1) Valle Country Fair Scheduled for Oct. 18
The Valle Country Fair is scheduled for Oct. 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Valle Crucis Conference Center Grounds on N.C. 194 in Valle Crucis. Admission to the event is free and parking is $10 per car. The event is sponsored by the Church of the Holy Cross and Valle Crucis Conference Center and all profits will go to local charities. The event features 150 top quality crafts from the southeast, a variety of foods and entertainment and a beautiful historic mountain village. No pets are allowed. For more information, call 828-963-4609.
2) Beer Fest Celebrates N.C. Sourced Ingredients June 14 in Morganton
Think local-drink local. That’s the motto for the State of Origin Beer Fest, which debuts on Saturday, June 14 on the courthouse square in downtown Morganton. The festival requires all 20 participating breweries to be North Carolina based and each has to use North Carolina sourced ingredients at some point in the brewing process. The idea for the event came from brothers David and Mark Bennett, who recently teamed with brewer Todd Boera to open Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton. “We not only want people drinking local beers from a local brewery, but drilling down to the next level with local ingredients in the beer,” said David Bennett. “This is something we believe in. Festival organizers are confident about the concept. They’re also pleased to have attracted a home grown brand as a headliner. Mipso, a progressive bluegrass band from Chapel Hill brings instant notoriety to the event. The band’s recent album, Dark Holler Pop, climbed as high as No. 8 on the bluegrass charts. The list of participating breweries is cool, too. It covers most of the state and ranges from small craft breweries to regional craft powerhouses, all of which use NC ingredients in beers. Breweries scheduled to attend include: Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, Birdsong Brewery in Charlotte, Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem, Fullsteam Brewery in Durham, Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxpahaw, Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville, NoDa Brewing Co. in Charlotte, Pisgah Brewing Co. in Black Mountain and Triple C Brewing Co. in Charlotte. Tickets for the State of Origin Beer Fest are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP.For more information call 828-283-6229.
3) Vote for Lees-McRae in the Top Adventure College Tournament
We all know that Lees-McRae is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream and now it’s time to prove it. Beginning Tuesday, May 6, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine will host a Top Adventure College Tournament and Lees-McRae is in the running. This contest will put Lees-McRae up against other colleges and universities in a head-to-head 32-school bracket. Large Division I schools will battle one side of the bracket while Lees-McRae battles against smaller schools on the other side. At the end of the contest, both division winners will compete for Top Adventure College glory. Round of 32 begins May 6-12 with Lees-McRae against Georgia College. If you agree that Lees-McRae is the Top Adventure College, then grab your mouse and vote!
4) Outside the Lines and Labels Held May 9
Center for Faith & the Arts offers a beautiful glimpse into the abilities of challenged local and regional artists. Artists with disabilities from all over the piedmont have submitted artwork to comprise a meaningful show titled “Outside the Lines and Labels.” Most works are for sale. Additional works of art and jewelry by the Lincolnton UMAR group will be for sale the night of the reception. Come encourage an artist and experience one of the most diverse, colorful and enriching art events with Center for Faith & The Arts this Friday Evening May 9 from 5:30-8 p.m. Show runs through June 12. For more information visit FaithArt.org or call 704-647-0999.