Come Enjoy the Fun at Blowing Rock’s WinterFest

The annual Blowing Rock WinterFest is this weekend. The weather is right on time to usher in this High Country favorite. The weather is going to behave nicely by in the morning so families can enjoy a winter good time. Get the winter gear ready and head out for some family-friendly fun.


SATURDAY (January 26)

THE POLAR PLUNGE – 10am: Watch the fearless contenders take the Plunge into Chetola Lake. Sponsored by Chetola Resort. The #1 spectator sport in Blowing Rock. Don’t miss it! New Polar Plungers are welcome. It costs only $25 to jump. Proceeds to benefit Samaritan’s Purse, Watauga Humane Society and Western Youth Network.

HOT CHOCOLATE – 10am Downtown Blowing Rock

BLOWING ROCK ART AND HISTORY MUSEUM – $3 discount on regular adult admission during WinterFest.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES -11am – 3pm Parents are invited to accompany their children for activities such as crafts, reading and snowflake decorating and more. Activities scheduled in the American Legion Hall, just behind Memorial Park. Brought to you by Watauga Youth Network (WYN). The children’s presence is requested at the wedding of Chilly and Crystal in Memorial Park at 3pm. No rsvp’s required!

HAY RIDES -11am Downtown Blowing Rock – Brought to you by Country Boy Landscaping, pickup/load at the Blowing Rock Chamber 132 Park Ave.

CHILLY CHILI COOKOFF! D-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s! -11am-3pm-ish CASI-sponsored Chili Cook-off! Taste a wide variety of chili concocted by the pros. Restaurants as well as individuals will be serving up spicy or mild, chunky and smooth for your tasting pleasure. Located at the Blowing Rock School Gymnasium on Morris Street. Tickets available at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, online, or at the door.

ICE CARVING DEMONSTRATION – Noon – 4pm Have we got a treat for you! This year watch the US Army Special Forces Ice Carving Team turn blocks of ice into enchanting works of art. FREE – Downtown Blowing Rock – Memorial Park

A WINTERFEST WEDDING! – 3pm: Your presence is requested at the wedding of Chilly and Crystal, the WinterFest SnowFolks! This is going to be a fun event for children. Please try to arrive a little early so children can sit right up front to see snowman and snowwoman get married. This will be held in Memorial Park at the gazebo.

DUSK BONFIRE – Weather permitting in Memorial Park. Make your own toasted marshmallows or s’mores. All supplies provided.

SUNDAY (January 27)

WINTERFEST PANCAKE BREAKFAST – 8am Join us Sunday from 8:00 am – 11:00 am at the Blowing Rock School Cafeteria on Morris Street just off of Main Street for a delicious pancake breakfast. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds to benefit High Country Women’s Fund.

WINTERPAWS Dog Show – 1:30pm: Registration at 1:00pm. Located in the Blowing Rock School Gymnasium; Sponsored by the Watauga County Humane Society. The kids enjoy this show so much.

Come out and enjoy this wonderful WinterFest weekend. It is great community fun and everyone has a blast. Hope to see you there!


  1. People will pay $25 to jump into freezing water? Amazing. I could draw them a really cold bath for just $5 a pop. Save $20! πŸ™‚