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Hands & Harvest Festival

October 7 - 9, 2022  •  County-wide

Celebrate the beauty and bounty of fall with the annual Hands & Harvest Festival in Highland County, Virginia!
Enjoy a fun family-friendly weekend in our rural mountain community!



*** We're seeking unique arts, crafts, and food vendors for 2022! ***


*** Do you want to be advertised as part of The Harvest Trail, as a shopping, dining, or lodging destination, as a Sponsor, or with your unique activity during the weekend! ***


The Highland County Chamber of Commerce will be following current recommended CDC and VDH guidelines on COVID-19.


2022 Sponsors



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2022 Hands & Harvest Events

2022 Entertainment

The Original Rhondels
The Highland Center at 61 Highland Center Drive off of Spruce Street in Monterey
Saturday: 7 pm  •  FREE ADMISSION - donations are gratefully appreciated to benefit the Highland County Arts Council!
From Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Original Rhondels are a music tradition who have performed their hit recordings in almost every major city in the United States.  In 1969, Bill Deal and the Rhondels began a recording career that would take them to Madison Square Garden and across the country.  With 3 top 10 hits, “May I”, “I’ve Been Hurt”, and “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am”, the band hit the road, delighting their audiences with outstanding vocals, powerful brass, and exciting showmanship.  These hits also topped the charts in Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Germany and Mexico.  The Hands & Harvest Festival welcomes back this popular and energetic group that held a standing-room only crowd in 2019.  Learn more at
*** Concert is presented by the Highland County Arts Council, a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival

Street Dance featuring the Little Switzerland Cloggers and Square Dance Callers Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe
Spruce Street in Downtown Monterey next to the Highland County Courthouse
Sunday: 1 - 3 pm • FREE!
Enjoy watching and participating in a good ol' fashioned Street Dance, featuring The Little Switzerland Cloggers and experienced local callers Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe.  The Little Switzerland Cloggers, one of the oldest Clogging groups in Virginia, began performing in 1985 and enjoy entertaining audiences at fairs, festivals, events, parties, and corporate events throughout Virginia and West Virginia.  Since they strive to have something for everyone in their shows, their routines feature a wide variety of music from bluegrass and country to oldies and today’s top hits. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you'll enjoy their performance!  For more information on the Little Switzerland Cloggers or their studio classes, visit

2022 Arts & Crafts

Shop for a special gift with the following unique vendors at the Highland County Courthouse Lawn!
165 West Main Street in Downtown Monterey
Friday: 3 – 7 pm  •  Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm  •  Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm

Especially for You!
Unique one-of-a-kind earrings, bracelets, and hand-painted goblets by local crafter Donna Gardner

Highland Farmers’ Market
Highland County Courthouse Lawn (Moved from The Highland Center pavilion)
Friday ONLY!
Get your local fresh produce, gifts, and more at the last Highland Farmers’ Market of the year!

Little Big Dog Rescue
21nd Annual Sweater Sale to support this 501c3 nonprofit dog rescue

Mill Gap Farms
Alpaca and merino winter wear - handwoven scarves, hats, gloves, socks, mittens, and more, as well as maple syrup products


2022 Activities & Attractions

* Highland County Public Library Annual Used Book Sale
31 North Water Street, Monterey
Friday:  9 am - 6 pm  •  Saturday:  9 am - 5 pm  •  Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
The popular Annual Used Book Sale to benefit the library returns!
* The Highland County Public Library is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival.


Sounding Knob Fire Tower
On top of Jack Mountain (just east of Monterey) up a gravel drive up Sounding Knob Road just 1.3 miles south of its intersection with Rt. 250
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Sunrise to sunset
Climb over 100 steps for a lasting memory – and maybe some wobbly legs!  This restored fire tower boasts breathtaking views.
* Please be sure to exit right when leaving Sounding Knob Road and entering Rt. 250.  Vehicles with very low clearance may have difficulty with water breaks on Sounding Knob Road, but most vehicles have no issues.


Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
Launch is held at Jack Mountain Village, just 3 miles south on Rt. 220 from the Monterey intersection of Rt. 250 and Rt. 220. It is located on the eastern side of Rt. 220 at an approximate address of 3003 Jackson River Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.
Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm  •  Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm * Weather permitting both days *
Attendees can launch their own rockets under VAST's experienced supervision, launch one of the club’s extra rockets, or simply watch!
* Lawn/camp chairs and a canopy recommended!


