RockyFest 2022 attracts large crowd, attendees encouraged to complete short survey

A large crowd attended RockyFest 2022 on Saturday, April 23 at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area in Alexander County. Event organizers estimate that the annual family-friendly festival attracted 1,500 people who enjoyed live music, food, arts/crafts vendors, free rock-climbing sessions, children’s activities, and more.

Those who attended this year’s festival are encouraged to take an online survey to help organizers better understand the audience. The short survey can be accessed at

The music was a mix of old-time, bluegrass, and country, with Southbound 77, The Burnett Sisters Duo, Karlie Keepfer and Smokey Holler, Gap Civil, Whitetop Mountain Band, and Kelley and The Cowboys. A dance floor and picking tent added to the entertainment.

The food vendors enjoyed a busy, profitable day as festival-goers knew to come hungry for some delicious treats. Food vendors this year included Teens & Deens Country Kitchen, Village Inn Pizza, The Vashti Ice Cream Man, and The Donut Shack.

There was a wide assortment of arts and crafts on display for viewing and for purchase, as well as a heritage fair where attendees learned skills from another generation.

The kids had a blast on the many free attractions, including an inflatable jousting ring, a two-lane slide, bounce house, basketball shootout, trackless train, and more.

Rocky Face Baptist Church hosted a cornhole tournament, which was well attended. The winning team of Tyler Sweet and Bobby Reynolds received a custom set of RockyFest cornhole boards.

RockyFest 2022 was made possible by these fine sponsors: Alexander County Government, Duke Energy, Alexander Railroad Company, Huntington House Furniture, Craftmaster Furniture, EnergyUnited Electric, McGill Associates, Taylor King Furniture, and WHKY.

Plans for RockyFest 2023 are already in the works, so mark your calendar for Saturday, April 22, 2023. Stay up to date at

View photos from the RockyFest 2022 event!