Events

2017 Calendar of Events

January

Community or civic organizations are invited to contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce to put their event on this calendar.

 


February

The Recorder Marketing Seminar • Thursday, February 23 • 6:30 pm • Bolar Ruritan Building • Bolar, VA • Join Jessica Rogers and Anne Adams for a seminar on advertising and marketing designed specifically for local businesses. From using social media to print to digital platforms, we will help you find the most economical ways to reach your customers and attract new ones. • $15 fee • 540-468-2147 or email recorderjessie@gmail.com or recorderanne@gmail.com

Maple Queen Contest • Saturday, February 25 • 7:00 p.m. • Highland High School Gymnasium • Monterey, VA • Sponsored by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce • Entry fee • 540-468-2550

Maple Queen Ball • Saturday, February 25 • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Band: Your Best Shot • Blue Grass Ruritan Building • Blue Grass, VA • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritan Club • Entry fee • 540-468-2550

Hunter Safety Course • Saturday, February 25 • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Pre-registration required. Booklets may be picked up at Rockingham Cooperative in Monterey. Test in booklet must be completed and turned in the day of the course. No charge. Lunch, drinks, and snacks provided. • Sponsored by the NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters and VA Game and Inland Fisheries • Word of Faith Church • Monterey, VA • For more info, contact Debbie Ralston at 540-396-3465 or Mike Hilbert at 540-468-2250

Mid-Winter Community Gathering • Saturday, February 25 • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Gather with friends and neighbors to enjoy good food, entertainment, and fellowship • Beulah Presbyterian Church • Mill Gap, VA • Sponsored by the Mill Gap Ruritan Club • 540-499-2325


March

Highland Maple Festival • Saturday & Sunday, March 11 – 12 & 18 – 19 • Monterey, VA • Sugar camp tours, pancake and buckwheat cake breakfasts, arts & crafts, bluegrass music and clogging • 540-468-2550

 


April

T-Ball Kickoff • Sponsored by Highland Youth Baseball • Monterey, VA • 540-396-4719

Following the Barn Quilt Trail • April 8 • 9:30 am – 4:00 pm • Mark your 2017 calendar for a celebration of barn quilts with a presentation and book signing by author Suzi Parron, lunch, and a self-guided tour of Seldom Seen barn quilts of Highland County. Sponsored by the Highland Tourism Council • The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • Purchase Tickets Here!

Easter Brunch at The Highland Inn • Sunday, April 16 • 10 am – 2 pm • Celebrate Easter Sunday with a special Easter Brunch at The Highland Inn. Reservations are highly encouraged!! Click here for the yummy menu! • Monterey, VA • For more info or to make reservations, call 540-468-2143.

Annual NWTF Jakes Event and Kid’s Fishing Day • Saturday, April 22 • Registration begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm • Bring the kids and enjoy a day of fishing, educational events, prizes, and food. Youth 17-years-old and under, Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch available. • Kevin Armstrong Construction facilities on Rt. 678, Bullpasture River Road, approximately 6.8 miles south of McDowell • McDowell, VA • Sponsored by NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters • For more info, contact Travis Halterman at 540-292-7200 or Ernie Hise at 540-448-0481

1st Annual Strut Your Mutt Fun Run • Saturday, April 22 • We welcome all friends and families in our local and surrounding communities to join in on this pet friendly event. Enjoy a walk or jog around the community trail, an agility course, an on-site vet ready to answer questions, pet-friendly vendors, and more! Pre-registration: $20, Day-Of Registration: $20, Children 10 and under: $10 • Monterey, VA • Jointly sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission and the Highland County Humane Society • For more info, call 540-468-2978 or visit www.highlandcountyrecreation.org/strut-your-mutt

Highland Farmer’s Market Kick-Off Vendor Meeting • Wednesday, April 26 • 5 pm • Returning Vendors, as well as new vendors are encouraged to join us in celebrating our 20th season with 20 markets this year! • The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • RSVP to farmersmarket@htcnet.org or call 540-468-1922 for more information.

