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2017 Grayson County Festivals & Events

January – April 2017: Enjoy the Winter Concert Series at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. Visit artsculturalcouncil.org to learn more about the winter concert series.

March 24, 2017: Donkey Basketball Game, sponsored by the Grayson Highlands School PTO. Tickets are $6.00 in advance (contact the school main office at 276-579-2208 for advance tickets)  and $8.00 at the door. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 March 25, 2017 from 9:00 am-4:00 pm and March 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm-Upright Bass with Meredith McIntosh. Concert: March 25, 7:00 pm.  Visit www.chestnutcreek.org or call 276-236-3500.

 March 25, 2017 9:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, March 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm Intermediate Old-time Banjo with Travis StuartConcert: Saturday, March 25, 7:00 pm. Visit www.chestnutcreek.org or call 276-236-3500.

 March 25, 2017- 9:00 am-4:00 pm and Sunday, March 26, 10:00 am-3:00 pm-Intermediate Old-time Fiddle with Joseph Decosimo- Concert Saturday, March 25, 7:00 pm. Visit www.chestnutcreek.org or call 276-236-3500.

March 25th &26th, 2017: Whitetop Mountain Maple Festival. Enjoy the local maple syrup made in the highlands. Visit the website to learn more. Mtrogersvfd-rs.com or e-mail jameshhayes68@yahoo.com or call 276-685-4861.

April - October 2017, Elk Creek Dragway, Inc. 2017 Summit Super Series Race Schedule.  Visit http://www.elkcreekdragway.com/ for more information.

April 7th, 2017: New River Bell Ensemble Concert. Enjoy the joyous sounds of bells at the Historic 1908 Courthouse Auditorium. Independence, VA.  7 pm. Contact:  coltinac@hughes.net or 276-579-2123 

April 22nd, 2017:  Independence Spring Bash. Celebrate the beginning of Spring in Downtown Independence.  Independence Town Park. 11 am – 3pm. Music, Kids Activities, Food, Vendors & More   maryann@independenceva.com, 276-768-8656 

April 22nd, 2017: Land Stewardship Competition. by Grayson LandCare, at the Grayson County High School Cafeteria in Independence, VA, from 9-12:30, Competition Event showcases youth and creative ways to address environmental, social and economic challenges. Competition is open to 8-12 graders in Grayson County and Galax and homeschoolers. Free event. graysonlandcare.org. or Kathy Cole at 276-266-1303 or kathycole1@live.com

April 22nd, 2017:  Earth Day Expo, by Grayson LandCare, at the Grayson County High School Cafeteria from 9 am- 3 pm.  Free public event.  Kids activities.  Theme: "DIY" Contact Kathy Cole at 276-266-1303 or kathycole1@live.com

April 22, 2017: Basket Bingo/Spaghetti Dinner, sponsored by the Grayson Highlands School PTO (Scentsy, Pampered Chef, LaLarue, Tupperware, Ect.) Contact Grayson Highlands School 276-579-2208 for more info.

April 29, 2017: 8th Annual Anniversary Gala, Saturday,  6:30-9:00 pm. 100 North Main Street, Galax, Virginia Tickets $30 each. Live music, food, silent auction fundraiser. 

May 6th, 2017: Fries Fire Dept. Rodeo at Providence School. 56 Bainbridge Rd. Bull riding, barrel racing, pole bending, team-roping. Begins at 5 pm. friesfire.com or call 276-744-2131 

May 12th-14th, 2017: Mt. Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally. Join naturalists at the Konnarock Community Center for guided explorations of the Mt. Rogers Area. Evening guest speaker & dinner on Friday night, On Saturday & Sunday programs in Snorkeling, Birding, Hiking, Geology, Fly Fishing, Wildflowers, Salamanders, Kids Programs & More. Hosted by Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Register online.  blueridgediscoverycenter.org/mrnr 276-293-1232 

May 20th, 2017: Henry Whitter Spring Festival.  Traditional music festival honoring a musical legend. Appalachian Mountain Culture, Music, Food, Tradition, Arts & Crafts.  Fries Town Park, Firehouse Drive, Fries, VA. 8 am – 5 pm. 276-744-2231, willowhaus@yahoo.com  friesfestivals.com 

May 21st, 2017: Whitetop Mountain Ramp Festival. Mt. Rogers Fire Hall. Ramp eating contest, arts & crafts, Old Time & Bluegrass music, dancing and food! 11 am – 5 pm.  mtrogersvfd-rs.com or jameshhayes68@yahoo.com or call 276-685-4861.

May 21st - October 8th, 2017:  Fries Farmers Market in the Fries Town Park on Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm.  Support this fresh food market and get healthy too! For more info. :  willowhaus@yahoo.com or call 276-744-2231.

