Hands & Harvest Festival

Friday – Sunday, October 12 – 14, 2018

Celebrate the beauty of Autumn at Highland County’s annual Hands & Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Held annually on the second weekend in October, this event offers three days of activity, entertainment, farm tours, and fall fun. Come and observe the mountain forests of Virginia’s Western Highlands transformed into a rich palette of russet, gold, and scarlet. Explore local farms, purchase handmade items from crafters and artists, take in a clogging or bluegrass show, browse local shops, and try your feet at the Highland Hills Farm 5K Fun Run & Obstacle Course!

Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, apple butter, barbecues, Allegheny Mountain Trout, and homemade baked goods will be available throughout the county. Take time to explore the back roads by enjoying one of Highland County’s Scenic Driving Tours or Barn Quilt Trails. So much fall fun to be experienced!

Lodging Availability               2018 Vendor Application                  Vendor Rules of Participation

 

2018 SPONSORS

 

 

 

    

 

LOCAL MENUS & SPECIALS

Instead of bringing in new food vendors this year, we are partnering with our local restaurants, who have created new fall menus and specials specifically for Hands & Harvest weekend! Butternut Squash Soup, Maple Pork BBQ, Pumpkin Spice Cake, and Eggplant Ravioli are just a few of the selections. Check out the FULL MENU HERE!!  

 

HIGHLAND HILLS FARM 5K

Highland Hills Farm 5K logo FINAL
Join us again for this
fun-filled, farm 5K!

 On this course, you’ll not only be taking twists and turns throughout the picturesque town of Monterey, but you’ll also be going through farm-themed obstacle checkpoints. There’s all kinds of fun waiting on this 5K!
 
 
 
 
SATURDAY: REGISTRATION 8:30 am – 9:30 am, RUN STARTS AT 10 AM
 

 

2018 Hands & Harvest Events

 
FRIDAY FESTIVITIES
 
Vendors Open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
 
 
Crush N’ Munch is a local foods walk created as part of the
Virginia Tourism Corporation’s CRUSH FRIDAY initiative to showcase
Highland County’s local foods industry, which includes items, such as fresh vegetables,
smoked cheeses, local cider, baked goods, and our signature maple syrup. 
3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ~ Pick Up Maps at the Farmers’ Market
 
 
 
Ali May featuring Dave Stephenson
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ~ On the Courthouse Lawn
 
S.P.C.A. Sweater Sale
10 am – 4 pm @ The Attic on Main Street, Monterey
 
Used Book Sale
9 am – 6 pm @ the Highland County Public Library
 
Farmers’ Market
3:30 pm – 6 pm @ The Highland Center 
 
Fair Lawn Farm
9 am – 5 pm
Visit with owners Tim & Terry Duff as they teach, preserve, and pass on
the old time traditions of apple butter making and cider pressing on their 19th century farm.
In Meadowdale, Mill Gap Road
 
Laurel Fork Sap Suckers Sugar Camp
12 pm – 6 pm
Friday Apple Peel & Cook – Come help us peel and cook apples to make our Apple Butter!
Tent camping available Friday night!
In Hightown, Clay Hise Lane
 
Sugar Tree Country Store
9 am – 5 pm
Jams, Pottery, Cookbooks, Baskets, Candles, Maple Syrup,
Apple Butter, and Handmade Rugs
In the Town of McDowell 
 
Southernmost Maple Products
Country Store, Maple Doughnuts,
Apple Butter & Cider, Puff’s BBQ Sauces,
Amish Cheese & Butter, BBQ Chicken,
Trout Fishing Pond, and Vendors.
Handicap accessible.
Friday & Saturday: Starting at 9 am
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 
Big Fish Cider Company
2 pm – 7 pm
Cider tastings.
Local apples, honey, and syrup for sale.
Spruce Street, Monterey
 
Twice is Nice
10 am – 7 pm
Monterey’s premier and only apparel shop sells gently-used clothes
and items for the whole family. Many popular designers are represented. Located across from
the court house. All proceeds benefit the Highland Medical Center.
Main Street, Monterey
 

