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Empire Strikes BrassThe Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival is a charity fundraiser that takes place every Memorial Day weekend (late May) at Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va., (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.

Mom and Kids RWOur 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 6 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 six years, Rooster Walk Inc. has donated more than $70,000. Of that sum, $39,000 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 7 will take place May 21-24, 2015.

Our Mission Statement:

Rooster Walk Inc.’s mission is to promote music, arts and education in Martinsville & Henry County, Va.

Rooster Walk Inc. Board Members

Jason Lagesse – President

William Baptist – Vice President

Dan Baptist Jr. – Treasurer

Johnny Buck – Secretary/Executive Director

Jay Frith

Harrison Gardner

Rusty Lacy

Shane Pinkston

In Loving Memory…

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Edwin Penn (left) and Walker Shank.


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