, and lots of good old antique junk!
After a day of fun on Saturday, come back for a special Black Light Mine Tour at 8:30 PM ($15 Adults/$10 Students). Enjoy colors hidden underground that few have ever seen! Bring your camera for some awesome photos! RockFest at Emerald Village is a great way to celebrate the end of summer in a unique setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains!