Moratock Park in Danbury will once again be the center of Stokes County’s cultural universe on September 10 & 11 as the Stokes County Arts Council presents the 42nd Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan. Held on the banks of the beautiful Dan River, the 42nd Stomp will once again showcase the best in traditional and Americana music groups, visual arts and craft demonstrations, river activities, dance troupes, children’s area visual and performing arts, and local food vendors.
A stellar lineup of music and dance talent will be featured in the Main Stage area and include the North, South, and West Stokes Marching Bands, Guitar Ink, Not Brothers Band, Royal House, Charity Hampton, Sol Flo, Miss Joyce’s Dance, Martha Bassett, Dancing Daughters, Dodgetown, Stained Glass Canoe, Third Sunday, Del Ray Brothers, Dan River Current, Taylor Vaden & Memphis Thunder, Twin County Ramblers, CC Dance Company, Travis Frye & Blue Mountain and Old Dominion Cloggers.
Kid’s activities will also be in abundance at the 42nd Stomp including supervised kayak floats on the Dan River, the Young Artist Tent, Bella Express Trackless Train and the Next Generation Stage with a performance lineup that includes Charity Hampton, Third Sunday, Dancing Daughters, Anika & Django Burgess, Miss Joyce’s Dance, Hunter Grace Simpkins, Tara Schipof, CC Dance Company, Old Dominion Cloggers, and Colin Anderson. The North Carolina WoodWorker Outreach Program will also be offering free woodworking activities in the Children’s area throughout the weekend.
The Kings Cabin Dan River Duck Race is making a return to the Stomp on Sunday at 2:45pm with a Spa Day Grand Prize from King’s Cabin Salon & Day Spa for the first duck to cross the finish line. Attendees will also be able to dunk local Stokes celebrities in the Stomp Bath Dunking Booth including Ranger Austin Paul from Hanging Rock State Park, Brad Lankford, Commissioner Ronda Jones, Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee, and others.
The 42nd Stokes Stomp festivities will begin at 10am on Saturday, September 10 with the Town of Danbury’s annual Stokes Stomp Parade and this year’s theme “NC State Parks 100th Anniversary.”
YVEDDI will once again provide a shuttle service from the Stokes County Government Center parking lot to the Stokes Stomp on Saturday from 11am until 7pm and on Sunday from 10:30am until 6pm.
The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan is organized each year by the Stokes County Arts Council and remains a FREE Admission, FREE parking event thanks to sponsorship support provided by the Reynolds American Foundation, RiverStreet Networks, Duke Energy Foundation, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, NewBridge Bank, NC Arts Council, Danbury General Store, Artists Way Creations, Burroughs Funeral Home, Ms. Lenora Brown, Town of Danbury, Dan River Company, Industrial Fire & Safety, Sam’s Pizza, Rainbow Print & Copy, Tar Heel Paddlers Association, Horne Creek Farm, Stokes Pharmacy, Dan River Family Restaurant, LuLu’s Restaurant, River Rock Café, and Stokes County Economic Development.
Safety, parking, medical, and maintenance support for the Stokes Stomp is provided by the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department, Stokes Public Works, Stokes County District Resource Center, Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, Pioneer Hospital, Stokes County Health Department, Stokes County Emergency Medical Services.
For more information on the 42nd Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, including the complete entertainment lineup and parking/shuttle plan, visit stokesarts.org.