Chick-fil-A of Clemmons and
Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival
Announce Inaugural Davie County
High School Seniors' Bluegrass Day

Come home to Carolina Bible Camp.

MOCKSVILLE, NC – Organizers for Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival announced today that Davie County High School will be the site for the first Seniors' Bluegrass Day, sponsored in part by Chick-fil-A of Clemmons.

Two artists scheduled to appear at the Saturday, September 8 festival will first present a special 90-minute program on Friday afternoon, September 7 at the high school on War Eagle Drive. The program will include performances, history and instruction by musicians Fireside Collective, and Dwight Hawkins and Brody Hunt. Each of DCHS's approximately 390 seniors and their teachers will receive a free wristband from Carolina Bible Camp to attend the festival on Saturday.

Although the Friday performance is open only to these Davie County High School seniors, their faculty and staff, Saturday's Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville is open to the public. The annual festival is a fundraiser for the non-profit camp which promotes Bible education and wholesome recreation. The festival benefits the capital development funds and scholarship funds. No child has been turned away from CBC due to an inability to pay.

This event will be educational and enjoyable for our hard-working seniors and instructors,” said DCHS Principal Doyle Nicholson. “We are grateful to Carolina Bible Camp and Chick-fil-A of Clemmons for honoring them in this way.”

We are proud to partner with our like-minded friends at Carolina Bible Camp and bring Davie County High School seniors the finest in bluegrass and roots music,” said Clemmons Chick-fil-A owner David Moore. “Good things happen when good music, good food, and great family values come together in one place.

The volunteers at this festival wear t-shirts that say, 'Servants.' That's where we want to be in our community: among the 'Servants.' After all, our corporate purpose is to glorify God through excellence, stewardship, and the love of others.”

Chick-fil-A of Clemmons is contributing a digital gift card good for one classic Chick-fil-A sandwich to each of the 390 seniors and their instructors at DCHS. In addition, the restaurant is donating sandwiches to be sold at the festival and providing some food items for Friday's artists and volunteers.

Fireside Collective, the winner of the 2016 MerleFest Band Competition, is quickly gaining a reputation as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, this group of folk music enthusiasts blends elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. Their energetic show transitions smoothly between danceable bluegrass numbers and passionate folk ballads, with a surprise Paul Simon number thrown in for good measure. The band features Jesse Iaquinto on mandolin, Tommy Maher on dobro, Joe Cicero on acoustic guitar, Carson White on upright bass and Alex Genova on banjo.

Dwight “Sawman” Hawkins is a Raleigh-based musician specializing in pre-war stringband music. He is also very knowledgeable about hillbilly, hokum and jug music. The founding member of the popular Asheville band Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks, Hawkins left Raleigh at an early age for the life of “a hobo.” He jumped on his first freight train at 18 and quickly became an expert, figuring out which direction each train traveled and how to get from one city to the next without spending any money. Since then, he has been around the country eight times. It was riding trains that inspired him to leave punk rock behind and embrace the early 20th-century blues he loves today. Today he works in construction (not only using a saw, but playing it, as well) and he plays the music he loves as often as possible. “I used to be the road,” Hawkins said recently, “but now I'm the lighthouse.”

The Saturday, September 8 festival is sponsored by Brewer Brewer & Sorel Attorneys at Law, Carolina Hearing Doctors, and Peak Eye Care of Salisbury, Statesville and Hickory. Media partner is the Winston-Salem Journal. Additional sponsors include DavidSon Home Crafters and AGAPE of North Carolina. Hospitality sponsors are Chick-fil-A of Clemmons, and Comfort Inn & Suites and Days Inn properties of Mocksville.

Tickets for the all-volunteer produced Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2018 are on sale now at Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate; children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. No alcohol, tobacco, or pets are permitted.
The Saturday festival performance also includes headliner Alison Brown; Bobby Hicks, Mark Kuykendall and Asheville Bluegrass; Tim White & Troublesome Hollow; the Snyder Family Band; The Trailblazers with Ivy Phillips, and the national anthem sung by The A Cafellas.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival 2018 features an exhibit of classic cars included in the price of admission.

The festival also offers the best in innovative outdoor play equipment, free arts and crafts activities, and old-fashioned sidewalk games for kids of all ages. Shoppers will enjoy a wide variety of vendors as well as an auction of special items. Musicians will want to bring their instruments to take advantage of the Pickers’ Place jam tent.

Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival gates open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. Parking is free. Handicapped parking and assistance is available for guests with special needs. Guests should bring their own chairs. The festival will be held rain or shine. Professional grade tents will keep guests comfortable.

Carolina Bible Camp is located at 1988 Jericho Church Road in Mocksville, NC, 27028. For more information, please contact CBC Bluegrass Festival Executive Director Lisa Brewer at (336) 262-6325 or visit

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