 


May

Battle of McDowell Reenactment • Saturday, May 6 • Step back in time to the days of the Civil War and experience McDowell as it was during the Battle of McDowell with a live reenactment of the event • Sponsored by the Highland County Historical Society • McDowell, VA • 540-396-4478

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Highland Inn • Sunday, May 14 • Treat Mom to a yummy Mother’s Day Brunch at The Highland Inn. Reservations highly encouraged! • Monterey, VA • For more information or to make reservations, cal 540-468-2143.

Mountain Boyz Motorsports Truck & Tractor Pull • Date TBA • Cheer for your favorite truck or tractor as adrenaline fills the air when these monster machines make their way down the track. • Highland County Fair Grounds • Monterey, VA • mtnboyz@yahoo.com

Adult Softball Kicks Off • Date TBA • Find a team and enjoy some good, community fun! • Sponsored by the Highland Recreation Commission • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2978

Wheelin’ Sportsmanship Event • Saturday, May 20 • Fishing, target shooting, food, and prizes. Handicap accessible. Registration begins at 10 a.m. No fee. Handicap accessible. • Fair Lawn Farm • Rt. 84 in Meadowdale, VA • Sponsored by the NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters • For more info, contact Debbie Ralston at 540-468-3465 or Mike Hilbert at 540-468-2250

Highland Farmer’s Market Opening Day• Friday, May 26 • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Memorial Day “Walk of Honor” Ceremony • Monday, May 29 • Celebrate Memorial Day and honor our veterans during our Memorial Day Ceremony at our Walk of Honor  • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2550


June

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Swimming Pool Opening • June (after graduation) • Sponsored by the Highland Recreation Department • Monterey ,VA • 540-468-2978

Swimming Lessons • Date TBA • Youngsters will receive swimming lessons from the lifeguards at the Highland Pool • Sponsored by the Highland Recreation Commission • Monterey ,VA • 540-468-2978

Artists’ Weekend • Friday – Sunday, June 23 – 25 • Monterey, VA • An outdoor painting event • Sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council • 540-468-2916

 

July

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

4th of July Children’s Parade • Tuesday, July 4 • 5 p.m. • Blue Grass, VA • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritan Club • 540-468-2550

Blue Grass Ruritan Club Lawn Party • Tuesday, July 4 • 6 p.m. • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritans • Food (pay for what you eat!), horseshoe, volleyball, entertainment, and games • 540-468-2550

Lions Club Street Dance • Saturday, July 8 • 5 pm • BBQ meal, bluegrass music, square dancing, cake walks and clogging • Spruce Street – Monterey, VA • Sponsored by the Monterey Lions Club

Old Time Fiddler’s Convention • Thursday – Sunday, July 13 – 16 • Highland County Fairgrounds • For more information: 540-292-0283

NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters Annual Heritage Banquet • Saturday, July 22 • Doors open at 5 p.m. • Meal, games, silent and live auction, door prizes, and scholarship presentation. Tickets required. • Blue Grass, VA • Sponsored by the NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters  • For more info, contact Debbie Ralston at 540-396-3465 or Mike Hilbert at 540-468-2250.

8th Annual Benefit Poker Run • Date TBA •  Benefit Poker Run and BBQ Chicken Dinner sponsored by the Word of Faith Outreach Ministry. 100% of proceeds help our neighbors in need. Registration at 9 am. Ride starts at 10 am, and last bike in at 3 pm. $20 per hand. Best Hand: $300, Worst Hand $50 • For more information: 540-474-3802 or 540-290-9261

Taste of Highland • Saturday, July 29 • 5:30 pm • An annual fundraising dinner for the Highland Center, showcasing a selection of Highland County’s numerous local food offerings. Tickets include dinner, complimentary beverages, and live music. • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Mountain Boyz Motorsports Truck & Tractor Pull • Date TBA • Cheer for your favorite truck or tractor as adrenaline fills the air when these monster machines make their way down the track. • Highland County Fair Grounds • Monterey, VA • mtnboyz@yahoo.com

 


