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Valle Country Fair Valle Crucis NC Oct 16 2021

Valle Country Fair Valle Crucis NC Oct 16 2021


The Valle Country Fair in Valle Crucis North Carolina is a true mountain fair!  The fair features homemade Brunswick Stew, BBQ and Apple Butter to warm you up on a crisp Autumn Day.  Children's activities include storytelling, pumpkin carving and pumpkin bowling.  Fair goers can peruse over 150 juried arts & crafts vendors and listen to live bluegrass and country bands and watch cloggers and square dancers. For more details, click HERE


  • No pets are allowed at the Valle Country Fair
  • Dress in layers and wear sunscreen, weather can change quick in the Valle
  • If you plan on visiting the Woolly Worm Festival the same day, take NC Hwy 194 from the Fair for a more direct route.
  • Wear flat waterproof shoes!  This event takes place in a field with soft ground
  • Parking is available on site in the field for a donation.  Arrive early to avoid long wait times to park.

For more fall fun, join the Fall Lovers League of the High Country Facebook group HERE!

Here is the official 2021 Valle Country Fair Press Release:

Valle Country Fair Returns Live in 2021
VALLE CRUCIS, NC — The celebratory shouts that went up when it was announced that
the 2021 Valle Country Fair would be back live and in-person could have rivaled the
enthusiasm that burst forth when Noah threw open the doors and let all his passengers
off of the ark! Now in its 43rd year, the fun and fellowship enjoyed by the volunteers
who put on the Valle Country Fair is almost as meaningful as knowing that their efforts
manifest the tagline "Community Supporting Community."
"A community is about people," said John Heiss, Co-chair of the 2021 Valle Country Fair.
"This Fair provides a perfect venue for the people of our community to come together,
talk, smile, laugh and enjoy the camaraderie of neighbors, friends and visitors with a
common goal - supporting those in need within our community.”
"Even though the Fair was "virtual" in 2020," Heiss continued, "the outpouring from the
community through donations and online sales made it a success and provided the means
to continue our mission of community support."
Now returning to an in-person event, and in keeping with over four decades of precedent,
the Valle Country Fair is held on the third Saturday in October (Saturday, October 16,
2021). The festivities spread out across a large hay field on the grounds of the Valle
Crucis Conference Center on NC Highway 194. Admission is free and parking is available
in the adjoining field for $10 per car. NO PETS are allowed.
New for 2021 is the addition of a second entrance into the field. During the morning
hours, traffic managers will direct vehicles off of NC 194 and onto the fairgrounds via two
different portals, meaning that fairgoers should spend considerably less time in traffic
waiting to get into the event. When traffic coming into the Fair slows down around midday, the second entrance will revert to a second exit, allowing cars departing the
fairgrounds to get back on the highway quickly and easily.
One-hundred-fifty craft exhibitors set up tents along wide lanes that meander back and
forth between a picturesque red barn and a field of sorghum. Bales of hay are stacked in
the intersections of these walkways to offer fairgoers places to sit while they ponder
which craft booths to visit next.
Exhibitors submit to a jury process designed to bring together the highest quality
handmade crafts available and to assure fairgoers that there is a wide variety of unique
products to choose between. As a show of support, exhibitors donate 10% of their
earnings back to the charitable work of the Fair.
Two stages host entertainment throughout the day. The stage located near the dining
tent showcases the best in local bluegrass, country and gospel music. A second stage
located near the Kids’ Activity Area features cloggers, magicians and more. Diversions
offered in the Kids’ Area include games like Twister and pumpkin bowling, arts and crafts
and creating Halloween treats.
Eat all you want at the Valle Country Fair because almost all of the food concessions are
operated by the church or by other non-profit organizations that return 100% of their
earnings to local charities. Tables and chairs are provided under a large tent next to the
music stage so that fairgoers can enjoy the entertainment while they dine.
You can take a vacation from cooking on the night of the 16th as well, because the
Brunswick Stew, barbecue and chili can all be purchased by the quart for later
consumption – as can baked goods, jams & jellies, apple cider and apple butter! Some of
the most scrumptious and beautiful cakes to come out of the Valle ovens go up for auction
at 12:00 noon, so don't miss the entertaining bidding wars!
"To promote the health and safety of our visitors and volunteers, the Holy Cross food
tents will, for the first time, be accepting credit cards," Heiss said. "By establishing a
‘contactless’ credit card payment option we can reduce wait times and be mindful of our
guests' COVID concerns."
In continuing response to the pandemic, sponsors are following NC safety guidelines.
Organizers increased the number of hand washing stations and hand sanitizing stations
placed strategically around the fairgrounds. And, although it is an outdoor event,
fairgoers are encouraged to wear masks when shopping in the busy craft booths.
"The origins of the Valle Country Fair are deeply rooted in supporting the community,"
said Heiss. "The growth and popularity of this annual event takes the involvement of the
entire community. It is not simply a local church event - from exhibitors and musicians,
to individual volunteers and donations from local businesses - it takes a village (a
community) to generate the joyful celebration that is the Valle Country Fair."
The single-day harvest festival is held in a large pasture located beside NC Highway 194
between Valle Crucis and Banner Elk. Admission to the Fair is FREE and parking is
available in the adjoining field for $10 per car, $25 for a small bus or van, and $50 for a
motor coach. NO PETS are allowed.
The event is sponsored by Holy Cross Episcopal Church in cooperation with the Valle
Crucis Conference Center. All proceeds are used to help the community's most vulnerable
Recipients of the 2021 Valle Country Fair grants are Appalachian Senior Foster
Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, Blue Ridge Women In Agriculture, the
Children’s Council, Community Care Givers, High Country Caregivers, the Hunger and
Health Coalition, LIFE Village , Mountain Alliance, Parent to Parent Family Support
Network, Spirit Ride Therapeutic Riding Center and Watauga County Schools Extended
Learning Centers. The outreach committee at Holy Cross Church distributes all remaining
proceeds to individuals and families in crisis.