Sponsored by the Nickelsville Ruritan Club, Bush Mill Days pays homage to the early settlers of Southwest Virginia by offering craft demonstrations, apple butter-making and, of course, fresh cornmeal ground at the mill.
“It’s one of the few places around here that does grind meal,” said Judy Flanary, secretary of the Nickelsville Ruritan Club. “We sell cornmeal, and we also make cornbread and have soup bean dinners. It’s just history.”
When and where: The festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bush Mill in Nickelsville.
What to expect: Festival attendees can enjoy old-time craft demonstrations by local artisans, freshly made apple butter, soup bean dinners and live country and gospel music. Performers will include the Mason Dixon Boys, Danny White & Friends of Bluegrass, Jams, Dan Curry, Michael Taylor, Debbie & David Easterling and Lisa McCracken.
Returning for their second year, Heritage Fellowship representatives will do various demonstrations, including blacksmithing, pottery and woodworking, and offer crafts for children to make. The group will also sell handmade crafts, homemade cinnamon rolls and apple cider.
Cost: The festival itself is free, although fresh cornmeal, apple butter, cinnamon rolls and crafts will be available for purchase throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit the Nickelsville Ruritan Club, which will use the funds to give back to the community.
Parking: Due to limited parking at Bush Mill, people who want to attend the festival should park at Nickelsville Elementary School, located at 11415 Nickelsville Highway. A shuttle bus will run between the mill and the school every 15 minutes.
For more information: Call (276) 479-2033 or (276) 479-2648.