Friday, July 27, 2012

Fishing in the High Country

Looking for something fun and relaxing to do while visiting the High Country? Try getting closer to nature by fishing our area streams and rivers. Our area offers professional guide services which provide full day float trips, walks in the wilderness, fly fishing schools and overnight trips. Enjoy the waters of the Watauga and South Holston Rivers while searching for our large mouth bass and bluegills, along with a variety of trout which inhabit our cold water streams.
Not interested in roughing it, visit the stocked trout ponds at Grandfather Trout Farm. No license is needed and you only pay for what you catch! Rods, reels, and bait are provided in this family friendly environment.

Friday, July 6, 2012

57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games will begin this upcoming Thursday, July 12, 2012, with opening ceremonies beginning at MacRae Meadows at 4:30 pm. The evening will offer traditional Celtic music, a picnic, sheep herding, and the Torchlight Ceremony to announce the participating clans. The day will also host The Bear, the five mile foot race from Linville to the summit of Grandfather Mountain.
Friday morning will begin with The Grizzly Bike Race  beginning at 7:30 am and MacRae Meadows opening at 9:00 am to begin a full day of music, dancing and athletic competitions. The evening will host the Celtic Music Jam Concert, beginning at 7:00 pm and going into the night until 11:00 pm. This concert traces the evolution of Celtic music from the ancient to the contemporary. The Scottish Country Dance Gala will also be hosted at Lees McRae College Gymnasium from 8:00 pm until midnight. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The Mountain Marathon will begin the events on Saturday at 7:00 am with gates to the meadows opening at 7:30 am. The day will continue with competitions in dancing, piping, fiddling, athletics, and Scottish harp. The children's tent will offer activities for the younger guests, traditional Scottish foods will be offered, and Clans will offer information about genealogy and history. 7:00 pm the fields will host the Celtic Rock Concert with adult tickets for $15, children's tickets for $5.
Sunday, July 15, the meadows will open at 8:00 am. The Scottish Worship Service begins at 9:00 with the Kirkin' of the Tartans. This day will conclude the competitions, with closing ceremonies at 4:00 pm. 
For more information about the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games please visit

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Town of Boone 11:00
Town of Banner Elk 11:00
Town of Newland 2:00
Town of Crossnore 4:00
Cranberry 6:00

Town of Boone
Town of Banner Elk
Town of Newland
Town of Crossnore

Fireworks will begin around 9:30

Fine Arts and Craft Show - located at the old Banner Elk Elementary School, begins at 10:00 am and ends around 5pm.

Bluegrass & Brass - Wednesday, July 4 at 7:30
Blowing Rock School Auditorium

THE BOONE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: through downtown Boone will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday. This year the parade will be celebrating the 140th anniversary of the town   and will be honoring the history of Boone with the mayors of Boone, both past and present, serving as this year's grand marshals. The parade will travel down King Street  and will conclude at Poplar Grove Extension. The town will host evening festivities at the Clawson and Burnley Park off of Hunting Hills Lane starting at 7 p.m. with DJ Carl, followed by fireworks by Zambelli at 9:30 p.m.

BANNER ELK PARTY IN THE PARK: will take place beginning at noon July 4 at the Tate-Evans Park in Banner Elk. For the fourth year, the town of Banner Elk will host its annual Party in the Park. Before the party begins, a parade will commence at Lees-McRae College at 11 a.m., wrapping up at noon near Tate-Evans Park. At Party in the Park, guests will enjoy food, games, music, a book sale and a duck race. There is no entry fee for Party in the Park, but tickets for the duck race may be purchased at Banner Elk Town Hall for $5 per ticket or $20 for five.