Located in campus quad, BC’s Appalachian Festival is just one of several events scheduled by the college in the month of April to celebrate the history, culture, people and traditions of Appalachia. The marquee event, the Appalachian Festival on April 11, will feature bluegrass music, more than 50 craft and food vendors, art shows, storytelling, lectures, an historical tour, and the health fair organized by Clinch Valley Health.
With a mission to deliver exceptional healthcare and improve the quality of life for the community, Clinch Valley Health takes pride in offering health fairs that are free to the public. The Appalachian Festival health fair on April 11 will feature free health screenings provided by Clinch Valley’s medical professionals, who play an important role in helping people live happy and healthy lives through early detection and prevention.
The screenings will include blood pressure, oral cancer, and bone density, as well as blood glucose testing, pulmonary function test-breathing, wound care, and biometrics for height, weight and body mass index. On site medical professionals will also offer tests for cholesterol levels, glucose levels, PSA for men, and hemoglobin A1C three-month glucose averages.
The Clinch Valley Medical health fair and screenings are open and free to all. For more information, visit the Bluefield College web site at www.bluefield.edu/appalachia.
The daylong Appalachian Festival will also feature bluegrass music from Clinton Collins, the Bland County High School Old-time Music Band, William Workman, The Misty Mountain String Band, and Dr. Bob Boozer. Dozens of local vendors also will be on hand, selling art, crafts, jewelry, candles, soaps, cosmetics, bags, baskets, crochet, quilts, woodwork, dolls, flowers, books, musical instruments/supplies, kettle corn, baked goods, Italian dishes, Amish bread, and other handmade and homemade wares.
In addition, the festival will include storytelling sessions with retired southern West Virginia coal miner and schoolteacher Fred Powers, book readings from local authors, lectures from Appalachian historians, art exhibits, and other family fun. For more information about the Appalachian Festival and the full Celebration of Appalachia, visit www.bluefield.edu/appalachia, email [email protected], or call 276-326-4212.