by Madison V. Fisler
Oct. 11, 2013. The High Country has so many exciting events to offer its community and visitors, especially as autumn is already upon us. Check our site every Friday for something new and exciting to look forward to while you’re watching the hour hand crawl to 5 o’clock. Find live music down the street, explore a nearby town’s local secrets or try out a new square dancing class. There’s always something fun to do in the High Country.
Sugar Mountain’s Oktoberfest: Hayrides, ski lift rides, Bavarian-style cuisine and authentic beer, live music, beautiful views, fun for everyone and it’s entirely free? Sounds like Oktoberfest is back at Sugar Mountain! That’s right, Oktoberfest has returned to the High Country and this year it’s going to be better than ever. Oktoberfest was once just one day packed full of fun, but four years ago the event got so big that it had to be split into two whole days full of food, beverages, vendors, music and so much more, so get on your best Bavarian garb and get ready for a German-good time! Check out our article on this event here.
ASU’s Homecoming: From Friday through Sunday, there are many events, both on and off campus, that will provide a great time for everyone. Read on to find out what exciting events are going on in your neck of the woods to help you celebrate Appalachian State’s Homecoming. There is so much more than just football to celebrate this festive occasion! To read our article about this event, click here.
Rocky Knob Fall Fest: On Friday, Oct. 11, the festivities begin at 5 p.m. for the park’s Pump Track Celebration. A DJ will beat out the latest tracks while people of all ages take to the newly opened pump track. Around 6:30 p.m. some informal events will take place to see who can do the best tricks or fastest laps. To read our article on this event, click here.
Dr. Cooley at Serves You Right!: Visit Serves You Right! in South Market Center on Main Street Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12 from 1-4:30 p.m. and meet Dr. Cooley. He will personally inscribe your special message in his book for children, grandchildren, or as a perfect family gift, for friends. It’s a great way to begin to tackle your holiday gift list. To read more about this event, click here.
Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train: If you haven’t been to Tweetsie’s Ghost Trail Festival, there are only four weekends left for a night of fright! For a family-friendly, yet frighteningly good time, experience Tweetsie Railroad’s 24th annual Ghost Trail Halloween Festival. It is recommended that you get tickets in advance, as this festival sells out frighteningly fast! To read more about this event, click here.
Friday, Oct. 11
WHS Barbeque Fundraiser: Before the Watauga High School Pioneers take on the Freedom High School Patriots, there will be a barbecue fundraiser to help a village in Nicaragua. All ages are encouraged to come by and enjoy some barbecue. The fundraiser will start at 4 p.m. and ends at kickoff. Read our article about this event here.
Wilkesboro’s Weekly Open Air Market: Wilkesboro hosts a weekly Open Air Market on West Main Street in the heart of historic downtown, offering farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and plants, as well as handmade crafts. The market’s focus is on supporting and sustaining the local farm and artisan community. The market takes place every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., from April 19 through Oct. 18. Admission is free. The town of Wilkesboro will also provide an open mike opportunity during the regular Open Air Market Fridays for local and regional musicians. Open mike signups will be available weekly April through October, not including the Third Friday Events, which are held April through August. To sign up, or for more information, contact Andrew Carlton at Wilkesboro Town Hall
Saturday, Oct. 12
Boone Heritage Festival: The Boone Heritage Festival will bring some culture to the town of Boone on Oct. 12. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Boone Heritage Festival will provide fun for the whole family with 18th Century living history demonstrations, craft vendors, storytelling, live music, children’s activities and much more. To read our article on this event, click here.
Todd New River Festival: The 20th annual Todd New River Festival, presented by the Todd Ruritan Club, is scheduled for Oct. 12. The beloved fall festival features crafts, food, music and more for the entire family. This decades-old festival is held on the banks of the beautiful New River in Todd at the Cook Memorial Park from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To read our article on this event, click here.
Wayne Henderson at Linville Falls Winery: Wayne Henderson, talented guitarist and master luthier, will be plucking the strings of his legendary guitars with his trio on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Linville Falls Winery. To read our article on this event, click here.
Homecoming Run for Hunger: On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Hunger and Health Coalition will host the first annual 5K Homecoming Run for Hunger at Mayors Park on the Greenway Trail. Registration is only $20 for individuals and $45 for groups of three. All proceeds go to the Hunger and Health Coalition food assistance program and back out into the community for hungry families. To read our article about this event, click here.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market: Every Saturday morning from May to November you will find quality locally farmed meats, fresh produce, artisan cheeses, dried and fresh cut flowers, hardy local plants, delicious edibles, and a wide variety of quality crafts.
Lenoir Downtown Farmers’ Market: The Lenoir Downtown Farmer’s Market is a local producers only market. All goods are grown, made, designed or processed by the market vendors. Our vendors include vintners, local grass fed beef and pork, free range eggs, goats milk soaps and lotions, honey, alpaca wools, various produce, local arts and crafts, heritage eggs, herbs and spices, both living and dried, Herbville and Crane teas and sauces, just to name a few.
ASU v. Samford: The Homecoming football game for Appalachian State University at Kidd Brewer Stadium will kick-off at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Music on the Veranda at the Green Park Inn: This Sunday, October 13th from 4-8pm join us for an American roots upbeat acoustic performance by Mountain Radio!
Blowing Rock Jazz Society Concert: The Blowing Rock Jazz Society will host a concert on Sunday at 9 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.
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