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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 promoting music, arts and education in the Martinsville/Henry County area.

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.

Our motto is “Appreciate the Present” and we consider our festival a celebration of life. We want folks to use Rooster Walk as a weekend to gather with family and friends.

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 local and regional charities. In the past five years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $59,000. Of that sum, $31,000 has been given to the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship at Martinsville High School.

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