Our favorite fall activity in the High County is the Valle Country Fair, which takes place on October 19th this year. The fair is a fundraiser for different High Country organizations that serve people in need and is sponsored by the Holy Cross Episcopal Church & the Valle Crucis Conference Center. We started going four years ago, after my husband had been on a long trip for work, and I decided it would be fun to have a “stay-cation”. We will miss him as he travels this year during the fair but I look forward to sharing our sweet girl’s first fair with her.
Some of our “fair favorites” include:
- Kettle Corn – The line usually looks long at this booth but it’s worth the short wait for this yumminess. I honestly cannot remember the exact price but I want to say it is $5-$8 for a rather large bag.
- Homemade Apple Cider – If I remember correctly, it is $2 per cup of cider. It’s warm and fresh as they make it on site – perfect for fall weather!
- Homemade Apple Butter – This is just so much fun to watch (and purchase, if you like). I make my own apple butter in the crock pot, with apples from Tevepaugh Orchards, which you can learn more about here. And it smells great too!
- Local Entertainment – There are usually a few of our friends featured in a couple bluegrass bands and clogging groups, which is a lot of fun to watch.
- Roasted Corn – Our friends, Robert & Sam Townsend, roast the BEST corn, which sells for about $3 an ear. This is a “must stop and taste.”
- Crafts – There are so many craft booths to peruse – from pottery, handmade jewelry, artwork, and other fun gifts. There is such a wide variety and something for everyone.
I have a few tips from past experience:
- Arrive early. The fair starts at 9am and it’s best to go early to avoid the worst of the traffic. Don’t forget that the Woolly Worm Festival is going on the same day in Banner Elk (which will have to be another post for another year, because I’ve never been – shame, I know, but I choose my battles with traffic). Since Valle Crucis is on the way to Banner Elk (one of the routes), bring your patience, especially if you’re going out later in the day.
- Leave Fido at home. No pets allowed.
- There are toilets in the form of port-a-potties.
- Bring cash
- Parking is $5 but it’s a flat, easy walk to the fair from the adjacent parking area.
- Keep a check on the weather. It could be rainy and cool or warm and dry! It’s always best to be prepared in the High Country!
- Take your time and enjoy!