2022 Harvest Trail

* Duff’s Sugar House at Fair Lawn Farm
3118 Mill Gap Road, Monterey (7 miles south of Monterey in Meadowdale on Rt. 84)
Friday: 12 - 5 pm  •  Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm  •  Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Bring the entire family to this Victorian homestead, farm, and sugar camp to pick a pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, fish in the stocked trout pond, sample in-house smoked cheese, and taste fresh apple butter and cider.
* Experience a tour and get your passport stamped here as part of the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail!
*** Fair Lawn Farm is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival


Elegius Mini Equine Sanctuary
4661 Doe Hill Road, McDowell (5 miles northeast of McDowell on Rt. 654)
Friday - Sunday: 1 - 5 pm
Tour the Elegius Mini Equine Sanctuary to meet the resident mini horses, donkeys, and mules who are in our care.
* Sturdy shoes and clothing recommended.  Wheelchair accessible.


Strait Creek Farm
5091 Potomac River Road, Monterey (5 miles north of Monterey on Rt. 220)

Friday: 11 am - 4 pm  •  Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Pick-your-own pumpkin patch and fall-themed activities!  Choose from a variety of pumpkins locally grown in Highland County.


Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Sugar Camp
10677 Mountain Turnpike, Hightown (10 miles west of Monterey on Clay Hise Lane)

Saturday: 11 am - 5 pm  •  Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm
Saturday apple butter cooking, Sunday morning Blueberry Brunch with blueberry pancakes, sausage and maple-cinnamon fried apples, and hiking loop trail.
* Experience a tour and get your passport stamped here as part of the Virginia Maple Syrup Trail!


2022 Shopping, Dining, & Lodging

* Big Fish Cider
59 Spruce Street, Monterey
Friday: 3 – 7 pm  •  Saturday: 12 – 7 pm  •  Sunday: 1 – 5 pm 
Enjoy tastings of Big Fish Cider's award-winning, locally-grown, and locally-made ciders!  Big Fish Cider will be having apple cider pressing demonstrations behind the cidery in Monterey on Saturday afternoon.  Kirk, the orchardist and cider maker will be on hand to talk about varieties of apples and the process that they go through to produce its award-winning ciders.   Inside our tasting room, tastings will be available of many of our award-winning ciders made with fruit that is naturally grown without herbicides and pesticides.
* Big Fish Cider is a Silver Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival.


* Blue Grass Mercantile
2558 Blue Grass Valley Road, Blue Grass
Friday and Saturday: 9 am - 7 pm  •  Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Specialty Brunswick Stew and other hot food, grocery items, maple products, honey, beer, wine, Big Fish Cider, and more!
* Blue Grass Mercantile is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival.


* Blue Grass Valley Bank
132 East Main Street, Monterey
2583 Blue Grass Valley Road, Blue Grass
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 4 pm  •  Friday: 9 am - 6 pm  •  Saturday: 9 am - 12 pm
Since 1915, we have provided service unlike any other.  Keep your business local with a Bank that appreciates your community.  Stop by for a wide variety of products and services, or visit our website. Come see why we are “The Best Little Bank in the Virginias.” ATM available in Monterey.
* Blue Grass Valley Bank is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival.


* High's Restaurant
73 East Main Street, Monterey
Monday - Saturday: 11 am - 8 pm  •  Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm
Voted One of the World's Best Affordable Restaurants by Trip Advisor. Inch Thick Ribeye Steaks, Local Trout, Gourmet Burgers, Seafood, Italian, Salads, Brunch, 1950's Ice Cream Shop, Specialty Desserts, & More. Full menu is available at
* High's Restaurant is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2022 Hands & Harvest Festival.


The Church at the Old Oak
3898 Meadowdale Road, Monterey  (7 miles south of Monterey in Meadowdale just off Rt. 84 on Rt. 640)
Friday: 1 - 5 pm  •  Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm  •  Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Beautifully-restored event venue with local and “almost local” arts and crafts, baked goods, and other treasures for sale!


2022 Map & Daily Schedule List - Available Late September





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