Also, the talented Maggie Valley Band releases a new EP, and more
First-place winners took home a $600 cash prize and were award performances at Merlefest, which draws tens of thousands of fans each year to Wilkesboro.
The free, outdoor mini-festival will raise money and awareness for victims of the devastating wildfires in Gatlinburg.
Also, a new business called GEARU specializing in providing outdoor gear to locals through a membership program, and more.
The Independence Day celebration will also feature local country music singer Joe Lasher Jr., the Ultimate Air Dogs and more.