This story is by Tony Kiss of the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Friends and fans of Nelia Hyatt will gather on June 1 at the WNC Agricultural Center fairgrounds to celebrate her 96th birthday and to enjoy a day of old-time mountain music. Jamfest IX happens 9 a.m.-10 p.m. to honor Mrs. Hyatt, who has hosted local music jams since just after World War II. The day includes an unplugged “Battle of the Bands” competition, plus performances by Buncombe Turnpike, Red Wing and the Sons of Ralph. Jamfest will also feature clogging, puppet shows and face-painting for children. Barbecue, hot dogs and burgers will be sold. Jamfest admission is $10.
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