The 1st Annual Banner Elk Downtown Getdown is this Sunday!

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A Kidney Transplant Benefit billed as a "Hootenanny of Monumental Portions".

Banner Elk will host a music festival this weekend that officials hope will become an annual event.  Local residents are coming to organize the event to help a community member who is in need of a kidney transplant. Lynne Lear, who is helping organize the event, said the woman who needs the transplant doesn’t know the fundraiser is being held. Lear said she is at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center on full-time dialysis.

The event will feature music by Big Daddy Love, Melissa Reaves, Dark Side of the Boone, the Whip Daddies, and the Lucky Strikes. Several of the area’s restaurants are donating food for the festival. Face painting and other children’s activities will be on hand. Alcohol will also be available for residents over 21 with a valid ID.

The Banner Elk Downtown GetDown will be held at the Banner Elk Town Park. The event begins at 1:00 Sunday afternoon and will run until dark (or later). Organizers are asking that residents not bring food or coolers because the music is free and money will be raised by food, drink, and t-shirt sales as well as a silent auction.

All proceeds fromt the event will go to benefit this Banner Elk community member who is in need of our love and support.  If you’re going to be visiting the area to view the fall colors which are at near peak color right now, try to stick around for some Sunday afternoon fun and help out a friend in need.

The forecast looks great for this weekend, but in the case of rain, the event will move inside to the Best Western Mountain Lodge on Hwy 184.

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