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Leftover Salmon performs during Rooster Walk 5. (Photo/Robert Grice)

Leftover Salmon performs during Rooster Walk 5. (Photo/Robert Grice)

The Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is a charity fundraiser that takes place every Memorial Day weekend (late May) at Blue Mountain Festival Grounds just outside of Martinsville. The festival is operated by Rooster Walk Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to music, arts and education in the Martinsville/Henry County area.

Last spring, Rooster Walk 5 drew roughly 3,500 people to see more than 40 bands over the course of four days. The festival, which features on-site camping, as well as arts, crafts, food and children’s activities, donates its proceeds to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship at Martinsville High School. In the past five years, Rooster Walk has raised more than $25,000 for the scholarship fund for seniors at MHS.

Rooster Walk was created in memory of two Martinsville natives who passed away while still in their 20s – Edwin “the Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank. Edwin and Walker loved Martinsville, music and the outdoors, and their childhood friends who created the event felt a music festival would be a perfect tribute.

Rooster Walk has been named the No. 1 “Under the Radar” festival in the Southeast & Mid-Atlantic United States by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and highlighted in Southern Living Magazine, among other honors and accolades.

Rooster Walk 6 will take place May 22-25, 2014.

Rooster Walk Inc. Board Members

Jason Lagesse – President
William Baptist – Vice President
Dan Baptist Jr. – Treasurer
Johnny Buck – Secretary/Executive Director
Daniel Baptist
Jay Frith
Harrison Gardner
Dean Johnston

In Loving Memory…


Edwin Penn (left) and Walker Shank.

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Penn-Shank Memorial LLC, P.O. Box 4662, Martinsville, VA 24112