Moonshine Fest Returns This Weekend

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

mssyycxROCKY MOUNT - Put a “shine” to the weekend as you pull the top off the jug at the first Franklin County Moonshine Fest. Capture the rich cultural heritage of moonshine making in Franklin County, VA with two days of family friendly activities, great music and tastings in Downtown Rocky Mount. Enjoy unique entertainment with plenty to HEAR, SEE, TASTE and DO as you LEARN about the history and culture of the Moonshine Capital of the World.

We invite you to have fun, pour some LOVE into your camera and savor the flavor of a true Franklin County experience.
With a full moon, a very big tent and some brewed up planning, things start off Friday evening with an outdoor concert featuring award winning bluegrass artist Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

The evening will be filled with vendors, local foods, local craft beer, as well as local and regional moonshine tastings, and a bartender mixology challenge.
Saturday start off early morning with the annual Chug for the Jug 5k race.

After that, it’s a non-stop festive event featuring a moonshine car show, continuous live music, one-of-a-kind exhibits and demonstrations, including flat-footing and pigeon rolling, guest authors, storytelling, an original play, children's activities, arts & crafts, a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and more!

Experience an evening under the stars with the 2nd Annual Shine 'n Dine tasting event Saturday, as you savor the flavors from regional distilleries, local craft beer, complimented by a massive

Taste of Rocky Mount spread. Live music will fill the air with by Surrender Dorothy as you dance and enjoy the evening. Entertainment will include surprise special guests, a fun silent auction and more


2016 Franklin County Moonshine Fest Schedule of Events.

Friday, April 22 (6-10 pm)

Outdoor Concert @ Early Inn

Live music featuring Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Food from Bowling’s Hotdogs and Bootleggers’ Café available for purchase
Variety of vendors
Bartender Mixology Challenge
Optional tasting ticket for sale at the door
Wine/beer and water available for purchase
Oversize LOVE artwork photo opportunity
Click here to purchase tickets
Saturday, April 23 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

FREE Family Fun

Chug for the Jug 5K Race/Health Walk/Kids Fun Run (7:30 a.m. @ Early Inn)
Moonshine Car Show (10am-3pm @ Early Inn)
Special guest authors (11am-2pm @ Public Library)
Live non-stop music featuring 5 great bands (11am-4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Flatfooting demonstrations at 45 min. intervals (11am-4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Moonshine storytelling (1-3pm @ Public Library)
"Tales of Honor", an original play depicting the height of the moonshine era (4pm @ Farmers' Market)
Millpoint Prison exhibit on display at Public Library
Demonstrations and exhibits, including moonshine heritage (All Day)
Pigeon Rolling with Parlor Rolling Pigeons (All Day @ Children's Activity Area)
Children and family activities (All Day)
Arts and Crafts
Food and beverage vendors
Oversize LOVE artwork photo opportunity
And much more!
Saturday, April 23 (6:30 – 10:30 p.m.)

2nd Annual Shine ‘n Dine Tasting Event @ Early Inn

Taste of Rocky Mount - fine and unique foods from area establishments
Moonshine tasting featuring local and regional distilleries
Featured cocktail of Friday night’s bartender mixology challenge
Live music by Surrender Dorothy with dancing
Unique silent auction
Special guests
Shuttles available


Wings, Wheels and Quilts Show Coming to SML

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

aptyuMONETA - If you enjoy cool antique cars and airplanes, you are in luck! And if you want to be dazzled by beautiful handmade quilts, you are in double luck! As part of the celebration of the 50-year anniversary of Smith Mountain Lake, the events the week of May 13-15 are all about the 60’s!

To join in the 60’s fun, the Smith Mountain Lake Airport is hosting fly- in featuring cars and planes from the 60’s and earlier on May 14 between 11 and 3. Also on display will be hand crafted quilts and demonstrations with remote controlled airplanes School-agers can join in the fun with an airport scavenger hunt and food vendors will be on duty.

“This is a family-friendly event.” said organizational chair, Karen DeBord. “ It is perfectly appropriate to bring a picnic lunch and a lawn chair to enjoy the early afternoon admiring the craftsmanship of restored cars and antique planes and the quality of work invested in making the quilts that will be on display.”

