150 Top quality crafts from the Southeast, variety of foods and entertainment in a beautiful historic mountain village. All profits go to local charities. Sponsored by Church of the Holy Cross & Valle Crucis Conference Center
The High Country is gearing up for the Halloween season with tricks, treats and spooky festivities at Tweetsie Railroads annual Ghost Train. Open Friday and Saturday nights through the month of October and ending the first weekend in November, the park offers fun for all ages! Tickets are available online at www.tweetsie.com or by calling 1-877-TWEETSIE.
The third weekend of October welcomes the 36th annual Woolly Worm Festival to the beautiful town of Banner Elk, North Carolina. The event hosted by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Organization of Banner Elk welcomes record crowds of over 20,000 people. Woolly Worm racers from all across the land come to compete for the prestigious title of predicting our High Country weather, along with the chance to take away a $1000 grand prize. Fun and festivities begin Saturday morning at 9am and continues through Sunday afternoon. Food, music, arts and craft vendors, and lots of racers offer entertainment to all ages.
Homecoming weekend begins Friday, Oct.11, with the 7th annual Running of the Knob, a two-mile run to the top of Howard’s Knob, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Library.
The Lip Sync Finals and Pep Rally event, “Spirit Under the Stars,” has been moved to Sanford Mall due to construction near Duck Pond Field. Lip Sync Finals begin at 6 p.m. with the pep rally and fireworks at 8 p.m. There will be no bonfire due to the location change.
The Friday Night Dance in Legends at 8 p.m. features the Craig Woolard Band playing beach music and rock. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Admission to the dance is $18 in advance and $20 at the door for alumni. The cost for students is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. You must be age 18 or older to attend.
An AAAA Reception honoring Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.’s 30th anniversary will be held at Mint Restaurant at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. There will also be a Gospel Celebration at midnight at the Rosen Concert Hall, with free admission.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Saturday’s events begin with the 5K Homecoming Run for Hunger at 8 a.m. at Clawson-Burnley Park on the Greenway Trail in Boone. Registration is $15 per person with proceeds benefiting the Hunger and Health Coalition’s Food Pantry program.
A complimentary Appalachian Friends Breakfast will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at McKinney Alumni Center with biscuits from Dan’l Boone Inn and coffee from Stick Boy Bread Company. All Appalachian alumni, friends and family are welcome. RSVP is requested.
The Homecoming Parade in downtown Boone begins at 10:30 a.m. from Raley Hall parking lot on Rivers Street. The route runs west on Rivers Street, turns north on Water Street, and follows King Street east through downtown Boone.
The Mountaineer Tailgate Party at Duck Pond Field will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Kickoff for the football game against Samford University is 3:30 p.m.
After the game, Homecoming events continue with the Comedy Show at Legends at 8:30 p.m.