September Weekend Events: Fall is in the Air 09/10-12

This is such an exciting season as we welcome the beginnings of Autumn into our days and nights. You can sense it, you can smell it, and you can feel it. As you look around the evidence is there with leaves changing, and you can scream all you want, “I’m not ready for summer to be over”, but facts are facts, and they say Fall is in the Air!

Fall is so beautiful here in the High Country, and of course, there is lots to do. From County Fairs to Festivals, you and your family are sure to have loads of fun!

Here we go:

It’s the 18th annual Avery County Agricultural & Horticultural Fair Thurs. through Sat., Sept. 9th – 11th, at Heritage Park in Newland. Gates open from 5 – 10 pm Thurs. & Fri., and from 12 – 10 pm on Sat., with rides open at 6 pm on weekdays and at 1 pm on Sat.; prices are $6 – adults, $3 – kids 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under, with ride bracelets $15, and tickets for the Balsam Range and Ryan Pelton concerts are $5.

Featured this year are about 20 rides, a petting zoo with barnyard, nursery and exotic animals, cross cut sawing and box car every day starting at 5 pm, multiple contests and plenty of entertainment, with performances by Balsam Range on Thurs., Ryan Pelton on Fri., and the Roads Brothers Band on Sat., all at 8 pm. Contests include a zucchini bakeoff, a chocolate chip cookie bakeoff, a chainsaw event, a chicken show, an apple pie bakeoff, and a talent show. And, you can’t have a county fair without a good old fashioned raffle, and this is no exception! So get your tickets at Avery Hardware, as only 350 will be sold for a John Deere tractor to be given away at 3 pm on Sat. To find out all about the Avery County Fair and contest entry rules and procedures, call the fair office at 828-387-6870 or the Avery County Cooperative Extension Office at 828-733-8270 or visit www.averyfair.webstarts.com.

Come celebrate Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Fri. – Sun., Sept. 10th – 12th, with the Blue Ridge Music Center as they host free performances and activities all weekend. Events will also take place at nearby Cumberland Knob, and performers include Sierra Hull Band, Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth, The Churchmen, The Round Peak Boys, Phil Jamison and Buck Mountain Band. The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just 10 miles from Galax, Va. For more info, visit www.blueridgeparkway75.org.

Here’s the 5th annual Spruce Pine Pow Wow hosted by The Blue Ridge Intertribal Pow Wow Association, Fri. through Sun., Sept. 10th – 12th beginning at 9 am, taking place at 12513 Highway 226 South, behind Music, Jewelry, and Loan. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling, flint knapping, gourd carving, handmade craft vendors and more. Friday is Kids Day, and there will be educational activities for children. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more info or to volunteer, call Mabel at 813-765-3073.

Don’t miss the Grandfather Mountain Kidfest Sat., Sept. 11th, from 9 am – 3:30 pm featuring a guided hike, crafts, speakers, face painting, storytelling and more. Activities are included in admission, and the first 275 children to arrive will receive an activity packet including a Grandfather Mountain coloring book, crayons and a Kidfest button. For more info, call 800-468-7325 or visit www.grandfather.com.

Then we have the 6th annual Community Headwaters Day Festival, hosted by Elk Knob State Park, this Sat., Sept. 11th, at 11 am. The festival is a free event that highlights the best attributes of Appalachia and is open to all ages. Features will be live music, a free covered-dish potluck beginning at noon, craft demonstrations, activities, hikes and environmental programs. The event will happen rain or shine. If you plan to bring food, arrive by noon. For more info call 828-297-7261 or visit www.ncparks.gov/visit/parks/elkn/main.php.

Choo Choo,  for the Tweetsie Railfan Weekend, a celebration of the ET & WNC Railroad and Tweetsie Railroad, this Sat. & Sun., Sept. 11th – 12th from 9 am to 6 pm.  Come to enjoy two steam engines, historic railway films and much more. A special weekend pass is required for selected events. For more info call 800-526-5740 or visit www.tweetsie.com.

Finally, experience the Watauga Humane Society’s annual End-Of-Summer Pet Show, Sun., Sept. 12th, at the Boone Mall. Registration will begin at 2:30 pm in the center court of Boone Mall and is open to any domesticated animal, with the show beginning immediately after registration. A Pet Memorial Poster and a raffle with pet-themed prizes will be featured, and Watauga Humane Society merchandise will be available for sale. Adoptable shelter animals will also be on hand at the front of the mall. For more info call 828-264-6468.

Make sure to have lots of fun and let us know how you spent your weekend!

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