WEST JEFFERSON — With crowds congregating up and down Backstreet, downtown West Jefferson bustled with Christmas cheer during the 33rd annual Christmas in July Festival Saturday, July 6.
Festivalgoers turned out by the thousands to celebrate Ashe County’s nation-leading Fraser fir industry and the Christmas season ahead of schedule, perusing a Backstreet lined with two live music stages, Ashe County Farmers Market vendors and handmade crafts sellers, Santa and Mrs. Claus, candied and fried festival food chefs, bouncy houses, street performers and other assorted oddities.
In the heat of a High Country summer afternoon, smoke filled the air as Civil War greycoats bellowed cannon-fire across West Jefferson Park at a Yankee encampment while spectators cheered from beneath the lawn’s shady old oak trees.
Grab a copy of Ashe Post & Times’ July 10 edition for more Christmas in July 2019 coverage, and for now enjoy a photo gallery of some Fraser fir, Christmas in July fun, only on www.ashepostandtimes.com.
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A crowd congregates on Backstreet during the 33rd annual Christmas in July Festival July 6.
Wayne Henderson (center) picks alongside Herb Key (right) and Helen White (left) at the 33rd annual Christmas in July Festival on Saturday, July 6.
The crowd gathers on West Main Street in front of the main stage while Wayne Henderson, Herb Key and Helen White perform during the Christmas in July Festival on Saturday, July 6.
Sam Reed helps shape his own balloon animal while Ronnie and Bonnie Stone look on during the 33rd annual Christmas in July festival on Saturday, July 6.
Miss Kitty's Fleet Feet Cloggers perform during the Christmas in July festival on Saturday, July 6.
Mr. and Mrs. Claus greeted festivalgoers throughout the day on Backstreet during the Christmas in July Festival. For more photos, see inside and visit www.ashepostandtimes.com.
Festivalgoers look on as Mark Lippard cruises by on his unicycle.
Jeff Lambdin makes bubbles for the crowd on Backstreet during the annual Christmas in July Festival on Saturday, July 6.
Civil War reenactors shoot a volley of rifle-fire during the 2019 Christmas in July Festival.