June 3rd, 2017: Horse Show to benefit the Fries Volunteer Fire Dept.  Providence School. 56 Bainbridge Rd. Begins at 4pm. Game & Pleasure Classes. Contact: friesfire.com or call 276-744-2131 

June 15th, 2017: Mountains of Music Super Jam. Historic Fries Theatre, Main Street, Fries, VA 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Celebrating Mountain Music & Heritage. Community Music Jam. Play Music, Dance, or Listen to the sounds of the mountains in Fries, VA. 276-744-2231 friesfestivals.com, willowhaus@yahoo.com  

June 15th, 2017: “Kick Back the Rug” Old Time Community Social. Matthews Living History Farm Museum. Experience old-time fun with music, dancing, cake-walks and more.5 pm – 8:30 pm. matthewsfarmmuseum.org/  276-773-3080. matthewsfarm@gmail.com  

June 17th, 2017: Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition. World renowned musicians and entertainment at Grayson Highlands State Park info@waynehenderson.org or waynehenderson.org 

June 23rd & 24th, 2017: Grayson County Fiddlers’ Convention. Old Time & Bluegrass Music Competition at Elk Creek Ball Park in Elk Creek, Virginia. A Crooked Road Event that features Traditional Music Competition in the beautiful Elk Creek Valley. http://www.ecvfd.net/ or email ecvfd@ls.net. 

June 30th, 2017: Farm Fresh Kids Day. Independence Farmers Market, 9 am - 1 pm. Family event with roping, animals, games & more. Free and open to the public. independencefarmersmarket.org, 276-768-0597 

July 4th, 2017: Town of Fries Fourth of July Celebration. Parade begins at 11 am, games, music, old timers ball game at Fries Ball Park, Main Street, Fries, VA. Fireworks at 10 pm. Friesfestivals.com , willowhaus@yahoo.com 

July 4th, 2017: Independence Fourth of July Celebration. Main Street. Independence. Festival begins at 9 am-3pm. Parade at 10 am, theme: "A Grayson County 4th of July". Vendors & Food. “Hands Around the Courthouse”, Celebrating 30 Years of the Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation. Fireworks & Band in the Evening.  maryann@independenceva.com, 276-768-8656 

July 21st, 2017: Berry Festival. Independence Farmers Market, 9 am - 1 pm. Enter the Berry Pie Contest and enjoy everything berry. Food, music and more. Free & Open to the Public. independencefarmersmarket.org 276-768-0597 

July 21st & 22nd, 2017: Smoke on the Mountain BBQ Championship. Main Street, Galax, VA. Weekend festival celebrating barbeque in downtown Galax. Entertainment, food, vendors, beverage garden and BBQ competition. Morning – Midnight. smokeonthemountainva.com or 276-236-2184 

July 28th, 29th & 30th, 2017: Take A Break From the Interstate- US21 Road Market. Shop or Set up along Hwy 21 from Harmony, NC to Wytheville, VA. Yard sales & flea market. takeabreakfromtheinterstate.com  

August 4th, 2017: Tomato Festival, Independence Farmers Market, 9 am - 1 pm. Enter the Salsa Contest and the Great Tomato weigh-in. Free tomato tasting and cooking demonstrations. Food, Cooking & more. Free & Open to the Public. independencefarmersmarket.org , 276-768-0597 

August 7th – 12th, 2017: Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention. Oldest and largest bluegrass and old-time convention in the world.  At Felts Park in Galax, VA oldfiddlersconvention.com, 276-236-8541 

August 18th & 19th, 2017: Fries Fiddlers’ Convention. Fries Volunteer Fire Department hosts a competition for the best in old-time & bluegrass music. Providence School,Bainbridge Rd. friesfire.com  276-744-2131 

August 18th-20th, 2017: Mt. Rogers Summer Naturalist Rally. Join naturalists at the Konnarock Community Center for guided explorations of the Mt. Rogers Area. Friday Night Annual BRDC Potluck Dinner, On Saturday & Sunday programs in Butterflies, Mushrooms, Birds, Wildflowers, Geology, Hiking & More. Hosted by Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Register online.  blueridgediscoverycenter.org/mrnr 276-293-1232 

August 26th & 27th, 2017: Civil War Living History Days at Matthews Living History Farm Museum. Experience the Civil War Encampment, period costumes, living quarters, weapons demonstrations, drills, skirmishes, music & cooking. Begins at 9 am. 276-773-3080 or matthewsfarmmuseum.org or matthewsfarm@gmail.com 

August 26th, 2017: Grayson Wine Festival. Celebrate local vineyards on the lawn of the courthouse. Live rock and roll music, wine tasting from Virginia wineries, vendors. Historic 1908 Courthouse. Main Street, Independence, VA. 4 pm-dusk, Admission includes wine glass. 276-773-3711 or graysonwinefest.org 

September 2nd, 2017: Albert Hash Memorial Festival. A celebration of Albert Hash. Traditional music, dance, arts & crafts 10 am – 6 pm Grayson Highlands State Park. Henderson Stage. alberthashmemorialfestival.com 

September 9th, 2017: Stories of the Stitch. Quilt and fiber arts showcase at the Matthews Living History Farm Museum.10 am - 4 pm. 276-238-1217, info@artsculturalcouncil.org  or artsculturalcouncil.org 

