The hills are alive with the sound of
On Saturday, Oct. 19, Coker Creek
Elementary School will hold the first Music on the Mountain event on
its school grounds. The bluegrass festival will feature several
groups and singers.
"We've talked about doing something
with music for years," said Coker Creek Elementary School Principal
Jill Franklin. "We've finally been able to make it reality."
With the help of parents and sponsors,
the idea for the event began to grow roots.
"It's been developing for a few years
now. We have a lot of sponsors helping us to put on the event. [Monroe County Assistant Director of Schools] Tim Blankenship is
helping us with this too. He's even playing in one of the bands," said Franklin.
Music on the Mountain will be held in
front of the school, in the walking trail area. In addition to the
music, which will begin at 4 p.m., there will also be chili and
chocolate cook offs beginning at 3 p.m.
"There's no entry fee and entry forms
are available at the school," said Franklin.
Two of the school's teachers, Kerry
Britton and Sarah Payne, came up with the idea for the chocolate cook
"When we first starting planning the
event, we were originally only thinking about the music," said
Franklin. "But, we wanted to try more for fun. Kerry and Sarah have
developed the whole cook off themselves."
While judges for the chili cook off
will be members from the community and area fire department
volunteers, the chocolate cook off winners will be decided by kids.
"Kids will have the chance to taste
the chocolate and cast their votes," said Franklin.
Cook off winners will be announced
around 5:45 p.m. and will receive a trophy.
Several items will also be auctioned
and raffled off at Music on the Mountain, including a "Go Big
Orange" basket of goodies.
There is no charge for the event,
unless attendees want to buy food, which will include barbeque
plates, hot dogs and more. Proceeds from concessions will be donated
back to the school by the sponsors.
"We just wanted to be able to give
back to the community and we felt this was a way we could--for our
community to be able to come together and have some fun," said
Franklin said the school would like to
make Music on the Mountain an annual event.
"We're hoping for a good turnout," she said.
Attendees should bring a blanket or
lawn chair, as the event will be outdoors.