The bluegrass festival at Graves Mountain Lodge is in full swing, but as bands take the stage, there's a lot more than good music on the table in Madison County.
County leaders say this festival brings many tourists to town. It's a three-day event featuring bluegrass music and food straight from the lodge dining room.
They say this is a weekend business owners in Madison County count on every year.
“It’s huge because it affects our traveler spending, which affects our tax base, which helps our economy overall, and the people who live here,” said Tracey Gardner of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “When they come through town they're not just going to Graves. Chances are they're getting gas here, they're eating food here and maybe not just at Graves.”
One Madison County business owner says he sees business spike as much as 10 percent on this weekend.
You still have time to get out to the festival. It will go until around 10:00 Friday night and then there's a full slate of bands on the schedule for Saturday.
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Full Story
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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