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 4 drew roughly 3,500 people to see 32 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 four years, Rooster Walk has raised $20,000 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 one of the top 100 events in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and highlighted in Southern Living Magazine, among other honors and accolades.
Rooster Walk 5 will take place May 24-26, 2013.
Rooster Walk Inc. Board Members
Jason Lagesse – President
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