Shepherds Ford Productions News - August 2014


Can a Festival change the world?
River and Roots Fest makes a donation to the Shenandoah River Keeper

First annual River and Roots Fest is a huge success and donates over $2500 to the Shenandoah River Keeper. We are all becoming aware that many of our everyday choices are unsustainable for the planet. That is why River and Roots Fest has begun as a Transformational Festival, changing lives and the world by offering sustainable practices, and community building into it's foundation. Everything from the local farmers market, local music, to all the River awareness programs were intended to connect us to our community and our enviroment, and the results were profound. We can't wait to do it again next year! Plus, Watermelon Park Campground and Shepherds Ford Productions were able to send Shenandoah Riverkeeper home with a donation over $2500. A special thanks to Josh Bearman, Shelly at NOAA , Gem at the Piedmont Enviromental Council Jon Lohman at Virginia Folklife and all the local Farmers Capon Crossing Farm Tree and Leaf Smith Meadows Georges mill Farm and Volunteers that made this Festival so special. See you next Year!


See you next year at 2nd annual River and Roots Festival
Save the date for the last weekend of June 2015


New activities at Watermelon Park Fest this year
At the kids tent

The Kids tent will be in full swing again this year thanks in no small part to Jill Evans-Kavaldjian (Round Hill Arts Center Manager, renowned artist and mother of two thirds of the Polka Dots). Join Jill on Friday and Saturday at the Kids Tent for her "Instant Watermelon Tie-Dye" Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest with Jill Evans-Kavaldjian. Best of all, the shirts dry quickly, and are ready to wear in minutes! See what's new at the Kids tent, Danct tent workshops and more... See the full SCHEDULE PAGE


New at Watermelon Park Fest this year
Music on Sunday

Music on Sunday Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes Richmond has been recognized for generations as a "gospel town," with a vibrant tradition of African American gospel groups and choirs, and one of its most legendary figures is Evangelist Maggie Ingram. Sponsored by Virginia Folklife Program. Check out all the music on Sunday and more on the Schedule Page.


Earlybird Tickets end August 31st
Why wait till then and risk a sold out Festival, buy now and save

Last year we reacherd capacity at the Festival, and if ticket sales so far are any indication we will be sold out befoe the gates open this year. Get Tickets for Watermelon Park Fest Now.


Watermelon Park Fest Contests...
Free to Enter?

That's right...Watermelon Park Fest Contests are FREE to enter! We're giving away $1000 to first place $400 to second place and $200 to third place bands, plus a 15 minute slot, prime time Saturday to the top band, and a paid slot at the Festival in 2015. This is a very prestigious award. We are also giving away a Spankin' new Bitterroot F-style Mandolin valued at $2900.00 for the mandolin Contest! We also will be having our annual Watermelon growing contest, find out more on the contest page.

Check out the CONTEST PAGE here.


A few more good Volunteers needed
Sign up for Watermelon Park Fest now

We still need a few good volunteers. Sign up for or Watermelon Park Fest to volunteer at one of our Festivals.


Danny Knicely puts out guitar album
Some shows near you




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