September 9th, 2017: Horse Show to benefit the Fries Volunteer Fire Dept.  Providence School. 56 Bainbridge Rd. Begins at 4 pm. Game & Pleasure Classes. friesfire.com or call 276-744-2131 

September 16th, 2017: Festival by the River. Fries Town Park, Fire House Drive, Fries, VA. 8 am – 5 pm. Celebrate the New River. Canoes, Kayaks, Tubes, Music, Food, Local Arts & Crafts. Compete in the Two Mile Kayak Race.  Family fun in downtown Fries. 276-744-2231 friesfestivals.com, willowhause@yahoo.com  

September 23rd, 2017: Heritage Day at Matthews Living History Farm Museum. Apple butter & Apple cider making, traditional skill demonstrations, food, music and more. 10-4 pm 276-773-3080 matthewsfarm@gmail.com, matthewsfarmmuseum.org 

September 23rd & 24th, 2017: Grayson Highlands Fall Festival. Molasses & apple butter making‚ Wild Pony Auction‚ Appalachian Crafts‚ barbecue chicken & other delicious food, Traditional Music. 10 am - 5 pm, at Grayson Highlands State Park ghfallfestival.50megs.com, 276-233-8237 

October 7th, 2017: Baywood Fall Pumpkin Festival. Sponsored by Baywood Ruritan Club, at the Baywood Ruritan Club Shelter near Baywood School. Pumpkins, food vendors, music,and crafts. Free Admission to this FAMILY DAY of FUN! Breakfast 7 – 9 am, to benefit the Baywood Rescue Squad- $5 Adults, $2.50 Children 5 and up. Festivities begin 10:30 am. Pet Show at 11 am. Bring your own chair and enjoy the fall scenery. For breakfast info. contact: rector.pat@gmail.com. For Fall Pumpkin Festival info., contact Janette Boyer 233-8810. 

October 8th, 2017: Whitetop Mountain Molasses Festival. Molasses & applebutter making, Old Time & Bluegrass Music, arts/crafts, BBQ Chicken. Mt. Rogers Fire Hall.11 am-5 pm mtrogersvfd-rs.com or jameshhayes68@yahoo.com or call 276-685-4861.

October 13th, 2017: Apple Festival at the Independence Farmers Market. 9 am – 1 pm. Enter the Apple Dessert Contest and enjoy everything apple.  Free Community Cider Pressing Demonstration. The Event is free & open to the public. independencefarmersmarket.org, 276-768-0597 

October 14th, 2017: New River 50K and 25K at New River State Park Trailhead. Firehouse Drive, Fries, VA. Enjoy the fall colors in Fries, VA with a day of racing on the trail. This event is Certified by Field & Track as a Boston Marathon Qualifying Event. Jason &Alison Bryant, Visit runningmtngoat.com for more information. 

October 14th, 2017 Mountain Foliage Festival & Grand Privy Race. Parade & Vendors. 10 am -3 pm,  “Official Grand Privy Race” of Virginia at 11 am. Independence Town Park. maryann@Independenceva.com or 276-768-8656 

October 15th, 2017:  Elk Creek Fire Department Shooting Match at 11:00 AM.  For more information, email: ecvfd@ls.net

October 23rd - 28th, 2017: Pumpkin Festival at Matthews Living History Farm Museum. Pumpkins carved by area residents, lighted and on display every evening. Festival ends on Saturday with judges selecting the best carved pumpkins. 276-773-3080 matthewsfarm@gmail.com, matthewsfarmmuseum.org 

October 31st, 2017: Safe Halloween in Independence. Independence Town Park. 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm. All Children Are Welcome at this Annual Event in Downtown Independence, VA. maryann@independenceva.com or 276-768-8656 

November 24th, 2017: Winter Market & Christmas Tree Sale. Independence Farmers Market. 10 am – 1 pm. Shop for Farm Fresh Products, local crafts & pesticide free Christmas Trees. Kids activities, music & food. Free & Open to the public. independencefarmersmarket.org 276-768-0597 

December 2nd, 2017: Chili Cookoff & Christmas Tree Sale. Independence Farmers Market. 10 am – 3 pm. Enter the Chili Cookoff or judge the chili ($5 fee to taste) Shop Farm Fresh Products, local crafts & pesticide free Christmas Trees. Kids activities, music & food. Free & Open to the public. independencefarmersmarket.org 276-768-0597 

December 2nd, 2017: Christmas Festival & Parade. Independence Town Park. The Annual Christmas Event in Independence, VA. Christmas Tree Sale & Market Vendors. Parade at 3 pm, with theme: "A Homemade Christmas". maryann@Independenceva.com or 276-768-8656 

December 2nd, 2017:  Christmas on the Mountain. Fries Community Center, Main Street, Fries, VA. 8:30 am – 4 pm. Get in the holiday spirit with decorations, arts, crafts & more, Traditional Appalachian Breakfast & Soup/Sandwich Lunch. 276-744-2231, friesfestivals.com, willowhaus@yahoo.com