|Making apple butter|
Camping at Beartree Campground in the Jefferson National Forest, we were 8 zigzagging miles or 20 minutes outside of town. Inclement weather had left the campground nearly deserted, and we lucked into one of the limited sites with water and electric. On Sunday, we took advantage of a short reprieve from the rain to drive up to the community of Whitetop for their annual Molasses Festival. This fundraiser for the Mount Rogers Volunteer Fire Department had a good turnout. Molasses and apple butter were both being made and sold on the grounds, a variety of local bands provided the entertainment (all bluegrass), and vendors sold crafts, honey, jams, and maple syrup leftover from the town's Whitetop Mountain Maple Syrup Festival in the spring. Barbecue chicken, green beans and cole slaw was being sold as a secondary fundraiser. While visitors feasted on the chicken, a dozen or so fellow guests provided additional entertainment by clogging to the lively music. Dancers ranged from 10-80 plus years old, and never seemed to tire!
|At Green Cove Station, along the trail|
Having completed the ride, it is now time to drive south into North Carolina.
|At Beartree Campground|
|Pumpkin patch along the trail|
|Entertainment at the Molasses Festival|