Hey, music lovers! Are you ready to surround yourself with great music in a gorgeous mountain setting? If so, then you’ll love this next destination on the Ingles Open Road. Chris Bainbridge checks out Hominy Valley Singing!
The Singing in Hominy Valley started in 1981 when a southern gospel group called the Primitive Quartet purchased a tract of land in Candler and turned it into a beautiful mountain music park. Not only is it nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but you also get a breathtaking view of Mount Pisgah while listening to the harmonies echo throughout the valley.
Thousands of folks from all over the country flock to Candler every year to attend the Singing. For many families, it’s a tradition. Gospel music lovers everywhere cross this bridge over Hominy creek and come together to hear some of their favorite groups.
Check out the spot where they pull out the fiddle and rosin up the bow along with the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and standup bass. It’s remarkable and inspiring.
It’s the Primitive Quartet’s homecoming event, so they sing every night. You’ll also get to hear other excellent groups, like the Kingsmen Quartet and the McKamey Legacy.
If you’re worried about rainy days, don’t! There’s a giant top tent where the whole family can take shelter. Rain or shine, in Hominy Valley, the music always plays. You can sit under the tent or up close to the stage.
Seating is first-come, first-served, but there’s plenty of room for everyone! They recommend bringing lawn chairs, but if you forget or don’t have one, chair rentals are available for $1.
And what’s good music without delicious food? If you get hungry, there’s an Ingles right up the road. Grab some of your favorites and pack a picnic to enjoy. You’ll also find concessions for purchase throughout the night, like BBQ sandwiches, nachos, chips, candy bars, and refreshing lemonade.
The Singing takes place the week of Independence Day, so every year, on the final night, they pay a special tribute to Veterans.
The Hominy Valley Singing is a place of fun, music, and mountain majesty. July 3rd is the last night of the Singing this year, so grab a lawn chair and head up Highway 151 to Candler, where the music is sweet, and the memories are more precious.
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