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Oak Hill Academy Boarding School Students Experience Local Appalachian Culture

Author: Tobi S. ’20

On Sunday, September 30th, Mr. Aaron Butt took a group of eight students to the Grayson Highlands Fall Festival in the nearby mountains at Grayson Highlands State Park. The festival celebrated the culture of the southwest Virginia Appalachian mountain region. Mr. Butt stated, “Students enjoyed walking around, tasting samples, and enjoying an early fall afternoon in the mountains.” Some of the highlights on display included: local bands playing Appalachian music, people making apple butter and molasses, kids’ games, and an auction of wild ponies. Vendors at the event sold crafts and homemade foods. As Maria L. ‘20, explains, “We had a blast! And we got to see some very interesting things that the local people make and sell for a living.” When asked about her overall opinion of her time spent getting to know more about our area, she said “It was awesome! I’m really glad I went.”

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