SATURDAY SHINANIGANS

 Highland Hills Farm 5K
This farm-themed obstacle course and fun run is for any level,
whether you like to walk the route or whether you’re looking for more of a challenge!
Registration from 8:30-9:30 am, Race starts at 10 am
Race Starts at Highland Recreation Pool Complex in Monterey
 
Harvest Trail
A self-guided tour that stops at unique farm locations throughout the county!
Maps are available for pick-up at the Highland Visitors Center
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Vendors Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
 
Blue Grass Ruritan Club
Annual Hands & Harvest Rod Run
Registration: 8 am – 12 pm ($10 per vehicle)
Show: 12 pm – 2 pm
ROD RUN CAR PARADE at 1 pm!
Refreshments Available ~ Free to Public
 
A Clogging Performance from the
Little Switzerland Cloggers
Saturday afternoon ~ 1 p.m.
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The Little Switzerland Cloggers

S.P.C.A. Sweater Sale
10 am – 4 pm @ The Attic on Main Street, Monterey
 
Used Book Sale
9 am – 5 pm @ the Highland County Public Library 
 
Farmers’ Market
9 am – 1 pm @ The Highland Center
 
Highland County Humane Society
Family Fun Day & Rabies Clinic
10 am – 3 pm @ the Monterey Fire Department
Silent Auction, Food, Animals for Adoption, 50/50 Raffle,
Kids Face Painting, Free kids activities, jump house and vendors. 
Rabies and Microchip Clinic: 10 am – 12 pm
 
Fair Lawn Farm
9 am – 5 pm
Visit with owners Tim & Terry Duff as they teach, preserve, and pass on
the old time traditions of apple butter making and cider pressing on their 19th century farm.
In Meadowdale, Mill Gap Road
 
Laurel Fork Sapsuckers
10 am – 6 pm
Kettle-cooked Apple Butter, Handmade gifts,
Homemade Apple Pie & Ice Cream, and Maple Syrup
Tent camping available Saturday night!
In Hightown, Clay Hise Lane
 
Sugar Tree Country Store
9 am – 5 pm
Jams, Pottery, Cookbooks, Baskets, Candles, Maple Syrup,
Apple Butter, and Handmade Rugs
In the Town of McDowell
 
Southernmost Maple Products
BLUEGRASS MUSIC: 12 pm
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET: 5 pm – 8 pm
Country Store, Maple Doughnuts,
Apple Butter & Cider, Puff’s BBQ Sauces,
Amish Cheese & Butter, BBQ Chicken,
Trout Fishing Pond, and Vendors.
Handicap accessible.
Friday & Saturday: Starting at 9 am
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 
Big Fish Cider Company
12 pm – 7 pm
Cider-making demonstrations and Cider Tastings.
Local apples, honey, and syrup for sale.
Spruce Street, Monterey
 
Twice is Nice
10 am – 4 pm
Monterey’s premier and only apparel shop sells gently used clothes
and items for the whole family. Many popular designers are represented. Located across from
the court house. All proceeds benefit the Highland Medical Center.
Main Street, Monterey
 
 
 
SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
 
 
Highland County Arts Council presents
Robin & Linda Williams
A Robust Blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Old-Time and Acoustic Country
3 pm ~ The Highland Center
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
 
 

DO YOU HAVE A RUMBLY IN YOUR TUMBLY?
NO PROBLEM! WE’VE GOT FOOD!

 
Laurel Fork Sap Suckers
Butternut Squash Soup, Macaroni & Cheese,
Hot Dogs with chili and coleslaw, Homemade Apple Pie & Ice Cream
Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm
Hightown, Clay Hise Lane
 
Big Fish Cider Company
12 pm – 5 pm
Cider tastings.
Local apples, honey, and syrup for sale.
Spruce Street, Monterey
 
 
 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
If you’re interested in becoming a Hands & Harvest Festival sponsor,
email Josh Umar at director@highlandcounty.org for more details!