The 43rd Annual Wise County Fall Fling will be held October 9 and 10 in historic downtown Wise, Virginia. This year’s event will offer something for everyone, including quality crafts, mountain music, tempting food, an awesome Kids Korner, a Pet Contest, a 5KRace/Walk and Corn Hole Tournament.
After last year’s festival was canceled because of COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is back with well over 125 vendors. Stroll down Main Street and visit with Creekbird Crafts, from Pikeville; Tabby Back, and The Rusty Nail, from Pound, Va.; Vic Boatman, from Bristol, Tenn., with handmade walking sticks, and James R. Damron, who hails from Pikeville and will be grinding fresh corn with his gristmill! Be sure and say hello to demonstrator Mark Ramsey, who may have been with The Fling for more years than most folks, except for Louella Perry, who has been a vendor every year from the first year.
Music has never taken a back seat at the Fall Fling, and this year is no exception. Center Stage Cloggers and Country Cabin Line Dancers promise to get your toes tapping, as will the Benny Jones Band, High Test Grass and Right Fork Ramblers. Appalachian Highlanders Pipes and Drums arrive after a march through Main Street, and are an annual favorite. White Top Mountain Band, from the highest mountains of Virginia, is a family-based band of legendary musicians whose members have done much to preserve the White Top region’s style of fiddling and banjo picking. In addition to several other bands, the headliners this year will be Hammertowne and Kristi Stanley. Hammertowne is a traditional bluegrass band from eastern Kentucky that has carved out a place in the highest tier of today’s bluegrass industry by writing and performing quality original songs with a traditional feel.
The Fall Fling committee is following COVID guidelines. While masks are not required, attendees as well as vendors are encouraged to wear a mask on the festival grounds. Vendors have been asked to have sanitizer available for customers and to be aware of the need of social distancing. Tables and chairs in the food court will be placed to also allow more social distancing.
Visit the website wisefallfling.com for detailed information.