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Music on the Mountaintop Combines Music, Mountains and Sustainability

The Music on the Mountaintop Festival will be held again at the Old State Fairgrounds in Boone, N.C. on Saturday, August 29, 2009. The event will feature headliners Sam Bush, Keller Williams, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Acoustic Syndicate, and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, as well as 15 regional and local acts from western North Carolina.

The festival, run by Appalachian State University students, returns with a green theme, using a solar-powered stage, precise recycling and waste disposal programs, compostable cups and utensils, and the integration of renewable energy non-profit organizations. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will go to the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy (AIRE) and the Appalachian Energy Center.

Music on the Mountaintop 2009 will showcase three music stages, a Green Village, a 35-foot climbing wall, and many local and organic food and craft vendors from the Boone area. This year’s festival will also feature a River Cleanup Initiative that will take place the day before the festival on Friday August 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds.

Camping will be available on site the evening of August 29. Camping spots are limited but will be announced for purchase on the festival’s website.

The gates will be open to the public at the Old State Fairgrounds on August 29 at 10 a.m. and the music will begin at 11 a.m. For tickets or more information on Music on the Mountaintop 2009, visit www.musiconthemountaintop.com. For more information about AIRE, visit www.aire-nc.org.

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