Mountain music, handmade crafts, tasty barbecue and Brunswick stew, and a scenic mountain setting make the Valle Country Fair a â€œmust attendâ€ event in the North Carolina High Country on the third Saturday in Ocotber. Admission is free and ample parking is available in the adjoining field for $5 per car.
The Valle Country Fair takes over the grounds of the Valle Crucis Conference Center on NC Highway 194 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Because the Fair coincides with the first day of the Woolly Worm Festival, many people set aside the day to visit both.
Holy Cross Episcopal Church started the event three decades ago to raise money for a church parish hall. Today it has become a major celebration attended by 10,000 people each year and raises money for parish outreach ministries, generating more than $40,000 for charity last year.
The Fair takes place in a huge meadow between a picturesque red barn and a field planted with corn and sorghum. The tents of 135 craft vendors line wide lanes that meander back and forth across the grounds. Bales of hay are stacked in the intersections of these alleys to offer fairgoers a spot to sit as they ponder which craft booths to visit next.