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Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival to feature old-time music, sculpture unveiling

HOLLY VIERS, Kingsport Times News • Aug 30, 2018 at 11:02 AM

DUFFIELD — Papa Joe Smiddy was known to many as a teacher, a musician and a lover of life.

Since he passed away last May, Papa Joe’s legacy has lived on through those he inspired. On Sunday, that legacy will be honored in a tangible way at the Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival, during which a hand-carved sculpture of Papa Joe will be publicly unveiled.

“I think that it really is just an exciting way to remember someone, to have them be permanently sculpted into brick,” said Dr. Joe Smiddy, Papa Joe’s son. “It’s a wonderful way to honor someone, and to be right there at the stage where Dad played many times, it will encourage young people to want to play music, they’ll be curious, and it’ll serve a great purpose.”

The 16th annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will be held Sunday, Sept. 2, from 3-9 p.m. at Natural Tunnel State Park, located at 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway in Duffield.

More about Papa Joe from the Kingsport Times News.

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