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

 

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. 
 
 
Music on the Courthouse Lawn
Friday evening ~ 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Artists Studios Open
12 pm – 5 pm @ The Highland Center
 
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
12 pm – 5 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 – 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
 
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. 
 
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 – 4 pm @ The Attic on Main Street, Monterey
 
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 – 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
Maple Pork BBQ & Chicken Dinners
Sit down dining available. Handicap accessible.
Friday & Saturday: Starting at 9 am
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 
Big Fish Cider Company
12 pm – 7 pm
Cider-making demonstrations,
tours of the cider production area, and cider tastings
Spruce 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
Admission: $10, Open Seating
 
 

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

 
“All You Can Eat” Buffet
@ Southernmost Maple
Saturday: 5 pm – 8 pm
In Bolar, Big Valley Road
 
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-making demonstrations,
tours of the cider production area, and cider tastings
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!