The airport is nearly as old as the lake, yet not many even know that there is an airport in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake. Located at 1090 Cutlass Road in Moneta, the “Fly-in” will be open and free to the public between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The airplanes and cars will be in place by 11:00. DeBord says, however, “if you want to sneak in early and watch the cars and planes be put into place, come watch at 10:00.”

There will be a People’s Choice ballot offered for those who donate any amount of money to Vickie’s Vision Fund. Voting will be for the People’s Choice of car, quilt, and airplane.

Location: SML Airport 1090 Cutlass Rd. Moneta, VA

Fly-in Schedule:

10:00-10:30 Opening parade of cars down runway

11:00 - Remote Control demonstration

- Food vendors open

11:00 Kids scavenger hunt

12:00-12:30 Remote Control demonstrations

2:30 Announcements of People’s Choice voting to close

2:30-3:00 RC Demonstration

3:00 dismiss cars and planes


Ply Gem To Add 76 Jobs in Rocky Mount

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

PlyGemWindowsLogoROCKY MOUNT - Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Ply Gem Windows, a subsidiary of leading North American exterior building products manufacturer Ply Gem Holdings, Inc., will invest $1.98 million to expand its manufacturing operation in the Town of Rocky Mount in Franklin County. The company will increase capacity for its vinyl window lines, creating 76 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Florida and Georgia for the project. 

“Ply Gem Windows is the largest employer in Franklin County, and we are thrilled that the company continues to invest in the future of its manufacturing operation and create new jobs in the Commonwealth,” Governor McAuliffe said. “Advanced manufacturing is an industry of the future, and growing this important sector with expansions like Ply Gem moves us forward in our work to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.” 

“The manufacturing industry continues to provide a great opportunity for job growth throughout the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “I congratulate Ply Gem, the Town of Rocky Mount and Franklin County on this expansion and look forward to the company’s continued success in the region.” 

Ply Gem produces a comprehensive product line of windows and patio doors, vinyl and aluminum siding and accessories, designer accents, cellular PVC trim and mouldings, vinyl fencing and railing, stone veneer and gutterware, used in both new construction and home repair and remodeling in the United States and Canada. 

“The Commonwealth of Virginia, Franklin County and Town of Rocky Mount have done a great deal to make us feel at home and encourage Ply Gem Windows’ growth and success for this strategic location in our supply chain,” said Art Steinhafel, president, Ply Gem Windows. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the long-standing tradition of this facility in Rocky Mount and the dedicated associates who take pride in their work, producing a quality product day in and day out. We look forward to expanding our team and facility in this community.” 

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Franklin County and the Town of Rocky Mount to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $100,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund to assist the Town and County with the project. The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved $160,000 in Tobacco Region Opportunity Funds. Funding and services to support the company’s employee training activities will also be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.  

“Franklin County is honored to be home to one of the nation’s leading building materials manufacturers in Ply Gem,” said Franklin County Board of Supervisors Chairman Cline Brubaker. “We know that Franklin County’s pro-business environment and elite workforce will allow the company to continue its trajectory of growth here in our community.” 

“Ply Gem and its employees are a key part of Rocky Mount’s economy and its growth, and the Town of Rocky Mount is glad to support the development of additional jobs for our residents,” said Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle. “We are grateful that Ply Gem, our other industries and our economic development partners continue to see the importance of investing in Rocky Mount and its future.” 

"Ply Gem has been an incredible partner with the citizens of Franklin County over the past years, and has proven that high-quality American-made products, like Ply Gem Windows, can once again be manufactured successfully in Southside Virginia,” said Senator William Stanley, member of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission. “With this announcement of plans to expand its Rocky Mount operations, Ply Gem has made a firm commitment to the people of our region. Likewise, the Commonwealth, by its investment of Tobacco Commission dollars, remains committed to Ply Gem and its employees, both now and in the future." 

“Ply Gem has been a foundational industry in Rocky Mount and Franklin County for decades,” said Delegate Charles Poindexter. “This latest expansion is a great example of creating new jobs by growing an existing successful business, which has a long history of contributing to our great community. I am thankful to the Governor, VEDP, the Tobacco Commission, and local governments for their assistance in making this expansion possible.” 

Since the beginning of the McAuliffe administration, 634 economic development deals have been closed in Virginia with more than $10.94 billion in capital investment, which is more than any previous governor in the first 25 months in office.