Hands & Harvest Festival

Friday – Sunday, October 6 – 8, 2017

SEA_05_HightownCelebrate the beauty of Autumn at Highland County’s annual Hands & Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Held on the second weekend in October, this event offers two full days of activity and entertainment. Come and observe for yourself the mountain forests of Virginia’s Western Highlands transformed into a rich palette of russet, gold, and scarlet.

Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, apple butter, barbecues, Allegheny Mountain Trout, and homemade baked goods will be available in the historic districts of Monterey and McDowell. Take time to explore the back roads by enjoying one of Highland County’s Scenic Driving Tours or Barn Quilt Trails.

Lodging Availability

2017 Vendor Application

Vendor Rules of Participation

 

2017 Hands & Harvest Events

Highland Hills Farm 5K logo FINALOur 2nd Year!!!
We’re bringing back the Highland Hills Farm 5K
only this time we’re adding some more fun to it!

 Try this unique 5K fun run! 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
 
 

 

FRIDAY FESTIVITIES
 
Again this year!!! Vendors Open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
 

 

Bluegrass Music on the Courthouse Lawn from
Southern Rail Express
Wagon Rides – Carved Pumpkin Contest ~ Food Available
Friday evening ~ 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Southern Rail Express

 

Carved Pumpkin Contest: Entries 3 pm – 5 pm,
Winners Announced at 6:30 pm, @ the Courthouse Lawn
Pre-carved pumpkins will be judged to determine the grand champion jack-o-lantern!
 

 

 
Artists Studios Open: 12 pm – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

 
S.P.C.A. Sweater Sale: 10 am – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

Used Book Sale: 9 am – 6 pm
@ the Highland County Public Library
 

 

Farmers’ Market: 12 pm – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

Fair Lawn Farm: 9 am – 5 pm
Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides, Apple Butter & Cider,
Smoked Cheeses & fresh eggs!
In Meadowdale, Mill Gap Road
 

 

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers: 12 pm – 6 pm
Friday Apple Peel – Come help us peel 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
 
 
Big Fish Cider Company: 2 pm – 7 pm
Cider-making demonstrations,
tours of the cider production area, and cider tastings
Spruce 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
 

 

FARM & BARN TOUR
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. 
 

 

A Clogging Performance from the
Little Switzerland Cloggers
Saturday afternoon ~ 1 p.m.
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The Little Switzerland Cloggers

Artists Studios Open: 9 am – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

S.P.C.A. Sweater Sale: 10 am – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

Used Book Sale: 9 am – 5 pm
@ the Highland County Public Library
 

 

Farmers’ Market: 9 am – 5 pm
@ The Highland Center
 

 

Highland County Humane Society
Family Fun Day & Rabies Clinic: 10 am – 4 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
Pumpkin Patch, Wagon Rides, Apple Butter & Cider,
Smoked Cheeses & Fresh eggs. 
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
 
 

 

Big Fish Cider Company: 1 pm – 7 pm
Cider-making demonstrations,
tours of the cider production area, and cider tastings
Spruce Street, Monterey
 
 
 
 
 
Sunday Activities
 
 
Vendors open from 12pm-3pm
 
 
Brunch @ The Highland Inn: 10 am – 2 pm
Enjoy a yummy start to your Sunday as Chef Dan
brings together local ingredients for a mouthwatering event!
Main Street, Monterey

 

 
Highland County Arts Council presents
Wayne Henderson & Helen White
Internationally-Recognized Traditional Appalachian Musicians
3 pm ~ The Highland Center
 
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DO YOU HAVE A RUMBLY IN YOUR TUMBLY?
NO PROBLEM! WE’VE GOT FOOD!

Church of God
Hamburgers, Chili Dogs, Country Ham Sandwiches,
Kraut Dogs, and Breakfast Foods
Friday: 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday
Main Street, Monterey
 

 

Word of Faith Church Outreach Ministry
BBQ Chicken Benefit Dinner
Saturday: 4:30 – 7 pm
 

 

Southernmost Maple Products
Maple Pork BBQ & Chicken Dinners
Friday & Saturday: Starting at 9 am
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 

 

“All You Can Eat” Buffet
@ Southernmost Maple
Saturday: 5 pm – 8 pm
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 

 

Laurel Fork Sapsuckers
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