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Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys & Harmony Creek Junction at the Alderson 4th of July Celebration

July 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


6:00 to 11:00 p.m. – Harmony Creek Junction and Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys- Alderson Memorial Football Field – Free admission, but donations accepted. Rain or Shine

The Fourth of July was first celebrated in Alderson 1874, a little more than a year after Alderson was established. This first celebration was aptly covered in an article in the July 11, 1874 issue of the Greenbrier Independent. The celebration was not very large, compared to the celebrations in years to come.
The next celebration was a great hurrah in 1894, with two or three thousand people in attendance. However, it did not become an annual celebration until much later. It was a full quarter of a century later that the Fourth of July was celebrated again in Alderson. In 1919 the celebration began with the report of 21 guns from Snow Flake. The parade followed a welcome speech by attorney Mark L. Jarrett delivered from the balcony of the old Greenbrier Valley Bank building on Railroad Avenue. Leading the parade was Marshal A. C. Crotty and Jesse Keadle as Uncle Sam. There was a crowd that exceeded 3,000 people in the small town of Alderson. The celebration took place again in 1920 and 1921 as well, with 1921 being the largest yet with over 5,000 attendees.
After a four year lapse, a celebration was held in 1926 but planning only began two weeks ahead of time and therefore the show was not as impressive as the earlier events. The 1926 celebration was the last formal, organized observance of Independence Day in Alderson until the present series began in 1962, and now has grown to proportions far exceeding anything the “Old Timers” would have thought.
The Alderson Fourth of July Committee is proud to present the 54th Anniversary (consecutively) of this celebration. The following pages will highlight some of the “Hometown Memories” that truly make Alderson the best place to be on the Fourth of July. We hope you will recognize some of the many faces that have helped to make this celebration a success.

black mountain bluegrass boysThe Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys are among West Virginia’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The group first organized in 1968 around the foursome of Richard Hefner (banjo/tenor vocal), his brother Bill Hefner (guitar/mandolin/baritone vocal), their late uncle Glenn “Dude” Irvine (mandolin) and the late Harley Carpenter (guitar/lead vocal). They took their name from Black Mountain in their native Pocahontas County. For five years the group worked a weekly radio show on WVAR, in Richwood. They also made regular appearances at local events and regional bluegrass festivals. They recorded their first album in January 1971, “Pure Old Bluegrass”, and in the mid-1970s they followed up with a pair of albums: “Million Lonely Days” and “Talk of the County.” More recent albums include “Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys 1968-1973,” “Live at Midnight,” “Live at The Opera House,” and “Live at Greenbrier Valley Theatre.”

As with many bluegrass bands, the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys have had changes in personnel over the years. Richard Hefner remains as the lone original member. Hefner’s traditional bluegrass banjo playing and tenor vocals have contributed both continuity and much of the “high lonesome” sound for which the band has become so well-known. He has displayed his banjo skills many times as a victor in contests and at the Vandalia Festival. Chris Nickell from Monroe County, contributes driving lead and rhythm guitar work as well as lead vocals. Rick Carpenter—son of founding member Harley Carpenter—picks a fine mandolin and sings lead and baritone vocals. Bass player Mike Smith, of Culloden, has worked with such notables as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, and the Goins Brothers.

Harmony Creek Junctionharmony creek junction is a bluegrass band from Greenbrier County that performs across West Virginia. We are a 5 piece band that performs mostly bluegrass, country, gospel, and acapella music.


July 3, 2015
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Alderson Fourth of July Celebration


Alderson Memorial Football Field
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Alderson, WV 24910 United States
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