by Madison V. Fisler
Oct. 21, 2013. The 35th annual Valle Country Fair took Valle Crucis by storm on Oct. 19 as more than 13,000 excited festival-goers took to the Valle Crucis Conference Center to enjoy 150 juried vendors, hot apple cider and fresh apple butter, food, live entertainment, a kids area and so much more!
“This year was the most we have ever had,” said Jo Pine, co-chair of the Valle Country Fair.
“There were so many people there before the gates opened that vendors had trouble getting their cars in, but we can’t complain!”
This highly-anticipated annual event is held each year on the second Saturday in October. For more than three decades, this festival has delighted visitors and residents alike with activities and fare for the entire family.
The fair, which is sponsored by Holy Cross Episcopal Church and the Valle Crucis Conference Center, draws about 10,000 guests each year and fills up the venue to the brim with music, food and more.
But the Valle Country Fair isn’t all about fun and games. The fair raises money for grants to be given out to worthy community organizations.
The grant recipients this year are:
- Children’s Council of Watauga County
- Circles of the High Country
- Community Care Clinic
- Feeding Avery Families, Inc.
- High Country Women’s Fund
- Hospitality House
- Parent-to-Parent Family Support Network of the High Country
- The Hunger and Health Coalition, Inc.
- Western Youth Network
“We had a great turnout,” said Pine. “We did really well in every single aspect of the fair, especially the happy faces, which to us is the best part!”
Didn’t get a chance to head out to the fair yourself? No problem! Check out our photos of the gigantic annual event to see what you missed, and be sure not to miss it next year.
Photos by Ken Ketchie