Official: Blue Ridge Fest gone for good

PICKENS — After 22 years, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative’s Blue Ridge Fest is no more.

The decision to end the annual festival, which raises money for area charities, came from cooperative employees, according to Blue Ridge spokesman Terry Ballenger.

“We went two years without having anything because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “We decided to find out what our employees’ perspective was about the festival, because they volunteer to support the fest and put in a lot of their personal time and energy to do so. It became a big operation

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