August

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Highland Historical Society Spaghetti Dinner • Friday, August 4 • 5 pm – 8 pm • Come out, enjoy a plate of spaghetti, visit with neighbors, meet new friends, and support the Highland Historical Society and Museum • Monterey Firehouse • Monterey, VA • 540-396-4478

Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge • Saturday, August 5 • Monterey, VA • Participants will enjoy breathtakingly beautiful rural countryside in Virginia’s Western highlands • 540-468-2550 • Sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission

Blue Grass Valley Music Fest • Date TBA • Blue Grass, VA • Featuring local food, regional talent, and picturesque surroundings • www.bgvmusicfestival.com

School Starts at Highland County Public Schools • Date TBA • Monterey, VA • 540-468-6360 or 540-468-6320

Highland County Horse Show • Saturday, August 26 • Monterey, VA • Western and English riders compete in a county tradition older than the Maple Festival and the Highland County Fair. • 540-396-3144


September

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

NWTF Little Switzerland Strutters Women in the Outdoors • Saturday, September 23 • For more info, contact Debbie Ralston 540-396-3465 or Mike Hilbert at 540-468-2250

Highland County Fair • Wednesday – Saturday, August 30 – September 2 • Monterey, VA • Virginia’s oldest continuously running small county fair

 


October

Hands & Harvest Festival Friday – Sunday, October 6 – 8 • Monterey, VA • Arts & crafts, farm tour, clogging, cider making & tasting and seasonal foods • 540-468-2550

Used Book Sale • Friday – Sunday, October 6 – 8 • Highland County Public Library • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2550

SPCA Annual Sweater Sale • Friday – Sunday, October 6 – 8 • The Highland Center, Spruce Street • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2550

Southernmost Maple Products • Friday & Saturday, October 6 – 7 • 9 a.m. • Maple Pork BBQ, Chicken Dinners, bluegrass music and Maple donuts • Bolar, VA • 540-468-2682

Fair Lawn Farm • Friday & Saturday, October 6 – 7 • “Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Gourds”, Kettle-Cooked Apple Butter, Fresh Eggs, Cider Tasting • Mill Gap, VA • 540-468-3094

Laurel Fork Sap Suckers Friday & Saturday, October 6 – 7 • Hay rides, corn maze, apple butter making, pumpkins, music, bonfire & more Hightown, VA • 540-468-2289

Ginseng Mountain Store “Open House” • Friday & Saturday, October 6 – 7 • Door prizes, discounts, and Lamb, Beef & Marinade tasting on the front porch • Forks of The Water, VA • 540-474-3663

Farmers’ Market • Friday & Saturday, October 6 – 7 • Produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts • The Highland Center, Spruce Street • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Family Fun Day and Rabies Clinic • Saturday, October 7 • 10 am – 4 pm • Monterey Firehouse • Monterey, VA • Silent auction, food, animals for adoption, 50/50 raffle, prizes, Kid’s Corner, face painting, rabies and microchip clinic • 100% of the proceeds benefit the Highland County Humane Society • 540-468-3288


November

 

Hunter’s Feast • Date & Time TBA • Blue Grass Ruritan Building • Blue Grass, VA • A pancake and buckwheat dinner for our hunters • Sponsored  • 540-468-3288

 


December

Wintertide • Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2 • Monterey, VA • An old-time Christmas celebration featuring seasonal music, a parade with Santa Claus, a Christmas Lighting Trail, unique downtown shopping opportunities, and (the main event!) the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree! • 540-468-2550

Highland Community Chorus Concert • Friday – Sunday, December 1 – 3 at 7 p.m. • Individuals from Highland County and neighboring locations come together to perform traditional holiday tunes • Locations to be announced

Holiday Treasures Market & Open House • Friday & Saturday, December 1 – 2 • Times TBA • Monterey VA • 540-468-1922

Christmas Cantata • Date & Time TBA • Celebrate the reason for the season in a small, country church • Blue Grass United Methodist Church • Blue Grass, VA • 540-474-2871

Oyster Dinner • Date & Time TBA • Enjoy an oyster dinner with family, friends, and neighbors during the holiday season • Blue Grass Ruritan Building • Blue Grass, VA • 540-474-5405